There are some great apps built on Apple’s MapKit. This isn’t one of them
£6.99 Developer ZurApps Research, zurapps.com
Requires OS X 10.10, Wi-Fi (for location tracking)
Apple’s excellent Maps app for OS X lacks multi-point route planning, which is important for casual and business travellers alike. You can get it on Google Maps, but wouldn’t it be better to spend £6.99 on a dedicated app that isn’t as good? That appears to be the sales pitch here, because Road Tripper is absolutely hopeless.
The feature list makes Road Tripper sound useful. You can create multi-point route plans, choose between driving, walking and as-the-crow-flies routes, sync plans via iCloud for use on the Road Tripper iOS apps, and add your own data to points of interest that are already populated with reviews from Yelp.
Sounds good? Sadly, it isn’t. The user interface is horrible, with icons that don’t visibly acknowledge taps or clicks, and the routing feels disconnected from the underlying Apple maps. For example, clicking a restaurant in OS X’s Maps app brings up its information. Doing the same in Road Tripper doesn’t do anything.
There’s no choice of routes or live traffic information (features Apple
Road Tripper may be a good idea, but it isn’t a good app. Google needn’t worry about the competition.
and Google provide), and iCloud syncing doesn’t work until you upgrade via an in-app purchase.
It’s a bunch of MapKit API features thrown together haphazardly – we’re amazed Apple approved it. There’s nothing here you can’t do better and more cheaply using Google Maps in Safari.
iOS sync requires extra money
Horrible UI and few features
Google Maps is miles better
If Road Tripper were free, it’d still be overpriced. Don’t waste your money.