The developer of the popular app Catch Notes have created another app simply called Compass. It is as the name suggests a compass application, showing the user north, south, east and west which can be handy for some outdoors activities. Lets have a closer look at the app to see if you can really use it in the field.
Functions & Design
After starting up the app it will determine your location via WiFi or GPS. Your address will then appear at the top of the screen, along with your GPS coordinates. Below the address you will notice three buttons. The first button you can use to save your position and the second allows you to add notes to locations (to be able to create notes you will need the Catch Notes app). The third button redirects you to a list of all the locations you have saved.
Under the buttons you will see the compass itself. It does what you would expect from a compass, display north, south, east and west. Also through the settings menu you are able to customize the look of the compass. You are able to choose between an analog, antique, digital, GPS, Night and regular digital compass themes. It is also possible for you to customize the the background and callobrate the compass itself manually.
When testing this application out, it was always accurate with its directions, which is expected of a compass, especially when you use it outdoors. An important side note though is that this particular app is not to heavy on the battery, which is great if you want to use it over an extended period of time. But since Google Maps is normally installed on most Android devices these days and it comes with a compass, users are going to have to decide for themselves whether or not they want to use this app. This Compass app can be downloaded for free from the Android Market. We tested Compass in version 2.0.
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