October 1, 2014

App Review: GeoBeagle

geobeagle map“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.”
-Geocaching.com

If that sounds like fun to you, check out Geobeagle! Its the highest rated of the free Geocaching apps on the market. Once you register online at Geocaching.com, you can search online for caches hidden near you. You also have the option to pre-load them on to your phone then go out to find them, which makes it easier if you want to find multiple caches in a day. However you choose to get your caches, this app helps out by providing you with maps and radar.  Note that in order to use the radar feature, you must have the app Radar installed from the market.

I had never heard of geocaching until I found Geobeagle on the market. From there I looked into it because I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. Turns out I was right! Luckily, my phone has all of the things it needs to be the perfect tool for this high tech game of hide-n-seek. It incorporates GPS, browser, and Radar in an easy-to-use application that puts it all at my fingertips.

Features:

* Search for caches near your location online.
* Pre-load caches and find them with your phone.
* Display caches inside Google Maps.
* Submit caches to the community.
* Log found caches online.
* Works with Radar app to help you hone in on caches.

This App Was Tested Using: T-mobile G1, T-mobile MyTouch 3g
This App Was Developed by: GeoBeagle Home
Presentation: Its basic but pretty intuitive and easy to use.
Value: Absolute best of the current free geocaching apps on the market.
Stability/Resources: Transitions from the web page back and forth to the app can be slow. Perhaps the app should display the description and comments of the geocaches you are looking for from the web page.
Bottom Line: There is room for improvement. But they’ve done a great job thus far. It is good and will only get better.

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