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Canberra on the iPhone

By johnboy - 19 June 2009 11

RiotACT’s all seeing eye fell upon a review for a Canberra based offline mapping application for the iPhone, using the phone’s GPS and tower triangulation.

At $1.19 it’s certainly no bank breaker. So I decided to download it and give it a go.

In many ways Google Maps is better, but that default application is always sucking down the maps as you go, which can get expensive. This one pre-loads all of Canberra so even without a data connection it works.

One very nice feature it has is “remember location” which I can imagine being very handy for finding cars left in open air carparks (GPS notso hotso underground) and marking down friend’s houses when they’ve directed you there without you ever actually figuring out where it is.

It’s also got a large (but by no means comprehensive) listing of public amenities. So, for example, it can show you petrol stations nearby your current location.

It’s not perfect, but at $1.19 and 15Mb it’s a very useful addition to any iPhone in Canberra.

What’s Your opinion?


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11 Responses to
Canberra on the iPhone
Mr Waffle 12:05 pm 20 Jun 09

I’ll be joining the ‘cool kids’ in getting an iPhone when the 3GS comes out, so this might come in handy. Hopefully they update it to take advantage of the compass too.

johnboy 9:51 pm 19 Jun 09

A lot of hotspots have been mapped.

gertel 9:14 pm 19 Jun 09

It seems pretty handy. Especially for my iPod touch which can’t get maps unless in a wifi hotspot.

Weird thing – the ‘find me’ button found me – I thought only the iPhone had an inbuilt GPS. After a quick google looks like it does have one after all.

Thanks for the write up JB.

peterh 2:51 pm 19 Jun 09

RandomGit said :

Symbian version for us plebs!

er, that wouldn’t be an iphone app, then, would it?

Holden Caulfield 2:43 pm 19 Jun 09

Should only be a few months until TomTom releases their iPhone app, at which point, presumably, one could have mapping for all of Australia in their hands.

johnboy 1:10 pm 19 Jun 09

TAD said :

Is it up to date re: the GDE, Glenloch Interchange etc?

It appears to be.

RandomGit 1:07 pm 19 Jun 09

Symbian version for us plebs!

TAD 12:42 pm 19 Jun 09

Is it up to date re: the GDE, Glenloch Interchange etc?

S4anta 12:41 pm 19 Jun 09

screaming banshee said :

One wonders whether you cant remember where your car is because you are too intoxicated to be driving it. Not having the ability to find you car in that instance is probably a good thing.

Banshee,

If you came for a drive in Nev you would have thought the opposite!

screaming banshee 12:37 pm 19 Jun 09

One wonders whether you cant remember where your car is because you are too intoxicated to be driving it. Not having the ability to find you car in that instance is probably a good thing.

G-Fresh 12:33 pm 19 Jun 09

Obsessed with your little phone there much!

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