Poison Maps (“POIs on Maps”) is the ultimate app for finding Points of Interest anywhere in the world. It includes millions of POIs and routes, all stored on your device for use even when offline.
The app contains every possible category of POI: food, hotels, banks, toilets, fuel stations, tourist attractions, leisure, parking, shops, hills, towns, transport, hospitals, churches, schools, libraries, civic buildings, rescue services, and much much more.
It also contains 4 million miles of colour-coded routes, such as railways, subway maps, bus routes, cycle routes, hiking trails and ski pistes. The POIs and routes are all taken from the fantastic OpenStreetMap project.
The app includes many unique features:
• a toolbar at the bottom of the screen that allows you to display what you want in just 2 or 3 taps;
• signs pointing to offscreen POIs, so that you never miss a nearby POI;
• compass, radar and scanner modes that display the nearest POIs in different ways;
• a unique gesture that allows rapid panning by temporarily zooming out (using 3D Touch when available);
• back and forward buttons that help you retrace what you have looked at (like on a browser);
• an Apple Watch app that shows what you want in only a few taps (or just one tap of the complication);
Compass mode simply shows signs to the POIs. This is particularly useful when you just want to know what is around you or which way to head, and you haven’t got time to inspect a map, such as when cycling or hiking. It also works offline and is perfect for people who hate maps: they just follow the sign to where they want to go. It is also great at viewpoints to identify what hills, towns and structures you can see.
Radar mode and Scanner modes are similar but also include a map that rotates around the current position. They include radar “rings” to show the distances from the current position. Scanner mode uniquely positions the GPS dot at the bottom of the screen so that you can see much more information in the direction that you are pointing.
The unique panning gesture requires just one touch of one finger instead of the multi-finger gymnastics required by the traditional “pinch to zoom” approach (although that is still available). It also provides a quick way of zooming out and back in again when you are not sure what area the map is showing. It is a brilliant and completely original use of 3D Touch but also works fine on iPhones without it (using a long touch).
The Apple Watch app also allows you to select any category in just a few taps. When you have selected a category then the nearest POIs are shown on a mini-map with the details listed below. The watch app also provides navigation to a POI, and you can even phone a POI from the watch!
These are just some of the unique aspects of the app. All the usual map features are also provided, such as super-fast searching, directions, bookmarks, POI information, favouriting of brands, and much more. You can even create your own POIs, such as where you parked your car.
Note: This is the full global version – if you want to give the app a try first then please click on the 'Related' link above and install one of the regional versions. Not only can you try the app for free, but these versions only take up about the same space as 2 or 3 music albums.
Now compatible with iPhone X and Apple Watch 3.
Updated with the latest data from OpenStreetMap: Now almost 30 million POIs and 4 million miles of routes for use even when offline!
Ratings and Reviews
This is the POI app you're looking for...
Whether you're looking for food, lodging, fuel, this app has it all...every conceivable POI you can think of and not just in the USA, but in the entire world. Looking for a restaurant in Budapest, Hungary? Done. Need a hotel in Bombay, India? Done. Searching for gas in Santiago, Chile? No problem. The interface is also really clean, all labels are easy to read. The usage of actual company logos on maps is a nice touch. And if you're wondering if Poison Maps POI are superior to Apple and Google maps, the answer is a resounding yes. All in all, a five star app, that's invaluable for domestic and international travelers. Buy it, you won't regret it!
Very useful POI Map
I am surprised that this app does not have more downloads and reviews. It is a very useful map for the traveler or tourist who may be looking for Points of Interest along the way or wherever they are staying. POI categories include Amenities, Food, Leisure, Motoring (including fuel and parking), Shops, Tourism, Transport and Various. It also has the ability to add user created POI's. So whether traveling or playing tourist in your own state, Poison maps is a useful tool for finding a new coffee shop, cafe, pub, park, etc. Try it, you will like it :)
Watch App Blank
This app doesn’t appear to work on the watch. The menu appears but when I select any POI category the map page is totally black.
Developer Response ,
Apologies that it took a while to update the watch app to work with watchOS 4. This has now been fixed in the latest version, along with support for the iPhone X. Please try it out if you have time.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.