Smartphones aren’t just for making calls, listening to music or taking photos, they can also take us from A to B. Here’s a look at the best GPS apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone - just make sure you get a proper mount for your phone.
CoPilot Live Premium is available for Android and iOS swiftly calculating not one, but three routes, each with turn-by-turn instructions.
Maps are intuitive to follow with 3D and 2D views, it swaps automatically between day and night maps. Safety camera alerts are free and there’s a driver safety mode, along with caravan, motorcycle and pedestrian options.
ClearTurn is useful for navigating complex junctions and 12 months ActiveTraffic is included then it costs £10.99 a year.
CoPilot Live Premium is fantastic app. Packed with features and customisation options, it’s very easy to use and works offline. If you’re going abroad opt for the European version though, it’s only £5 more and you can select the countries to download.
Google’s been gradually improving the features of its native Google Maps app. Alongside car, bike and foot, there’s a public transport mode with bus, underground, train and tram options and you can download sections of the map to use offline.
When route planning choose between Directions or Navigation, which launches the beta for Google Maps Navigation with turn-by-turn instructions and spoken street names. Google Maps Navigation has decent maps, along with useful traffic and satellite layers, but it’s a bit little buggy and needs an active data connection.
When Google Maps Navigation launches fully it should be the first sat nav app Android users try.
The name TomTom is synonymous with navigation and with extensive route planning and mapping options, it’s easy to see why. Maps are simple to follow, you can quickly swap between 3D and 2D and change the colours, you also get spoken street names.
For £3.99 you can download Mr Burns, Yoda or Darth Vader voices too. The app is packed with exclusive TomTom tech. Advanced Lane Guidance helps at junctions, while IQ Route calculates the route based on the time of day.
The TomTom app is expensive though, the Europe version costs £64.99, in comparison CoPilot is just £34.99. HD Traffic costs £26.99 a year. For drivers who rely on up-to-date traffic guidance it’s the best sat nav app and an Android version is coming soon.
Have we missed any great GPS apps that deserve to be in the list? Tell us in the comments below and let us know whether they're free or paid for - and which operating systems they're available for.