Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic

Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.0
out of 1 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.7.8.0
File Size:
114.06KB
Date Added:
May 26, 2014
Price:
Free; Requires Android phone
Operating Systems:
Android/2.3.3 - 2.3.7
Total Downloads:
1,320
Downloads Last Week:
18
Product ranking:
#6 in Maps
Additional Requirements:
Android 2.2

Editors' review

As a popular community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic relies on real-time user feedback to provide you with accurate live routing, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and automatic rerouting based on road conditions.

Pros

Interactive and fun to use: Social features like the live traffic reports from users, drive-sharing, mapping of your friends' real-time positions, Facebook integration, and Map Chat, together with the playful interface and amusing icons and symbols, make Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic both useful and enjoyable, giving it the air of a fun social app.

Reliable reporting: Because users get points for reporting traffic jams, speed radars, accidents, and the cheapest gas prices, the amount of live-reporting for major cities within this app is more comprehensive than that provided by most other navigational apps we've tried.

Hands free: As you use the app, it learns your usual destinations, automatically sends notifications and ETAs to your friends, and remembers the people you've shared drives with, so that you can focus on the road instead of tapping to access these features manually.

Cons

Privacy concerns: To enjoy all of the app's features, you must share your live location on the map. This social feature can help you meet up with your friends more quickly and avoid the need to call or message them constantly, but makes it possible for others to track you down.

Drains the battery: Using it continuously with the GPS turned on depletes your battery -- this isn't the most adequate navigational app for long drives. The app does shut down on its own after a while if you're not driving, though.

Doesn't work offline: The lack of an offline mode makes it useless in many contexts, like when you're traveling abroad and want to avoid high data charges.

Bottom Line

Practical and fun to use, Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic impresses with the overall quality of its build, being an excellent choice if you live in a city and don't mind sharing your live location with your friends.

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  • 2 stars

    "Does not work as well since Google bought it."

    October 25, 2013   |   By mjhampton

    Version: Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic 3.7.2.0

    Pros

    Waze was a very powerful, easy to use map & navigation tool that monitored traffic and would determine the quickest route to your destination.

    Cons

    Since Google purchased Waze, it's ability to navigate in High Occupancy Lanes (HOV) has been eliminated. Previously, once a vehicle had entered HOV lanes, the navigation would determine your route through the end of the HOV Lanes (if necessary). In one instance, there was an accident in HOV and WAZE directed me out the exit before the accident and back in after it ... that was before Google. Now it does not work in HOV and routes a vehicle out of HOV into the main lines (usually the wrong way down an on-ramp).
    That would normally not be cause for such a low rating, however, the only way to report this navigation problem through the app receives the response, "Waze has no way of knowing the hours of HOV around the country..." (or something equally generic).
    I am being kind with two stars because of the unresponsiveness of the Waze team and lack of support.
    It worked perfectly before Google bought it; even in HOV.

    Summary

    Use to be a great product, now all it is useful for is giving your commute information to Google to store in their database about your personal life.

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