The Good Scout automatically alerts you to bad traffic on your commute. It includes a points-of interest database, a history list, and syncs with a website for saved destinations. The basic app is free.
The Bad You have to pay a fee to download maps in Scout. It does not include routes using public transit or bicycles.
The Bottom Line Scout offers a better feature set, including excellent help for daily commuters, than either Google Maps or Apple Maps, with similarly good route guidance.
Scout finds your traffic-free commute
Between Google Maps on Android and Apple Maps on iPhone, Telenav's Scout navigation app needs more than one good argument to convince you to download it. The best points it makes in its favor include lists for events and points of interest by location, Web site syncing, and, most of all, excellent route calculation.
The basic Scout app is free, but add a Scout Plus subscription for $4.99 per month or $24.99 per year, and you can download maps for offline navigation, extremely useful when traveling outside of data coverage areas.
Scout's home screen looks similar to that of Google Maps and Apple Maps, as it shows your present location on a map and includes an open search box at the top. However, the bottom of the screen adds a row of icons labeled Home, Explore, Recents, and Likes. These icons offer quick access to destination lists.