Waze - GPS, Maps & Traffic Review

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Waze Navigation and Live Traffic is a specialized navigation app for drivers that tracks road conditions, such as construction, traffic jams, police patrols, etc. It’s also a parking assistant and a media controller. You can download Waze Navigation and Live Traffic for iOS and Android devices.

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Functionality – 5/5

Waze Navigation and Live Traffic app allows you to build routes considering real-time road conditions. The app can edit your route instantly to avoid slowing down. The integration of music apps makes it possible to play and control tracks, radio, and podcasts right within the app. The gas station navigator is a way to save money by picking up the cheapest. Waze can also work eyes-free due to the voice assistant.

Design – 5/5

Waze Navigation and Live Traffic latest version has a simple interface which is typical for navigation apps like Google Maps. You can switch between a 3D and 2D map. All road-signs are big enough to be readable on small screens. To avoid distraction, all signs are divided into categories, so you can search objects of a single category at a time.

Usability – 5/5

This navigation app allows you to receive the most recent information from roads around your area. For this Waze Navigation and Live Traffic review, we used the app for a month on the streets of 5 cities, and it managed to raise the average commuting time on 20%. Voice control and assistant makes driving with the navigator much safer. For the same purpose, you’re allowed to control your music players like TuneIn, Play Music, or Apple Music without the need to switch between apps.

You can view locations around you in such categories, as parking (with real-time free space tracking), gas stations (with prices), food, coffee, shopping areas, pharmacies, grocery stores, and medical services. Arrival time is usually quite precise as it’s based on the average time of other users.

There’s an integrated planner that allows you to create routes in advance to save you time in the morning. Just choose the one you need and go. You can also add recurring routes to Favorites.

Cross-platform use – 5/5

You can install Waze Navigation and Live Traffic on iOS and Android devices. Older versions for Windows Mobile are also available, but they may lag because support expired. You can also view the service map via any web browser. Full info about traffic, accidents, and other conditions will be available. Unfortunately, you can’t choose categories in the web version. It’s also compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay.

In-app purchases

You can get the free Waze Navigation and Live Traffic app on App Store and Play Market. You can also order the app to be sent on your phone via the website. All features of the service are free. You don’t have to download any additional content as well.

The Bottom Line

Waze Navigation and Live Traffic is an excellent free user-powered navigator. It’s very useful in cities with heavy traffic and frequent roadworks. It allows you to be aware of all road issues in real time 24/7, get automatic suggestions, listen to music safely, and find all popular destinations in several taps.



Download Waze Navigation and Live Traffic to have a reliable car and pedestrian navigator that works across the US and Europe.

Pros : Destinations divided into categories;
Automatic route suggestions;
CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility;
Real-time traffics info.

Cons : Windows support expired;
Doesn’t ask you before rerouting.

Functionality 5

Design 5

Usability 5

Cross-platform use 5

Average : 5.0


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  • How to turn off the pop-up reports?

    To turn them off, you have to turn off the "Download traffic data" Advanced option.

  • When are weekly points calculated in the Waze app?

    They are added up from Monday through Sunday.

  • Why isn't the location of other users in the Waze app accurate?

    There is a delay by 2-5 minutes for better security concerns, server, and network data capacity.

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