The app is a gem

Before we left I went looking for a mapping app for my iPhone that would work without Internet access and so incurring data charges. looked to fill the bill and so I decided to give it a try.  I downloaded the maps for free and went with the free version of the app for a start.  Now I can’t imagine being without it.

I haven’t tried the routing tool as yet – no bike version exists so far.  But on the road it proves invaluable at points.  The GPS works really quickly, locating your position and can be orientated by the compass points.  The maps appear and can be changed in size and details in moments – instantly really.  No reason to be lost ever again.

Better still, the app is a great way to explore and make sense of the options around you at moments of indecision.  Say you are at an unmarked and unsigned fork on the road.  Left or right? allows you to explore what’s ahead on each choice – without wasting a wheel turn.  It is also great in showing what sort of consequences will follow such choices.

In short it’s a very useful tool and far more useful than my Garmin Edge that cost a fortune a few years ago.  I’d never buy another now.

Anyone else had the same experience – or perhaps not?


6 thoughts on “The app is a gem

  1. I don’t have experience with that app (I don’t know if it’s available for Androids), but I have been using google maps more and more often. It’s not fool-proof (I’m not sure where it was sending me for the post office yesterday), but combined with good old, “Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to the post office?”, I’m doing alright.

    I do love hearing about apps that are tried and true. How did we ever travel without our devices?


    1. Yes, Leah, there is an Android version I believe. I can’t say I’ve tested it anything like fully yet, but so far I am impressed. And of course it’s free to download and use. Let me know how it works out if you give it a go.


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