Smartphone pedestrian navigation in the check

As a pedestrian looking for a navigation solution for its mobile phone or Smartphone, who’s usually not easily – at least a well functioning system to find that funktinioniert is reliably difficult even under harsh conditions. Who in Germany on the go is easy and has a data flat in a good network, it has, however, quite easily. The path can be found most easily and accurately with the compass built into the Smartphone and Google maps. Otherwise, it looks but once going abroad (roaming fees and poor reception), the weather is not very good (Frost, snow, rain) and/or it relies on a very strong battery. We clarify basic equipment should be what solutions for pedestrian navigation and what equipment you need for difficult conditions, our check to the pedestrian navigation.

Basic requirement: mobile phone with GPS and compass

Basically, you need a mobile phone with a GPS chip for determining position first. Without this basic requirement, no navigation system on your Smartphone works. In addition the accuracy through the use of A GPS can be (“ assisted GPS ”) be improved. Here is mobile phone (Note: data plan strongly recommended!) and distance to certain mobile phone masts greatly improves the accuracy and speed of the GPS fix (so the connection with one or more satellites). Further, a switched on Wi-Fi can increase accuracy. Google “ know ” as the location of Wi-Fi networks and can recognize based on the environment where the Smartphone is located. This however is no advance set tongue for a fast and accurate determination of position, but is rather than “ gimmick ” watch again to increase the performance. The special feature of A GPS and Wi-Fi support, that the cell phones and Smartphones consider often traditional navigation devices this way are because they do not support A-GPS (an extra SIM card worth probably only in rare cases).

Recommended a compass is function. This is standard for Apple for example since the Apple iPhone 3 G S, and in addition to determining the position also allows to align the displayed map according to the direction of the user. I even use this feature often on Google maps on iPhone 4 – my opinion indispensible! Especially when moving on foot, you can not so well see in which direction to move on the map. A compass is quickly remedy, because the direction is now correctly displayed without movement. Now all available smartphones should have but compass function this.

Pedestrian navigation in Germany

Who in a “ normal ” environment on the road and only occasionally would like to use a pedestrian navigation, must actually no specific criteria in the selection of its smartphones take account except the above. Ultimately, the cell phone must support GPS only and have obstructed ideally A GPS and a compass, to denote being the latter features rather than optional. Google maps is sufficient for smaller queries. But it is here to no “ Navgiationssystem ” in the strict sense, but just a map. That is sufficient but for pedestrian navigation if you want to find for example the next Baker. Since Google maps in any case an Internet connection required (so-called “ offboard navigation ”), a data plan is absolute prerequisites for the use of Google maps. However, data flat rates are now already widely available and cheap to have.

Intensive use – the battery makes Tuckered?


long distances via pedestrian navigation can be difficult. The normal GPS is a very power-hungry technology that also continuously runs in the navigation. So, the battery of a mobile phone can be very quickly empty, just when the display continuously to is. Here a Smartphone is advisable to choose, which is particularly well characterized a good battery life. If comfortable, smartphones are not necessarily appropriate here with a very large display and very fast hardware. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is processor, although a quick and popular smartphone with dual-core but for a pure navigation solution, the processor is already challenged to look, so it makes more sense after mobile phones which are optimised for long battery life.

Here would be a suitable candidate as the Motorola defy: the battery is a 1540mAh sufficiently large dimensiert and the 3.7 ″ display offers in combination with the 800 MHz fast single-core processor is still a more than adequate comfortable operating experience.

Who however does not want to give up the comfort of a high end Smatrphones, can be equipped of course themselves with additional batteries. In addition to the ability to easily change the battery if it is empty, there are for popular Smartphones such as the iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy S2 many “ battery pack ”, to extend the battery to an additional battery. This increases the weight though, could present themselves but as a convenient solution, especially if you don’t want to forgo the latest technology.

Wind and weather despite: IP-67 certification

What plays hardly any role in the in-car navigation, is the weather. With pedestrian navigation, it is all the more important that a Smartphone is the spirit not just in low temperatures or rain showers. Indicator for a special “ outdoor ” fitness offers the IP67 standard. This certification guarantees a certain robustness of cell phones. It must be resistant to dust and water, and have a special impact. Who navigated on foot with the mobile, will want to not miss sure these properties just on long trips. Special outdoor fitness have such as the Samsung Galaxy XCover and the Motorola defy. These Smartphones also show that the age of the outdoor cell phone, which look like misshapen bones, is over: doesn’t show on the outside their properties the two smartphones.

But here is of course: If you have a Smartphone, that is certified to IP67 can at least limited these properties be added. There are extra shells which protect against dust and water spray for popular smartphones. However this can restrict some usability. I really trust would however only on an outdoor phone, if it really “ hard on hard ” comes. For example the iPhone 4S is also very kälteempflich, as tests have shown (report 7 mobile blog).

Pedestrian navigation abroad

Who caused much traffic when roaming on a foreign network, for example by the navigating by means of offboard navigation, receives generally high invoices. Just when one is no longer within the EU, should do without on roaming so at best and completely turn off the data connection of the mobile phone. Thus be so offboard solutions entirely through the grid, because they cause much traffic due to steady downloading of maps and are not recommended for foreign trips with pedestrian navigation. Here we should so restrict onboard solutions, i.e. cause such navigation programs that save the maps locally on the phone and thus no further traffic.

Which navigation app is best for pedestrian navigation?

This question is so flat no to bentworten and if you read this article, maybe even a new application is published. Here you should inform yourself best individually, which application for Windows phone 7, Symbian, Android or the iPhone iOS available stand and which applications particularly well cover the special requirements for pedestrian navigation. Here one must keep in mind that most apps for the navigation with the car are made to the maps is possibly limited to streets and integrated not marching through woods and fields has.

Conclusion to the pedestrian navigation on your Smartphone

For easy navigation in Germany to find a nearby place each Smartphone completely adequate, operated with a data plan. Here, Google Maps provides satisfactory performance. The conditions are difficult, are higher requirements and the robustness and also whether there is ever a mobile network or how expensive the data connection is finally. In addition you must make sure also that the battery under the permanent use of GPS makes it not to pass out. All of these factors and not necessarily tailored to pedestrian navigation maps make the selection of a Smartphone, and above all the appropriate software, is very difficult because most navigation applications are tailored to just the navigation by car and collect only streets. We recommend therefore the Samsung XCover or the Motorola defy as particularly robust smartphones with navigation software, the pedestrian navigation support (onboard). For longer trips but should continue to provide map and compass ….