Excellent! Brilliant GPS Maps are very reasonably priced at 1.99 per square. Excellent GPS tracking. Feels very polished and clean UI and navigation through the app. The ONLY thing I wish I had was the ability to drop and name custom pins onto the map as though I were writing in Biro on my paper maps. Can this feature be added please? - To other 1 star reviews, initial download of 350mb is tiny and is an initial mainframe of the map service. I have found no bugs and the price per square is bang on compared to paper maps.
Not an alternative for dedicated GPS Firstly at £1.99 the maps are far more expensive than paper. Eighty pence for each 10kx10k tile would make it comparable with paper. I've spent over £60 on maps in six months. The app is minimalist, sure you can download a GPX route and track your movement but that's about it. Off route alarm, approaching next way-point alarm, compass, total climb ... forget it. I run the app on a Nexus 4, of late the current map location has become internment and my track log turns itself off without warning. No clue why, my other GPS based apps say the GPS signal is fine. Also the app flattens my battery in about 4 hours so it's hopeless for a days walking. OS you need to get a grip!
GPS bit slow. A few simple improvements needed. Really slow getting GPS lock, even when other apps already have one, and slow to recover GPS after app switched out and back in. Could do with buttons to zoom in/out to point where 25k/50k maps kick in if available. I'd really like this app to be able to overlay maps with the coverage area of the available paper maps and also to allow me to track which ones I own. That would be consistent with the advice not to rely solely on electronic mapping.
Great maps, but expensive, and nearly unusable The maps are brilliant, but pretty much everything else about the app is pretty dire. Render times are a bit sluggish, the GPS pinpointing is a bit hit and miss and has a tendency to whizz around all over the place. Possibly more importantly, it's VAST - it steals all the phone memory, and cannot be moved to the SD card. I've had to move all other available apps to the SD card and even delete a few others that like this, cannot be moved. I'm going to be hitting over 1GB data fairly soon at this rate
Good maps, not so great app In my review of a previous version I said the maps were good - still true - but the app needs work. They have since updated... potentially nice new features and interface but very buggy still. I am particularly annoyed by the app mis-identifying selected streets - not just naming a street some distance away but even getting that street's town/city wrong! I'd say no info would be better than wrong info. Come on OS: let's get the quality here that paper map users have learned to expect from you.
A great opportunity squandered. A massive app (almost 1GB) which doesn't want to move to SD storage (WWWHHHYY??) Also, if you buy lots of maps, it's very hard to identify which you would like to download, as there is no easy way to see which tiles are appropriate for which area (other than trying to buy them again). If you're using multiple devices, i.e. a tablet and a phone... you'll buy a tile on your tablet at home, then go out for the walk you had planned and find that it will not download to your phone. If you try to re-buy it, you can not (as you already have it). It seems to take a number of hours for tile availability to update on the other device. As others have mentioned, the GPS location can be a bit twitchy. The GPS trail recording does work, but battery life can be an issue. It think the devs should actually try and use this on a regular basis!
-Fixed route export bug
-Tutorial text and images made clearer
-Corrected crashing bug appearing on devices running Gingerbread
We have investigated an issue and have found that the Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform does not correctly open offline maps. Google’s engineers are aware, and we are hopeful of an update.
Here is the link for the Android bug report: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=61881
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