Article Review: ExplorOz Traveller

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So firstly let me say the map detail on the 2021 ETOPO is great and I love it. However I have found that it seems to be significantly slower to load that the raster 2019 maps for some reason. When scrolling the map this is quite frustrating. I would have thought that the vector maps would be much quicker to load that raster? I am using an iPad mini 2. Is this an issue with the v.6* of the app?
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Reply By: Member - rocco2010 - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 at 14:43

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 at 14:43
I agree on map detail.

Age might be a factor with your iPad. Not much RAM in the older models and the mini 2 is no longer upgradeable to the latest version of IOS.

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Follow Up By: RMD - Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 at 19:56

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 at 19:56
Yes. A mini doesn't go as fast as a Ferrari does it?
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Reply By: Rob A2 - Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 at 17:00

Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 at 17:00
Just updated from our iPad mini 2 to an iPad Air v4 and the difference is utterly amazingly fast. To test it I downloaded the maps from the Store rather from a backup file and the transfers and installs are measured in seconds rather than many many minutes.

In regard to screen refresh the 4 is certainly quicker but there is still a noticeable lag but again it's so much faster than the old 2 which will be kept as the backup map set now

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Follow Up By: Rob A2 - Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 at 17:05

Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 at 17:05
To add to my earlier comments I have stripped out all the other apps I used on the old Mini 2 which left me with around 17Gb of 32 GB. Before doing this I had less than 2GB spare so no headroom at all. After doing a full refresh to tidy up any remnant files and rebooting the 2 is moving noticeably quicker than it was. But not anywhere near as fast as the 4.

So if you have an older tablet and you can just dedicate it to mapping I suggest you have a crack at cleaning all the old apps out first to see how much of a difference that may be able to make for you

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