GPS-applications to use when traveling

Since there doesn’t seem to be a good summary of good GPS apps, I have made one for different GPS programs to use with my Nexus 7 Sony Z4 Tablet (Android) and iPad 2 together with a Garmin GLO.

I generously received a Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet as sponsorship for our project. The tablet was mounted on the side of the dashboard using mounts from brodit.nu, and it turned out to be vital for the trip, providing both guidance and night sleeping spot recommendations.

This is by no means a scientific and full test of all the programs. I am not a paid reporter who has weeks to spare for fun stuff like that. I have done thorough research of currently available and popular apps, and tried to test most of them from my perspective of going to Morocco.
Web mgmt means you can set up and edit a route on your computer and automatically pick it up in the app

Rating is my very subjective rating, and it can change as I test the applications deeper.

Tested home means I have tested if it works and the looks, but not for a long trip.
The ratings are highly subjective and may change when I try the app more

UPDATE: We are now home again, and the clear winners during the trip were: For online use: Google Maps and Waze. For offline navigation between two addresses: Maps.me. For offline navigation on a route on roads: Navigon Europe. For offline navigation without roads: Locus Maps and Gaia GPS.

Updated 2018-01-21 23:02

Program

iPad

Android

Offline

Web mgmt

Navigation

Cost

Map source

Comments

Tested

Rating

Used on trip

WikiLoc

Y

Y

(Y)

Free

OSM

Detailed offline maps. Save tracks (search on website) and follow in car. Record own tracks.

Yes

5

Yes

Maps.me

Y

Y

Y

Y

Free

OSM

Simple navigation capabilities

Yes

5

Yes

Google Maps

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Free

Google

Some navigation incorrect

Yes

5

Yes

Waze

Y

Y

Map edit

Y

Free

Waze

Worldwide

Yes

4

Yes

Navigon Europe

Y

Y

Y

Y

$100

Navigon

Europe only

Yes

5

Yes

Locus Map Pro

Y

Y

3 maps free

OSM+SwissTopo+Outdooractive

Download GPX coordinates (from e.g. iOverlander)

Yes

5

Yes

Gaia GPS

Y

Y

Y

Y

$60

Gaia

Extremely slow map download. Needed 6 separate downloads for Morocco alone

Yes

4

Yes

OfflineMaps

Y

Y

?

There was a special map for Morocco, so I’ll try it out

No

No

Soviet Military Maps app

Y

Y

Soviet Military

I’ll bring it as a backup

No

No

CoPilot GPS

Y

Y

Y

Y

Free+$1-$40/map

Own?

Horrible interface on tablet. Not good and led us wrong (old maps?) Didn’t like it at all. Choose Navigon instead.

Yes

2

Yes

iOverlander

Y

Y

?

Useful locations such as camping sites, mechanics and water. No navigation

Yes

4

Yes

Park4Night

Y

Y

Y

Free

Great complement to iOverlander

Yes

5

Yes

SearchForSites

Y

Y

Free

Complement to iOverlander. Web app

Yes

4

Yes

HERE WeGo

Y

Y

Y

Y

Free

Own

Not for Morocco

Yes

No

Avenza

Y

Y

Y

Free

Many

Yes

No

Map of Morocco offline

Y

Y

Free

?

Play Store link. Good reviews.

No

Rever

Y

Y

Y

Free

?

A bit complicated. Can’t skip waypoints. Can’t change routing in app?

Yes

3

No

PocketEarth

Y

Y

$2-$15

OSM

GPX Download possible. First 3 maps free. Weird location names in the Morocco map. Same map source as Viewranger?

Yes

No

Be-On-Road

Y

Y

Y

OSM

Updated 2015 (Apple)

Using OpenStreetMap.org

Rudimentary maps, and childish interface. Few settings

No

TopoGPS

Y

Y

Y

$1-$30

?

Doesn’t seem to have Morocco

No

Sygic Morocco

Y

Y

Y

$40 (iPad)

TomTom

2

No

Navitel

Y

Y

Y

Y

$13-

OSM?

Europe & Russia, Iran and near Eastern. Seems great – but no Morocco maps

4

No

ViewRanger

Y

Y

Y

(Y)

Free ($100/topo map)

OSM + own topo

Detailed topographic maps for 23 countries

Yes

4

No

Lokalsinne

Y

Y

Free

Lantmäteriet

Sweden only

No

MapOut

Y

Y

$8

?

OruxMaps

Y

Y

$5

?

Yes

No

MotionXGps

Y

Y

$4

9 different

TomTom

Y

Y

Y

Free, $10-30

OsmAnd

?

Y

Y

Y

Free, $12

OSM

Seems good. Will try

Ovitalmap

Y

N

Y

OSM = OpenStreetMap
Garmin MapSource format maps for Morocco: http://www.island-olaf.de/travel/marokko/gps.html

Comparison Gaia GPS vs. Motion-X: https://blog.gaiagps.com/gaia-gps-vs-motion-x/
More suggested apps for Android (BackCountry Navigator, HERE WeGo, MapFactor, MapQuest, Polaris Navigation and more) : http://www.androidauthority.com/best-gps-app-and-navigation-app-for-android-357870/

PLEASE let me know if you find any errors in the table!

2 thoughts on “GPS-applications to use when traveling

  1. Thanks for the comment! Maybe I was unclear, but I don't have a Garmin or dedicated GPS. I was choosing between using Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and an iPad Air for navigation when I did the chart. I have settled for the more configurable and open Android powered Z4 Tablet.

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