Sure, Google offers free turn-by-turn navigation for Android smartphones as part of Google Maps. But iPhone users aren’t without options. There are a number of paid apps in the App Store that offer similar capabilities for the iPhone. But Skobbler is a free app that appeals to the cheapskate in me.

Unfortunately, the app is a bit rough around the edges. That’s at least partially because it relies on OpenStreetMap, a crowd-sourced map service that’s sort of like Wikipedia, except instead of user-edited encyclopedia entries, you have user-edited locations and geographic features.

The app features a big “bug” icon, allowing you to report incorrect data if, for example the app suggests you go the wrong way down a one-way street. With reports coming out every year about people driving into rivers or trying to walk across crowded highways because their GPS units told them to, I have to wonder if Skobbler is a good idea. On the other hand, if you go into it knowing that you’re using a free, crowd-sourced navigation app, then maybe you’ll be a little less trusting — because I know you’re really looking for a navigation app that you can’t trust.

Skobbler is available as a free download from the App Store. You can find a few more screenshots after the break.

via Gizmodo

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...