Handy GPS (free)

Handy GPS (free)

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The perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure. Seek, find, record and return home with Handy GPS.

This app is a real navigation tool designed for outdoors sports like hiking, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking and trail riding. Its simple to use and works even in the remotest back country since it doesn't need network connectivity. It allows you to work in UTM or lat/lon coordinates so you can use it with your paper topographic maps. Waypoints and track logs recorded in the field can be be viewed later in Google Earth.

NOTE: This free version is limited to storing only 3 waypoints, and 20 track log points. If you like this app, please install the paid version of "Handy GPS" to get an unlimited version with even more features. Thanks!

Base features:
* Shows your current location in easting/northing (UTM) or in lat/lon.
* Shows your speed, direction of travel, and total distance travelled in either metric of imperial/US units.
* Can store your current location as a waypoint, and can store a track log to show where you've been.
* Waypoints and track logs can be imported from and exported to Google Earth KML and GPX files.
* Allows manual entry of waypoints in UTM or lat/lon coords.
* Can guide you to a waypoint with the "Goto" screen using true or compass bearings.
* Optional audible proximity alarm on goto page.
* Has a magnetic compass page (on devices with mag sensors only).
* Computes the local magnetic declination at startup using the IGRF-11 model, for use on the goto page.
* Can display either a simple map of your current location and the stored waypoints, or a Google Map if a data connection is available.
* Supports the world-wide WGS84 datum along with the Australian datums and map grids AGD66, AGD84, GDA94, AGD, GDA, AMG, and MGA. (You can also use WGS84 for NAD83 maps).
* Shows satellite locations and signal strengths graphically.
* Can display simple or MGRS grid refs.
* Has online help pages.
* Thoroughly tested by the developer on bushwalks.

Extra features available only in the paid version:
* A custom datum can be configured using ellipsoid and shift parameters.
* An email or SMS containing a clickable link showing your location can be sent to a friend.
* An elevation profile of your route can be shown.
* Can average GPS locations over time to give a more accurate result.
* Unlimited number of waypoints and track logs.
* Show sun rise and set times.

Permissions required: (1) GPS - to determine your location, (2) Network access - for access to Google Map tiles, (3) SD card access - to load and store waypoints and tracklogs, (4) Camera access for taking pics (only available in full version), and (5) Prevent phone from sleeping so that proximity alarm works.

Disclaimer: You use this app at your own risk. The developer accepts no responsibility for you getting lost as a result of using this app. Batteries in mobile devices can go flat. An alternate power source is recommended for extended hikes.

Keywords: hike, walk, cycle, cycling, ride, tracklog, remote, backcountry, wilderness, wild, navigator, garmin, etrex, magellan, topo, gps tracker, gps surveyor, survey

Tags: handy gps, handy gps (free), find handy gps, handy gps free manual, gps utm location application, handy gps breadcrums, gps apps showing location and distance travelled, handy met gps, datums grid, tmconverter.

Recently changed in this version

8.4 If a session name is set, use it for the names of the tracklogs in the exported KML or GPX file.
8.3 Minor improvement to allow volume control to change volume of proximity alarm on goto page.
8.2 Fixed a bug with the proximity alarm on the goto page which only occurs on some devices.
8.1 Added audible proximity alarm option for Goto function, Store date/time in human readable form in KML files.


Comments and ratings for Handy GPS (free)
  • (64 stars)

    by Kenneth Schultz on 14/12/2013

    Love the bread crumb tracking.. Great for hunting

  • (64 stars)

    by mark scatena on 14/12/2013

    Not what I thought it was, just want a simple breadcrumb gps, this is too complex

  • (64 stars)

    by Matthew Different on 30/11/2013

    I figure its within a 20ft radius of your current location using a galaxy s4. Thats pretty dang accurate!

  • (64 stars)

    by Phil Duffy on 10/11/2013

    Breadcrumb trail is too far out to be of any use. Would be more of a hazard than a help. Uninstall.

  • (64 stars)

    by hamsah amri on 26/10/2013

    superb acuracy

  • (64 stars)

    by Jed Vlasich on 25/09/2013

    Awesome

  • (64 stars)

    by David Measki on 25/09/2013

    I'm a surveyor and use this app regularly to quickly find survey marks, it's awesome.