Android Device Selection

This page, provides information about what Android devices are suitable to use with the Adventure Guide Navigator App.

The first thing to keep in mind is that modern devices and app development fall into a complex and ever-changing industry. Because of this, it is impossible to guarantee that every device is capable of running every app.

While this applies to the Adventure Guide Navigator app, the app thankfully works with most modern Android devices, with sufficient memory and storage space.

To make the Adventure Guide Navigator app as inviting as possible, I specifically made sure it works on the low-end Samsung A05 listed below. The reason was to provide an affordable way to use the Adventure Guide Navigator app, and an excellent option if you don’t feel comfortable using you expensive daily-use device for navigation. Additionally, the A05 provides a low-cost alternative if your daily-use device isn’t capable of running the Adventure Guide Navigator app.

Here are the devices that were used to develop the Adventure Guide Navigator app, that work:

Samsung A05 

This model was specifically chosen as a low-priced navigation device option.
The A05 is available for around $220, and is often on sale for as little as $179. 

Notes: the Adventure Guide Navigator app is demanding on your device when zooming out. Why? Because you are asking the app to display tens of thousands of points at one time – this is a BIG ask of any device, and something that most other navigation apps don’t do. On low-end devices such as the A05, if you use a zoom level that the device can’t handle, it will crash – but this is simply a case of being realistic about the performance expectations of a device at this price point. So, while the A05 can’t handle all the zoom levels available, it does operate respectably at the zoom levels you will typically use when navigating. In short, it is an affordable, and perfectly adequate navigation option that can run the Adventure Guide Navigator app at certain zoom levels.  

Samsung A14 

This was chosen as a step up from the A05. It will give you slightly more performance, and still comes in at a fairly low price point.  

The A14 can be picked up for around $350. 

Notes: the A14 will perform a little nicer and smoother than the A05. While the A14 can’t use all the zoom levels available, it will allow you to use more than the A05, and it performs nicely at the zoom levels you will typically use when navigating.

Samsung A23

This was chosen as a device that starts to deliver a more high-end user experience, without breaking the bank.

The A23 can be picked up for around $499.

Notes: the A23 is noticeably smother and more responsive than the A05 and A14. While the A23 can’t use all the zoom levels available, it can use a good portion of them. It provides a very nice navigation experience, and the ability to use zoom levels for viewing large portions of the map and planning trips.

Samsung S22

This is one of Samsungs flagship models, and was used to test the app at the upper performance device level.

The S22 will set you back around $1,600 to $2,000

Notes: the S22 offers excellent performance and allows you to use all the zoom levels. It’s great for navigation, trip planning, and is an absolute pleasure to use.

Device Selection Categories

I understand that everyone will be different, and will likely be using the app in different ways. For this reason, it is impossible to suggest a single device that will suit everyone. However, the following advice should be handy when you are choosing a device for navigation that best suits your needs:

Low-end devices ($200 to $400): these are going to get you navigating at the lowest possible price. It will also cause you the least amount of heartache if your device gets damaged out on the trails. Do keep in mind, there is a big performance compromise with low-end phones – mainly the zoom levels. Try and zoom the map beyond the device’s capabilities, and it will crash. However, low-end devices are still perfectly fine to use at typical navigating zoom levels. Also keep in mind that with a low-end device, you’ll ideally want to keep it as a dedicated navigation device – try to resist loading other apps that will fill up the available space, and cause poor performance.

Mid-range devices ($500 to $800): these are going to get you navigating at a price point that isn’t too stingy on the wallet, and yet offer a good level of useability. While you still won’t be able to use all the zoom levels, you will be able to use the app at zoom levels that make using the app fun, and enjoyable.

High-end devices ($800 to $2000): these are going to get you navigating with the highest level of user experience. You will be able to use all the zoom levels, plus have a super smooth user experience.

App Horses for App Courses 

Your vehicle of choice will play a big role in determining what device is best for you.

For adventure riders, your device is subjected to dust, rain, obstacles such as low hanging branches, and of course the possibility of dunking your bike on a river crossing, giving your device an involuntary bath.

Loss is also a consideration. I was on a ride with someone that lost an $1,800 phone – the anguish on his face is still imprinted in my memory to this day!

In a 4X4, you can mount your device to the dashboard, windscreen, or other location of your choosing. This keeps it safely out of the weather, and out of harm’s way. You have far more options, and much less to worry about. 

Device Selection Specs 

If you plan to buy a device that is not in the list of tested devices above, it is important to compare the device to the requirements below. Because it is impossible to guarantee that a device will work based on specs alone, it can be a good idea to ask others who use the Adventure Guide Navigator app what device they are using.  

Minimum Android Device Requirements 

While it is possible to run the Adventure Guide App on older or low-end devices, it is recommended that your device has the following specs:

Memory: Minimum 4GB RAM.

For the best experience, 6GB to 8GB is recommended.

Space: Minimum internal storage space of 32GB with no other apps installed, or a minimum internal storage space of 64GB when you want to install other apps installed.  

Please note the app will install to your device’s internal storage, and not to an external storage card.  

One key thing to keep in mind is the Adventure Guide Navigator is quite different to most other apps as it comes preloaded with an entire South Island topo map, plus over 2,000 map features, accompanying information, and hundreds of photos.

You will need a minimum of 8GB of internal space of free space on your device to install the app with the standard topo map. Once the install is complete and the app performs a file cleanup, the app will consume approximately 3.5GB of space on your device.

Please also note that while some devices may state they have 8GB of space free, it is common for space inaccuracies that can mean your device hasn’t got sufficient space, and the install may be unsuccessful. We highly recommend that you aim to get a device that has at least 64GB of space as the device system files can consume up to 40% of your available internal space. By having surplus space, it will not only ensure a successful install, but also it helps your device to perform better when the space is not consumed to the maximum limit.

Android OS Version: Recommended OS 12 and up.

The Adventure Guide Navigator app is being successfully used on OS versions as old as 8. However, because of the demanding nature of the app, it is advised to use a modern OS version for the best experience. Simple rule of thumb, the more current your OS is, the better the app will run, and the better your experience will be.

The current version of Android is 14.





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