Choose online / offline maps for android devices: Maps.me, 7ways and OsmAnd, as well as reviewing 8 applications (page 4)

  1. Customization

Ease of management and navigation Excellent Self-tuning ability Super Interface Excellent Maximum system load (CPU / RAM) 0% / 129.7 MB Functionality Super Map rendering Excellent Location corresponds to reality Real Coverage Excellent Offline maps Yes / excellent

Customization

The first thing that we are offered in OsmAnd is to indicate the place of storage of the cards, as well as to load the region of interest. By the way, in the free version of the program you can install no more than 10 cards. You will not find geostates from Wikipedia either. Well, okay. That's enough for us.

That's enough for us

The map of Siberia is similar in weight to Maps.me - 185.6 MB, which is not surprising, since the application uses data from Open Street Maps (OSM) without Internet access. However, unlike its competitor, this solution also provides for an online mode. Yes, to be honest, a lot of what is provided here.

Yes, to be honest, a lot of what is provided here

So, the maps are loaded, which means it's time to run through the program settings. In addition to our maps, a global overview map, an online map, as well as voice prompts are available in all popular languages, including Russian. There is also an update tab, where you can view all available updates. By the way, all data can be not only activated, but also archived, in order not to delete unused cards, but to leave them in reserve in a smaller size. It should be noted that this function would not interfere with the above applications. So, the maps are loaded, which means it's time to run through the program settings

The settings themselves are not available from the main menu, which, in fact, is not here, but from the map. At the same time, the icon is located next to the compass / follow / locate / rotate map button in the upper left corner of the screen and looks like a layer switching icon.

At the very top of the settings are four icons that switch the presentation of maps in several categories: general presentation, automotive, for cyclists and motorists. In fact, these are the layers, that is, you can enable / disable the “trails” and bike paths and leave only the tracks and are expensive, or vice versa.

In fact, these are the layers, that is, you can enable / disable the “trails” and bike paths and leave only the tracks and are expensive, or vice versa

Below the layers are four activation daws: POIs, point labels, favorites, and a GPX track (route), which can be loaded into the application from the outside or you can record your own. As for POI, all popular categories are available: attractions, food, parking, etc., as well as Wikipedia data. In general, not only will you find what you need, but you will learn more about it.

In general, not only will you find what you need, but you will learn more about it


Then you can customize the style (skins) of the card. This also had no competitors, and the skins themselves not only change the substrate of the scheme, but also the objects displayed on it. For example, Nautical makes the background according to the vegetation of the area, removes populated areas, displays the geometry of the mountains and their heights. By the way, the height above sea level is displayed on all types of maps in the upper right corner. For climbers, this parameter is vital.

For climbers, this parameter is vital

There is a day / night mode, sunrise / sunset, and also ... depending on the light sensor. Well, bravo, the author is always with both hands for, if the software uses all the sensors in the device. Next, select the scale, text size, map language, and also set the necessary values ​​for transport, details, routes, and what you need to hide. For example, you can turn on only the display of trams, the quality of roads, cycle routes, as well as hide buildings or landfills. It is a miracle program. By the way, there is hiking mountain tourism according to the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) scale.

By the way, there is hiking mountain tourism according to the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) scale

But the settings do not end there either. You can select the minimum scale level for contour display, as well as specify the display style expensive, for example, assign a high contrast style or an atlas style expensive in Germany.

You can select the minimum scale level for contour display, as well as specify the display style expensive, for example, assign a high contrast style or an atlas style expensive in Germany


There are also screen settings. They mainly relate to the displayed labels. So you can turn on the display of speed, current time or GPS information. It also activates the direction to the point of movement, transparency, the position in the center of the screen and the names of the streets.

It also activates the direction to the point of movement, transparency, the position in the center of the screen and the names of the streets

In general, the settings are more than detailed and everything is on the case. It is worth noting that most of them included and added new features to the parameters of the above 7ways. Now it remains to check all this in action.