Never doubt the incredible forces of nature, especially when you are in the middle of it for longer periods of time, be it as a backpacker, rock climber or hiker. In all cases, you should always be prepared in advance for possible emergency situations. One app that will help you prepare for these critical moments as well as help you when they actually happen is the Army Survival Guide. But will this app really do the trick and save your butt when you're off somewhere in the thick of the woods?
- ✓clear and structured overview illustrated with helpful images
- ✓copious amounts of info on survival methods and situations
- ✓great appendices for extra information
- ✓small download
- ✓minimal permissions requested
- ✓no crashes or stability problems
- ✕only in English
- ✕contains ads
|Tested on||Android Version||Root||Modifications||Tested version||Latest version|
|Google Galaxy Nexus||4.3||No||none||1.2.8||1.2.8|
Features & Use
The Army Survival Guide requires just under 7 MB, while the permissions are reduced only to network access: you can therefore download this app without much extra thought. One thing to consider when using this app is reading the content before embarking on a trip, so that in emergency situations you aren't reliant on the smartphone's battery. Furthermore, this app is clearly an army survival guide, meaning it's stock full of military related subjects or situations. That being said, this doesn't at all change anything when it comes to conveying survival tips and tricks.
Without much of a fuss, the user will be brought to the chapter overview of the app when starting it up. It consists in total of 23 different chapters as well as many extra attachments. The chapters generally describe various scenarios and survival methods, while these appendices mostly provide information on poisonous and edible plants or various kinds of knots.
Each chapter offers a huge array of information for the respective topic. Here are some of the topics:
- Psychology of Survival
- Survival Planning and Survival Kits
- Basic Survival Medicine
- Water Procurement
- Food Procurement
- Survival Use of Plants
- Poisonous Plants
- Dangerous Animals
- Field-Expedient Weapons, Tools and Equipment
- Desert Survival
- Tropical Survival
- Cold Weather Survival
- Sea Survival
- Expedient Water Crossings
Each of theses topics are rich in detail. Not only does it possess an organized and clear overview, there are also very helpful pictures which enable you to better understand the transmitted content. Extra value is also added thanks to the additional comments and descriptions. The themes, just like the appendices, are introduced with a small teaser text to help orient yourself among the many chapters.
The appendices have a lot less to do with specific survival methods or situations and more to do with extra, but also very important, details. The appendix topics are:
- Survival Kits
- Edible and Medicinal Plants
- Poisonous Plants
- Dangerous Insects and Arachnids
- Venomous Snakes and Lizards
- Dangerous Fish and Molluscs
- Ropes and Knots
- Clouds: Foretellers of Weather
- Evasion Plan of Action Format
These appendices are also illustrated with pictures and offer a very clear structure, making the guide very easy to use.
Screen & Controls
Like mentioned above, the Army Survival Guide is set up in a very minimalistic way. After starting it up, the user will be brought directly to the chapter overview where they can then access the desired topic. Even the entries are well structured and thanks to the pictures, are even easier to understand. There is no need to sift through menus and bars in order to find what you are looking for.
Speed & Stability
While using the Army Survival Guide, there was no evidence of problems in terms of crashes, slow speeds or stability.
The Army Survival Guide can be installed for free from the Google Play store and contains ads.
The Army Survival Guide offer copious information and deals with many possible situations. What’s more, important subject matter, which doesn't necessarily depend on a particular situation, is also transmitted, like dangerous plants. Though the app is quite minimalistic, it retains a very clear and user-friendly overview. People who do not speak English might be ticked off by the fact that it is only in this one language, but perhaps the developers will expand it to other tongues in the near future.