MapsWithMe Pro Review – The best offline maps app out there
On October 9, 2013
App Type: Uncategorized
Version #: 2.4.7
Date Released: 2013-09-29
Price: $6.99User Rating:
Though Apple Maps have improved a lot lately, it isn’t quite yet capable of over throwing Google Maps as my first choice. And I was very excited to find out the tricky way to cache G maps for offline use, but the ‘area limit’ was a blow off. Now, I have finally found an offline maps app worth keeping – MapsWithMe Pro. Offline Maps.
The app opens directly into a World atlas with My location, Search, Download and Bookmark options. Packing just the things we need, the interface is clean and easy to use. The canvas is similar to the ‘standard’ ones in Apple and Google Maps, showing only the Roads and Points of interest.
The ability to download huge chunks of maps is my favorite and probably what makes it worth the price. Thanks to their revolutionary compressing technology, even entire continents can be downloaded in under 50 megabytes. It took me less than 5 minutes to download the India pack! So if you’re new to a city and are on roaming or wtih a Wifi-only iPad or at a no-signal area, MapsWithMe Pro is a life saver.
The Search button can be used to find places as well as POI like Airports, Restaurants, Gas, ATM etc. And this works even in offline mode! Also, you can bookmark and share your location or destinations with friends and family via email, message or a link.
The only thing I miss is the real-time navigation option, but it seems too much for an app to handle offline. If you’re walking or can navigate by yourself, it wouldn’t be much of a problem, though. But I can assure that this is the best as far as saved maps are concerned and definitely does it better than Google.
In short, if you’ve been waiting for an awesome downloadable maps app or are planning to go on a trip abroad, MapsWithMe Pro is a must have!
Would I Buy Again:Yes.
Who Is It For:Frequent travelers and Wifi-only iPad owners.
What I Like:Ability to save very large areas.
What I Don't Like:No real-time navigation.
Final Statement:Best in what it does!
*** TechCrunch: "What they [MapsWithMe] offer is significantly better than Google Maps offline..." ***
• All countries, all cities. Get the app once, use it many times!
• Completely offline. No internet connection required. Save money on roaming charges.
• Really fast. No grey squares anymore!
• Offline search. Find everything you need of all the objects available on the map in a second!
• Map rotation. Rotate the map with your fingers manually.
• Auto-follow mode. When the auto-follow mode is on, the map automatically orients itself to the direction you are moving.
• GPS positioning. Locate where you are with the GPS positioning and compass.
• Bookmarks. Add any place to the bookmarks list. Then find it easily again and again.
• Import/Export of bookmarks. Send a set of bookmarks to your friends via email or add bookmarks from other maps to MapsWithMe. KML/KMZ files are supported.
• New! Location sharing. Send a pin of any place on the map via e-mail or sms. Share with friends your current location.
• Innovative map data compression. Maps size is impressively small. Download maps in seconds, navigate through them smoothly.
• Thousands of POI. Thousands of POI converts the app into your own city guide.
• Perfect to navigate. Currently the app has no navigation feature, but auto-follow mode, fast rendering, precise GPS positioning makes it a perfect tool to control your direction while driving.
Need offline map integration with your app? We offer developers to expand functionality of their apps with offline map. MapsWithMe API is completely free and allowed for personal and commercial uses. Check more info here: https://mapswith.me/api
We are always working on new features and would love to hear from you on how you think we could improve MapsWithMe. If you have any problems, just contact us: [email protected] We respond to every request.
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Article By Roshan
From the first iPod Touch till the new iPad Mini, Roshan has loved each of his iDevices and has been busy tweaking and getting the most out of them. As a Med student from India, he splits his time between studying corpse and writing about his iOS passion. When not on the web, you could find him glued to TV Shows, movies or the bed! Recently, he has taken upon the role of an appreneur and is currently working on a revolutionary new app, Cyan for Facebook.
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