Compass VO - Mango App Spotlight

Here's a neat compass app for your Windows Phone. Compass VO is a mango app that uses your internal digital compass as well as your Windows Phone camera to guide you around the great outdoors.

The compass display has multiple themes that include:

  • Orienteering
  • Digital
  • Cardinal Rose
  • Metro Graphic
  • Night

In addition to multiple themes you can tap into your Windows Phone camera to take a photo of your map and use it as the background to the compass display. With the multiple themes and camera integration, Compass VO is a nice compass app for your Windows Phone. The only issue I encountered while testing out the app is calibrating your compass.

When you run Compass VO, you will be prompted to calibrate your Windows Phone compass by holding the phone in front of you and moving it in a Figure-8 pattern. Sometimes calibration kicks in after the first lap while other times your arm just about falls out of socket trying to achieve calibration.

All in all, if you're looking for a compass app for your Windows Phone Compass VO is worth a try. It's a free Mango application and you can download it here (opens in new tab) at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Hi George,Thank you for your nice review, I will just add some extra features.Please note that map background once set can be rotated, zoomed for getting desired view towards target.Also in orienteering/digital theme the compass has an adjustable dial that can be use together with background map north lines to align the dial and get the right orientation.For simple info on how to use 1,2,3 compass system please have a look on VO can be used this way with map set in background.Cheers
  • How does one tell if their handset has a digital compass? I have the HTC Mozart with WP7.5 and I have installed this app, but Compass VO thinks that East is North, even after calibration.
  • My HTC Mozart with WP7.5 also has an issue with any Compass app. In my case Compass VO thinks West is North, even after calibration :( Anyone have similar issues?
  • oh neat, i'll just fire this up on my dell venue pro and... FFFFFUUUUUU-
  • ducttape36 - I was laughing my **** off at your post