Most navigation apps follow a simple design that directs which way or road to take to arrive at our destination. However, putting them side by side virtually shows no difference between their main functionality. But have you ever heard of an app that you can use to navigate regardless if there’s a road or not?
Polaris Navigation GPS, one of the most unique Android GPS apps, breaks the mold with its practical and highly usable features. An app that’s designed with off-road adventuring in mind, and it shows right from the start.
So, if you’re planning an escapade through a National Park or plan to hike, then we highly recommend that using Polaris Navigation GPS on your smartphone.
The Polari Navigation GPS, as the name suggests, highly depends on the Global Position System for its features to function well. Other than that, the good things about this app are:
- Integrated with Google Maps.
- Fully Functioning Compass with Latitude, Longitude, Degree Reading, Altitude, and Barometer.
- Interchangeable Units
- Supports Various Map Types (Atlas, NASA, Topographic, USGS, Toporama, Nautical)
- Download Detailed Continental Maps
- Send Current Position via Email or SMS
- Tracks Sunrise/Sunset
- Record Trails (Background Trail Recording)
- Create Waypoints
- Off-road, On-road, Sea
Despite being a powerful and feature-rich navigation app, it is still far from being perfect. Most of the times, the features will be rarely needed.
- Ease of Use could be better.
- Certain parts of the app cause the phone to be laggy.
- Doesn’t really provide you with off-road tracks (you have to record it first).
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a tool or a navigation app that you can use on your off-road adventures or even on-road, then the Polaris Navigation GPS app is a great option to consider. The best thing about this app is its built-in compass tool. Additionally, the ability to record your tracks is definitely a feature that will be appreciated by most. Although, the only issue is that the app is highly dependent on GPS, as the name suggests. Therefore, if you have no internet connection or signal at all, then some functions of this app will be rendered useless.
Ultimately, you might want to consider having an offline navigation app for Android.
Installation and boot
If this will be your first time using the Polaris Navigation GPS app, it will take some time getting used to it.
When you launch the app, there’s a lot of information to soak in on the main screen. Fortunately, everything is categorized.
Using the compass tool, you will see every information from latitude to longitude and to magnetic heading to true heading, altitude, speed, distance, and time. Additionally, there are a lot of options and tools that you can use. We won’t be going through them one by one as off all them are there to provide assistance whenever you find yourself needing it. That also includes various types of maps, sunset/sunrise tracking feature, satellites tracker, and more.
As to what we have already mentioned above, the app is highly dependent on GPS. Therefore, if you turn on the GPS of your smartphone, the app will be able to fully provide you 100% of its features and functionality.
You can use it as a standard GPS navigation app, mark your own path on the map or let the app do that for you on the background, use marine navigation charts, mark your favorite hunting ground, use vector & raster map downloaders (topos, marine, hiking, and others), find hiking trails, camping locations and much more!
So, if you’re someone who knows the value of knowing the latitude, longitude, altitude, etc… while climbing a mountain or voyaging the seas, then this app is for you. Otherwise, it’s best to depend on guide personnel that knows his/her way around the area than using this app that you have no idea about.
Access Permission Required
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.
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 and overwhelm them.
On the other note, the app will definitely be beneficial is the user well accustomed to navigating with the compass.
So, if you’re looking to go on a wilderness expedition with your mates, Polaris Navigation GPS is the one app you should take.
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