Monday, May 9, 2011

App Help!

So, I have entered the 21st Century. I have an obtained a smartphone doohickey. Very excited over here. As soon as I got the phone, I ordered an OtterBox which I have been hearing is THE way to keep the ol phone safe in the backcountry.

Now I just need to know HOW to use the phone in the backcountry!

So I am turning to you, dear readers, to help me get the most essential apps for my phone. For the record, it is an Evo with Droid technology so all your shiny I apps are useless on me. Useless!

So, what do I need? Some of the apps I have tracked down (but not bought or installed) are...

Backcountry Navigator. Looks like a cool app but how many trails does it have? Do you download the software and then add trails as you go along?

Backpacker GPS Trails. The "pro" version (no thanks, I think I will retain my amateur status) is similarly priced to the BC Navigator. Which is better, which is worse? Questions that need answering.

Of course, what list would be complete without my online friend's apps, My Nature Apps. Many of his apps are I apps but he is a good guy with a great product. Hopefully a few more of them will come Droid's way soon!

What I HAVE downloaded so far.

A cool compass app and the US Army Survival Guide. You will notice both of these are free yet useful. Isn't that what the internet always promised us it would be?


  1. I felt the same way just a few weeks back when I joined the "smart phone" club, I didn't know what to do with all the apps!
    I don't know any fun apps yet, but I feel your pain!

  2. I'm a techie geek (for a living), on my 7th smart phone -- tried them all: Treo, Windows, Bberry, Droid, now iPhone. When Verizon got the iPhone earlier this year, I finally ditched my Droid (sorry, but iApps just work so so much better).

    However, when I was using the Android OS, for outdoorsy apps I went with: EveryTrail, MapMyHike, Google Earth and Foursquare.

    For regular everyday apps: Seesmic for Twitter (the Android Facebook app stinks big time); Google Voice for texting & v/m; Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs and Remember The Milk for productivity; Skype; Nook; Kindle.

    -- Colleen @ Greene Adventures

  3. @Stephania- thanks for the comment and yes, I definitely am trying to make around the app universe, it is VAST!

    @Colleen- those are GREAT suggestions! I am looking into all of them now. Really like the blog, I am going to add it to my roll!


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