November 25, 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.



  • Penny

    I love GeoBeagle. Its a very strong program. I gave a paid account and am able to down load 1000s of caches into my phone. I can also do “field notes” which keeps a log on the geocaching website. Its great I have found over 70 caches… great fun.

  • Swedish chef

    Me and my family have been active geocachers since this spring. In the beginning of our geocaching career we bought an $600 high-end Garmin outdoor GPS-receiver, that fully supported geocaching out of the box. It worked very well, and it felt like well-invested money, since we were really hooked by our new hobby, which for once was something that the entire family could enjoy at the same time.

    In the last months of summer I got hands on my first Android phone (HTC Magic/G2) and started using it for geocaching. Works fantastic, it is not as rugged as the outdoors GPSr , but there are a lot of advantages, such as data connectivity (no need to connect to USB to transfer geocache data) and first and foremost, you always have your phone with you. Since my first Android phone I'd say that the Garmin GPSr has gone from 100% to 5% when it comes to how many geocache-finds where we have used it.

    I am now using an HTC Hero with GCDroid and occasionally TrekBuddy (which I also used on Symbian before the age of Android). I have tried and used GeoBeagle, but when GCDroid was released I instantly fell for its better set of features and more intuitive interface. You should check it out. I am going to upgrade my GeoBeagle and give it another chance.

    • David Forslund

      I have found GCDroid to be totally unintuitive. I've been trying to figure out how to use it, but it doesn't do anything I expect. What are its "better set of features"? What is more intuitive? It gives me a time next to the distance and direction, but what is the "time" based on? What does it mean. I can't get it load .loc files from the browser, either.

  • guest

    yep. perfect app! Only thing it misses is the cached map:) also some usefull tools would not be bad.. tools like in another app OpenGPX.. GeoBeagle #1 for a time now!

  • Guest

    A new Android geocaching app will be released soon now that the ADC2 contest is over. Check it out at http://www.geooh.com

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/niniii0 niniii0

    I am now using an HTC Hero with GCDroid and occasionally TrekBuddy (which I also used on Symbian before the age of Android). I have tried and used GeoBeagle, but when GCDroid was released I instantly fell for its better set of features and more intuitive interface. You should check it out. I am going to upgrade my GeoBeagle and give it another chance.

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