July 10, 2010

Vic Mahfood

MapQuest 4 Mobile

COST: Free
CATEGORIES: Locator, Navigation, Native, Travel, Utilities
..UPDATED: 7/5/10, VERSION: 2.0.2 -- RATING: 3 Stars..

Developer Snapshot: "MapQuest ® 4 Mobile iPhone V 2.0 speaks street names aloud, re-routes automatically, and runs in the background with iOS 4 making FREE navigation easier."

Getting around in town can sometimes be tricky, especially if you're in a hurry to meet a friend. There's absolutely no time to get lost. If you can't afford a stand-alone GPS navigation unit, then you will certainly appreciate all the benefits of MapQuest 4 Mobile. Some of the super helpful features of this navigation app are as follows:

• *NEW* Spoken Street Names keeps concentration on the task at hand while providing the most critical information needed in an easy-to-understand medium: the street name where to turn- spoken in a friendly voice (e.g. 'turn right on Colfax').
• *NEW* MapQuest 4 Mobile organizes the myriad of purposes afforded by fast application switching and background GPS (via iOS 4) by continuing Voice Guidance & Spoken Street Names whether on a call, listening to iPod, or saving battery with the application hidden.
• *NEW* Auto Re-Route eases the stress of a missed turn, by automatically recalculating the way to the destination. No interaction with the device is necessary.
• Auto-Advance Feature improves "Find Me" by using iPhone® GPS to automatically locate you within your driving directions, recognize when you have taken a turn, and prepare you with the next maneuver - all without having to touch the screen.
• Energy savings mode allows you to set the power consumption level for MapQuest® 4 Mobile - NOW with a medium setting for continued voice guidance when the screen dims!
• Walking directions (pedestrian mode)
• Highly usable driving directions featuring an oversized display as well as landscape mode orientation.
• Save Maps and Routes on MapQuest.com and retrieve on your iPhone®.
• MapQuest® place carousel allows you to easily display locations for hotels, movie theaters, gas stations, and more with a single tap.
• Negotiate difficult turns/sets of turns with orientation arrows when viewing directions in map mode.
• Free-form search for businesses and places.
• Make your own my position icon representing You on the map. Use the built in camera or choose from a variety of existing icons.

The many features of MapQuest 4 Mobile are very similar to other paid navigation apps on the App Store. Definitely try this one out to see if it will be sufficient for your needs. I especially like the Auto Reroute and the spoken street names which certainly raises the bar of this app. Try MapQuest 4 Mobile next time you are going somewhere unfamiliar on foot or by car. The free features of this app are very definitely worth it!

--OS and Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 3.0 or later. iOS 4.0 Tested. Rated 4+.
--Tip/Tutorials: GPS features require an iPhone with GPS functionality. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Languages: English
--Developer Link: MapQuest
--Twitter Link: @MapQuestTech
--Facebook Link: MapQuest

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