One of the major drawbacks of non-mobile networked tablets and devices is that some of the apps can be considered useless beyond a reliable Wi-Fi service. In fact, the Wi-Fi within some locations can still be frustratingly slow, especially when it decides to be obstinate just as you have assigned students with a task.
The Maps.Me apps are fantastic for this, as they make maps downloadable so can be used on tablets outside the range of any Wi-Fi or mobile service – and the app is available for the main tablet stores. Another added bonus of this app is that there are free Lite versions, as well as a premium (£2.99*) versions which allow for enhanced features. The maps are specially compressed, so will not take up to much storage on devices and the download for each country required doesn’t take long.
- offline maps of any country
- all details on the map
- your current location determined by GPS
Whereas the Pro versions support:
- offline search on the map
- bookmarking places
- map rotating
- sharing bookmarks via sms, email, etc.
- auto-follow mode
We explored the Pro version on iPad recently, and it is a very fast, reliable app. You select the country/countries you want to download whilst you’re connected, and then the maps are available once you are offline. We found the maps to be very detailed (although not to an Ordinance Survey level of detail), with the search facility being especially of use. Paper maps are great, but this app would be good for any geographical mapping skills task, basic outdoor mapping tasks, or for an exploration of local areas – inside or outside of the classroom.
Click on the various Stores below to view the Maps.Me App:
Apple App Store: For iPhone and/or iPad – Premium Version or Lite Version.
Google Play Store: Compatible with devices running Android OS 2.1 and up – Premium Version or Lite Version.
Amazon Android Store: Premium Version or Lite Version.
Blackberry World: Pro version is available for BlackBerry OS devices (10.2.1+).
*Price correct at time of publication