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Tokyo Subway for iPad

Tokyo Subway for iPad

 

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Tokyo Subway for iPad application is a comprehensive guide to traveling through Tokyo in Japan.- Map of Tokyo Metro. Landscape and portrait modes are available.- Precise location of each station on the map (with a red circle), and also on Google Map.….. Read more

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Rated 1/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

0/5 stars
Needs work....

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I'm in Tokyo now but even with WiFi and Location Services on, the app can't locate anything! Do I have to activate an International data plan? That would be economic suicide! What a waste. I had even purchased quite a few of the optional location modules. None of these work so far.

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At least the co-founder answered my emails quickly. While on WiFi, I had to go out of the app, open Google Earth, find my location, then quit, then reopen the app in order for the localization settings to begin to work. What I saw was fine, as far as that goes while on WiFi, however I still feel that the description of the app is misleading. May I suggest that they state up-front that connection to the internet is REQUIRED for it to work? In addition, the app would be far more useful if maps of the region you expect to travel to could be pre-loaded, so that the GPS could function and show the location even while out of internet connection. At the very least, allow snapshots of location POIs to be stored on the app.

0/5 stars
Does not seem useful

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Maybe I'm missing something (I have not used this in Tokyo yet but will next week), but this really doesn't seem all that useful. It has the same subway map I swear I've seen all over and is in no shortage when I'm there. To use it's features with google maps, won't that eat up huge amounts of a hyper expensive international data plan?

Using the planner etc is not very intuitive. There's no real instructions or directions. In contrast, using the google map's features for planning trips does seem very intuitive.

I would be more impressed if this contained any kind of real offline google maps style map. What I really need is a Tokyo map that will not chew through my data plan ($70 for a mere 50mb?). This does not appear to suffice for that and even tries to operate in conjunction with google maps and not supplant the need for it.

If it turns out I'm missing something and this is actually very useful I will update my review. Unfortunately, I'm not expecting it to help at all as a visitor.

5/5 stars
I wish I had this on my last trip ...

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Traveling around Japan, whether it be by rail or subway is a cultural nightmare ... even the most experience subway rider from New York or London could get lost. Yes, there are signs in English, however, I found myself getting lost trying to figure out the proper routes and connections. And yes I've seen this map on the internet, but the big difference with this app are the route planner, map features and the POI options – well, that's my current opinion. I may have a different opinion when I get back after spending the month of July in Japan.

The Point of Interest (POI) option in the 'Settings' is very nice. While I'm not too crazy about paying another $0.99, knowing where all the MacDonald's are via the map is important for two reasons ... (1) western style public bathrooms and (2) WiFi Hotspot. Contrary to what you may have read on many websites, both of these luxury items can be hard to find, even in Tokyo. Surprisingly, there are not that many 'Free WiFi Hotspots' in this world's largest city. BTW, when a non-western hotel says free internet access, it usually means one crappy old PC in the hotel lobby.

More importantly, knowing where a 7-11 is located is the most beneficial item in this app. That's because most, if not 7-11's have ATM's that'll let you use your western debit & credit card. Warning, if you have a Master Card, American Express, Discover, Dinner Card, etc. ... good luck finding someone that'll accept them, especially if they were issued outside of Japan. I've found VISA to be the most widely accepted card, but that's not saying much – especially once you're outside the western tourist zone. Bottom-line, Japan is essentially a cash only economy. So, $0.99 charge for the POI option is well worth it.

If Presselite were to grant me a wish, I'd love to see the time schedule for each subway line and also denoting those stations that are associated with the major rail lines. While they're at it, fix some of the POI icons that are so small that I can't identify what it represents.

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