Before iOS 6 came out and Apple finally decided to sever all relations with its once-friend-now-enemy Google, Google Maps on the iPhone was great and robust. The maps app that has now replaced it–which sources data from multiple sources including Waze, Yelp, and TomTom–doesn’t have a key feature necessary for my trips to NYC: public transportation routes.
An even bigger problem is when you’re on a subway (such is often my case while in NYC), and there is no cellphone service because you’re underneath several feet of asphalt, steel, and concrete. So how do you map out your trip on the go, without having to buy one of the paper maps and risk looking like a tourist?
Well, there are dozens of answers to that question, but my favorite tool right now is an app called Maplets.
Maplets let’s you download a wide range of maps–from city maps to public transit maps to state park maps–straight to your phone, where you can access it without the need of wifi or cellular service.
It’s a fabulous and robust tool for any traveler. It even includes airport maps. I’ve dubbed it the iOS Traveler’s Swiss Army Knife of Maps.
And did I mention it’s completely free? It’s only $2.99.
Here’s the iOS iTunes download link. (Sorry Android, Blackberry, & Windows phones…Maplets is only for iOS right now.)
Just make sure to download the appropriate maps you need ahead of time.
UPDATE 10/15/12 at 2:04 PM Pacific: Reader Lilconcon points out that Maplets is not free anymore; priced at $2.99. Correction has been made to this entry! Even though it’s not free, I definitely would say that it’s well worth the $2.99. On the bright side, the 1 million + maps that you can download *are* included in the $2.99 price that you pay for the app. Still a much better deal than having to buy individual maps and lugging those around.