Price: $3.99 (currently on sale at $1.99)
Version Reviewed: 1.3
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Offering fairly powerful mapping features tied into Google Maps, Maps Pro with Google Maps is the kind of app that regular travellers are going to want to keep on their iPads for future reference. So much simpler and more intuitive to use than the website, it's a very handy tool.
Even better, it hardly needs learning. That's how easy it is to figure out. Immediately placing a pin on the user's current location, everything about Maps Pro with Google Maps is easily laid out. The opening page offers up directions, sharing, street view, settings, and a search bar.
The latter proves particularly useful given that it not only allows users to search for specific locations but it also ties into the ability to create bookmarks and categorizations, allowing them to search for all of one type of thing if they so wish. Elsewhere, street view is remarkably simple for those wanting to scope out an area, with the app quick to respond as one works their way through various streets.
Directions will often be the main feature that one will use and it's predictably simple to figure out. Coming up with multiple different ways of getting to a destination is a particularly handy feature with functionality available for driving, walking, cycling, and various public transport options where available too. It's surprisingly powerful stuff and quite convenient. That's further boosted by the ability to look at traffic information.
That's the extraordinarily useful thing about Maps Pro with Google Maps - it keeps on giving. The app doesn't just offer the main, heftier bonuses; it covers the little things, too. That includes things like being able to call places via Skype, read reviews of venues, and even locate contacts from one's address book. It's possible to annotate maps too, adding drawings and text to further describe things or highlight something.
Throughout, Maps Pro with Google Maps is a speedy app to use. It's really quite a simple recommendation to make. Traveling somewhere and taking an iPad? This is an essential purchase.