Gaia GPS is built for people who are offline and dirty – hikers, hunters, offroad drivers, geocachers, trailrunners, researchers, and other woodsy people. Motion-X GPS is a good, cheap tracking app, and it appeals to a more urban audience than Gaia GPS.
Our price is higher because we have features and maps for our special audience that Motion-X does not have. Buy both apps and compare – you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a refund for Gaia GPS, for any reason.
Topo And Aerial Maps
There is no comparison between the maps in Gaia GPS and Motion-X.
Motion-X has stock maps you see in any app. Gaia GPS has the very best topo maps of the world, including government topo maps and international topo maps of the world, along with multiple sources of aerial imagery you can download for offline use, topped off with a big catalog of things like geology, public land, and National Park maps.
Motion-X GPS doesn’t have modern syncing capabilities like Gaia. In Gaia GPS, you can share links to any tracks or photos (Dropbox-style), and have your data synced across all iOS devices, computers (or even Androids), backed up to GaiaCloud, and up on cloud.gaiagps.com.
Motion-X shares your tracks to Facebook in an old-school way, but it’s just a standalone iOS app, and you’re out of luck if you want to use Motion-X on the web, or on an Android.
Motion-X is a good app, and they even update it a bit, even though they have much bigger successes (Jawbone and their Drive app). The custom UI in Motion-X is skeumorphic and cool, if a little retro under iOS7.
So, check out Motion-X GPS, but we think Gaia GPS is the only app for people who spend time in the woods and need serious tools.