The ViewRanger software is now available packaged with a Nokia 5800 touchscreen phone.
The phone comes with an in built stylus, which is easily removable, even with gloved hands, making this an ideal solution to exploring the wilderness by bike. It's for this reason that the package has also been adopted by search and rescue teams.
“Professionals such as search and rescue teams have found ViewRanger robust in field operations and like the fact they only need to carry one versatile device – their mobile phone,” explains Craig Wareham of Augmentra, the company behind ViewRanger.
“They also mentioned how using a phone with an easy-to-grip stylus makes it easy to use the ViewRanger functionality even when wearing gloves, so we decided to offer the software ready installed in the Nokia 5800 to our other customers. The large screen provides a clear, sharp display, and it has advanced microprocessors that guarantee fast map refresh and searching – reducing both the wait and weight.”
ViewRanger turns the Nokia 5800, or any other S60 Smartphone, into a fully-featured trail navigation system with Ordnance Survey mapping. You can plan routes directly onto its digital OS maps, or discover and download annotated trail guides from the ViewRanger route library. The built-in sports computer will tell you how far you’ve walked, how long you’ve been out, and give details of speed, pace, heading and altitude.
Another feature geared particularly to groups of cyclists is the 'BuddyBeacon', a feature that allows you to home in on where others are via a icon on the map.
The ViewRanger Great Britain handset bundle includes digital Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale mapping of Great Britain with ViewRanger software, pre-installed on a Nokia 5800 touchscreen phone (provided without SIM card), plus a Krusell Classic leather case, and costs just £340.
ViewRanger self-select mapping for a range of European and international territories from £20.