If you own a Windows 8, Windows 10 tablet, then you’re probably looking to get some good GPS apps for it, since it doesn’t make sense to buy a standalone GPS device for that; we have collected some of the best navigation software for you to use.
We all know that when planning a trip to unknown locations, a great deal of research must be conducted before hand. Routs have to be carefully planned before adventuring into places one has never been before, to avoid getting lost and in order to save up on time and money.
So having around a good GPS program to rely on is a very important thing to have for travelling lovers and people who have to go travel a lot of the time. And in Windows 8, Windows 10 you can be sure to encounter a full host of appropriate GPS apps which will help you plan your routes very easily. We’re going to examine the best of navigation tools to use.
Some of the best Windows 8, Windows 10 GPS apps you need
Waze is a navigation tool that doesn’t need any introduction. This community-based tool is one of the most popular navigation apps out there, with millions of active users.
Using Waze is fun, as you can directly interact with other users and drivers. You can also meet up and coordinate with friends on the road.
You can contribute to the app’s reliability by feeding it with real-time traffic and road information: you can report accidents, hazards, police presence and other events.
Waze key features include:
- Complete voice guided navigation
- Automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change
- Save frequent destinations, commuting hours and preferred routes
- Earn points and move up the ranks in your community as you contribute road info
2. Windows Maps
Windows Maps is Microsoft’s official navigation map. The Redmong giant decribes it as your guide to everywhere.
Indeed, this tool software supports voice navigation, as well as turn-by-turn driving, transit, and walking directions. If you need an offline map, don’t worry, this tool also supports offline navigation.
If you really hate switching navigation apps when using different devices due to incompatibility issues, you’ll really love Windows Maps. You’ll get the exact same experience across all your Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft’s navigation app adds a very interesting and unique navigation feature to the table: you can explore the world in 3D and virtually visit more than 200 cities in the world.
3. CoPilot GPS
CoPilot is a navigation app used by millions of drivers around the world. Most of them are professional drivers and chose CoPilot due to its high quality offline maps for fast and accurate guidance.
This app supports voice navigation (available as an in-app purchase), automatic routing and recalculation, safety camera alers, as well as information about speed limits and speedometer.
You can test CoPilot for free for seven days. If you prefer not to subscribe to the service, the free version of the tool still offers you free offline 2D street maps, multi-stop trip planning, itinerary and preview directions, and more.
GPS Navigation & Maps by Sygic is one of the most popular offline GPS navigation maps in the world. It is powered by high quality TomTom Maps that will take you from A to B in a jiffy.
The free version of the app offers offline TomTom maps, POIs, route planning as well as free map updates.
You can also upgrade to premium and enjoy a series of useful features, including: 3D maps, turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation, lane guidance, speed limit warnings and junction view with lane indicator arrows at complex intersections to help you better navigate.
Maps Pro is one of the most advanced Windows 8, Windows 10 GPS apps you can find in the Store. For one, it allows the users to choose the style of the map he/she is more comfortable with. The range of choice is pretty vast and includes 20 styles ranging from Nokia, MapBox, Stamen, OpenStreetMap or Bing Maps. The app allows you to find places via its very advanced Direction feature.
You can find out information by entering the address of the place or with the help of geo-location. The app allows you to choose from three different ways of covering the distance: Driving, Cycling or Walking. There are over 80+ categories of places of interest to be showcased on your map like restaurants, parks or hotels. The app offers a free trial of 7 days but after you will have to pay $2.49 to purchase it.
This is an old school GPS app for Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows RT which quickly displays your location. It is also able to calculate the course data from where your GPS receiver is detected via orbiting global positioning satellite signals. All you need to do is set the right parameters and the app can direct you the Colosseum from the place you are staying in, if you happen to be in Rome. GPS Satellite for Windows 8, Windows 10 will map your location and the path you choose to travel by. Users can also add geocache and geo-location points, which can later pop on the map.
MapSpeedo is another awesome Windows 8, Windows 10 GPS app created to help you better navigate the urban environment and due to its speedometer based GPS will provide very accurate information. The maps within the app can come in three types: Road, Aerial, Bird’s Eye. MapSpeedo will automatically detect your location and then show you how much time it will take to get to a place based on your speed.
For the passionate traveler, here is a continuously updated Windows 8, Windows 10 GPS app that features the best travel guides for major cities across the world. No matter where you are off to, Word Explorer uses GPS location features to direct you to the most posh spots in town. Find the best restaurants or gift shops or the most interesting museums and monuments to visit.
Word Explorer functions as a mini encyclopedia, providing you with detailed information about the city you are in. But on top of that you get the must see objectives of the area, plus how many meters until you arrive at the destination. Each objective is rated between 1 and 5 stars as to help you decided which is worth visiting and which is not.
9. ViaMichelin [Free]
ViaMichelin is one of the best GPS apps, and this time I really mean it, because when this post was originally created, there weren’t so many GPS apps in the Windows Store. You can check out our review for more details, but what you need to know is that it comes with a bunch of useful features, such as interactive map displays, advanced route planing options, car parks, petrol stations, the weather and traffic in real-time.
MapFactor Navigator is a very useful turn-by-turn GPS navigation sofware for Windows phones, tablets as well as PC.
If you need a navigation tool to use offline, then this is the perfect choice for you. The app installs all the maps on your device or SD card, allowing you to find your bearings without an Internet connection.
MapFactor offers a series of interesting and useful features, including:
- Truck restriction information
- Speed cameras and overspeed warning
- Map color themes, many customization options
- Navigation profiles for each vehicle category: bus, truck, bicycle and pedestrians
GMaps is the closest thing that you can get to Google Maps on your Windows 10 phone, tablet or computer. For the time being, there is no Official Google Maps app available in the Microsoft Store.
GMaps supports a series of map layers, including street, satellite, traffic, bike, weather, and more. Local Search lets you search for nearby venues, while the Discover feature offers a series of in-depth search criteria.
The app displays a series of useful navigation information, including different routes depending on your vehicle type, alternative routes and restrictions, driver mode, etc.
GMaps also support third party integration, allowing you to view directions through 3rd party apps like Waze, Nokia Drive and others.
You can also share your current location using map information by sms, email, and more. Night mode is also available.
If you’re looking for the voice navigation version of GMaps, then GPS Voice Navigation Free is the right GPS tool for you.
All the important driving information is available on the map, while your virtual copilot will offer you spoken turn-by-turn directions.
Maps are accurate and the tool provides overall excellent clean navigation for your device.
The app interface and navigation instructions are available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Bulgarian.
Navigation software for PC
There are many interesting and useful navigation software for PC as well. So, if you’re planning to use your laptop as your primarily navigation device, download and install these tools to help you quickly find your bearings:
Have you used other navigation software apart from the ones listed above? Tell us more about your experience in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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