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Offline Homer67

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« on: January 08, 2013, 03:12:05 PM »
   Not wanting to revive an old thread... 

   I know I am late for the party, but I recently acquired my pheromones and joined the ant colony --- I dumped my old flip phone.  I am pleasantly surprised to find that there are GPS apps which work without cell/data service!  This is new to me, so if it's passe, forgive me! I am trying the Backpacker GPS app and have signed up for the monthly service which allows one to download maps to their phone (or buy the app ($4.99), skip the service and pay $14.99 for the Big Bend set); these maps are usable with the app in the field even if one has no service, supposedly.  I think there are three other apps which will run these maps from these guys.

Hmm, I wonder how well my solar panel will charge the phone? I do have the battery charger for it, which apparently charges things up as well.  We'll be seeing how well that works, too!

Have I avoided the cost of an expensive gps?  Am I delusional?
We'll see how it works next month!  I'll still back the phone up with my old gps.

I am also trying out some camera apps as well.

What are some other apps that could in someway be useful for an avid Bender?
« Last Edit: January 08, 2013, 03:21:56 PM by Homer67 »
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 03:19:22 PM »
I'm still pheromone-free, but is this the app you got?
http://www.backpacker.com/iphone-app/destinations/14053

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Offline Homer67

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 03:23:51 PM »
Yes!  I got the GPS Pro.

Really, I just want a little more than my little etrex provides...I want to be able to enter coordinates into my device and find them in the field. 

Is there a BBC app?
« Last Edit: January 08, 2013, 03:30:50 PM by Homer67 »
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 04:41:15 PM »
Is there a BBC app?
Not BBC, per se, but there is that tapatalk app, of which I know nothing more than how to spell it. :icon_redface:

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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 05:22:59 PM »
I dont know if I would trust a cell phone to guide me/ track me. I depend on and trust my Garmin GPS
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 07:22:46 PM »
I dont know if I would trust a cell phone to guide me/ track me. I depend on and trust my Garmin GPS
I agree. How does the iPhone do GPS when there is no cell signal.  Pretty sure the iPhone doesn't communicate with satellites. Am I wrong?

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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 07:26:30 PM »
That is correct to the best of my Knowledge...I have an Android Phone (Motorola Droid) and a Tablet (Motorola xoom) both work very well with in cell phone range...BUT, you get of range of cell phone both GPS's go blank on me.

 NOTHING...and again I say this: NOTHING like having my trusted Garmin 60 Csx with me.

Just me dos centavos.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 07:36:14 PM »
I dont know if I would trust a cell phone to guide me/ track me. I depend on and trust my Garmin GPS
I agree. How does the iPhone do GPS when there is no cell signal.  Pretty sure the iPhone doesn't communicate with satellites. Am I wrong?

smart phones and some dumb phones have a GPS chip in them. Mainly it runs in A-GPS (assisted GPS) mode where it uses the cell towers to help with the triangulation. and they do good for basic stuff even when you don't have cell service.  but is not as accurate as a real GPS unit. especially if you get into heavy brush or into some canyons.

im not saying that the app is junk or anything, im sure many folks really like it and use it allot, its not something i would feel comfortable using.
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 10:30:28 PM »
Hey Homer - this could be an option for you, http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Elf-1000-30-Pin-Receiver/dp/B0035Y7ZJ2, I know there are some other options that exist out there.  There are even some more reliable antenna/cradle systems for your automobile depending on what you were doing.

I'm with some of the others, for BIBE and surrounding areas, especially in backcountry and backpacking, I would only trust a true GPS unit, haha and even then we all know how technology can crap out when we need it most.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 10:32:49 AM »
  Another thing not mentioned, but certainly suffered: If you are going hiking in the winter time. Tuck that GPS and camera INSIDE of your sleeping bag while catching some zeees...:34: or they will freeze on you and you will get caught with out pics and directions. For the length of your ride.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 10:56:47 AM »
I'm personally wary of relying completely on my phone for gps.  I have a Garmin GPS 76CSx which is really too heavy but very reliable.


However, I have begun playing with ipad/iphone as an alternate.  Maybe someday I'll feel confident with those.  The apps I've been using are those made by MotionX.  These seem to be the most common choice of people on the Expedition Portal forum.  You can find out more at


http://motionx.com/


For driving they offer "MotionX GPS Drive."  For any off highway activity, or for track logging they have MotionX GPS (GPS HD for ipad).
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 11:56:36 AM »
I'm personally wary of relying completely on my phone for gps.  I have a Garmin GPS 76CSx which is really too heavy but very reliable.


However, I have begun playing with ipad/iphone as an alternate.  Maybe someday I'll feel confident with those.  The apps I've been using are those made by MotionX.  These seem to be the most common choice of people on the Expedition Portal forum.  You can find out more at


http://motionx.com/


For driving they offer "MotionX GPS Drive."  For any off highway activity, or for track logging they have MotionX GPS (GPS HD for ipad).

It's kind of like an "All in one" Printer. It prints OK, it faxes OK, and it scans OK. But it doesn't do any particularly well. It's all in what you need, but I'll stick to my GPS. The batteries last a lot longer and it certainly is more rugged than a POS iPhone.
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 12:57:17 PM »
Homer, I think I might have been driven by the same desire - use my simple and elegant iPhone to replace a clunky Garmin eTrex Venture HC.

I've tinkered with MotionX for a few years but haven't gotten it to work out of cell range. They claim it will work once you have the map data downloaded into your cache which you supposedly do by scrolling through your proposed hike. Cache space is limited though. I did all that but when I tested the system by turning off cell data, it wouldn't work for me. Google earth is supposed to work in similar fashion but I haven't been successful with it either. If you figure it out let me know.

The question still remains for me; Why can't the GPS manufacturers come up a decent display and an intuitive interface?

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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 01:12:43 PM »
The batteries last a lot longer and it certainly is more rugged  . . .


Roger that!
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2013, 01:48:39 PM »
And my question still remains...unanswere d.

 


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