Five alternatives to Here Maps on Windows Mobile
On Tuesday, Here announced that by EOH (end of the half of 2016), their mapping system would no longer be available on Windows – either phones or desktop.
Considering that the maps had incorrect information (such as SC Route 78, when no such thing exists), it is not as big of a loss the Windows phone community is making it out to be.
Below the fold are five alternatives – both free and paid – to Here Maps:
- Simple OSM. This is the map app I use most frequently. I downloaded this onto the Lumia 822 that I wound up having to give away because Verizon Wireless wanted me to pay $400.00 in deposits just to activate the phone. This map has followed me ever since.
If you want to get this app, please be reminded that you will have to pay $1.99 to get it.
- MapFactor GPS Navigation. This is a map app I discovered while reading Windows Central. It has two types of maps, one a minimalist free download that uses OpenStreetMap information, the other is a Pro version that uses the TomTom mapping system, has significantly more information and costs $16.90 USD before taxes. I would recommend this map only if you have space or a microSD card to use, since even the free map downloads use up nearly 2 GB of space.
- Sygic: GPS Navigation, Maps & POI and Route Directions. I have never used this app personally, but I do hold the app in high regard because of the TomTom navigation system. The app is free to download, but you must shell out $59.98 for a lifetime of downloads and updates worldwide plus HUD in the States.
- Navigon USA. With all due respect to our worldwide readers, this is a US-centric site. With that said, coming in at $39.99 just for the app, Navigon is perhaps the most expensive alternative to Here. The range of functions on this app is so extensive, you’re getting your money’s worth. Unfortunately, you must have at least 1 GB of space either on your phone or your microSD card (Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone 8.1 only).
- Windows Maps. Yep. The map that comes preinstalled on all Windows 10 devices, including the Xbox One. It uses Here Maps’s HUD and all, the only thing it doesn’t have is the Here name.