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Recent updates have made it so you can label a place instead of being stuck with some address or GPS coordinate and forgetting what it represents. Saved places show as stars and are all on one layer as long as you're logged in. There is also the ability to create maps (parallel to groups) for things you might not want to see or have show up all the time whenever you're using google maps from day to day. This feature is highly helpful for planning, even if you're a person who likes to wing it. See More
Two negatives about this feature is you have to be online to be able to save a place, but it is stored off line once google map gets on the net and syncs. The other negative is there is no visible label for saved places, you have to click on stars to see the label for them. See More
Google Maps offline maps update automatically in the background. Not a problem if you're using a sim card in your phone, but if you connect to a pre-paid hotspot that the phone recognizes and connects to as a wifi device you risk burning through your data allotment. The offline maps can be set to update manually, but this is not default behavior. See More
Nearby my house, there is major road construction in progress. Apple maps didn’t show this at all, but google maps did. There was also a new, small road that was finished around 3 days ago. Google maps shows this road. Apple maps still hasn’t shown the major construction. See More
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Each waze user has the ability to report traffic and road information changes as well as accidents, road closures, police locations and other alerts in real-time. This information is then displayed on the map to benefit other drivers and used to recalculate optimal route. See More
Navmii GPS World (Navfree) uses OSM (OpenStreetMap) data which means it stores the maps on local storage so the user can use the app offline with zero data usage. This is great for those that need to use a navigation app but will have no data connection. See More
GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic offers an in app purchase to add on a Heads Up Display for the app. This works for nighttime driving by placing ones device up by the windshield and the device will reflect all information in the windshield for a convenient hands free experience that is on the level of where ones eyes already are. See More
With an apple watch paired with your iPhone, haptic feedback alerts you just a few seconds before a turn comes up. This is distinct from the audio alerts that say in 1 mile, or half a mile or even a quarter of am mile, the haptic feedback vibrates even closer to the actual turn than audio cues. The feedback is also slightly different from left turns, right turn and straight ahead. It takes time to distinguish the difference but in time you might. None of the competitors have haptic feedback close to turns. It could be due to Apple being stingy with the API or if competitors have simply not developed the feature into their apps. It makes navigating to new places much more relaxed as a deaf person since it is no longer necessary to depend so heavily on the street name, exit, or tracking the guiding line (remaining blocks) on the map as a turn comes near. See More
Apple maps is not as good about lane shifts and names of streets where you need to turn. It's not possible to skip to the next turn like you can with Google Maps so as to be prepared for quick successions of turns. Terrain details are very bare while cross streets make things feel busy. Cross streets are great for learning a new city, but distracting when you're just trying to get from point A to point B. See More