Polaris Navigation GPS: Navigation for the Explorer in You

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Navigation apps follow a simple design these days. If you put them side by side, there is virtually no difference between their main screens. Polaris Navigation GPS breaks the mold with its practical and highly usable main screen.

You might be used to seeing the topographical satellite or simple maps on the main screens of your navigational apps. This one app is not your normal navigation app, and it says that boldly on the main screen.

I’ll be honest with you, Polaris Navigation GPS is one of the most unique Android GPS apps I have used. However, I don’t see myself using it as a daily driver. This app was designed with off-road adventuring in mind, and it shows right from the start.

If you’re planning an escapade through your National Park, I would highly recommend that you get Polaris Navigation GPS on your smartphone.

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The Good

One of the best things about this app is its ability to display everything on the main screen. I have yet to see another app that is as thorough as this one. Navigation is a hard thing to do in the wilderness; I’m sure with Polaris Navigation GPS on your side you will have no trouble at all.

The interface might need some getting used to, but in the end, the results are amazing. The app even supports remote locations across the globe.

The Bad

Those who are not familiar with the terminology might have a hard time understanding the app. If you’re a simple person with simple commuting needs, this app is probably not for you.

I will not be using it as a daily navigation app on my phone. That is not because this app is impractical or hard to use, it’s because the features I need in the city are not easily available on it. It would be hard for me to rate this app lower because it doesn’t actually advertised itself as a day-to-day app.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for tracking or some adventure through the desert, I would highly recommend you use Polaris Navigation GPS. This app is by far one of the most detailed off-road navigation apps for android I have tested in my long-running stint. Combine it with some of the compass apps and off-line navigation apps for android and you have a winning combination.

Installation and boot

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Getting the basic app on your smartphone or tablet is fairly easy. Follow the link and tap on the Install button. That will take a little while to download, and if you’re on Wi-Fi, the duration will be mere seconds.

However, downloading just the app is not the end of data consumption. To get full access to the feature list of this great navigation app for Android, you will need to download some additional files.

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Downloading the maps is fairly easy too. However, it is not as streamlined as I would like. The menu placement is also a little hard for a feature that is as important as this one.

Many people would prefer to have a guided tutorial to ease them into the app. Polaris Navigation GPS is a great app, but it assumes that you know everything about off-road traveling.

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Interface

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The Polaris Navigation GPS main screen will take some getting used. It is an unorthodox approach that really took me by surprise. There is a lot of information to soak in on the main screen. From latitude to longitude and to magnetic heading to true heading, always there for you to check.

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Altitude, speed, distance, and time are all displayed on the main screen. There is even a big compass there to help you navigate better. In my opinion, the interface will work a lot better if you have an actual physical map with you.

Don’t get me wrong here, the app also provides a great looking map to go with it. But only using the main screen will be something veteran drivers are more likely to use.

I can actually imagine myself going on in off-road adventure using this great looking app. This is one of the most hard-core main screen interface I have seen in a long while. I would’ve deducted points because of the complexity of the app however the developers never advertised it as everyday use app.

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Features

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If you’re looking for a robust off-road companion app to ride along with you into the sunset, Polaris Navigation GPS has you covered. I would highly recommend you turn on your GPS before using the app. There is a ton of stuff you can do with the GPS turned on. Stuff that no other app will be able to provide.

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Common knowledge like latitude, longitude, true heading, altitude and magnetic heading is provided instantly.

What if you need to know the exact time of sunset?

This app will be able to provide you that as well. It even has great radar that works with the help of satellites.

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You can use it as a standard GPS navigation app too. Following the routes become second nature after you have set them a few times. The app also allows you to mark your own path on the map. This feature will come in handy for your mountain trek.

All in all Polaris Navigation GPS has fully loaded feature set available for free at your disposal.

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Using

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I’ll be straight with you, using an app of this caliber is a little hard for a beginner. I for one, don’t know what to do with the immense amount of information the app gives you. I live in a pretty flat area, so I don’t actually need altitude information either. But boy does it feel great to see the numbers churning on the screen.

I use the app to run around my neighborhood. I was also checking out a running app for Android that day. The app helped me navigate unknown waters with ease.

Will I be using it for driving to school or the office?

No, I won’t.

Will I be using it for my camping trip later this month?

You can be sure of that.

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Permissions

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Naturally, Polaris Navigation GPS will need some information from your smartphone. It will need to install some maps on your local storage space, that is if you choose to download them. It will know where you are at any given time, but this is what the app is meant to do.

There is no other suspicious behavior displayed by the app. And I have no reason to suspect that it will, so I think this app is as secure as they come.

Conclusion

Polaris Navigation GPS is an odd app; the good kind of odd, though. The main screen of this app will turn off a lot of potential users. It was overwhelming for me too at first.I would have benefited a lot if I had actually learned to navigate using just the compass, but I’m a pretty lazy guy, and I chose to ignore that. But I have seen my uncle use this app like a real pro, and he uses a real map with it as well.

I’m not a very outdoor person, but I can see myself using this app time and time again. If you’re looking to go on a wilderness expedition with your mates, Polaris Navigation GPS is the one app you should take.

Do you like to take the path less travelled? Let us know the most amazing place you’ve travelled in the comments below.

 

Comments (16)

  1. sammyguide on

    nice share, but think google map still has the lead, though am yet to try other gps map. thanks i will try others and have a review

    • Judy on

      Hi There,
      I can´t argue with you there, Google Map is still the king. Don´t forget to let us know about your experience with those other apps. Thanks for commenting.

    • Alan on

      Its hard to beat google maps thats for sure. That being said, there are definitely apps out there that do specific things better that may suit your needs.

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    • Judy on

      Hi Christie,
      Your kind words are appreciated and I thank you for them. I am glad that we were able to help you and please don´t forget to share your positive experience in your social media accounts. Thanks for reading.

  3. Christina on

    Currently I use Waze. It does have a voice navigation somewhat, and while it will inform me to watch for police in 500ft, it doesn’t warn of an impending traffic jam which would be excellent (it does persay, the map lets you navigate to see your route start to finish, so I should specify and say it should voice it since anything can happen in 10 mins and we can’t stare at the map the whole time). If course, I haven’t really tried any others. I did try Google Maps, and will admit I kept trying to figure it out before throwing my hands up. However I to fully agree about other Waze users knowing where I am. I recently tried the Send My ETA feature and it informed me other users would see that. I was less than thrilled. So I have started looking for another app. What’s important me to is traffic mostly. It makes driving easier knowing there is stopped traffic or a traffic jam that will delay me to my destination. But Waze runs on an internet connection so when my signal drops, it tries to freeze. If I see traffic is slowed further up my route, it would be great to have the app offer something such as “In 5 miles traffic is jammed, would you like an alternate route?” Instead you have to manually go in and do this, which can be a pain when there’s no internet connection because my cell phone company is horrible. Waze does have many great things, and these things it lacks probably seem fairly small. It runs off the reports of users so it’s all real time, which is great. If I could take many of the features in Waze and mix it with something that promptly offered an alternate route due to problems located on current route and it worked without a connection, I would be in Heaven. This list have given me some options to check out, and I plan to do just that, so thank you!

  4. Pau on

    What navigation apps will allow use of GPS coordinates to specify the starting point and destination for a route? This would be useful for apps that do not have an extensive database of street addresses for offline maps. The GPS coordinates could be looked up while online,, then input during offline use if the starting point and/or destination points are not found in the offline database.

    • Judy on

      Hi Pau,
      I think all apps should do that, but the ones that certainly do that are Google Maps, OsmAnd, Magic Earth, Navigate (Route66) and MAPS.ME. Hope this helps you. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  5. preiz on

    is there any gps app apart from google maps that would work perfectly in nigeria?

  6. Mal on

    hi is there an app that works offline as a map for navigation that includes POI like places, shops worldwide ?

  7. Dennis on

    I love these navigation apps. They are so much more accurate than other devices. Even on rooted phones, I get great accuracy and love that I can see if there is traffic ahead.

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