View Ranger Smartphone mapping software £147

Exploit your GPS mobile

BikeRadar score 4/5

ViewRanger’s software turns the GPS-equipped smartphone you probably already carry into a navigator with full Ordnance Survey mapping.

Get full UK coverage, regions or even single map tiles. You can download map tiles on the go, panoramic maps included, and pick a custom tile centred on a particular location.

The map data is stored on the phone, so operation is lightning quick once you get the initial GPS lock, and it uses the handset’s keys or touchscreen for menu navigation.

You can log routes and tracks, create and import points of interest and customise your trip data screen to show speed, distance, clock, compass and altitude details.

Standard .pdx files can be exported for use with desktop software as well as navigating on the phone. One niggle is the impact on battery life – our Nokia N82 needed charging nightly to cope with a full day’s riding.

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