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    I see an OM button on the smartphone, have they joined the APP community and if so is it available for Android because that would be brilliant to catch up on things on mobile whilst out and about.

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    Irony at its best

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    None of these are any use to me. No Apps for my phone's platform. I am reminded of the story of the shop keeper who said " I don't stock those items as there is no call for them; you are the fourth person to ask today"! Almost none of my hill walking friends use an I phone (fragility, poor battery life etc etc) or an Android phone (poor interface, battery life etc). Most of us use a Windows phone (Nokia Lumia). Much better battery life, easier to operate with gloves on, etc. So, come on App. developers.

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    It gets better....

    'a Windows phone' - excellent

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    I recently loaded viewranger and works fine. I can also highly recommend the customer service.

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    Not had any problems with two Android phones personally, nor my friends with their Android phones or iPhones. I even dropped an Android phone from a ski lift and it was fine except a couple of scratches. Windows phone market share is shrinking so may explain why fewer apps. Not that it's helpful to Windows phone users sadly! I used to find the same kind of issue with Mac software and understand the frustration.

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    Apologies for my less-than-funny joke guys. Just to confirm, unfortunately we don't have an app as of yet but you never know, our tech team might be kind to us one day.

    That's interesting Roger, we'll have to have a look into Windows Phone apps as well. There must be a few out there.

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    Well I'm grateful to Edward that we have a review of a number of apps that are available in both Android and Apple And contrary to Roger's experience, nearly all of my outdoors friends have Androids or Apples

    Definitely want to try that MeteoEarth one.

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    I see nothing I need/want there. (maybe Viewranger if going overseas).
    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Greenland View Post

    we don't have an app as of yet but you never know, our tech team might be kind to us one day.

    More Irony


    I'd not let any App written by the OM tech team near my phone!

    OM is the only website which fecks up my Android phone keyboard prediction - no spacing between words, won't keep the cursor where you put it unless you press space/select a word from the menu etc.

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    MeteoEarth is brilliant, particularly on the iPad and surprisingly accurate at least for the next day or so in my experience. Not a substitute for a detailed mountain weather forecast, but a handy supplement.

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    That's a great article. I don't own a smartphone and wasn't aware of most of those apps, but it's fuel on the fire that I might get one at some point...

    I think the only one on that list that I use is Strava, which I link to my GPS watch. It's something I didn't want to get into but eventually got sucked in, and though I'm far from hooked on it, it is a great website.

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    I used to have a device - not a phone, a pocket PC - that ran windows 6. Then when it was totally re-written as windows 7, none of the apps I wanted would work on it. So I had to swap to apple (and pay the apple tax) or to android and I went for the latter. I only know one person who has a windows phone now - everyone else has apple or android.

    I prefer android and am used to the interface. Also, there are a lot more phones to choose from which have outdoors friendly features like replaceable batteries and ruggedness.

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    There's a collection of interesting and outdoor and mapping apps at MNF

    mapping, skiing, geology, etc. Android and IOS. No Windows Phone apps...

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    Reviews of the meteoearth sound terrible,dont think I'll bother now.

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    There are some useful apps for windows phone.

    I've found

    OS Grid Refs

    GPX viewer(lets you record or follow a gpx track)

    Met Office Weather forecast app

    All of these seem to work well.


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    +1 for viewranger, it really is an awesome app and with its ability to now sync across your devices its top notch. If there is a niggle, its the cost of having to buy sections of map but they are cheap enough.

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    Got to disagree with you there Roger, of the dozen or so like minded walkers I know only 1 uses windows, 2 use iPhone, (agree with fragility tho) and rest, me included) use android.
    The interface is down to the individual app used (ViewRanger myself) and I find it far from poor. With an extended battery I get a full days use with mapping/gps software and average mobile use.
    No need for a signal either!
    BUT, I ALWAYS carry map & compass in a corner of my (photo) rucksack "just in case"

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    Oh some people do make me laugh! :-D

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    Until they move power sourcing for mobile devices forward a couple of centuries why would you?

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    On windows phone 2 excellent apps.
    " GPS to Grid Ref " shows OS maps to your location.

    " Naismith's Rule " brill tool for planning distance and speed with Tranter calculations built in, but difficult to find in windows mobile store

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