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Measure Slopes With How Steep

Application Name: How Steep

Description: Simple slope angle/percentage measuring app.

Publisher’s website: smallbouldering

Cost: Free (ad-supported); $0.79 paid version removes ads

Version/date reviewed: v.2.5  /  11-4-10

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2


Android market link
Android Market link (browser)


Figure 1: In its basic mode, How Steep just measures the maximum slope in your choice of degrees or percent (45 degrees = 100%, 90 degrees = infinite percent). You also have the option of red text for night-time viewing. Lay the phone down on the surface you want to measure, or orient the phone as parallel to the surface as you can. Tap the screen to lock the measurement, tap again to unlock it.

You can also set the background and comment type for a number of specific activity types and settings; the comments for some seem more technically grounded than others (i.e. the mountain bike comments don’t sound very official, while the ice climbing ones do) (Figure 2):

Mountain biking
Water ice
Scottish ice

Other issues: No crashes or force-closes.

Final thoughts: Easy to use, nice big output number display. Limited utility for most people, I would think, but if you need it, it’s there.

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