I have been kind of playing with the Earthscape for the last month or so.

I have been doing a bit of posting as is evidenced here.

The app itself, is farily cool, but still has some issues. The biggest issues are that it is buggy and crashes while tagging pictures for upload, there is a timing issue for the time you hear the snapshot sound effect and when the actual picture is captured, and I’m pretty sure this one is on Earthscape but I do see a lot of times that the location and what is reported are far apart, and very far apart in GPS terms.

I have not been able to replicate the conditions of the crashes, but it seems to be when the keyboard is opening, and even though it is annoying, it only happens once every couple days, so it isn’t a deal breaker.
The timing issue is probably the biggest annoyance, if you hit the button to take the picture, you hear the camera sound, but as far a I can tell the picture is not actually taken until a short time after you hear the sound, pretty annoying.

I don’t really know if it is earthscape, or the iPhone, but it seems that there can be a large difference in where the picture was actually taken, and where the posting says the picture was taken. I have seen this issue in still shots as well as shots taken at highway speed. This example show an error of roughly a mile from where the shot was taken on the Maryland/Virginia Border, and where it is reported. Then there is this stationary example that puts an office building in Falls Church Virginia, in a freight facility at San Francisco International Airport. Or this more realistic one that is about 2 or 3 miles from where the picture was actually taken.

Earthscape is a huge battery drain, and I have seen where it will draw more then my car charger will spit out, so keep that in mind if using it when you are far away from a power source. Maybe I’ll do a test to see how fast it does drain the batteries, as compared to google maps.

I think I’ll mess with it for a while longer, gives me something to do on my irregular road trips to D.C. and Philadelphia….






One response to “Earthscape”

  1. […] think it is pretty cool app, but needs some work, and a couple of days ago I talked about these errors, but didn’t have any details. Well I made a trip up to DC and had some issues with the […]

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