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Appy Friday: Motion X GPS Drive

I am fortunate in that I have a very strong sense of direction. Putting any semblance of modesty aside, I have even found new ways to get from Point A to Point B in cities I’ve never been to before which people who have lived there for years never considered. As a result, I’m the last person you would expect to use a GPS system on a regular basis. There are situations, though, when I have to get to Point B by a certain time and can’t take the time to look over a map to find the best route. Thanks to my iPhone and MotionX GPS Drive, I don’t have to.

Thanks to a great dashboard mounting solution from Pro-Clip and power/audio from my Kensington LiquidAUX, I have my iPhone in a very visible and easy to control location in my car, and it only makes sense to use it for more than just a phone, especially now that the iPhone allows for GPS software.

There are many features which set MotionX apart from other GPS apps. First is the price: At $0.99, this app undercuts many of the GPS apps in the App Store. Since the app uses maps from Bing, all you need is a data connection to have the latest maps available for your trip. You also have the option to pre-load your maps while in a wi-fi location to avoid using up your phone’s data plan.

The amount of information you have at your fingertips is also impressive. Not only do you have the choice of a 2D or 3D map view, you also have turn-by-turn directions, a directions list, a real-time compass, and a data view showing current speed, location, and direction. These are features which most standalone GPS systems offer at much higher prices.

What really sets MotionX apart, though, is the optional voice directions. For $30 a year, you can have your directions announced to you, also just like a standalone GPS system. The voice is very pleasant and gives you notice plenty of time before your turn. Between the excellent maps and voice commands, you feel guilty thinking about getting lost.

You can choose between driving and walking directions and can also simulate the trip when pre-loading your maps. An added benefit is integration with Facebook Places, allowing you to choose locations which your Facebook friends check in at. A new feature, called Tap Tap, allows you to set a destination by simply double-tapping it on the map.

Even without the yearly voice command option, you get a ton of features for just $0.99. Sure, the iPhone has Google Maps built-in, but that pales in comparison to MotionX. If you own an iPhone, this app is a must have, especially at the price. If you already have MotionX GPS Drive on your iPhone, leave a comment with your thoughts on this amazing app.