Ticwris Max-S / DM101 - Best Navigation App

Hi all,

I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with navigation apps on the Ticwris Max-S or DM101 variant watches.

I’ve tried the full Google Maps and it seems a little laggy for the watch unfortunately, I’ve also seen there is Google Maps Go, which is meant to be a lightweight version of Maps, but no offline mapping functionality.

I’m going to have a look around and see what I can find, but was interested to hear what the rest of the community are using, if anything at all.

On my mobile I have tried many navigation/mapping apps and will look to try some on the watch too, but given the small screen it might be a task to find something that feels/looks/performs well.

The idea I have is to actually use the watch as a stand-alone GPS on a motorbike mainly, with functionality of being able to make calls in an emergency, which makes this a great possibility.

I will report back later with my findings to share.

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A small update here, I’ve been quite busy however I have tried a couple of apps so far and have come up with the following, all of course based on my experience/opinion and focuses more on the usability on the watch, rather than the app features themselves.

General notes:

  • Most apps in landscape don’t have an ideal UI (see below for comments on apps)
  • Due to the nature of processing power on the watch, things are a little laggy to load across all apps tested (even “lightweight” apps)
  • Having the rotation forced to a particular direction really helps in some apps.
  • I am using Simple Keyboard by Raimonas Rimkus as I found the default keyboards difficult to use

Beeline - UI sub-optimal in both landscape and portrait, UI is crowded and difficult to see. The special thing about this app is it’s compass feature to help navigate that seemed slow to update, but was very clear and easy to read on the device.

Google Maps - UI is probably the best on the size of the watch, I personally found this better in the portrait direction, but found it useable in landscape. A little slow to load and slightly laggy, but still very usable, loading time made better by downloading maps on to the device.

Google Go - meant to be a lightweight version of Google Maps, cannot download offline maps, found it to be as slow as loading up Google Maps, so didn’t test too much.

Locus Maps - very usable interface, probably the most responsive I have tried, pretty quick to load up and smooth when in use (in portrait, landscape is slightly laggier). UI text is a little small, but clear map to follow a route. Even with online maps, seems to load pretty quickly and also has option for offline maps. Side note - this is great for gpx route following/recording

Will update again when I have tried some other apps.

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Hi Tris, im a long time Locus user for 13 years now, I havent got a full android watch yet, but have been thinking about getting the DM101 mostly for running locus, so im coming to it from the opposite direction. Locus is extremely customisable, and the help forums are very helpfull.

Locus has a 3rd party tasker plugin, and also can be controleld from intents. I also can open a point on a device from another tablet or computer. i set up some tasker tasks to control locus by shaking, ie shake to bring up compass screen, shake again to bring up a dashboard. ive been running locus on an an old phone i mount on my arm like a pipboy.

message me any locus questions…im intrigues how you get on with locus on DM101. If you have the gold subscription you can sync tracks and points, and access from a web planner, this makes teh small screen of teh DM101 not needed for teh majority of things.