OS maps on your iPod

OS 1:50K maps on your iPod Touch

An example of an OS 1:50K map on my iPod Touch

I stumbled upon a very interesting iPod Touch/iPhone app last weekend while purchasing an electronic version of the London A to Z atlas.

Outdoors is a series of Ordnance Survey 1:50K maps from RoadTour for your iPod Touch or iPhone. There are 14 maps, one for each of 13 regions and another covering National Parks. Once downloaded they don’t require connectivity to view, and at CAD$24.99 each, they are very reasonably priced. I’ve already invested in paper maps but others in the planning stage may want to check them out. I did purchase “Outdoors Lite” (only 99 cents), a 1:250K map that covers all of Great Britain and that also includes a small sample of 1:50K maps (as shown in the photo).

The regions are:

  1. East Midlands
  2. East of England
  3. London & South East
  4. North East
  5. North West
  6. South West
  7. West Midlands
  8. Yorkshire and The Humber
  9. Wales
  10. Highlands and Islands: Highland, Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney
  11. Central and Western Scotland: Strathclyde, Central
  12. Southern Scotland: Dumfries and Galloway, Borders, Lothian
  13. North East Scotland: Fife, Tayside, Grampian

If you’re interested I recommend you check out the demonstration video as it gives a good overview and points out some important issues such as battery life and memory requirements.

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