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Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic

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    Oct. 21, 2014
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    Free; iTunes account required.
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    #16 in Map Software

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Editors' Review


Any developer making navigation apps for the iPhone has to be looking at the impending arrival of Apple Maps with fear, as it will come pre-installed on iOS 6 and offer turn-by-turn voice prompts for free. But Waze can make a few arguments why its navigation app trumps the upcoming Apple Maps.

The Waze app's initial focus was crowd-sourced traffic, and it has evolved to offer full-blown, free navigation. Its social focus is something that Apple Maps will have a difficult time duplicating, but also limits Waze's usefulness in some areas. Waze's traffic features make it useful for everyday driving, even with known destinations.

The interface loads up with a map view, just like a typical navigation app. This map, which can be set to 2D or 3D views, is filled with traffic flow information on streets along with icons denoting accidents, police, and other Waze users. As the local traffic is garnered from Waze users, how well the local roads are covered will depend on the amount of Waze users in an area.

At the base of the map are two icons, the left one opening up a menu for navigation, a mailbox, and a list of nearby incidents, and the right one launching a reports menu. The reports menu lets Waze users notify the system about traffic jams, accidents, and police cars, or just post general notes. Waze has engineered the reports interface to require very little phone use, but it still takes a driver's gaze away from the road. To mitigate distraction, the app also has a voice command function. Once initiated, it walks the driver through a series of voice-prompted steps to adding a report.

Waze keeps its navigation interface simple, with a search box and icons for points of interest, favorites, and prior destinations. In addition, drivers can program in a home and work address, accessible at a single touch to the navigation screen. These saved addresses make it easy to use Waze during the daily commute. As another useful piece of information, Waze includes fuel prices for gas stations in its points of interest database.

Using the search box to enter an address or business name generally results in a list from Microsoft's Bing search engine. However, a tab at the bottom of the screen lets drivers search a number of other Internet sources and the iPhone's own contacts database. Some of the other Internet sources include 4Square, Yellow Pages, and Google. For each location result, Waze shows the map and gives drivers the option to add it as a favorite, start navigation, or include it in a multi-destination itinerary. Drivers can also use voice command to initiate a destination search.

With route guidance active, Waze not only offers voice prompts for upcoming turns, but also recalculates the route dynamically. The guidance screen shows the estimated time to the destination, taking into account traffic conditions as reported by other Waze users. Waze will show the route on its map with upcoming turn graphics at the top, or the driver can view a list of turns for the route.

As free route guidance, Waze works well enough. We set it for a few destinations around the San Francisco Bay Area, a region with many active Waze users. Its voice prompts called out the names of streets for upcoming turns far enough ahead to change to an appropriate lane. It offered multiple routes to the same destination, along with estimated times of arrival using each route.

A few times while using route guidance Waze did not offer what would have been a useful voice prompt. For example, approaching a three-way freeway junction Waze remained silent, and it was only our knowledge of the area that had us taking the center route. Other navigation systems will provide explicit direction when approaching complex freeway junctions. Also, on reaching a destination Waze would not specify which side of the road it was on.

Waze is strictly an online app, and will not work in areas without a wireless data connection. It does not include a means of caching a route for offline guidance, as some apps do.

The maps Waze uses are updated by community members, which can be a mixed blessing. Active users are more likely to keep up with changes in local roads, but in areas with few Waze users, the maps can become outdated. However, picking a few random areas around the country and comparing Waze maps to Google maps showed very good similarity between the two.

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5 stars

"Simple effective graphics and accurate information"

June 13, 2013  |  By ihorpona

 |  Version: Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic 3.7


Graphics, ease of use, accurate


none as yet


Will use instead of Apple or Google maps.

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3 stars

"Overall good app but a data hog on long trips"

December 27, 2012  |  By funinthesun4me2

 |  Version: Waze social GPS traffic & gas 3.5


Very useful and good content provided by user community


on long trips for those that do not have unlimited data plans this is a data hog app. my wife and I share a 1gb a month data plan as that is all we really need. We drove from Jacksonville fl to Charlotte nc on a 7 hour drive and used over 65% of out 1gb data plan, after we arrived we turned navigation off and closed the app but somehow it kept running and the next morning woke to 100% data plan usage. we uninstalled the app.

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4 stars

"Best Navigation App"

July 12, 2012  |  By jjmesa14

 |  Version: Waze GPS & traffic - Social, fun!


Waze is definitely the best navigation on the App Store to date. It gives turn by turn directions and tells you where cops are or where there is a large amount of traffic. AND IT'S FREE!!!!


Sometimes overheats my iPhone and the app crashes.

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5 stars


October 13, 2011  |  By marksendeavor

 |  Version: Waze GPS & traffic - Social, fun!


I find this to be THE BEST NAVIGATION DEVICE out there today!!! Here are a few simple reasons why you should install it and give it a try!!
* FREE!!
* DRIVER GENERATED AND OPERATED, meaning, once you install it and run the application on your phone, it TRACKS YOUR LOCATION and SPEED and lets others know how fast or slow the traffic is.
* You can REPORT these and other HAZARDS=
* REPORT TRAFFIC, (of various degrees).
* INTEGRATE your FACEBOOK FRIENDS and see whom is driving the farthest distance.
* You can PING other DRIVERS along your route and send a quick MESSAGE to other drivers.
* You can set you HOME AS A LOCATION, for faster routing home.
* VOICE NAVIGATION, chose a MALE or FEMALE voice as your default.
* Chose to navigate FASTEST, or SHORTEST ROUTE, as the shortest is not always the fastest.
* Chose what you want your car to be, and color sheme


As with ANY NAVIGATION DEVICE, it occasionally has it's flaws. On occasion, it has crashed or not been able to connect. But, even the high priced navigation devices I've used in the past have crashed as well. So, as a backup, it never hurts to have a secondary navigation device. Everyone I have tried has had errors, but as a whole, this one is the best!!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.9
Version 3.9 introduces Waze Places! Help make information on local places fresh & accurate for everyone.- Easily add or edit places, business or residential- Add driving related info like if a place has a parking lot or drive-thru- Add arrival photos to help others find a place at any time- Drive with Waze until you park: your parking location will be saved automatically. Plus, youll help Waze learn where to find parking & how much time to account- Search autocomplete added worldwide- Multiple bug fixes and optimizations
Publisher Waze
Publisher web site http://www.waze.com
Release Date August 01, 2009
Date Added October 21, 2014
Version 3.9
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Map Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPod Touch (3rd generation or later, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad. iTunes account required.
Download Information
File Size 45.66MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 5,350
Downloads Last Week 18
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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