The Best Way to Navigate: Why I Don’t Have a Single Favorite GPS App for CarPlay

When it comes to using GPS applications on your iPhone with CarPlay, it’s easy to default to one app for all your trips. However, I have discovered that different apps can be used for different types of journeys. In my experience, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze each have their own strengths and weaknesses that make them suitable for various situations.

Starting with Apple Maps, it has improved drastically in recent years and offers a beautiful and intuitive interface, especially for urban use. While it may not provide real-time traffic information as accurately as the other apps, its three-dimensional design of buildings and streets makes navigating through the city much easier.

Waze, on the other hand, excels in providing real-time updates on traffic jams, construction sites, and radar warnings, making it ideal for medium-distance trips. The strong community participation in Waze ensures that you are always aware of road conditions and can make informed decisions about your route.

For long-distance trips, Google Maps emerges as the best choice, offering a balance between detailed information and user-friendly interface. It provides essential information such as traffic jams, road works, and radar locations, making it a reliable companion for journeys over 400 kilometers.

While I assign each app to different types of trips, I also utilize Google Maps for restaurant reviews and location information when not using CarPlay. By leveraging the strengths of each app, I can optimize my travel experience and make informed decisions on the road.

In conclusion, having a variety of GPS apps at your disposal can enhance your navigation experience and ensure a smooth journey regardless of the distance. So next time you plan a trip, consider using different apps for different purposes to make the most of your iPhone and CarPlay compatibility.