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Old May 31st, 2012, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings once again to the AndroidForums community!

It has been a good while since my last post, but now that the LTE is hurriedly coming my way, I'm already brimming with questions!

First and foremost, my brother (hereon known affectionately as "the Boy") is going overseas with the device in question where Sprint service will be entirely unavailable. He is leaving on the 8th and has never before braved the treacherous seas of people and problems attendant to a two-week, multi-transfer airline journey to a foreign country -- a country, dare I say, with language and custom completely unfamiliar to the Boy.

This said, I would very much like to make the entire travel experience as seamless as possible for him by training him in the art of Smartphoneship such that he is able to fend for himself should his situation come to warrant it. In this vein, I would presumably require some form of GPS app that is entirely non-reliant on internet connectivity and comes preloaded with maps for Saudi Arabia. I imagine the Boy would also find some form of WiFi-operated realtime flight itinerary app useful in the airport should he wish to check departure and arrival times for his transfer flight. I would also like to be able to schedule a series of reminders to appear on the screen with a loud buzzing noise at expected arrival times to signal his next destination, replete with the ability to draw up a picture from his SD card to display airline maps and the sort.

Should he find pressing need of an ability to place a voice call, GrooveIP over airport WiFi seems like a viable solution, providing the hotspot affords its guests free access to WiFi (how likely is this in the Chicago, Frankfurt, and Riyadh airports, I wonder?).

What apps fit the bill for noisy picture reminders and offline GPS? Are there any other options or alternatives I should consider to those I've already suggested? I simply desire to know how I can get this phone to guide the Boy to his destination with minimal interaction on my part, and how to engage in such minimal interaction if the situation demands it.

Thank you all!
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PS: For those wondering about the status of an app that utilizes the 3D's cameras to create enhanced 2D images, I'm afraid I must admit that I cancelled that project once I received my 3D and assessed the quality of its captured images, which, while fair, remained unsuitable for such rigorous algorithmic treatment.

PPS: I also feel somewhat compelled to apologize for the format of my post, and also for potentially placing it within the wrong organizational category/delineation.

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Welcome back!

You might consider Skype for wifi chatting.

I think that our Applications forum might be best, Android Lounge as a secondary choice.

I want to get you where you can get app advice where I know that we have international members. OK to move to Applications?

If yes, stay here after reply, refresh then maybe bookmark.

If response is low, drop me a line, we'll move it again.

PS - phone discussed is Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE.

PPS - wifi in Chicago was an online signup cost last I was there. Definitely need noise canceling headphones for that airport, it's a nerve wracking roar. Frankfurt I can't recall wifi details.
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Mapdroyd lets you download the maps for the areas you are in so you can use them without a connection.
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Mapdroyd lets you download the maps for the areas you are in so you can use them without a connection.
Is it pre-loaded!? Or are you talking about without a Internet connection from your phone and use wifi?
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Is it pre-loaded!? Or are you talking about without a Internet connection from your phone and use wifi?
You choose the maps you want to download while you have a connection, download them, then the maps will be there when you don't have a connection..
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You choose the maps you want to download while you have a connection, download them, then the maps will be there when you don't have a connection..
Oh...ok! Neat little app!
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You choose the maps you want to download while you have a connection, download them, then the maps will be there when you don't have a connection..
Does Google Maps have this functionality yet? I was under the impression it came out recently or was going to in the near future.
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You choose the maps you want to download while you have a connection, download them, then the maps will be there when you don't have a connection..
Nice little map tool, but no GPS or directions means the Boy can't use it very effectively in the midst of critical situations.

It needs to at least be able to figure out directions. But for a simple offline maps app, it looks fine for those who need it.
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Nice little map tool, but no GPS or directions means the Boy can't use it very effectively in the midst of critical situations.

It needs to at least be able to figure out directions. But for a simple offline maps app, it looks fine for those who need it.
It uses GPS. You don't need data for GPS. it just wont as accurate. I tested it on my tab 10.1
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It uses GPS. You don't need data for GPS. it just wont as accurate. I tested it on my tab 10.1
Apologies, I was bemoaning the lack of "GPS Navigation" or turn-by-turn "directions." As a map that uses GPS, it seems to work.
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Unfortunately Frankfurt doesn't have free wifi... Been there many times, its a pain in the butt.

Little OFF topic:

that is a neat website for frequent travelers. even if you travel once.
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