Rakesh Joshi, a senior marketing executive at a multinational company, lives a busy life. Be it in his hometown Delhi or any other state or country he is visiting for work, he often travels to unknown locations. Earlier, he used to complain about wasting a lot of time searching for locations. But his life has changed ever since he started using an Android smartphone. Now, as soon as he gets behind the wheels he turns on Google Maps on his smartphone, keys in the destination and hits the navigation button. The app not only guides him to the destination but also shows the shortest and fastest route he should opt for. Similarly, when travelling in a taxi, the driver isn't able to cheat him anymore as he keeps an eye on the route he is opting for. That's the comfort of using maps on your mobile.
Most smartphones come pre-loaded with local maps. But they need not be the best. You have plenty of options - free and paid - to choose from.
Here are the few best ones available on your smartphone's app store.
These mapping apps can track the location real time, guide you to destinations, show nearby points of interest and, in some cities, even update you about traffic. Even paid mapping apps will cost you just a fraction of what a decent navigator comes for.
We often ignore the potential of services that are free to use. One such example is mapping software apps that are available for free. Google Maps, Waze, Sygic, NaviMaps are some of the solutions that not just offer turnby-turn voice navigation but also provide additional information such as access to maps in offline mode, live traffic update, points of interest and businesses information, etc.
Undoubtedly, the best mapping solution is Google Maps, which not only offers turn-by-turn voice navigation but its traffic information too is accurate. Most importantly, it is free. But it works only when you have an Internet connection. The paid apps also have some advantages such as the offline mode and regional voice guidance but the user base isn't as big as Google Maps. These paid maps are good, too. Most paid maps are installed in personal navigation devices and the in-dash GPS navigation systems in car. For instance, Garmin PNDs available in India has got maps from MapMyIndia.