Best free navigation apps for Windows phone 8

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Are you sick and tired of finding yourself lost every time you go out for a drive? Has stopping your vehicle and rolling down your window to ask for directions become second nature for you? Worry not; here are best free navigation apps for Windows phone 8 that are going to help you reach your destination in record time.

HERE Drive

This app has to feature on the top of this list for reasons more than one; the HERE family coming as the in-built navigation software on the Windows 8 platform certainly helps. This app is the epitome of good design, and all the buttons and font are made huge to assist the driver. Adding the options of offline navigation and vocal guidance were a masterstroke, and I can personally endorse this app. (I don’t do that very often)

The easy-to-use HERE Drive app! Simply click on the button to get accurate directions.

The easy-to-use HERE Drive app! Simply click on the button to get accurate directions.

You can also set your favourite location and HERE Drive saves it for your easy access. It is little things like these that make this app stand out among the other navigation apps out there.

The HERE Drive app accounts for real-time traffic delay too. How cool is that!

The HERE Drive app accounts for real-time traffic delay too. How cool is that!

This no-nonsense app gives you vocal guidance on the go

This no-nonsense app gives you vocal guidance on the go

Download Here Drive from Windows app store

Waze

If social networking based on vehicular traffic is what you wanted, it is never going to get better than Waze. This app takes community based mapping to a whole new level, and you get updated about road blocks, diversions, traffic intensity and cheap petrol pumps while on the go. Its very tagline “Outsmarting traffic, together" gives you the idea that this is not another run-of-the-mill navigation app. The very first time you launch Waze it comes up with a page full of its terms and conditions of use, since it is going to be using your location and other such data for helping other drivers.

Here's what the menu page of the Waze app looks like

Here’s what the menu page of the Waze app looks like

Although Waze tries its best to deliver what it promises, it is only as useful as the other drivers in your locality. If it is just basic directions you need, you may want to give this app a miss. However, if you want to stay alerted about the latest updates regarding your driving route, go ahead and give Waze a try.

Directions on the Waze app

Directions on the Waze app

Different routes you can use to get to your destination. Look out for the traffic congestion signs!

Different routes you can use to get to your destination. Look out for the traffic congestion signs.

Download Waze from Windows app store

Destination Manager

Ever found yourself in a new place with no knowledge whatsoever about the places near you? Me too! This is where the Destination Manager app comes to your rescue. With various options such as food, travel, emergency, utilities and also the lesser known ones such as places to practice yoga and meditation, this app contains a comprehensive list about all the places of interest near you.

Find accurate directions to all the places of interest near you using the Destination Manager app!

Find accurate directions to all the places of interest near you using the Destination Manager app!

Once you find what you were looking for, you can get detailed directions to that particular place with just a click. Do keep in mind that since this app is powered by Google, the map does take some time to load. Apart from that, this app is the whole package when it comes to finding fun things to do near your location. The attention to minor details (you are provided with contact numbers of restaurants for take away) is appreciable and guarantees great user satisfaction.

In the mood for a Pizza? Destination Manager is here to guide you all  the way!

In the mood for a Pizza? Destination Manager is here to guide you all the way!

There is some noticeable lag for the map view to appear. You have been warned!

There is some noticeable lag for the map view to appear. You have been warned!

Download Destination Manager from Windows app store

GPS Voice Navigation

After the HERE Drive app, available exclusively on all Nokia Lumia phones, the GPS Voice Navigation app is the next best thing to come to the Windows Phone platform as far as navigation apps are concerned. This app, powered by Google Maps and developed by Melon AD, truly delivers what it promises and is a must-try for the average driver.

The GPS Voice Navigation app makes sure you are never lost again!

The GPS Voice Navigation app makes sure you are never lost again!

Accurate directions and distinct vocal guidance are, without doubt, the USP of this app. However, the default units system is American-based and tends to confuse you by using units such as “miles" and “gallons". Though this can be changed once you access the settings page, it would be great if it is automatically set according to your current location. Also, the free version entails unreasonable battery drain and no background activity. However, the paid version addresses these issues and is definitely worth a try.

With the user-friendly interface, the GPS Voice Navigation app does not disappoint

With the user-friendly interface, the GPS Voice Navigation app does not disappoint

The step-by-step directions ensure that you reach your destination soon!

The step-by-step directions ensure that you reach your destination soon!

Download GPS Voice navigation from Windows app store

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