City Maps 2Go, by the German developer Ulmon GmbH is an app that delivers fully interactive city maps all over the world straight to your device. They also claim that everything is 100% offline and that no data roaming or WiFi are required and that this includes unlimited Wikipedia travel guide downloads. Let’s find out if this app can deliver on its big promises.
This map app is designed for both iPad and iPhone and is about 14 MB in size. That is of course without all the maps, so make sure WiFi is available when you prepare for your trip.
I start searching for maps around me (which is a clever option from the app) and it comes up with a few maps where I am, and a few with a distance between myself and the map mentioned. When clicking on the map of the area I’m in now, it comes up with “You have 2 FREE map downloads left”. Wait a second. I was promised unlimited interactive offline map downloads, and now I find out I only have two?! And I obviously need WiFi to download them. I am not sure which of the other promises this app makes I should believe. After using my other free map download I quickly find out I need to invite friends to get more downloads.
Map details, interactivity and other options
Playing around with the two maps I downloaded, I quickly found out these maps are very detailed and up to date. All the roads that you would expect on a map like this are there. You can find all kinds of things nearby, like hotels and restaurants, while some hotspots on the map also have instant Wikipedia entries available. You can easily create bookmarks, To Do lists and notes, as well as drop pins on the maps to create your own notes right there and then.
The app is also linked up to booking.com, where you can instantly book a hotel via the app. You can start your own friends list and share all kinds of map and travel information with fellow users. The app loads relatively fast, but zooming in and out can take a while. Considering it’s just loading from your device, and not from the Internet, it’s quite surprising.
I would recommend this app, but please link up with me so I can get some more maps. It’s ideal to have maps available to you offline, especially when outside 3G/WiFi areas. All the extra features the app has to offer are nice, but not necessary, the maps are where the beef is.
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.