Tuesday, June 4, 2554

Smart app: Using a Smartphone to help find a place to pitch a tent

This is especially true for those who like to pack the car, hit the highway and let the luck dictate the location of their next camp. Applications like Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder (free on Apple) and Camp Finder ($ 2) are great for finding your next destination while you are in transit or on the trail.

Android users will be able to get Camp Finder by the end of next month, the company said. In the meantime, you will be well served by AllStays & tent Camp ($ 3 to $ 5 on Android and Apple) and Google Maps (free).

Even if it wasn't free, Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder would be well worth downloading. You can select a State or a type a city name or postal code and choose from a list of 20 activities such as camping, rving, hiking, horseback riding and caving.

After selecting the task, Oh, Ranger! located in public parks that meet your needs within 250 miles of the location.

Because Oh Ranger! focuses on public parks, however, that you will not lose any private camp in your area.

That's why it makes sense to cover with Camp Finder, which was the best paid apps Campsite I tried. Camp Finder is produced by the publishers of CampingRoadTrip.com, and comprises approximately 14,000 campgrounds and RV Parks in the United States.

You can type a path in the search box or leave the GPS Locator of Camp Finder find you. From there, Show a list of all sites available in the area, with icons showing amenities like Wi-Fi, connections RV and tent spots.

Unlike other applications, Camp Finder lists camping fares in the search results page, so can quickly weed out the $ 65 per night establishments are not in your budget. Ideally, the Finder would let you Camp sort results by price or service, but so far no such feature exists.

There are, however, many other ways to help sort, including campsites with amenities like grocery stores and propane, for example, or campgrounds operated by the military or private parties.

People who already have apps-by-turn navigation for Apple, like MotionX-GPS drive ($ 1, plus $ 20 for one year of service navigation) or AT&T Navigator (monthly subscription of $ 10), should verify their skills regarding camping before you spend money elsewhere.

Type "camps" in the search box of most navigation programs, and will receive a list of establishments. But in the case of MotionX-GPS Navigator and AT&T, at least, lists do not include descriptions of the camp. In the case of AT&T Navigator, the results included some irrelevant entries.

Users of Android should start their Camping related searches with Google Maps, that is without doubt the best free software in mobile. The point of Google Maps is its feature-by-turn navigation, but is also a good local search app.

If you type "Camping" in the search box, for example, Google gets close to campsites, sorted by distance. You can also sort them by price or user evaluations, although, in my tests, many of the camp had not been assessed by anyone.

There is no Google Maps app for Apple, but you can still access the service through your mobile browser. The process, however, is much more cumbersome to work with the app.

I would expect decent search results from Google, but I was pleasantly surprised that the lists included more in-depth information on campsites than some of the specific applications of the campsite. The information for a privately-run camp in Eastern Connecticut, for example, included 16 reviews Google users and contributors to other Web sites.

A most unfortunate surprise was that Google lost a handful of campsites nearby.

For those with discerning tastes in campgrounds and RV spots, & tent Camp is a good way to find more options. The application was developed by the Publisher of AllStays.com, a website for specialty lodging as camps, spas and motels.

Adam Longfellow, President of AllStays, said that the app more than 14,000 covered campsites in North America, 87 percent of whom are in the United States. Another app from AllStays, Camp and RV, lists the places more than 22,000

I found the listings quite complete, but still, he missed some that were present in the Finder, for example. Camping-specific information was even thinner than that has featured in many of the other applications I tried, and the descriptions have been plucked in a space so small that I needed to hold the phone near to read them.

Camp & tent deserves credit, however, to sort the results according to the operators of the campsite. Kampgrounds of America, the service known as KOA, gets its icon in the results.

Also, unlike many other specific applications of the tent camp, Camp & stores your last search results. So if you and your friends are stuck in the woods with no network connection and an itch to move to another spot, the phone can still save it.

And if your teammates campsites are old school, smartphone-hate variety, even better.

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