An increasing number of seniors are in the ‘grey nomads’ category, especially here in Australia at the moment with many thousands of us on the road travelling this enormous country. Having a way to navigate the ‘road less travelled’ is always a welcome addition to our Android devices. Memory-Map is a kind of ‘mud map’ that you can use in conjunction with the GPS function on your device by downloading (free in many cases) Ordnance Survey Topo maps, 4WD maps or similar to find 4WD tracks and minor roads.
A handy feature I stumbled across by accident, is to ‘browse’ the map of the area you will be travelling in while connected to the internet and this saves this area of the map for use offline later. When you turn on GPS and tap the ‘my location’ button, your position is marked and automatically centred (and moves as you do of course) on the map so you can see where you are and find tracks etc.
You can also download full maps using a computer and transfer them to your phone or tablet by a USB cable. I just find it easier to check out an area we are going to be exploring while connected beforehand so it will be available when we get there. There are also more detailed maps you can buy including the excellent HEMA maps.
The app has many more advanced features that I haven’t explored as yet – including creating and editing marks and routes, import and export marks, routes and tracks in the open GPX format etc.
If you have more experience in using Memory-Map, please let us know in the comments area below, we’d love to hear from more advanced users.
Price : FREE
Size : 7.9Mb
Needs : Android 2.3+