Waze is a new navigation app that will put your phone's GPS to shame!
Star rating: 5/5
Available on: Android and iOS
The navigation is relatively the same, but Waze's additional features definitely put it above the rest. These features include:
- Traffic reports
- Police reports
- Accident reports
- Scheduled rides
And so much more! The app is so easy to get, so easy to use and acts as a lifesaver when you're heading on the road.
Go to your app store and type in "Waze" to get this new amazing app. Once installed, open it up and let it get ready to completely change your driving experience.
Then it's time to get started. Simply read and accept the terms and conditions and you're set.
First, the app will ask permission to access your location - this is pretty much a no-brainer, they need your location services to get you around with the correct reports and navigation. Then, once you have allowed the app to access your location, a map will appear showing where you currently are, so you can get started. It also shows you the amount of Waze users (or "Wazers") nearby, and the number of reports that Wazers have sent through that affect your nearby surroundings.
Unique to Waze, you also have your own Waze profile. You can decide to put a name and picture or remain "invisible" to other Wazers. This profile feature allows you to plug in your specifics and make travelling with Waze easy - Waze just wants to get to know you.
Another unique feature is to add friends (other Wazers you may know) and to join teams. When you add friends, you will be able to see their ETA when you are travelling to the same place. Basically, this feature allows you to keep an eye on your friends and make sure they leave and arrive safely.
Another unusual feature - you can pick a mood! Just like making a status on any other social media platform, Waze allows you to tell the app how you are feeling. The mood options are super fun, including ninja, sunflower, cat and other fun emoticons!
Another way that Waze makes travelling easier is the ability to set your home and work address on the app. That way, instead of typing your addresses in, you can say to your app "take me home" and the directions will be there. Yup - voice control is here too!
In an additional attempt to get to know you and your travelling routes a bit better, Waze allows you to add your favourite locations and stores. That way, it can always have a look out at these locations so you can be prepared for your journey there.
Another great feature is allowing Wazers to plan ahead. Have you ever wanted to know how long it will take you to drive to a certain place at a specific time... only later? You can do that here. You can allow your Waze to sync with your phone calendar and even Facebook events, as well as allowing you to plan a ride separately.
This next feature is an interesting, fun accessory to the app: Scoreboards, ranks and Waze Levels. You can move up your ranking and add to your scoreboard by simply using the app. For example, drive using Waze 3 days in one week and it will unlock new features on the app. The same applies for "Waze Levels". When you first join, you are a Waze Newbie or a Baby Wazer. However, the more and more you use the app, the higher your ranks get. This is such a fun feature and makes using the app exciting!
The app allows you to view a lot of options in your settings, which will allow you to change or modify any features on your app or account details. It even allows you to change the display and sound.
One of the greatest features on Waze is, as previously mentioned, its report system. You can read other reports (or they will be automatically provided to you), but you can also help a lot of Wazers out by making your own reports: traffic, police, hazards, accidents and more!
As far as the navigation goes, the app is so much more simple and accurate than any other GPS system most people have used.
The speedometer, we find, is one of the most special features of this app. Not only does it show you how fast you're going at all times, it detects when your car is moving and disables texting - preventing people from texting and driving, and making the road safer for everyone.
AppNations 100% recommends this navigation app - it has everything you already need, and SO MUCH MORE that you want!
5-star rating for Waze!
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