Windows smartphone apps, resources
Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:12 PM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:50 PM
Sorry to hear about your SmartPhone woos being forced to go from the outdated and abandoned to the non-adopted and not growing.
IIRC a cacher mentioned 'Geocaching Live' as a Windows Phone App they used. I can't say the quality as I'm not a Windows Phone user, heck I've not even touched a Windows Phone to date. That said, I'd suggest grabbing whatever you find out there for free and play with them once you get the phone.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:54 PM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:43 AM
I don't know of any others...
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:14 PM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:35 AM
Well, I got the infamous (and "non-adopted and not growing") Nokia Lumia 900 Windows smartphone last Friday. Some things I was looking forward to (e.g. larger screen, more apps....or apps period, a true smartphone, integration of other email accounts, etc.) and some I wasn't (e.g. loss of raised keys by going total touch screen). Right off, I downloaded GC.com's "Geocaching Live" app to give it a whirl. I used it a bit over the weekend to see how it would perform, but also had my Garmin 62S alongside (never leave home without that). I used the Lumia to do some area searches, navigate me to the caches via street maps, and get within 30 feet of the cache. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did it pick good routes (via Bing hybrid maps), but it even taunted me and called me an idiot when I made a wrong turn while I was distracted. Okay, so it didn't call me an idiot... Anyway, I found the Geocaching Live app to be pretty darn good. The only downside is that it doesn't allow me to pull logs. Not sure what's up with that, and maybe it's there and I just haven't found it yet (only played with it a bit), but it's definitely better than the crappy app they have for the iPhone (I have it on my iPad and it's what I've been using for navigation support, coords when one pops and I'm not at home to throw it on my GPSr, etc.). And the recent update for the iPhone app....well, that was certainly a step backward. Now when I click a cache link in an email and it flips to the app, it doesn't actually pull up that cache page unless the battery-hogging app is still running in the background....it just goes to the main app home screen.
So, the summary is that this phone and the Geocaching Live app are surprisingly good. More later after I've really had a chance to push it.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:49 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:57 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:38 PM
Glad you got it worked out and thanks for the review. Now I know one person with a Windows phone (although I don't really know you...)
Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:32 PM
In the interest of balance I suspect you have not used Geosphere on the iPhone 4/4s/5 which is a terrific and capable caching app. IMO
Glad you're making headway with winPhone. Thx for the feedback on it.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:12 PM
KR, sorry I offended your iPhone-ness. I forgot you had already consumed a lifetime supply of the iKoolaid. Just kidding. Yes, you are correct that I didn't distinguish between the apps. I was referring to GC.com's "first app I developed" app for the iPhone/iPad, and you were supposed to read my mind. I have never tried Geosphere before, but if you (in your awesome geekness) rave about it, then I'm quite sure the app is fantastic. And I'm equally sure that if they were giving us iPhones at work I would likely be following in your awesome footsteps (the forum doesn't have an emoticon for ego-stroking). Lol. Sorry for my error of ommission on the specific app I was referring to. Now I will have to go cache about it and put out a tribute to Geosphere...sigh.....
Posted 04 October 2012 - 08:27 PM
Posted 04 October 2012 - 11:41 PM
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