It seems strange now, but once upon a time, there were far too few mapping and routing solutions on iPhone, with turn by turn guidance not available and only a basic version of Google Maps to get you from A to B.
Nowadays, there are literally hundreds of navigation apps, all vying for your attention and hard-earned cash. Easyfinder Maps is one such app, although it isn’t actually vying for your cash as it is completely free to download and use to your heart’s content.
The real difference that Easyfinder Maps claims makes it better than the many other, similar apps out there, is the naming of places. Essentially allowing you to custom-name places of interest and destinations, this seemingly small thing is actually a bit of a game changer in the maps market.
Being able to name places yourself, or view place names that others have used, makes it incredibly easy to get to places that would otherwise just have a meaningless street address next to them. I am sure you have been there; you have inputted an address into your navigation app, but are not sure if you have the right street or even house number and you become unsure about the exact location. You end up going to Google to double-check you have the right place, or even (and yes we have all done this), going to Streetview, just to make sure.
With this app, the location may well already be correctly labelled, so you know for sure that the app is going to get you straight to the very door you need.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
· A compass and arrow to guide you to the exact location
· Save a location to visit again later
· Share your location with friends seamlessly with Easyfinder
· Facebook integration
· Chat with friends you have invited
The app is fully integrated into social networks, so you can easily invite your Facebook friends, and share locations with people. You can choose to make locations public or private, which is very useful and keeps things secure.
The compass and arrow system works really well, especially when out and about on foot, and is clearly designed to be used alongside a turn by turn navigation app. Get the address from your friends through this app, use your turn by turn app to get to the area by car, then switch to this app when on foot.
I tested it myself and the whole system was a pleasure to use, especially here in London where you usually have to park a long way from your eventual destination. This app genuinely made the last part of my journey easier, and I can see how the social features would make meeting with friends incredibly easy.
Overall, this is an excellent app to have alongside another navigation app, providing easy to use walking directions and brimming with really useful social features that the bigger apps have tried to implement in the past, but have failed. Get as many of your friends and family to get the app, and its worth will only continue to grow.
Pretty much a ‘must have’ app, in my opinion, and I don’t say that very often.