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Price: FREE (£ 25/ year for premium sub­scrip­tion)

What does it do?

Viewranger led the way in in­no­va­tive smart­phone apps and on­line plat­forms for track­ing and nav­i­ga­tion. Be­fore spend­ing a penny on a sub­scrip­tion there’s a lot you can do with it for free, like plot­ting, shar­ing and fol­low­ing routes, record­ing tracks (even on standby) and pe­rus­ing the route stats – all us­ing open source map­ping. Go­ing premium gets you Ord­nance Sur­vey maps (Lan­dranger and Ex­plorer), plus 3D aerial fly­overs, the abil­ity to iden­tify peaks with the Sky­line Aug­mented Re­al­ity func­tion and per­haps most use­fully, un­lim­ited off­line maps.

Ease of use

Viewranger does so much, it takes time to find your way around the menus. Af­ter that, the in­ter­face is rel­a­tively sim­ple to use. The route plot­ting tool al­lows you to mark out a route pre­cisely, but it can be a slow, fid­dly process. INFO: Ex­tras: Sub­scrip­tion to all OS Maps for Great Bri­tain + premium fea­tures £25/year or £5/month; over­seas map­ping Bio­met­rics: No Desk­top app: Yes Web­site:

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