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SailDroid, A Basic Marine-Oriented Position/Direction/Speed Display

Application Name: SailDroid

Description: Simple marine-oriented GPS display

Publisher’s website: Tiny Garage

Cost: Free

Version/date reviewed: v.1.0  /  1-24-11

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2


Android Market (mobile app only)
Android Market (browser)

SailDroid doesn’t offer a lot of functionality, just basic displays of nautical speed, heading, and location. Big advantage of this app is the large size and strong contrast of display (black on white), making it more visible in daylight viewing conditions.


Figure 1: Choose from speed, compass heading, distance or position.


Figure 2: Big, easy to read numbers. Default (and only) option for speed is in knots.


Figure 3: Numerical heading is easy to read, but scale at top is too small and undetailed to be very helpful; a small but full compass display would probably work better.


Figure 4: For measuring distance, press the button to mark your current location, and it will give you the distance you’ve traveled since marking that location.


Figure 5: Once again, the coordinate location display is big and easy to read. But no options for decimal degrees, or other coordinate systems.

Other Issues: The app worked fine. I think the mainissue I have is the lack of options for units. A night-time display (red on black) would be nice, as would be the option to display your current location directly in a Google Maps interface.

Final thoughts: A bit more stripped down in functionality than I would like, but if you need a big, readable display, I can’t think of any other GPS app I’ve run across that does better than this one.

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