After owning an ‘app’ able fuit based phone (Blackberry rather than Apple) for about 2 years the range of apps and especially ham radio ones was quite scarce. Since owning an Android based phone for just about a week now I have had the chance of buying at a full £2.79 APRSDroid. By all accounts the deacto APRS app for these types of phones.
The app runs in a similar way to APRSBB that I used for non RF based APRS stuff although it has a number of other bells and whistles including mapping and selectable beaconing and even the promise of messaging in future releases. Sounds promising at least and I have yet to use it in anger but the idea seems to be a better execution of what to me sounds like quite a simple idea. Find out where you are from the gps, tell aprs server, find out from server other stuff in area then tell phone. I live in a simple world and I’m sure its far more complex than that and I certainly couldn’t do it. As a service it does what it says on the tin. Worth the whopping fee.
One thing that I have noticed is that using both wifi and gps sucks the life out of the phones battery and I’ve yet to see what just gps does but I’ll expect its pretty poor if I’m going to keep this fancy looking screen doing things.
update: I forgot to mention that you can actually get this app for free through the developers website but I’d encourage you to get the paid version to help support the development and £2.79 is only 4p more than a pint of Jennings Bitter in our local and the app will last longer (we me at least)