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Friday, 13 January 2017

Pocket Earth - App Review



At the simplest level, if you haven't got an unlimited data plan, and are interested in maps then, this App is great. But, that would be to sell this App far short of its capabilities.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The home page has a map of the world where you are invited to drop a pin, which you can name, colour, iconise (all right to all you pedants, that's not really grammatically correct but, you know what I mean).

In order to do this you will need to press on the map briefly to mark a location (which can also be used as a point on a route later), and you can then personalise it to your heart's content. Part of the information that you get are the co-ordinates to 5 places of decimals, which makes it easy to share with others, although the App itself goes one step further in allowing you to directly share the location and information by e-mail (automatic link created for viewing in any browser, as well as the App), Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, or even Facebook Messenger.

Enter a starting point and a destination and get a route prepared (driving fastest/shortest, cycling, or walking).

You have the option to use the All Online, WiFi Only (no mobile data usage), or Off-line.

The Settings will blow your mind... in a good way.

As such a fully-featured App deserves, there is a built-in Manual which is clearly written and comprehensive.

This really is a very complete map and route App.

Cost
The App Costs $5.

Indispensability
If you're happy with iOS Maps and Google Maps then, either you are easily satisfied or, you need to experience more to see what you're missing.

Dependability
No complaints on this score; you are even made aware of the memory usage for off-line maps.

Security
In order to make your life easier, it is best to allow the App access to your location, as it will save you having to enter it (if it's a starting/end point). You can, optionally, enable synchronisation so as to have the information from your favourites available across multiple devices (so long as you are using the same Apple ID).

ACIDS Test Rating:

To paraphrase the developer: Have fun NOT getting lost with PocketEarth

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Pocket Earth here and support for the App here.


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