Features & Use
Name those peaks!
PeakFinder Alps is a super useful app, regardless of whether you’re keen to know the names of the all peaks surrounding you or if you need help with orientation. Your surroundings will be displayed as a panorama which you can then scroll through (it spins on its own axis).
The names of the peaks are listed and a map helps you match the real mountains to the owns displayed on the screen.
Choose your location: your actual location or a fantasy location—it’s your choice!
Choose a location in order to see the panorama:
- Your real location (hit the button on the bottom left)
- Select any location
Choosing a position can be done in two ways:
When you touch the screen crosshairs and two red dots which mark the peaks appear. When a red dot intersects with the crosshairs information regarding the peak is displayed (more detail below), and a button shaped like a little traffic lights figure appears. Click on this little guy and you can jump to the next mountain top.
There’s also a binoculars function (top left of the screen), via which you can access a menu that lists all the peaks, as well as the ones in your vicinity. You can then select whichever position you like.
Information about the peaks—is geo data all we need?
PeakFinder displays several facts related to each peak at the bottom of the screen:
- Peak name
- Mountain height via N.N.
- Distance from current location or chosen location
- Exact location positioning incl. degrees
Honestly, that isn’t enough information for my liking. The app isn’t only geared towards tourist who might be content to know the name of a mountain top—it’s also geared towards alpine athletes who will want (and need) more information, e.g. information regarding the weather or mountain shelters, etc.
Details on all European Alpine peaks
PeakFinder Alps—well, the app's name is a giveaway for what you can expect from this application. Peaks from the following countries are displayed: Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein and Slovenia.
No extra roaming costs when you’re traveling abroad thanks to comprehensive maps
PeakFinder Alps loads all its maps and related materials to the SD card after you install it. The app’s graphics are pared down to the minimum, and as a result the entire app isn’t larger than 35 MB.
Once the maps and other data have been saved to your device you won’t need to connect to the internet to access them. Not only does this mean that you won’t have extra roaming costs, but you also won’t have to worry about slow or non-existent internet connection when you’re standing at the top of Mont Blanc.
PeakFinder Alps is a wonderful app for anyone looking to get an overview of the Alps. That said, I would like to see more information about the individual mountains, although I realise that this would be contingent on a stable internet connection, meaning the app couldn’t function offline any longer (could Cache be an option?)
Screen & Controls
The panorama graphics have been reduced to the bare essentials, which is a very good thing. It means that the app doesn’t exceed 35 MB and maps load at the speed of light.
PeakFinder Alps's UI is well thought-out and easy to use. Controls are very intuitive.
A panorama can be scrolled through manually or you can switch to the compass function. The panorama will then automatically adapt to the direction in which you’re holding you’re phone.
Speed & Stability
As mentioned above, PeakFinder Alps performs really well. Its speed is remarkable and it didn’t crash once.
PeakFinder Alps usually costs EUR3,97 and can be purchased from the Android Market or the AndroidPIT App Center. It is available at 40% off from our App Center this week only. If you're a mountain enthusiast this app is really worth looking into.