Review: PocketMap UWP
One of several mapping UWP apps for Windows 10 that I've been trying out on my Lumias, PocketMap is just that - a selection of bitmapped, vector and photo maps presented in a fast(ish) and logical interface. Built with a little bit of a Norway focus, it's nonetheless rather cool to play with anywhere else in the world, as you'll see below. If nothing else, it's an easy OpenStreetMap viewer!
...As long as you have a data connection. Unlike Outdoor Tracker UWP, there's no caching of map data, so if you lose signal in the wilds then you're back to whatever Windows 10 map data is on your phone and strictly roads only. Which is a shame. I'm guessing, too, that's it's now too late in the day/game for the developer to work on a major update, so what we see here is what we get.
PocketMap being very graphics-heavy, let's go with a screenshot walkthrough:
Arguably a little half-baked still, I nonetheless had a lot of fun playing with PocketMap UWP. Admittedly I'm an armchair map geek, so it's right up my street, but most others will find uses in planning trips, working out where the foot and cycle paths are in an area, and so on. It's just shame that it's all so connection dependent - if you were to rely on this in the wild, out on a hill somewhere, then I'd suggest taking some screenshots as you plan - the images may be all you have access to when lost halfway up a mountain!
PS. See also the recently covered Outdoor Tracker UWP, which has a slightly different slant and fewer maps, but which does allow the caching of map tiles for offline use.
Reviewed by Steve Litchfield at