Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by rebeccag, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. rebeccag macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    COMING SOON - the Complete SAS Survival Guide app for Apple iPhone.

    Penned by none other than SAS survival instructor Lofty Wiseman, the SAS Survival Handbook is the biggest and best book on survival, translated into 18 different languages and selling over one million copies.

    Soon you'll be able to carry this guide around with you at all times, to make sure you can survive in any situation or climate, with the SAS Survival Guide iApp!

    Survival Guide Content:

    Make Camp
    Polar and Mountains
    Desert and Tropics
    Sea and Coasts
    Wild Food
    First Aid

    Added Features:

    Video starring Lofty Wiseman
    Image Galleries
    Morse Code transmitter
    Checklists to make sure you are fully equipped.
    Quiz to test your survival knowledge
    Sun Compass - use if no GPS signal
    Lofty's Case Studies - surivival tales - perfect camp fire stories.

    Lofty Wiseman served 27 years as a professional soldier with the British Special Air Services (S.A.S). After serving throughout the world he became the survival instructor to the SAS. It was his job to ensure that each and every member of the regiment could apply these skills tested in training and operations.

    Like the look of it?

    Expect to see the app available early 2010!
  2. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    It's a good survival guide and certainly the most common.

    One thing's for certain, Lofty sure knows how to repackage his content! I wouldn't be surprised to hear that that book is available in a thousand different editions.

    Make that 1,001...
  3. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Great guide for sure! I'll be downloading this when it comes out, even though in an actual survival situation, the iPhone battery isn't likely to last long (guess it'd require careful conservation).
  4. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Can't wait to see Ray Mears get on board the app bandwagon.

    Nice to have SAS Survival guides up. Wonder if Collins will add their books to the store...
  5. Alex99 macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2010
    SAS Survival Guide - here it is

    Ok here it is
    This is the one you want people - SAS Survival Guide by Lofty Wiseman - he trained the SAS how to survive in any environment. Now he trains you. App comes with video, morse code transmitter, sun compass, quiz and kit checklist. Get it while it's hot (and cheap):cool:
  6. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    Special Introductory Price... of $6.99!!! :eek:

    Pretty steep for this type of app, imho.

    You can buy the cute little pocket size version of the book for almost the same price, which is probably more practical to have in a corner of your daypack or car trunk since it doesn't depend on battery power in an emergency.

  7. Gokunama macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Looks great! I'll pay for something that might be great to have on hand. (and I always have my iPhone on hand), even if I might not have access to it later on.
  8. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    will this iPhone SAS survival guide help me in pouring rain or when the temperatures swell to 40+ Celsius and -40 ?

    If I'm in a humid environment, will this app help me?

    This is more of an SAS office survival guide.

    Why can't i just pull out my little SAS book that will work in all these conditions?
  9. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    Though my suggestion remains to first buy a copy of the tiny Collins Gem edition, I have gone ahead and bought a copy of the iPhone version to check it out.

    I will say that it makes an interesting addition to the hard copy. It'd make a dandy learning aid, if you want to spend some downtime catching up on something everyone already should know. Or a nice little multimedia reference when you're lost in the wilds of your local park.

    Of course, you've got to realize that Lofty Wiseman is getting on 70 and in the included videos of his lessons, he definitely comes across as the old school guy he is. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But personally I'm a fan of the aforementioned Ray Mears, he's a new school guy. (Or perhaps an ancient school guy.) The difference between Lofty and Ray is the difference between fighting Mother Nature and being one with her. Nonetheless the information, enticingly packaged here as an App, is useful and accurate, and if it serves to turn on an new audience to the skills of survival, well... it's all good!

    The extra doodads are a mixed bag. The morse code flasher is kinda fun, though not unique in the App Store, the sun compass is clunkily implemented, and the checklists seem rather short, arbitrary, and idiosyncratic (don't forget your Brew Kit!). The quizzes might be fun for a couple minutes if you're into that whole testing paradigm. The photo gallery is a shortcut to some of the book's reference pics, and the video's are perhaps the most charming/creepy asset of this App's accessory functions.

    I still think $6.99 is too much for this App - - but if you're interested in this kind of thing at all, I'd recommend buying it without question at $2.99 - - but do yourself a favor and pick-up a hard copy for when it really counts - - they're $7.99 from Amazon and even cheaper used.

    All in all, I rate the SAS Survival Guide iPhone App:

    3 out of 5

    (It'll tide me over till Ray Mears App is ready...)

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