Own a sizeable smartphone?
If you do, you probably have dozens of apps in use. And they serve a variety of functions related to work and play.
Whatever apps you select, make sure they come with “specialized maps.”
Many of the apps we use are for location services.
Think of a well-known app like Uber. That’s an app for transport services, and part of that includes fare calculation.
For that service to work, it needs a map. Otherwise, you’re simply contacting drivers without knowing what you’ll pay.
How about GPS systems?
Maybe you’re commuting to a place you don’t know much about. That can be anywhere from the other side of town, to a foreign city.
You need GPS – especially if there’s a deadline you have to meet.
It may be for a visit, or for work reasons. But the point is, a GPS system lets you save time while reducing feelings of confusion.
An Uncommon Application.
How about dating websites?
Many apps use Google APIs as a way of designing specialized maps. And they do so to help connect nearby prospects to one another (like W4M Maps).
With a specialized map, you ensure that your efforts aren’t wasted dating those distant from you.
In fact, you increase the likelihood of taking a date online, which is what makes a good dating app anyway.
What Kind of Map Do I Need?
This is the important part.
Not all maps suffice. Many maps are difficult to use, and they don’t provide much utility (they lack visibility features).
Some are even outright annoying, with ill-placed tools that confuse you.
Below, we’ll list what makes for a good specialized map. Those are features we highly recommend, especially when using a map for navigation.
First – Responsive Design.
Unfortunately, many specialized maps are troublesome when handled.
Many do not expand properly on different screen sizes. Such maps are usually designed for mobile while ignoring tablet (or computer) applications.
Another common issue is map quality. Many maps drop in definition as you expand them, with important details blurring.
A third issue is a difficulty honing in on precise locations. It might be a struggle to search for certain spots in a city. Or, the zoom functions might be improper.
Non-Responsive Designs Waste Your Time.
The entire point of a map is to ease your navigation issues. So why would you tolerate a map that’s difficult to use?
If you find a map that’s non-responsive and isn’t user-friendly, we recommend ditching it.
Second – Constant Live Updates.
Good maps incorporate vital changes related to two things…
- The location.
- The service they represent.
On a location level, a good map always updates its public details. It’ll show you newer transport lines, warning zones, and areas that have been recently developed.
On a service level, a map updates details regarding its services.
Back to the Dating App Example.
You want a map that updates the number of prospects available on your city map, and at a certain time.
At one point, you might have a dozen. And that number can fluctuate. But the point is, you need a live estimation of nearby active prospects.
Or how about public transport services? You need a live map to find out available drivers nearby from your location.
It gives you an estimate (in the moment) of what to expect – and it helps you plan your time accordingly.
You can safely judge a service’s quality by the maps they provide.
Usually, a service that provides maps does so since navigation is key to what they sell. And if they cannot bother to design excellent maps, then you know that it’s best to seek a competitor.