Having access to a good street map offline can be valuable, as we tend to rely heavily on either wi-fi access or 3G networks that aren’t always available. New York Offline Street Map and Address Finder is one for both tourists and residents to consider.
Designed by TapCoder, this app provides you with a map of NYC that you can access regardless of Internet access. The zoom in and out works great, but a few of the other features feel a bit clunky. Next to the Map button at the bottom, you’ve also got “Street” and “POI.” For both, you’re presented with a list of the first numerical options; the “100-1000″ streets, or Points of Interest that begin with the number “1.” You can scroll only so far until the instruction appears to enter text in the search box for more results; in other words, you can’t sort alphabetically or numerically, save for entering the first letter or number into the search field.
The POI section does have a filter option by category, which actually helped me see how little POIs are on the app. For example, I filtered “mobile phone” shops and came up with two. The other issue is you can’t see their address, so the only way to discover if it’s the shop you want – and I’m assuming New York City has more than one AT&T shop – is is to add it as a pinpoint to your map. And once a pin is on your map, I see no way to delete it. I also searched for the Empire State Building and Trump Towers and came up with nothing.
However, being able to search for an address offline is useful, so long as you know the specific address. After choosing a street name, you can enter a number (there is no selection to choose from), then tap “add to map” to see the location.
Depending on your need, this app could prove itself worthy – I can see an iPod Touch user visiting NYC getting good use out of it in particular.
New York Offline Street Map and Address Finder [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.