GPS Navigation App on iPhoneYour iPhone has likely come to replace several of the items that you used to carry around with you. You might not carry around a point-and-shoot camera anymore, for example, and you might have abandoned the standalone iPod MP3 player. Yes, you may have even gotten rid of your personal GPS navigation device, because the iPhone has several GPS navigation apps that you can use for that purpose, complete with points of interest and turn by turn directions.

Perhaps you’ve turned to Google Maps for this purpose, but there’s a problem with that and other apps like it: they require an active data connection. This isn’t so bad when you’re in the city and you know you have an ample 3G plan, but what about when you’re running low on your monthly data or you happen to be somewhere without reception? What if the cellular signal drops? For instances like those, it could put your mind at ease if you were able to store all that map data locally on your iPhone. And thankfully, there are several iPhone navigation apps that allow for just that. Here are six such examples.

TomTom US & Canada

TomTom iPhone navigation app

TomTom iPhone app

TomTom continues to be one of the most trusted names in the GPS industry, even if fewer people are buying actual TomTom GPS devices these days. You can get the “most car-like” experience with this app, but it’s even better. Yes, the maps are stored on your iPhone memory and you don’t need a mobile signal, but you can still get free daily map updates via the Map Share feature. There are millions of pre-loaded points of interest, but the app can also connect to the web to allow for searches via Google and event lookups on Facebook. Additional features include traffic information, street names, emergency menu, and iOS multitasking support.

iTunes App Store: ($59.99)

AT&T Navigator (Subscription)

Apple iPhone AT&T Navigator App

AT&T Navigator for iPhone

While other similar apps, like the TomTom one above, can cost you upwards of $50 or more, the free AT&T Navigator app sounds like a bargain. Unfortunately, while the app itself is free, you do have to pay a subscription fee. You can pay $9.99 per month or save a little money with a $69.99 annual subscription. These charges show up directly on your AT&T bill and, not surprisingly, this app will only work with iPhones on the AT&T network. To get the offline data, you will need to download the regional maps and point-of-interest content beforehand; otherwise, the app will fetch this data on the fly.

iTunes App Store: (Free)

NAVIGON North America GPS Navigation App

NAVIGON iPhone navigation app

NAVIGON iPhone navigation app

Compatible in both portrait and landscape orientation, the NAVIGON app also provides offline access to all the maps that you need and it does so with several additional features that you’ve come to expect from a quality GPS navigation app. For instance, you get to choose between a 2D or 3D perspective. There’s also a Lane Assistant Pro function, plus real road signs, a speed assistant, route planning, pedestrian navigation with the iPhone’s internal compass, Google Local search, and a nifty Reality Scanner that uses Augmented Reality.

iTunes App Store: ($59.99)

Magellan RoadMate North America

Magellan iPhone app

Magellan iPhone app

One of the biggest prices that you’ll pay for an offline GPS navigation app for the iPhone, aside from the actual monetary cost of the app, is that they tend to take up a lot of space. This is because you do get a lot of mapping data. The Magellan RoadMate app is no exception with the North American version clocking in at a hefty 1.66GB. As far as features for this specific app, you get lifetime map updates, a “junction” view, safety alerts, POI sharing, highway lane assistn, and in-app music control.

iTunes App Store: ($59.99)

North America – iGO Primo App

iGo primo for iPhone

iGo primo for iPhone

You see how most of the other offline map apps cost in the neighborhood of $60? That’s not the case here, as the iGo Primo app is less than half the price at just $24.99. It supports seven different languages and utilizes robust text-to-language technology for accurate pronunciation of city, street, and highway names. The junction view is handy too. If you don’t need turn-by-turn navigation and only need the maps, though, you’re better off getting the “lite” version, as that one is a free download.

iTunes App Store: ($24.99)

CoPilot Live USA

CoPilot Live iPhone app

CoPilot Live iPhone app

What’s that? $25 is still too much? What if you could get an offline turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for the iPhone that only costs ten bucks? That’s the case with CoPilot Live. For that price, you get detailed street-level information, free map updates, 3D and 2D driving views, ClearTurn imaging for highway exits and complex intersections, waypoint support, and millions of pre-loaded POIs. There is also an upgraded Premium version ($19.99) with additional features, including 12 months of ActiveTraffic.

iTunes App Store: ($9.99)

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