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GPSnote app review: notes to mark your travels



Sometimes it helps to have a look at things in a visual way. We remember things better when they’re presented to us with pictures. It stands to reason that if we want to create notes about the places we’ve been or want to go to, we can benefit from doing this with a map. GPSnote does exactly that. It might take some getting used to, but it’s a nice idea. This is a free app, compatible with iPhone, iPad, and the iPod touch.

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Keep Notes on Your Travels

Apps that rely on GPS technology are becoming more prevalent all the time. Our world would be quite a different place without these little satellite powered apps. GPSnote is another app that takes advantage of this technology. It’s a simple app, but it accomplishes what it sets out to. Now you can add notes on the map for everyplace you’ve ever been, or plan on going to. At 0.44 MB, this app barely takes up any space at all on your device.

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Have you ever thought about picking a place to visit by closing your eyes and placing a pin on a map? With GPSnote you can do just that, and leave yourself a note to remind you of your plans. It’s simple, yet functional. My biggest problem wasn’t with the way the app functions, but with what it really has to offer. Is there a real need to pin notes on the map to set out your travel itinerary? I didn’t find a lot of use for it, but perhaps it’s more down to personal preference.  

Map Use

Using the app is pretty easy, but you need to make sure you’re connected to GPS first. When you open the app you’ll be presented with a map that automatically defaults to your current location. You can pinch to zoom in and out to find other locations you may want to leave notes at. It functions very much like any other GPS mapping tool you may have used, so there shouldn’t be too much of a learning curve.

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To leave a note at your current location, all you have to do is tap on the green pin that appears on the map to indicate your location. You’ll notice a text bar appears at the bottom of the app when you tap on the pin. Type your note here and hit enter to save it. Do you want to create a note in Dallas because you’re going there on your next business trip? Simply zoom in or out to find Dallas on the map, then tap and hold on that location and you’ll see a text box asking you if you want to create a note where you tapped. If you made a mistake tap on no, otherwise tap on yes and follow the same procedure you did for creating a note at your current location. Do you want to edit your note? No problem, just tap on the purple pin that indicates an existing note, then tap on the yellow icon on the right to edit it. If you wish to delete the note, tap on the red icon on the opposite side. This app works well, and it’s fun to try: I just couldn’t see this as a really useful tool.



Pros and Cons


  • Easy to use
  • Works seamlessly


  • Not very useful as anything more than a gimmick

Travellers End

This app provides you with a good tool for leaving notes on a map. You can leave notes where you’ve traveled and where you plan on traveling in the future. It works well; I just don’t see a whole lot of demand for something like this. 



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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.