Friday, September 24, 2010

Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation with Waze app- Review + Giveaway!

It's officially fall, and along with cooler weather most families start trying to plan some sort of staycation or vacation before it really gets cold. Our family is the type of family that goes for a drive during the weekend, just to get lost and find something that we haven't seen in our area. We've stumbled across some really unique places (like Monkey Island), and some well known areas (like Old Town). I was recently introduced to Waze (www.waze.com), a free app that relies on user-provided info to get the latest on accidents, detours, traffic jams and police activity.

With Waze, you’ll know when traffic gets better or worse, what roads to avoid, and where the police are hanging out. Plus, you can keep the kids entertained with the Pac Man like game that allows you to hunt for cupcakes while on the road.

Waze is a great tool to use to help improve your commute (and your sanity). It is a new program, but with the help of YOU and your friends, Waze can become the next "must have" social mobile network. Take the Waze Guided Tour to learn more about this free app for your phone.

Waze definitely has a lot of potential, and although my phone won't support the app at the moment, I've used it with my sister's smart phone and I absolutely love it. I can't wait until I get my new phone in February so I can use it during all of our explorations. It has a ton of potential, and with more users participating daily,

Our friends at waze.com have offered us TWO $25 Shell gas gift cards to give away on 4BabyAndMom so you can get out and explore your area using their new app!

Here's How:
Download the app to your iPhone, Android, smart phone,Windows Mobile, Symbian and other devices (listed at waze.com). There is a beta version for the BlackBerry, as well. After you've downloaded it, go for a drive, and come back and tell me what you think. Leave your user name along with your comment to verify that you've downloaded the app.

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    47 comments:

    Karenk,  September 27, 2010  

    I downloaded the waze app to my iphone and then went for a drive a crazy app but its cool my user name is karenk5

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    agordon10 September 27, 2010  

    Alot of these types of apps look and sound cool, but they never are realtime.

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    Lauren @4BabyAndMom September 28, 2010  

    Agordon, be sure to try it out for yourself. As your car moves, it moves on your map. If you don't have a map, it creates and adds the road as you drive. It really is super neat, and I recommend checking it out.

    Karenk,  September 29, 2010  

    Yes Laureen I agree it is a very cool app very different than the others :)

    sarah September 30, 2010  

    i don't have a smart phone, but this sounds like a great app!

    erin m. October 01, 2010  

    I downloaded the app--I live in Los Angeles so this is great for any appointments I need to get to!
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    ferriz October 01, 2010  

    ive had waze for a while now. There is a steep learning curve but it is tons more fun than normal gps!

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    iplaytrack1224 October 01, 2010  

    Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
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    coriwestphal October 01, 2010  

    I downloaded the app last week and I love it! I used it on my iTouch and it worked great! Not a lot of input in my area yet, but I guess I'm one more! And by username I'm assuming my iTunes user id so it's coriwestphal.

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    loni October 02, 2010  

    Doesn't seem to be up to date enough for me

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    Suz October 02, 2010  

    The app is a cool concept, but it isn't in real time.

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    Jake, Sydney, Beckham, Holden and Buddy the beagle October 02, 2010  

    Just tweeted! twitter.com/1hotsoccermom

    Jake, Sydney, Beckham, Holden and Buddy the beagle October 02, 2010  

    Downloaded it to my Android just barely. Can't wait to try it out!

    Jake, Sydney, Beckham, Holden and Buddy the beagle October 02, 2010  

    Just LIKED Waze on Facebook. :)

    Jake, Sydney, Beckham, Holden and Buddy the beagle October 02, 2010  

    FOLLOWED Waze on Twitter!

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    Erica C. October 02, 2010  

    I downloaded it but there doesn't seem to be much activity :(

    slehan October 02, 2010  

    My phone makes phone calls. Period. So I can't download/use the app. It sounds like a great app. But I sure could use $25 gas card. Thanks for the contest.

    Dr Stone October 06, 2010  

    Great blog! I've read a few posts here today, and wanted to leave at least one comment. I'll be back!

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