Android app review: Waze
June 8, 2011 - I used the app today to get to an unknown
location. After loading my destination, I discovered that I
was wrong about the audible turn-by-turn instructions (or it
was added in a recent update). They do have them, and they
worked almost flawlessly. The building I was looking for was
right off the main highway, so rather than informing me of
my last turn the nice GPS computer lady said, "You have
reached your destination." Where? I turned around and made a
quick right and there it was. - GT
is an app for your Android device which claims to be a free
GPS navigation tool with turn by turn directions. The
difference between Waze and all of the other traffic
trackers is that it is updated in real time by the users on
the road. And there are a number of other cool features to
their app which allows you to report a condition live or
inform others of a speed trap (hopefully not as you're being
So, does Waze work as they claim? Absolutely, kind of.
I loaded the app, turned on my GPS (required) and hit the
road. I switched the screen to the Me On Map mode which was
perfectly tracking my location and displaying my speed. The
short explanation is that when you hit a traffic jam of any
kind, the Waze system notes your slowdown (along with others
in your area) and notifies other members that that area is a
problem. Unfortunately, I must have been the first, or only,
member heading west on I-94 toward downtown Detroit when the
completely shut down the expressway. Well, at least now
other members may see that there is a big issue on that
road. There is also a feature where you can take and upload
a photo of your current situation. Since I was at a dead
stop, I took a shot of the snafu and uploaded it. Quick.
Easy. Pointless unless there's something cool to look at.
Although Waze boasts over 3 million users, I think most of
them are outside of the United States. Once their numbers
grow here, this app will become more and more useful.
There is also a Reporting option where Waze users can report
accidents, speed traps, traffic jams, speed cams and more.
There is even a Waze chat room where drivers can text in
their road rage.
I need to explore the app more, but so far it works
excellently as a GPS navigation tool, with the only drawback
I see being that you don't get turn by turn voice
instruction. Maybe on the next update.
The potential for getting real time information on
everything that is going on the roads is incredible.
But, mostly, I want all of you to download and use the app
so that you can let me know when I'm approaching a cop with
a radar gun.