Space Walk vs Pocket Universe

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Spiffy9, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Spiffy9 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Hey guys, I was just wondering what you all thought the better astronomy app of these two would be.
    I don't need anything fancy like StarMaps Pro or whatever, but I'm just interested in the Compassing (I have the iPhone 4) feature and which app would most closely resemble the Google SkyMap for the Droid. I need to show my Droid friends that my phone can do the same as there's :)

    EDIT: Should be Star Walk in the title, not Space Walk
  2. bob.loblaw macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Interested in this as well. Do any of these use the gyroscope?
  3. BigRedOne macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2007
    Bump, don't care about the Droid's but I would like to hear from people that have one or both of these apps.
  4. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2008
    Aware you're seeking a reply but sadly can't help you with the two specific apps you mention. I use SkyVoyager which is iOS4 compatible and has a great compass feature. Can't remember how much it was though but do remember I picked it up, and its Mac desktop counterpart, for next to nought thanks to a specially launch promo by the dev.
  5. jeffp macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    If you are looking for an astronomy program that is easy to use, but well featured, I would recommend Distant Suns. It displays a better representation of the night sky, if you plan on using it to find objects in the sky. Pocket Universe and Star Walk also show the sky, but are less realistic. Of all three apps. Distant Suns has the largest and easy to use data base that is great for star gazers of all levels. I use it to point out objects in the sky for friends who have a hard time seeing what I am pointing to in the sky.
    I was an astrophysics major for four years and have been an amateur astronomer for several dozen years and find myself using Distant Suns most often. I do like Starmap Pro, but if you are going to only own one, go for DS.
  6. Craic Design macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    I'm working on the gyroscope code for Pocket Universe right now.. :)
  7. jeffp macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    Just tried Pocket Universe after the latest update and must say that it works better than ever and is a joy to use and has some nice new features. Great work! Looking forward what's up next.
  8. -C- macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2010
    I just recently bought Star Walk based on reviews that said it had the best graphics…it’s very cool/slick – the augmented reality feature is awesome for finding constellations, stars, planets, the sky. FWIW Star Walk is 82mb vs the 8mb in Pocket Universe - more data = more fun. You probably can’t go wrong with either though…but there are probably better ones than either if you want to get deeper into astronomy.
  9. jeffp macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I you are into Astronomy and want an app that shows the most stars as well as control your telescope buy SkyVoyager. Much more complicated but is very powerful.
  10. TITNTUFF macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2010
    West Louisiana
    Distant Suns

    Works great in compass mode. Very polished and accurate.

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