The N79 is about the same size and weight as the average phone, yet with the addition of ViewRanger software (£25 for all UK national parks 1:50,000, £60 per park 1:25,000), it becomes a GPS receiver with full OS mapping. Routes can be copied to the phone from any digital-mapping software and, although not as functional as some, it is far more rugged and weatherproof and also offers some interesting features, especially for fitness fanatics, such as an arm holster, and the Sports Tracker software that enables you to keep a detailed workout diary. The best of the phones, unless you want a hand-held computer, too. New model with heart rate monitor (N79 Active) also out soon.
Size: 11.0 x 4.9 x 1.5cm
PC/Mac-compatible: PC and Mac
Works with: ViewRanger
Other features: Camera, phone, heart rate monitor
Battery type/claimed life: Lithium/standby 400hrs; talk time 3.5hrs; GPS 10hrs
First published in Country Walking August 2009