10 best apps to make the most of spring

Spring has sprung on the Note II

Spring has sprung so make the most of it with our favourite Note II apps

Whether you are looking to explore the great outdoors, get fit, or tidy up your home and garden, the GALAXY Note II is all you need.

That's right. Spring has sprung, which means that it's time to draw open the curtains, get outdoors and feel the sun on your face. Spring is also the traditional season to clean and organise the house, get the garden back in order and work off that winter flab, so whether you need to get your mind, body, garden or house in order this spring, your Note II, in conjunction with these apps, has got it covered.




The first thing to do is to get a good fix on the weather, as this is often the main factor that decides how you'll be spending those spring days. April showers may bring May flowers, but it's never good to be caught in them!

One of the most recommended Android weather apps is Accuweather, and for good reason. It offers accurate weather forecasts, which are updated every hour for 2.7 million locations worldwide. With 15-day forecasts, the app lets you personalise them to your location. You can also add the Accuweather widget to the Note II's home screen so that weather information is only a glance away.

Maverick Pro

Maverick Pro


If you strike it lucky with the weather and like to go rambling, Maverick Pro, an off-road mapping and GPS tool could well be for you. The app let's you use the Note II's expansive screen to mark out paths, record tracks, and display a compass, along with the speed you are travelling, your altitude and position.

You can save maps to the Note II with the app too, so you can still consult it when you lose your 3G or 4G signal. And if you are capturing the great outdoors with the Note II's camera you can also use Maverick Pro to geo-tag the photos.

If you are just starting out on the walking scene a free versions of GPS hiking trackers with less functionality are also available such as MapMyHike and OS Atlas Free.

Map My Ride

MapMyRide GPS Cycling Riding


If cycling is more your thing then the company behind MapMyHike also provide a free GPS cycling tracker.

With an extensively customisable route search it not only recommends places to go by factors such as distance and elevation, but it will also track your time, distance, speed, pace and calories burnt up in real-time when you get there.

SAS Survival Guide

SAS Survival Guide


Fancy taking hiking or camping to the extreme? How about being able to carry the complete SAS survival skills manual around with you in your pocket?

16 videos demonstrate survival tips, and you can consult a comprehensive first aid section, directories of poisonous, medicinal and edible plants and survival checklists to ensure you are prepared for any survival situation.

Don't want to pay? There is a free version of a US Military survival guide here: Survival Guide.

AA Caravan

AA Caravan & Camping


If your idea of camping is a little less extreme then the AA Caravan and Camping App may be more up your street.

With price information, descriptions, phone numbers and websites of over 850 recommended campsites throughout the UK, this is your one-stop shop to find the caravanning or camping experience you are looking for, without any nasty surprises.

AA Days Out

AA Days Out Guide


Not only does the AA provide you with a list of camp and caravan sites, but the very nice men can also help you work out what to do when you get there.

With information, pricing details, opening times and contact details of over 1800 UK attractions (which can also be displayed on Google maps), you can just tap in your location to your Note II and let your phone show you the closest theme parks, zoos, museums, galleries, stately homes, castles and gardens.