GPS Essentials is definitely one of the most robust GPS apps that can be found on the Play Store. However, as explained in past reviews, the user interface is in grave need of a redesign for a smoother experience. For instance, it's not clear that both Streams and Waypoints can take you to the exact same waypoints list. The Streams system appears extremely innovative. In theory, a group of people can use this as a mode of sharing locations and sending messages to each other, but as this app doesn't seem to be available for iOS, the practicality sharply diminishes. The waypoint also didn't seem to care about current GPS location when it took a waypoint - if there's no fix, it just seems to take the last position, even if it was miles away. Caching is not effective in GPS Essentials and will lead to frustration during offline use. When using Google Maps, it will take a new cache instead of the maps gathered in the background by the Maps app. It is also not possible to download "Portable Maps" in advance: you must pan to the the location you want to save, and sinply wait for it to download the visible region. In terms of features, this app js great, but it is far from usable, sadly.
Nice app, and so far it is the best app like this yet. The UI feels clunky, and is awkward to figure out, and I wish I could download full maps because on the off chance that I didn't prescreen where I was going to have the ma cached, I'm kinda screwed. [maybe allow a base map download, and just catch higher zooms?]
As a software tester I can say from testing it that the functional side seems quite good but for usability it is one of the worst pieces of software I have ever used or tested. The PDF manual is not a great help and is a bit out of date. With rework of the UI etc. it could be much better.
Great This is a great App! I especially like that you can customize the dashboard. I was wondering if there was a way to get directions using OSM vor OpenTopoMaps as a baselayer? If that works, I haven't found out how. Thanks!
Not reliable for exporting tracks For the past year different versions would either export or not export tracks to the point that it's really not reliable anymore to record a GPS track with this software when you may not be able to get to where you wanted it. Such a shame because for so many years this was the greatest piece of GPS tracking software ever found
This app is great! It does everything I need it to for a GPS. The big issue is I go a lot of places and like to save the coordinates. Twice now I opened the app to use it and found all my info that I had saved gone! Most recently I lost over 2 years worth of saved locations.
✓ Fixed Google Maps target leg.
✓ Fixed Google Maps crashing on orientation change.
✓ Added target pointer widget.
✓ Fixed crash when picking file on Marhsmallow and later.
✓ Fixed dialog background color in dark theme.
✓ Fixed dashboard add value to visible cells first.
✓ Fixed polyline move.
✓ Added OpenTopomap.