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Top Android App: C:Geo Geocaching

Top Android App: C:Geo Geocaching

C:Geo ~ Go Geocaching is a simple, yet elegant standalone geocaching client.  If you’re unfamiliar with geocaching, it’s similar to apps like Foursquare and Gowalla, except you have the ability to hide and seek “containers” called caches anywhere by using your GPS.  If you’re looking for something new to try out, give this app a try!  Thank you to @NickJackson for recommending this great app!

Version: 0.21.1
Size:  403KB
Category: Entertainment
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.5/5

User Interface: 4.5/5
Ease of Use: 4.5/5
Customizability: 4.5/5
Originality: 5/5
Indispensability: 4/5

Geogaching is a hobby that is both entertainment and exercise.  If you’re into hiking or just want a simple adventure in the city, you can find caches wherever you go.  When you find a cache, leave your experience in the logbook and add to the value of the cache!  Even place your geocaching stories and pictures online to share with others.

C:Geo is currently in its beta release and is being frequently updated. Initially, you will need to signup for an account at geocaching.com if you do not have one already.  From there, you can then login to the app through Menu > Settings. Before doing these two steps you won’t be able to search for geocaches.

When you initially open the app, you can search for caches by your location, GPS coordinates, address, geocode, keyword, user, or owner.  From there, you can select a specific cache to find out more about it.  Listed is information like difficulty, terrain, owner, date hidden, coordinates, description, and hints.  If you’re looking for some help, you can choose to show the cache on the map or navigate to it with the compass.  When you’ve found it, you can log your visit.  Your entry will also be synced to your geocaching.com account.

Some nice features that will hopefully be added in the future are the ability to store maps and caches for offline use and the ability to see multiple caches as you scroll around the maps view.  Since this is only the beta version however, I’m sure these additions will be made.

Overall, C:Geo is the best geocaching app currently available on Android and is improving with each new update.  Give it a try!

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10 Comments

  1. Do you know if there’s any way to add/create a new cache using c:geo? I love everything else about the app, but can’t find a way to mark my own created cache.

  2. If you want the world to find it you would register it at geocaching.com.

  3. this review seems to be implying that geocaching is something that has come into existence as something to do on smartphones – in fact geocaching has been around over 10 years and is most often done with a seperate GPS device.

    When I first started i used c:geo but didn’t like it as it crashed an awful lot. I then moved onto an app called Geohunter which i find much better, also I wouldn’t use c:geo any more as I have since discovered that it violates geocaching.com’s terms of service!

    • Insanimal, could you please elaborate on your statement that using c:geo violates the terms of service?

      • My apologies, I should have included a link to more info – this topic on the geocaching.com forum describes the problem :
        http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=270804
        Basically any app which “scrapes” information direct from the geocaching.com website is in violation, which includes many of the geocaching apps on the android market – c:geo just happens to be the most prominent as far as i can tell. The alternative used by good apps is to use geocaching.com’s Pocket queries, via a web site called bcaching.com, to get their data on caches. The one I use, Geohunter, uses this method.

        • This is a “urban legend” of sorts that was perpetuated by GC. While they certainly have the right to limit what is listed or discussed on there site, c;geo does not violate their ToU as it does not scrape the data. As much as this has been proven, this myth still seems to persist.

  4. I cannot find out how to write in the logbook when I find a cache. I am new to this, but it is fun so far.

    • Your message..I press the menu button and select the log visit option.

  5. You should try Cache Sense for Android now that it is available. What was only available for the Blackberry is now available on Android. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and the depth of functionality is great and the developer is adding more improvements regularly. I am convinced this will become the number one geocaching app for Android. Well worth trying it.

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