I was hoping that people would share what they believe to be the best combination of apps and settings to essentially turn an iPhone into a ‘walking companion’.
What I mean by this, is a setup which will keep me aware of what’s around me in regard to current location, upcoming intersections and points of interest in my vicinity. Typically this will be when out for a leisure walk with my guide dog, so I don’t specifically need routing capabilities … just something that will allow me to more confidently stray away from my usual walking routes (this will be in a urban environment btw).
I keep trying BlindSquare and really, really want to like it. However, I repeatedly find myself frustrated by inaccuracies with the Foursquare POI data and the app announcing intersections which I have either already passed or which will not be on the side on the road on which I am walking.
Another possible issue with BlindSquare is that it appears not to let me have Voice Dream Reader playing at the same time. Have I missed a setting which will change this, or does BlindSquare claim total control of audio? If so, this would be a real negative, as listening to a book in VDR is part of the pleasure that I get from being out for a walk.
So, I guess that my main question is whether I should be persevering with BlindSquare, or whether something else will get me what I want?
I am in the UK, so this rules out Nearby Explorer and Sendero Seeing Eye.
RNIB Navigator is available here in the UK, and is created by Sendero. Would I be right in assuming that this is essentially a localised version of Seeing Eye, so will offer exactly the same functionality? Yes, I know that RNIB Navigator offers a free trial, but I activated this when I first downloaded the app when it was first launched, but didn’t have an opportunity to then test it before the trial expired. Now I only have the option of signing up for a subscription. Is it not what I am looking for, anyway?
In short, I would love to hear the setup that people find works for them to keep aware of your environment when walking.