OffMaps 2 Lite
By iosphere GmbH
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OffMaps 2 Lite provides you with an offline map to Berlin. Access a searchable map, your position and bookmarks wherever you are, even offline and abroad. OffMaps 2 Lite stores the map directly on your device and lets you search the map offline.
Save data roaming charges abroad with your iPhone or turn your iPod or iPad into an indispensable travel companion.
✔ Offline maps with search
The map is rendered on device delivering a crisp display on retina and standard displays. OffMaps 2 Lite uses up-to-date crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap (the Wikipedia of maps) that offer a lot of useful information beyond simple roadmaps from ATMs and bus stops to restaurants and bars.
✔ toptable restaurant recommendations
Discover restaurant menus and recommendations by toptable - offline - and reserve a table directly from the app.
Just what I needed
I recently spent 3 weeks in Berlin and this little app was super helpful. I ran the whole trip in airplane mode but was always able to find where I was with this even without the GPS turned on. The searchable feature was perfect. I just typed in a street I was one and I quickly found where I was. Great for finding bus stops, tram stops and the U and S ban stations. The other nice feature was icons showing restaurants. While not always accurate for what was there I used it to find streets or areas with a high concentration of places to eat and then just looked for the busiest and went there. Always had a great meal that way!
The data base could be updated but for basic navigation this worked perfect and way better than a paper map!
But remember you might actually know how to read a map using it this way, but the compass helps that as well.
This gives a good taste of what the full app can do, which is purpose of this Lite version. I can browse around the map of Berlin while in airplane mode, search by a variety of categories such as sightseeing, restaurants, and emergency. It took the app a while to load the first time, and some of the street names are oddly doubled. (I think this is because they are showing up as having a median, so each side is labeled, thus doubling the label.) Next time I travel abroad, I'm likely to buy the full version.
Great for Berlin
Yes, this free version is for Berlin only, but If this is your destination you are in luck! The offline locative capabilities are priceless for an international traveler. I found the public transport feature to be the most useful. Also of note is the ability to save your own location bookmarks. This app NEVER FAILED to find my accurate location. Kudos.
There are really only two slight disadvantages to this app:
1.the transport map takes too long to load at times and the magnifying glass pointer is a little buggy.
2. I don't find this app is particularly useful for finding restaurant, shops and so on. It didn't seen to have been designed for that purpose anyway. I use Tripadvisor for that instead.
However, for navigating around town and saving your custom points of interest you simply can't do better.
- Category: Travel
- Released: Apr 07, 2011
- Version: 1.10
- Size: 90.8 MB
- Languages: English, German
- Seller: iosphere GmbH
- © iosphere GmbH
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.