Telenav's Scout is my preferred iOS Maps Alternative

Summary:With Apple failing to deliver a solid map experience, alternatives are surfacing. I took Telenav's Scout for a test drive, and it has become my preferred iOS Map App.

Following the Apple iOS 6 release, users around the world posted pictures and comments about Apple's new Maps app, highlighting its inaccuracies. As a result, Tim Cook posted an apology, and then directed iOS users to alternatives, including Bing, MapQuest and Waze, and web-based Google or Nokia maps. In addition, the company created a dedicated area on the App Store that highlights Navigon, Scout, Garmin and MotionX, just to name a few.

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Over the years, I've tried just about every GPS App out there, with Navigon ranking as one of my favorites. However, when it came time to grab real-time updates and turn-by-turn in the early days, I gravitated towards TeleNav. Then as TeleNav continued to improve, the only thing that I didn't like was the interface. Enter Scout.

My co-author, Matt Miller, highlighted Scout as an iOS 6 Maps replacement a couple of weeks ago, but I'd already been using it for a couple of months, so I was glad to see it getting some recognition.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I've been doing a lot of traveling. One thing that I can't live without while traveling is a solid GPS solution. Thankfully, Scout has delivered time and again.

If you're not familiar with Scout, it uses the insides of TeleNav and bit of TomTom and delivers a great voice-guided (free for a limited time) turn-by-turn experience. Telenav paid particular attention to the user interface in Scout, and as a result, from the home screen you can instantly navigate to a Place (lodging, movies, gas, and grocery, just to name a few), previous destinations, search for a destination, and even see the weather of your current location. My words can't do the interface justice, so I included pictures below.

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In my usage, I've driven all around Atlanta, Boston, Rhode Island, and parts of Connecticut, and never once encountered a situation where I couldn't find my location. In addition, Scout features the ability to download regions of the United States to use navigation when there's no cell coverage. This has helped since there are times in a route where the cell signal drops, and in other map apps, I'm left with not hearing the next turn. I've also used it, mid-route, to find the nearest gas station, and when driving, if I pass a destination, it re-routes effortlessly. 


I've read some complaints on the App Store and in other places about the App not having addresses in it. In my travels I've yet to come across that, and I've visited places that are not more than two years old.

Scout is currently free in the App Store, and for a limited time, includes free voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, via Scout Plus. In my case, I paid $10 for unlimited usage of voice-guided turn-by-turn before the special offer came, but it's a $10 well spent.

Check out Scout in the App Store and share your comments below.

Topics: iOS, Apple, iPhone

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With more than fifteen years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands, technologies and services into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the Vice President of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider. Prior to Mobiquity, Evans was Managin... Full Bio

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