If you own a small business, drive for a living, or even if you're a busy mom, when you get in the car for a work trip, meeting, or to run an errand, the trip is never as simple as traveling from Point A to Point B. There's usually points C, D, E, F and G too. To make matters more complicated, the route you take on the road could mean a huge difference in terms of time - and money - saved.
And wouldn't you know it, the one thing Google Maps isn't good at is providing navigation for trips that require multiple stops. With Google Maps alone, you'll have to enter the addresses of your destinations one by one, without a traffic report or an idea of how long each leg of the trip will take. Plan the route poorly and you could end up criss-crossing and zig-zagging all over the city. As the popular meme says, "ain't nobody got time for that."
Luckily, there are great apps for both Apple and Android gadgets to give Google Maps a boost it where it needs one. Check out the Navigon from Garmon app. But, before we even get started with the Navigon from Garmon app, let me disclose that this is a pretty expensive app at $29.95 for Android and $49.99 for Apple devices. That seems like a high price, but there's a lot of interactive features you've never seen with any other navigation app.
As you can imagine, for that hefty price tag, it's loaded will all the features you would expect for a route planner. It can choose the best and optimal route between multiple destinations and can help you avoid traffic jams. But unlike the other apps on our list, Navigon can work without an Internet connection and can give you turn-by-turn voice directions, in the car, on a bike or walking, without having to use Google Maps.
On top of that, you can get 3-D maps, see up to three suggested routes, and it even has a lane assistant that will make sure you're in the correct lane before you pass that hidden and sneaky exit.
As a reminder however, keep in mind that running GPS on your smartphone will drain the battery pretty quickly. Be sure to keep a charger in your car, like this one from Kim's Shop, to avoid a disaster!