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Mapping applications for your phone

Since this post was originally published in 2011 there have been a lot of changes in the apps that use Ordnance Survey mapping or data, but this post is not being updated.

We now have our own official apps available: see our OS Apps Page for more information, as well as a software development kit to make creating new apps based on Ordnance Survey data easier.

Location based applications are big business in the Smartphone market and none more so than apps using Ordnance Survey data. Recently, we’ve had calls and emails from the public through our Customer Services Department and posts from our Facebook wall, asking which applications are available.

SmartPhones
With the help of my colleagues Phil, Stefan and James; we’ve compiled a list of the free and paid for mobile mapping applications available.

Application: OS Atlas
Platform: Android
Scales: 1 50 000 – Streetview
The OS Atlas application features smooth scrolling a compass, augmented reality as well as paths and waypoints. There is a free and paid version, the latter has no advertising. This application is suitable for rambling and getting around town.

Application: CompeGPS
Platform: Android, iPhone and Windows mobile
Scales: Topographical and 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
The CompeGPS is an on and off-road navigation system, which will assist you whilst driving and enhance your outdoor experience whilst hiking, biking and geocaching. You can load tracks, routes and waypoints for your adventure. The software can be purchased from their online store.

Application: Mudmaps
Platform: iPhone
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
Mudmaps offers you a range of mapping for your outdoor adventures. It uses the iPhone’s inbuilt GPS to work out where you are and displays your location on screen, then it’ll work out where you need to go next. The app is available to download from their online store.

Application: Anquet
Platform: iPhone
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
There are easy route-planning tools that enable you to plot routes on familiar digital mapping directly on your iPhone and all the virtual GPS functions you need to find your way on the hill. The app is available to download from the iPhone AppStore priced at £19.99.

Application: Memory Map
Platform: iPhone
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
The Memory-Map mapping application turns your iPhone into an outdoors GPS. It allows you to view and navigate with our maps as well as topo maps, marine and aviation charts. The app is available to download from the iPhone AppStore priced at £19.49; there is a free version available too. Software can also be purchased through our map shop.

Application: Garmin
Platform: Garmin GPS Devices
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
Although not strictly for your phone, this application fits all Garmin handheld devices. Turn-by-turn navigation anywhere in Great Britain is made possible with integrated street maps. Search, select and navigate to street addresses and attractions and follow routes on foot, in car or by bike using the familiar Ordnance Survey backdrop. The  SD Cards or downloads are  available from the Garmin  web shop and prices start at £129.99.

Application: Viewranger from Augmentra
Platform: Android, iPhone and Symbian
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
ViewRanger works without mobile coverage as its maps are stored on the phone. It will display maps, record tracks, navigate, show points-of-interest and display its panorama without a mobile network connection. The app is available to download from these app stores and prices start at £3.00.

Application: Northport from Fugawi
Platform: For use on PDA’s – Compatibility table
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
By uploading Ordnance Survey maps from Fugawi you can navigate your way using your PDA. Transfer waypoints, tracks and routes between your PC and PDA. The app is available to download from their online store and prices start from $99.95. A free ten day trial is available.

Application: Outdoors Great Britain
Platform: iPhone/iPad
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000

Brings you the full range of Ordnance Survey maps all in one app. With the maps fully downloaded to your iPhone/ iPad, OutDoors will work anywhere regardless of iPhone signal and find your location in seconds. Just go to the in-app store and select your chosen area to download. The initial application is £4.99.

Application: RouteBuddy
Platform: iPhone, iPad,
Scales: 1: 50 000 – 1: 25 000
RouteBuddy supplies topo, aerial, road and Ordnance Survey mapping, “to help you wherever you are or wherever you’re going”. RouteBuddy Atlas for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is free from the iTunes store. There is a paid for app, available to download from their online store priced at £39.98 . Software can also be purchased through our map shop.

Application: Telmap
Platform: Mobile and Smartphones
Scales: Address-Point and Points of interest
The application from Telmap can be used as an in-car SatNav which features live traffic information or as a guide when walking in town. You can also search for places to get directions and also share route information with others. The app is available to download from their online store.

Do you know of any other mapping apps that could be added to this list, whether they’re free or paid for?

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79 Responses

  1. Adam,

    may I point out that RouteBuddy’s app (RouteBuddy Atlas) for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is FREE from the iTunes store.

    The price you have given refers to our desktop mapping application (RouteBuddy for Windows and Mac OS X).

    RouteBuddy users of Ordnance Survey maps have a key advantage over all other apps in that the same map can be used on any of your Apple iOS devices, such as iPad and iPhone, but also on your Windows PC – or – your Apple Mac computer (and then layered with satellite or road maps) for advanced big-screen planning.

    Thank for the mention!

    Neil Wilson-Harris
    ————————-
    CEO RouteBuddy Ltd. Guildford. UK

    1. Sue

      I have read all the comments but still not sure what app to go for. I want to use an app that gives me OS tracking whilst I am cycling. I want it to also display basic data such as distance and time. And will the battery last for a 3 hour cycle with continuous mapping?

      1. Stuart

        I like Viewranger because you can create a route on the comfort of your pc and then use your phone to follow the route – it gives distance and direction to next waypoint, an alarm when approaching a waypoint or if you wander too far off course, and speed, distance, and loads of other real time data. I use it for cycling and love it.

  2. I should declare my affiliation as my Co did the iPhone development work, but the Sustrans iPhone app uses Sustrans OS-based mapping covering the whole of the UK down to 1:10000 resolution. Also does GPS location, route tracking and a bunch of other features.

  3. Gerald Davison

    Hi, sorry to appear to be a spoil sport, but could I just point out that as an outdoor instructor and Mountain Rescue team member I’d like to ensure that people don’t use these types of application and device as their only method of navigation in upland terrain. By all means use a PDA, but also carry a paper map and a compass and IMPORTANTLY know how to use them. Electronic devices have a nasty habit of letting you down just when you need them most.

  4. Have used viewranger on Symbian and iOS for over 2 years now. Found it great for everyday use. Particularly like the ability to plan routes and download routes without having to link the phone to PC and the ability to download map tiles over the air. Great if you’re out of your normal area. Have also used memory map on PC in the past. That was great for PC based planning when linked to my Garmin GPS but to be honest unless the weather is very poor I use the iPhone. When on high routes I do of course have a map and compass and can still remember how to use them :)

  5. I heartily agree with Gerald Davison, but would say that having both is always the best option. After all batteries can die, but a paper map also has its own limitations, as it can rip, flap, get wet when taken out of the case in wet weather (nor can it pinpoint you quickly and safely when deep forest, fog, low-cloud or heavy rain sets in).

    Gerald, you probably know of Pete Hawkins of The Silva Navigation School. On his courses Pete shows the merits of using both paper and RouteBuddy’s digital maps: https://silvanavigationschool.com/

    – As an outdoor instructor yourself feel free to contact us for demonstration copies here: support@routebuddy.com

    ~neil

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  7. A couple of things I would add Neil: you could always use an OS Explorer/Landranger map – Active and possibly a head torch in bad light/weather?

    But still a valid point about using tech and paper to compliment each other.

    Adam

  8. Tim Cooper

    @Neil, “key advantage over all other apps in that the same map can be used on any of your Apple iOS devices, such as iPad and iPhone, but also on your Windows PC”

    Memory Map has this ability. Viewranger is considering the possibility of a PC version too.

  9. Simon Dalton

    MyNGR for BlackBerry gives your grid reference to 6, 8 or 10 figures or a easting/northing pair. Also height ASL (OSGB36 not WGS84) in feet or metres.

    Search AppWorld for MyNGR (free app)

  10. @Tim
    You’ve missed out the last part – using maps “on Mac OS X”…

    RouteBuddy’s Ordnance Survey digital maps are the “only” ones that can be used on an iOS device, and a Windows PC or an Apple Mac, so the value of our Ordnance Survey maps is far greater. No other company offers this.. as such our multi-platform map software brings three times the value, cost-savings and freedom from worry.

    RouteBuddy’s success is based on the fact we don’t penalise our customers if they want to (or have to due to work circumstances) change a computer and Operating System they work on, be it Windows 7, Vista and XP, or Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion.

    I should also add this: – Nor do Memory-Map offer map software for Mac OS X users.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    It would be quite understandable for ViewRanger to consider offering map software for PC users and, though I appreciate your close involvement with ViewRanger, “considering” and “delivering” are two different things. RouteBuddy, as a product, has been in constant development for nigh-on 8 years now and quality map-software is not built overnight.

    RouteBuddy, a young British company, is the only map software, worldwide, that offers flexible map and software use, and interchangeable software registration between Windows and Mac OS X to suit our customers. With no extra cost whatsoever.

    It is also the only software, worldwide, where you can layer Ordnance Survey maps, with vector Road Maps (great for cyclists) and then layer over the top of either the high-quality satellite imagery from Bing Maps (great for walkers too). We work for perfection and aim to steadily to bring this to our customers, backed up by excellent customer support.

    Not only do our layered Ordnance Survey, Satellite and Road Maps give greater user benefits but, in the future, new maps coming from the Ordnance Survey will take tasking and planning in RouteBuddy to a unique, and higher, level. Because we have carefully built the software to support them.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    ~neil

    Neil Wilson-Harris
    ————————-
    CEO RouteBuddy Ltd

    1. I notice that your OS maps do not appear at such good resolution as OS Mapfinder’s. Is there anything you can do about that? It would make all the difference to my purchasing habits.

  11. Tim Cooper

    @Neil. However i don’t own a Mac, but i do own a PC, Symbian and Android devices.

    So while i appreciate your very long sales pitch (in a discussion about what software ISN’T in the list), it’s not much use to me when outdoors as you don’t support my phone OS’es.

  12. @Neil. However i don’t own a Mac, but i do own a PC, Symbian and Android devices.

    So while i appreciate your very long sales pitch (in a discussion about what software ISN’T in the list), it’s not much use to me when outdoors as you don’t support my phone OS’es.

    @Tim
    Now why didn’t you say so? ;-))
    However, sometimes the detail takes longer to explain, which is why we try harder.:)

    However we do offer the most-modern, and innovative, map software for the PC. Give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised.

    We may not yet support other device OS’s, though we do support a large number of dedicated GPS devices from Garmin, TomTom, GlobalSat et al. For the time-being though we’ll concentrate on refinements to the leading smartphone, and then move on.

    ~neil

    Neil Wilson-Harris
    ————————-
    CEO RouteBuddy Ltd

    1. Working on software for the leading smartphone?

      Does that mean you are already wokring on RouteBuddy for Android since the Galaxy S3 has just been launched and beat all pre order and first day sales records?

  13. Paul

    On a related subject, one issue which effects the usefulness of all of these applications is the cost of the 1:25000 mapping.

    I appreciate that the 1:25000 is expensive to produce and of very high quality, but I think an opportunity is being missed now that many smartphones are capable of storing 1:25000 maps for the whole country. The cost for the whole country is prohibitive; there is a large variation between different map suppliers but the cheapest comes out at £2500. Therefore people simply purchase the small areas they use the most and lose the convenience and usefulness of having the maps available wherever they are.
    For a small area they are good value for money, but very few people will pay £2500 for national coverage. A reduction to less than £500 would make this much more attractive increasing sales to the benefit of both the map suppliers and the map users (and the price would be more in line with the 1:50000 maps which are approximately £80 for National Coverage).

    I apologise in advance if anyone feels this was the wrong place to mention this, but the digital map itself underlies all these products.

  14. Cass

    As you’ve mentioned ‘Garmin’ and the OS maps that can be purchased, can I ask would using something like using “Garmin Custom Maps” to produce OS maps for your Garmin device be allowed due to licensing? This method in theory means it is possible using bing maps to download OS tiles/images of an area, compile it into a .kmz file and load it onto your Garmin for free. I wonder, is this something that would be discouraged or something that is allowed due to things like OS Open Data?

    1. @Cass, thanks for your comment.

      The answer is ‘no’ I’m afraid – caching OS 1:25 000 (OS Explorer) and 1:50 000 (OS Landranger) mapping (which aren’t included in OS OpenData) from third party online sources isn’t allowed as it breaches our copyright. We rely on this money to keep the mapping up-to-date. For this reason, we would always recommend you use apps that use fully licensed Ordnance Survey data, like the ones we’ve listed in the post. This will also ensure you’ve got access to our latest mapping – important for when you’re out walking. Licensed developers will usually display our logo or a ‘mapping sourced from Ordnance Survey’ logo – but if you’re not sure if an app is licensed, just ask.

      Of course you’re welcome to make any use of the mapping available though OS OpenData, all of which is available under the Open Government Licence.

      I hope that helps.

  15. Tim Cooper

    @Neil. Are you offering demo software? ;-) Otherwise I’ll stick to MM and where’s the path for basic PC route creation (though i can also creat routes in Viewranger while out and about). That’s all i need a PC for in regards OS Mapping. Where i really need good map software is when i’m outdoors (where i don’t have a PC) and i have that already.

    Any particular reason you restrict yourselves to only ios for mobile devices? You may consider it to be the “leading smartphone” but the amount of money you’re NOT making by porting to Android must be crushing. Android devices outsell IOS (http://tinyurl.com/4xbpxbo), why would you not want a piece of that?

  16. Cass

    @Paul

    Many thanks for your reply. That clears it up, Take the websites out of the mix and say you owned a paper-based OS map of an area, scanned it into a computer, manually aligned the map with long/lat coords and then compiled a .kmz file which you used on your GPS as a Garmin custom map. Would this be allowed?

    1. Hi Cass, sorry, but scanning our paper maps for use in another format is also a breach of copyright. It’s possible that the legal position on copying for private use may change in the next few months, following the Hargreaves report on Intellectual Property, but we don’t yet know what the changes will be.

  17. Cass

    License issues are always fun! Either way, it’s good to know. I’ll have a look at the apps listed and see which is best for me!

  18. @Tim
    Yes we do offer demo desktop map software, just click the (grey) download button here:
    – RouteBuddy for Windows, available here: http://www.routebuddy.com/routebuddy
    – RouteBuddy for Mac OS X, available here: http://www.routebuddy.com/routebuddy

    Not sure what you mean “where’s the path for basic PC route creation”?

    Mobile devices:
    RouteBuddy are not restricted to iOS for mobile devices, however, we build at a steady pace to offer better software and will move to add other OSes when-we-are-ready. Unlike all other map companies we do not “port” software, that’s a faster (bodge) but only ends up delivering a poor product; RouteBuddy build each and every OS from the ground up, to ensure security and quality for our users.

    Actually no, we don’t find it “crushing” at all, consider these facts:
    – Research demographics show that iPhone buyers spend more for products and their devices, and more often, it’s a comparison of Pounds vs. Pennies.

    – Android is in trouble, rather a ‘lot’ of trouble.
    From recent industry news we know that Apple and Microsoft have, between them, bought up a very large tranche of Nortel patents. “So what” I hear you say? Well the problem lies in that these patents underpin Android. Apple have only just started firing warning shots across the bows and have now forced Samsung (a huge company) to withdraw phones and tablets (running Android) in Europe – how’s that for a major kick in the teeth? IMHO this will be a battle of attrition, with the aim of bogging Android down, keeping users to old devices and so on. Similarly, when Microsoft are ready, then they’ll do the same.

    Of course battles are invariably fought on different fronts and, in the case of Android, it would seem that Apple are arguing it was developed when Andy Rubin (now in charge of Android at Google) was working at Apple:
    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/09/02/court_documents_allege_googles_andy_rubin_conceived_of_android_while_at_apple.html
    (Imagine what happens if Apple get a judgment in their favour, bye-bye Android devices…)

    If I was running a company offering map software on Android (as it is now) then I’d be concerned that my deep investment turned out to be a short-term flash-in-the-pan. So, when Android has gone through it’s teething pains, and matured, then RouteBuddy will look at it.

    So then Tim, if you’ve now bought all these Ordnance Survey maps for Android, and Android (as it was) isn’t supported anymore (thats no devices, or a device OS that has changed dramatically, thereby adding to costs) then just what are you going to do?

    Upgrade your old maps, and to the latest brand new ones from the Ordnance Survey of course! :-D
    (You’ll need RouteBuddy though… :)

    ~neil

    Neil Wilson-Harris
    ————————-
    CEO RouteBuddy Ltd

  19. @Tim

    The latest news today is:
    Apple wins permanent ban on German sales of Samsung tablet:
    http://tinyurl.com/3dvx9jx

    Apple have billions of dollars “in cash” in their war chest, IMO they’ll now consolidate this win, push for full legal acceptance across the EU, and then pick off the next Android target. Possibly in the Android phone arena.

    I suspect that having Ordnance Survey maps on an iOS device will be safer for the short to medium term.

    ~neil

    Neil Wilson-Harris
    ————————-
    CEO RouteBuddy Ltd

  20. Alan MacMillan

    I keep hearing that “paper maps are expensive” compared to memory-map and other applications, with downloadable maps.

    Am I the only person who thinks this is complete garbage?? memory map maps are £100 a pop, so If I wanted 3 areas of uk to do the 3 peak challenge etc I would need to spend about £320 – the extra £20 being the memory map application on my iphone (at least)

    But I can buy the three maps for the uk in the areas I need for about 3x£5 – £15? and it will never “run out of batteries” or crash, and I can loan the maps easily to other scouts, etc?

  21. I think you might be a little wide of the mark there Alan. Memory Map’s IOS app is free:
    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/memory-map-free/id356572228?mt=8
    And you can buy ’tiles’ of 1:25,000 digital maps in bundles from their digital map shop;
    http://shop.memory-map.co.uk/acatalog/maps-digital-map-shop.html
    750 square KM’s cost £25, 1,500 square KM’s costs £50.

    Similarly Viewranger is nowhere near as expensive as “£340″ (£320 = £20). You can buy the app for £15 from the IOS Store;
    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/viewranger-premium/id357963656?mt=8
    That £15 is then used as pre-paid credit toward ’tiles’ of maps, 1:50K (up to 14,800sqkms) or 1:25K (up to 630sqkms). You can, if that amount of tiles isn’t enough buy ‘top up’s for more tiles at another £15.

    Routebuddy app is also free, their 1:25,000 maps are £20 each, meaning an outlay of £60 (3x£20)for your three peaks.

    All a lot less than £320 + £20.

    I’ve ‘only’ been using digital maps for about 5 years (memory map, then Viewranger), and have had the app ‘crash’ once on me. I restarted it and kept right on going.

    Battery life is not a real concern for me either. Either of my devices (i8910 and Galaxy Tab) are good for about 7 hours of GPS use, and i carry a portable charger for the few times when i’ve need more juice.

    1. Stuart

      Digital mapping is grossly overpriced and I think we deserve an explanation from the Ordnance Survey why this should be.

      750sq km @ £25 is still well short of the area covered by a paper explorer map costing just £5.

      Your total of £60 is still far more than £15 the paper versions cost and those involve printing & physical distribution. It also ignores the fact that you’re still getting much less coverage (40% or more less if my quick calculations are correct).

      1. Andy B

        Just go to the Library. Been using paper maps for years done over 200 munro’s .Will go digital when cost comes down.

  22. Paul

    Alan MacMillan: For small areas, as Tim Cooper says, the digital maps are fine for price although of course if the other characteristics of paper maps (no batteries, can see a wide overview, can lend them to people etc) are important then you are best with paper.

    The real lost opportunity for electronic maps is that it is technically possible to carry the mapping for the whole of the UK so wherever you are you have access to the high quality maps (no need for an internet connection and digital map shop purchase every time you want to go for a short walk in a new area). However buying them is prohibitively expensive; between £2000 and £3000. The price per square km for the whole of the UK is not significantly discounted from buying small areas, despite that fact that the user will use some areas frequently, but will never use others. This high cost is made worse by being locked into one supplier; a problem, for example, with Memory Map who have still not released an Android app.

    Most companies selling digital media have worked out a strategy which recognises the practicality and convenience of selling large data sets at a premium over how much a typical user is spending. Music services are available which give access to millions of tracks, but they don’t expect users to pay millions of £ for this. I would imagine that most people will buy at most 2 or 3 national parks (so a maximum of £300) so pricing the 1:25000 mapping for the whole of the UK at say £400 or £500 would make an attractive product which would encourage people to spend more than they are spending on small areas, but in return would give them hassle free universal coverage for the superb 1:25000 maps.

  23. These mapping applications are very useful. Especially, when you are in a surrounding that you aren’t aware much about. Some of the applications that I have used on my phone are very user-friendly and I think this is the main factor application developers should think about while creating an application.

  24. Mark Beard

    Please excuse a non-techie query.

    I’m being pushed to move from an iphone to an htc windows 7 smartphone. I currently use Viewranger on iphone. In the past I preferred Memory Map because easier to plan routes on a laptop screen. Could I get either or anything similar on the htc phone?

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  26. Jonathan Briggs

    For PC and Mac route planning, i use a website called http://www.bikehike.co.uk This is a very useful mapping web based app that allows you to plot your route (on either a Google Map and/or OS Map 1:25000 map). It details the elevation profile of the route on a neat graph.

    I then transfer this route (options are .gpx, .kml, .txt and .tcx) to my Android phone where I run Oruxmaps. This can be done by either sending the file as an email to my phone or by saving it to the directory for tracks on the phone.

    This programme has a choice of lots of map types (Bing, Google, OpenCycle etc), but more importantly it uses OpenSource OS 1:25000 maps (which as a walker and mountain biker are most important to me).

    Before you set off on your activity (ride/hike), the best thing to do is browse (as in move the map about the area that you will be in). This caches the maps in the memory of the phone so that if you are in an area that has no mobile reception, you will still have mapping stored.

    It also enables you to record the track that you have undetaken, which you can then either re import back into http://www.bikehike.co.uk or you can send it directly to http://www.gpsies.com.

    The track that is recorded on Oruxmaps contains all the usual information such as maximum speed, average speed, elevation profile etc.

    Most importantly, both of these apps/website are free.

    I hope that I haven’t overstepped the mark by going into such detail but I have found both of these systems invaluable.

  27. J Evans

    Is there an app that will let me record which paper OS maps I have (both landranger & explorers) – and also which editions (years and also which are the laminated ones).
    Ideally so I can scan/enter the isbns of the paper maps & I get an outline map of th eUK shaded to show which paper maps I have got.

    1. Gemma

      Hi Jeremy – great idea, but as far as I’m aware there isn’t an app currently available that does this I’m afraid.

  28. To all interested parties… My new app for iPhone – “OS Grid Ref Compass” launches on May 14th.

    I have tried to give my app an attractive look, whilst providing OS Grid Ref coordinates, AND an on-screen compass.

    Also integrated is a graphical guide to the Grid Lettering system.

    Mike Irving (App Developer).

    More Info: http://www.mike-irving.co.uk/portfolio/mobile-apps/os-grid-ref-compass/

    iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/os-grid-ref-compass/id515935554?ls=1&mt=8

    1. Gemma

      Hi Rod
      Ordnance Survey is the national mapping agency Great Britain, so our mapping doesn’t cover Ireland I’m afraid. Maybe some of our fellow bloggers can advise some apps that would be of use – any recommendations anyone? Alternatively, you could contact Ordnance Survey Ireland. Good luck!
      Thanks, Gemma

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  30. Jenny Holmes

    Hi

    has anyone come across an app for Blackberry that works with OS Maps?

    I would like to be able to plan routes on my PC, send them to my Blackberry and keep track of where I am in relation to the planned route using the gps on the Blackberry.

    In case it’s relevant, this is mainly for routes on the South Downs.

    All the above apps seem to be iOS or Android but not Blackberry…

    thanks
    Jenny

  31. john grimley

    Although I have a smartphone, my walking gps is a satmap 10. The unit and maps are pricey but the unit itself is reliable and accurate. I have a couple of area maps bought off ebay but in the main i like to use routes found on the web or in books and then plan routes out on google maps. These walks can then be imported to the device. I might visit jonathan’s idea for Android as a backup.
    I tried the paid version of os maps and it’s awful. Takes forever to load and the gps is often way off – last night it had me doing 18mph in the middle of the irish sea whilst i was actually walking through wendover, bucks! Interestingly, Endomondo and Navigate appswere both spot on – so not the phone’s fault

    1. Jonathan Briggs

      Oruxmaps has it’s quirks but has seen me through thick and thin. I use it regularly for mountain biking and have used it recently to nagivate my way round the Yorkshire 3 Peaks hiking challenge.

      Like I said before, the best thing to do is, before you go to the place where you are actually going to use it is, when you have wi-fi/mobile reception, look at the maps along your route.

      This will cache the maps in the phone memory so that if you are in an area you have no reception (which is often the case in remote areas) you will still have access to the maps.

      I tried a few different apps (Edmundo, GPS Tracker, Viewranger to name a few) but have found this one to be the most useful.

      Interesting with one app (GPS tracker), it always used to default its start position to San Fransico. If you started to record a track, it would start recording and race across the globe from to San Fransico to your actual start position (for me, the UK). This would result in me acheiving max speeds close to 2000mph on a track. Needless to say, I didn’t keep that app very long.

  32. Nick

    further to an earlier reply, The sustrans national cycle netwqrk is available for free from android, and has 1:25,000 OS maps of the whole of great Britain. You can download to use offline, works with GPS, and is very simple to use. Also, you dont even need to have a computer. I had a few problems with the app, and the team at sustrans were very helpful and sorted it for me.

  33. Martin

    Can any of these apps allow you to upload maps from getamap? I want to subscribe with getamap and then upload maps to an app on my iPad to use offline. I looked at outdoors gb app but it says only maps purchased in the in-app store can be used. I dont mind downloading from getamap onto a PC then loading them onto my iPad.

  34. David Rolfe

    Hi, Sorry for re-opening an old thread, but I am looking for a way to download and view 1:25000 Ordnance Survey maps on a new Windows 8 mobile phone… an HTC 8X to be precise!

    Can anyone help please?

    1. Jon Walters

      Can’t really help, I’ve been looking round for something also, having used ViewRanger on Nokia Symbian phones in the past. I’ve contacted them, and they don’t currently have plans to port it to Windows Phone.

      I’ve found Leisure Maps in Windows Phone Marketplace which shows the maps pretty well, but it uses your data connection, so could become expensive, and doesn’t help if you’re not connected. But its worth a look.

      I can’t beleive there isn’t anything available to allow offline os maps for Windows Phone. I’d be interest to hear differently.

        1. David Rolfe

          Thanks, but I am still looking for an app which will work with GPS rather than relying on a data connection, and which uses UK Ordnance Survey maps at 1:25000.
          Hopefully one will appear eventually!

          1. Jon Walters

            Try emailing Viewranger, if they get enough enquires for WP8 they may just develop something….

  35. Christopher Harrison

    I downloaded the OS MapFinder app fro my iPhone 5 earlier this week. I have today gone to find the app on the App Store, to have found that it is not available for the UK yet, even though it is advertised on the website. I wanted to see if it was there to share a link to the app for my fellow Scout Leaders in my group, has it will make an additional app to use for planning and running future hikes in my area.

    Any idea why the app has dissapeared from iTunes App store.

    1. Melanie

      Hi Christopher, Thank you for sharing the news about the app with your colleagues. We had planned an upgrade (to allow the option to sync across iOS devices, sharing of routes and better functionality) but when it was deployed we discovered a few bugs. So, we have pulled it while they are fixed and are hoping it will be live again in a couple of days. sorry for confusion.

  36. Mark.S

    Hi, Has anyone come across an offline map for windows 8 phones yet? I need one that shows walking public footpaths and does not need a data connection

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  39. mysteryDave

    I am looking to buy some OS based mapping software to use as GPS when walking.

    Ideally would like to be able to transfer maps between devices eg plan routes on windows or Linux and then use apple iOS or android phone when hiking.

    Would like to pay for app and maps (at least partly) with iTunes vouchers . Ideal is to have full UK coverage at 1:25000 scale but I think price prohibits that so would make do with 1:50000 scale as cheap as possible plus 1:25000 scale in areas I’m particularly interested in.

    Ay recommendations?

  40. Richard Bornat

    I use an iPhone app called “Outside”, produced by someone with the unlikely name of Alligator Descartes. It doesn’t go to 25,000 (except with Open Street Map), but it appears to be free. Go Alligator!

  41. jamilson

    Does anyone know if such app exists ???
    i need an app that allows me to scan from paper direct to my gps..
    i work delivering boxes from amazon and i am giving a list with all the address … so if somehow i was able to scan the address from the paper direct to the gps on my phone ( galaxy S4 ) instead of typing it would save a lot of time… i appreciate any and all help….

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