Application Name: AntipodalPoint Pro
Description: Find the point on the globe exactly opposite from a specified one.
Publisher’s website: efauske
Version/date reviewed: v.2.0 / 10-31-10
Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2
The “Antipodes” is the point on the Earth exactly opposite another specified point. The AntipodalPoint Pro app lets you specify a point on the globe, and find the point exactly opposite.
Figure 1: By default, the app fires up the GPS and places an upright Android icon at your current location. You can then either scroll the map with a tap-and-drag, or use the “Antipodal Point” control on the menu, to scroll you to the antipodes of your current location …
Figure 2: … signified by an upside-down Android icon.
Figure 3: You can also tap anywhere on the map to set a location …
Figure 4: … and have its antipodes location be marked automatically.
Other Issues: Leaves the GPS continuously enabled, even though there’s no control to bring you back to your current location. So if you don’t exit the app, it can drain your battery.
Final thoughts: Bit of a one-trick pony, and most land locations you select will boringly have ocean at the antipodes; not surprising, since about 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. But it’s free, and might be fun to play with for a few minutes. Also potentially useful as an educational geography tool, especially for disproving that old myth that digging a hole in the US through the center of the earth will put you in China.