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Best Sat Nav Apps Round-up


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Got a new smartphone? If so, you’ll probably want to download a sat nav app for it. If you’re ever lost on the road, having navigation on your mobile means you can always get back on the right track.

While TomTom and Garmin dominate the standalone sat nav market, there's now much more choice when it comes to software, as there are plenty of developers who offer free and paid apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. However, it can be difficult to figure out which one suits your needs best.

Check out all of our top picks from the list below, or flick through the round-up by clicking the arrow above.

Best Overall Sat Nav App | CoPilot Premium UK & Ireland

Best Sat Nav App over £35 | Garmin UK & Ireland

Best Sat Nav App Between £25-£35 | TomTom UK & Ireland

Best Sat Nav App for Windows Phone | Nokia HERE Drive

Best Free Google Maps Alternative | Navfree GPS UK & ROI Street View

Best Free Sat Nav App | Google Maps

Best Sat Nav App for social integration | Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

In this best sat nav apps round-up, we've looked at simplicity, accuracy, app size, value for money and features. We've also been sure to consider both types – free and paid – and note which platforms each app is available on.


December 19, 2014, 1:15 pm

I thought Google Maps can now use offline maps??? So you don't necessarily need date during your journey.


December 19, 2014, 1:57 pm

I've heard that the TomTom app checks for licensing info on startup and if there's no mobile data signal it won't start. So, whilst maps are saved on the device it can't be used if there's not at least 3G coverage at the beginning of the journey.

Not sure if it's true but maybe a user of the app can confirm this?

Peter Whitehouse

December 19, 2014, 8:58 pm

Is HERE drive not available on IOS or Android?


December 21, 2014, 1:33 am

You don't really need anything other than Google Maps. I have Co-Pilot and Google Maps Navigation and I think the routing on Google Maps is better, along with voice recognition which Co-Pilot doesn't have.

If you really need bells and whistles, particularly traffic, it's better to get a full, top end TomTom device - the routing taking into account traffic and congestion is excellent (albeit at the price of a subscription).


December 21, 2014, 1:35 am

It's a faff though as you have to select and save the map. Also the app purges the saved data about a month.


December 22, 2014, 10:03 am

Although I agree Google Maps is excellent (as is Apple Maps
for me) as they offer a lot of the features you want of turn by turn navigation
and traffic warnings, however I would add that they are both excellent right up
to the point your signal drops or you go overseas (so roaming becomes an issue),
after which it’s useless! However in those cases NavFree is a great (free)
alternative, so I have both on my phone just in case


December 24, 2014, 3:11 pm

I tend to use my phone when on holiday anyway, so I tend to make sure I have some sort of data allowance. Not sure what other companies do, but with Three (the mobile carrier) for example, you can use your UK allowances in certain countries such as USA, Australia, France, Italy etc without any charge. For countries not included, I just buy a EuroPass for £5.




January 26, 2015, 2:11 pm

It is now I believe

Tim Staffell

February 8, 2015, 8:54 pm

'Here' has a number of irritating flaws. It used to be better than it is now...if I stop to take a phone call while I'm navigating; and leave the app temporarily, when I go back into it, the direction of travel has swung round 180 degrees, and the stupid voice over tells me to do a U-Turn to get back on course, even though I'm still facing in the original direction. Also it takes some unbelievably crazy directions...it'll go out of its way to take me to a Dual Carriageway even if there's a faster direct route on an A road. Bizarre...

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