Recommended hardware

We generally favour the iPhone for Australian Geology Travel Maps / Ontario prospector because Apple’s operating system is more reliable than Android, and the hardware less variable.

At the time of writing, there are new iPhone 7’s available in Australia for less than $500. These are not the latest version of iPhone but have sufficient hardware to run Australian Geology Travel Maps well.

Example new iPhone for sale :
iPhone 7 – $489 from Officeworks –

Note that subscriptions purchased on Android devices cannot be transferred to Apple devices. If you replace an Android phone/tablet with an iPhone/iPad, you need to cancel your Android (Google Play) subscriptions, and buy new Apple ( iTunes) subscriptions. See for more details.

Warning: WIFI-only iPads do not have GPS – therefore cannot determine your location when you are in the field.

We also recommend that you buy a shockproof gel/silicon/rubber protector for your device – easily sourced on eBay.

If buying an Android phone, ensure it has at least 32 GB of storage and at least 2 GB of RAM (ie. memory). Data layers and the import of .geojson files is not available on Android devices with less than 2 GB RAM because these devices do not have sufficient hardware resources to run these functions reliably. Hold your finger on ‘’ at the bottom of the map view for a second to show the exact amount of RAM on your phone.

Note that some Chinese-made Android phones are problematic – eg. ZTE85, ZTE84