If you are into your outdoor activities you are going to love ViewRanger Outdoors GPS and Maps for BlackBerry 10. Already a success on Android, the developers have ported the application over to the BlackBerry Z10 & Q10 and it's a real beauty. Essentially, the application is designed to track your movements if you run, cycle, motorbike just to name a few but there is a whole lot more left to offer.
Once you launch the application you are presented with a map. At the base of the screen are five tabs. These include a zoom in & out (although pinch to zoom works too), a GPS locator, a search tab and finally an options one. There are plenty of tweaks that can be made from within the options but let's get down to the fun part.
From the map you can swipe left which gives you another bunch of options. Let's start with tracking as that's what you will use most. You need to first select your mode of transport - I'm lazy so I went for a drive to test it out but there are seventeen options even including hand gliding and snowmobile! Once your mode of transport is chosen it's just a case of pressing the start key and that sets the ball rolling. You will see your time and distance shown at the top of the display and once you are completed just press stop. You then have the option to upload your route to the View Ranger website so you can check things out online which is pretty cool.
If you need to have your phone display on while using the app there are a nice selection of different styles of screens you can choose from. Failing that the app does have an attractive Active Frame.
From within the app you can also view the details of your route. This will show you the length in KM, the duration, start/end dates, your speed (shown on a graph), your height or you can view all of the details listed on one graph.
Another great feature with View Ranger is that you can search for other peoples routes. So for example - I want to take my motorbike out for a spin (I don't really have one!) so I check out on the map routes that have been uploaded. I can view the route on the map and see detailed information about it as seen in the above video. Likewise, other users can see your uploaded routes, although I'm not sure they will be impressed with me driving around my local town!
As you will see from the below list I have only covered the basics of the app. If outdoor activities are your thing then download ViewRanger Outdoors GPS and Maps - It's awesome and free!
Features of View Ranger include:
- GPS mapped location, even without mobile signal.
- Offline map mode - store in advance using "Create Saved Map"
- Track recording - view your path on map to keep or share, even add Flickr photos
- Sports computer stats - view distance, speed and much more.
- Real time location sharing - BuddyBeacon (requires data connection)
- Active Route Navigation
- Synchronises with web account for route planning, publishing and sharing. (My.ViewRanger.com).
- Download trail guides to follow
- Share your own trail guides
- Many other advanced features - find out more on our website