As an outdoor instructor, I am a big fan of paper maps and a compass. Recent news stories have highlighted the danger of relying on smartphones for navigation in the hills. To me, nothing beats the ability to use a map and compass where ever you are.
Having said this, I am also a sucker for gadgets. There are many many pieces of mapping software available for the iPhone. MemoryMap has been around for a while, and I’ve recently discovered their iPhone App.
I recently had the chance to have a real play with the App in the field. the main use I can think of at the moment is that the map can be easily annotated and place marks created while outside. Although there are other appsthat allow this, there is something fitter about using a proper OS map!
The screen size of an iPhone is too small for any proper navigation, but I liked the logging function, speed etc. Top marks are available to anyone who spots which campsite we were using
Another aspect that I like about this app is the ability to purchase the exact area you need through the app itself in the field. This is very useful especially as it’s possible to sync maps from the iPhone to a PC running the full MemoryMap software.