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MapQuest Android app offers a new way to find your destination

by Caitlin M. Foyt

MapQuest for your Android phone might not be on par with Google Maps, but it's still pretty decent.

MapQuest has pretty much everything you'd expect from a GPS program. In fact, it seems very similar to Google Maps. It has spoken directions and street names, traffic information, points of interest and voice recognition.

To get started, type or speak your destination into the search bar. MapQuest will default to a map, so you tap the "List" button for turn-by-turn directions to your destination. If you're headed to some kind of business, this option will also give you a phone number, a website, reviews, hours of operation and accepted payment types.

The app takes things a step further, and gives users a kind of dashboard that instantly navigates to nearby restaurants, coffee shops or parking garages in a single click. About 20 different icons line the bottom of the screen. You can even search multiple business  destinations at one time, perhaps restaurants, coffee shops and bars, for example, just by keeping the icons selected.

The app is also fairly smart. If you are close to a destination, MapQuest will ask if you prefer to walk or drive.

MapQuest wasn't quite as intuitive of an experience as Google Maps, though that's probably only because I'm used to my Google software. Its maps, though, were very clear and easy to understand. The icons kept things organized, and, from what I could tell, the directions were accurate.

I'm already quite pleased with my Google Maps navigation package, but it doesn't hurt to have another option.

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