Quick Route is my new favorite routing app, not least because it’s so bike and pedestrian friendly (regular readers will know how I feel about those death boxes they call “cars.”) It’s optimized for the iPhone 5, it exhibits the level of design and polish you’d expect from a developer who also works for Panic, and it has a unique and neat way to pick your origin and destination.
The app uses Google’s data, so you can actually find where you want to go — you can even search on terms like “sushi” and the results appear on the map.
Talking of maps, the app uses Apple’s tiles in iOS 6, and is split into two sections which expand when you need them. The top one is the origin, the bottom the destination. You only ever see one, but their search bars are persistent so you can quickly access them. Searching is done via text search, or hitting the crosshairs to find your current position, or by picking from your address book.
Re-routing can be done at any time, and you can pick walking, transit, bike or car as a method of travel. The app also ties in to the Maps app’s transit function, so if you find yourself in the maps app and you need more accurate results, you can quickly send your search to Quick Route.
I love it. The app is fast, good-looking and very easy to use. Plus it’s only $5, which means you should probably just go buy it now.