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Good for Reference Info on the Go
on December 22, 2011
I was in need of a travel atlas which I could carry in my pack as I travel abroad. The reviews I found online were unsatisfactory, so I purchased The Portable World Complete Pocket Atlas as well as the Oxford Pocket World Atlas to determine which would better suit my needs. In short, the Oxford Pocket World Atlas wins without much question.
-The Maps display more detail (particularly regarding altitudes and climates)
-Maps that take up two facing pages are printed on the page in such a way that they are easy to read, with no information crammed into the seam between the two pages
-There are a few sections in the beginning of the Oxford atlas that aren't in the other (World Stats, Major City maps/plans, and Gazetter, and Gazetteer of Nations) which can be very useful.
The Portable World atlas is a little bit easier to decipher at first glance since there isn't so much information. Otherwise, the books are about on par with each other; major roads are shown in thin red/black lines in both books; the fonts are clear and easy to read. The maps are more focused on geographical content than political, but they are still quite useful.
I payed the same price for both books at Half(dot)com; I will be taking the Oxford Atlas and leaving the other one at home.