Android Tablets Becoming a Valuable Asset to Outdoor Navigators

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Android tablets with GPS are becoming a replacement for a handheld GPS in outdoor situations due to their powerful displays, low cost, and the use of the Android GPS App BackCountry Navigator by CritterMap Software.

Topo Maps on an Android Tablet

Topo Maps on an Android Tablet

Great on the larger screen of my Nexus 7!

CritterMap Software reported today on the growing trend of outdoor adventurers using an Android Tablet to replace a handheld GPS for navigation in the backcountry. This is a trend that has already been witnessed on smartphones, with the help of the popular Android GPS App, BackCountry Navigator.

Among the reasons that tablets are popular for moving map navigation are the powerful displays. Besides showing more colors and more pixels, the screens are simply larger than that of the typical handheld GPS or even smartphone. The 7 inch size is popular for hikers, while sizes of 10 inch and above are often preferred by those on ATVs, boats, and snowmobiles.

Users also cite the desire for a device without committing to a monthly plan, as they would with a smartphone. Quality Android Tablets with GPS are now available for as little as $199, with the advent of the popular Nexus 7. While the Nexus 7 has only been available for a few months, it has become one of the top three devices for new installs of BackCountry Navigator.

Not all tablet manufacturers are joining the revolution. Many manufacturers have chosen to omit the GPS on lower end tablets. Notably, the Amazon Kindle does not have one. The device is therefore is limited to browsing of maps rather than actual navigation in real time.

Android Tablets typically use wifi as an internet connection rather than relying on a mobile data plan. This is an advantage for users of BackCountry Navigator, who can download appropriate maps for a trip using their broadband connection at home. They can then navigate using these maps in an area that does not have cell coverage anyway.

BackCountry Navigator PRO is available now for $9.99 from the Google Play Store for Android-compatible phones and tablets.

About CritterMap Software
CritterMap Software is based in Camas, Washington and aims to make software and content for enjoyment and safety of outdoor recreation. CritterMap Software is founded by an outdoor enthusiast with experience in both software development and land navigation.

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