Friday, September 7, 2012

Smartphone App Review Fridays - WAZE!!!

I'm not a huge Droid App person.  Sure, I have all the basics, and some awesome add-ons.  The App that makes my phone into a bright flashlight.  The one that that gives me access to a bunch of newspapers.  The drudge report app.  Bloomberg app.  I'm a fan of Instagram too.

But those are toys people, not tools.  Waze is a tool.  In fact, it's the last GPS you will ever use.

Waze is a gps app, developed in Israel!!! (They have offices in Raanana and Palo Alto - sweet combo).  It's on Iphone, Droid and some other systems no one actually uses (yes, I'm talking to you, Blackberry).  On top of the fact that it's directions kick Garmin's ass, it also is in real time and interactive.  it gives you traffic updates, tells you where there are accidents and slowdowns, and even tells you if an upcoming traffic light has a traffic cam attached to it.  Damn!

It has the points of interest stuff and even real time gas prices, reported by other users.  Damn!

Waze is so awesome because it's interactive.  It takes information from other drivers who report stuff. In addition to turn-by-turn voice navigation, real-time traffic, and other location-specific alerts, Waze simultaneously sends anonymous information, including users' speed and location, back to its database to improve the service as a whole.  Yes, I cut that last sentence straight out of Wikipedia.

 And get this, we were driving the other day on a highway and we were coming up to a bit of a slow-down.  So we slowed down.  Waze ASKED US WHY WE WERE SLOWING DOWN!!!  Damn!

And to top it off, it's free App to download and it gives really good directions.  Better than my crappy Garmin, which I don't even use anymore.  Also, there's a social aspect to it, with games and chatting and other crap I'm not really interested in.  The more you participate, the more your Waze avatar advances in this social world.  Whatever.

One downside, Waze burns through your battery real quick, so make sure you have a car charger handy when you use it.

7 comments:

  1. Personally a big fan of Waze. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Why not just use Google Navigation? It's ridiculously awesome.

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  3. Miles - With a name like "Miles to Go", Waze is the perfect app for you! Welcome to commenting

    Ezzie - you are your Google. Waze is better than google, which is not awesome, buyt adaquate.

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  4. Also personally a fan of Waze- great app.

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  5. I wonder if it also works with Ovi (the Nokia brand smartphone stuff), cuz that's what my smartphone runs on. Nokia is bigger in Israel than it is in the States.

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  7. You were on top of this App months before Facebook and Google all went after buying it!

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