App Reviews

Garmin U.S.A.

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Garmin is one of the most popular brands in the GPS business. The company has been building cool dedicated GPS devices for years. It has been a bit late to enter the iPhone app business though. The first app released by the company had many shortcomings and did not offer offline maps. Garmin U.S.A has been improved in many areas to offer its users a more convenient navigation experience on the road.

There was a time when GPS apps were selling for close to $100 per copy. Garmin U.S.A. is much more affordable and comes with a ton of features. For starters, it comes with offline maps. That was a huge shortcoming in the previous app by Garmin. It has the same intuitive Garmin interface that we have come to love in our dedicated GPS devices. Its maps cover the lower 49 states.

Garmin USA provides users with voice-prompted turn by turn directions. It pronounces street names for you. To help you find your way around, it covers 3D buildings and landmarks. The lane assistance feature is pretty helpful too. As you can see in the above screenshot, Garmin USA shows you the speed limit so you can avoid tickets on the road.

Have you ever been in a situation where you did not know where you were? Garmin USA can tell you your exact location at all times. It is a pretty decent trip planner (w/ support for multi-stops). Real time traffic and fuel pricing information will cost you an additional $30 though.

Garmin USA is a much better effort by Garmin. It is one of the better iPhone GPS apps on the market. We did have some issues with its voice directions. The app is a bit pricey too. But it can get you to your destination faster.


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