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Peak Scanner

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo:   Peak Scanner outdoor app

Amazing hiking app. When I'm out hiking I find it difficult to figure out the names of the mountain peaks I can see using a map. Peak Scanner is a mobile app that is really simple to use. All I have to do is start up the app and literally point my phone at the mountain I'm interesting and it tells me all about it. Including how far away it is, its height (especially how much higher it is than where I am now) etc. Really simple to use. Amazing.


  • Simple to use — just point!
  • Inexpensive
  • Seems to work worldwide


  • Need a phone with you

Peak Scanner is an app available for the iPhone 4 and above that automatically tells you information about any mountain peak in the distance if you simply point your phone at it. It uses a thing called Augmented Reality, which means (I think!) it overlays extra information on top of the camera view you see on the screen.

There are no buttons to press. It just does it's job and very effectively too. And it's very cheap to buy. There is an iPhone version and also one for Android I believe.

There are other apps I've downloaded of this type, but they've all been pretty rubbish when there are lots of mountains around - too much cluttered information on the screen. Where Peak Scanner is different is that you use a targeting device (like crosshairs) to home in on the specific mountain you're interested in. It's quite incredible how it works.

Given its very low price I think it's worth trying, an extremely useful utility!

Source: bought it new (I downloaded it from the iTunes App Store)

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