Sunday, February 12, 2012

Offline mapping Android Apps - part 3

Previously I've been testing some Android offline mapping Apps.


You might ask why I didn't try NavFree and its USA counterpart. Well, I didn't know about them, because when you search for offline maps you don't find it. Then, for some reason to get maps / routing for the US you need a different version.


Its billed as

"NAVFREE, THE WORLD’S FIRST FREE CROWD-POWERED NAVIGATION SYSTEM!
Unlike many other "free" satnavs we offer you fully featured, non-time limited turn-by-turn navigation. No hidden payments: after map download you can use it forever for free and update it from time to time, also for free."


At first glance its pretty good. For the non-USA version you can download maps after pressing on 'upgrades'. Not 100% intuitive, does the job.


For v1.x of this app, it needs a data connection to look up addresses, so this is not 100% solution to data-less offline navigation. Seems that v2 will not have this problem. You can work around this by finding where you are going using hotel or airport wifi. You can also look up a few addresses in advance, and they will be kept in the 'recent destinations' list. You don't need a data connection to route to already found destinations


In actual use, its quite nice. By default you get 3D view, and you can choose which voice you want, in a variety of languages as well.


This is what the route looks like




And you can also see start to finish




So far, so good. Over the coming weeks I will test against a variety of addresses and routes.

One great thing is that since it uses Open Maps if there is something broken, you can go in and fix it.

1 comment:

melnichek said...

MapsWithMe is also a great offline maps app for Android and iPhone.