Radar - Mango App Spotlight
Ever forget where you parked your car? How about where your hotel is? Radar is a Windows Phone app that is designed to help you find your way back to locations such as where you parked your car. The app taps into your Windows Phone compass and GPS to tag these locations and track you back to them. No data connection is required.
Radar's layout is simple with a page for the radar display and a page to tag your return locations or targets. The Radar Page is basically a compass that will display the return direction to get back to your location. There are three preset tags available on the Targets Page and all three can be in use at the same time. You have tags for your car, hotel and custom location (can be anything) that will place a corresponding icon on the radar screen.
To set a location, simply tap on the location title on the Target Page. To cancel or reset the location, tap again to stop the tracking service. As you move away from the tagged location, the distance from that point is displayed on the Radar and Target pages.
Radar is a Mango App that has the fast resume feature and will remember your tagged locations when not running. There is live tile support that will show how many targets are active from the live tile.
In taking Radar out for a brief test drive I found it to be accurate with regards to the distance from and direction to my tagged location. Radar is a very basic track back app and some may prefer having a map overlay to help guide them in the right direction. The advantage of not having a map overlay means you don't need a data connection or a heavy download to store the maps on board.
All in all, Radar isn't a bad choice if you need a simple track back application for your Windows Phone. I can see it coming in handy over the Holiday Season when you go shopping and need to remember where you parked your car at the local mall. Or when traveling and need to remember where you parked your car at the airport.
Radar is running $.99 over at the Windows Phone Marketplace (no trial version available) and you can download it here.