The compass is now available in the form of many variants of applications worth trying, especially if you are passionate about outdoor travel.
In case you like walking on mountain roads, hiking or going out with a tent, you need certain things that you should not miss from your luggage, including the compass. If you are not a climber and you take relaxing walks with easy routes, in order not to load your luggage, where every gram will count, you can choose to download an application on your mobile phone that has the function of a compass. Thus, you have provided the orientation function and you do not load your extra luggage. Even if you can find the compass online, there are several applications and we present some options that you can try:
Compass 360 Pro Free
It is an application for Android and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, which occupies a leading place, with over 10 million installations, 4.5 stars out of 5, and numerous comments. You can download it for free, being easy to install. In order to work, you need the phone to have a magnetic sensor. The graphics are very simple and elegant, with a compass drawn on the whole screen that allows you to easily view the cardinal points, as well as the direction you are following.
For more information – such as longitude, latitude, altitude – you can opt in to the Setting section for GPS activation. You also have a level that can help you in certain situations. The application provides you with several themes to find a variant of graphics that you like. It is one of the most popular compasses for Android.
Altimeter GPS Pro
It is a professional application that can be more difficult for beginners, being very complex, it can be downloaded for free and it is suitable for both Android and IOS, exceeding the limits of a simple compass. It offers you multiple information that will be useful during your hikes, such as: geographical coordinates, cardinal points, distance, direction, time traveled, speed, location, temperature, etc., data that can be sent directly by e-mail if you need.
In addition, the maps that this application comes with are very helpful. You have several variants and you can choose between standard topo maps, maps made by aerial or hybrid photography.
Compass Steel 3D
In case you have an Android mobile phone with magnetic sensor, you can download this application that has 3D graphics. You can find it on the Google Play Store and it’s free. It is easy to install and you do not need specialized assistance. The interface is beautiful, three-dimensional and will provide you with useful information to know the position and direction to follow.
After installation, the application will ask you to calibrate the sensors, in order to have the most accurate data. Thus, you can see the cardinal points, but also information about the sun, moon, location, geographical coordinates, as well as data about the intensity of the magnetic field. If you do not like the interface given initially, you can change it with several colorful themes to suit your taste.
It is a dedicated iPhone application that, although easy to use and install, has many improvements to provide you with information and help throughout your travels. It can be used just like a mechanical compass to see the cardinal points, but also together with the camera of the phone to see the location of a certain objective that you want to visit.
The application also provides you with Google maps so that you can navigate more easily during the trip. It is an excellent means of orientation, providing very accurate data, both in compass mode and in other modes such as telescope, night mode or digital compass. Thus, you always have at hand useful information about the cardinal points, about your location, geographical coordinates, speed, and information about camera captures.
The basic application is free, but with a small amount you can get other benefits, turning your mobile phone into a metal detector and the ability to transmit the accumulated information.
Similar to what a classic magnetic compass can do, this is a simple and precise application, created especially for the Android phone equipped with a magnetic sensor. As a product, it has a good rating, having 4.3 stars out of 5 out of over 300 thousand ratings. After downloading the free application from the Google Play Store, it will ask you to calibrate the sensors, in order to provide you with the most accurate information about the cardinal points and the intensity of the magnetic field.
By activating the GPS you can see what your position is. It has a friendly interface, with a large compass displayed on the screen and you have several themes at your disposal. To obtain the most accurate data, use the application as a mechanical compass, placing the device on the ground as flat as possible, with the screen positioned at the top. The displayed coordinates can be shared or sent to other applications.
3D Compass Plus
It is an educational compass that helps beginners in a fun way to learn to navigate different routes, not just find their way north. It is an application that can be used with both Android and IOS operating systems and can be downloaded for free, being among the most beloved offers for free online applications.
It shows you in real time, using the phone’s camera, a 3D compass, geographical coordinates, address, route to follow, speed. Directed to a certain goal you can get a video with the route that you can send to your friends to follow you.
It is a fun way to learn to use a compass, to orient yourself during hiking, thus having an educational role. Children can also use it as their first compass so that they can then move on to more advanced applications.
Technology is advancing day by day and there are more and more useful applications, free or for a fee, that you can download on your mobile phone, and the compass is no exception. Before choosing one product or another, think that a compass application can offer you other fun functions.