In search of Fresh
- Oct 17, 2012
There are so many different GPS's. Just looking for something not to complicated to use, sturdy and reliable. Any input is appreciated.
The UI? And.... don't you have to buy into Garmins local mapping for better accuracy?The UI is terrible and it lacks a lot, but it does the job for the most part and I don't think anything else is all that much better. I definitely prefer their touchscreen interface over the units with buttons, simply because the way they do the buttons is very counter-intuitive to me.
I think they just rely on their phones. I use my Note II alot with an app called GPS Essentials. Never gotten me lost
Try backcountry navigator. You get a free trial for 30 days. I like it because I can put my phone on airplane mode and still have a map. I do have to save a file of the area I'll be in ahead of time but it's quite simple. If I use the tracking device it kills battery faster so every now and then I'll update my location.I've been using a Garmin 450 for a few years. Pretty "meh..." on it. Gets the job done, but I don't like the form factor (kind of bulky for front pants pocket), the UI (it just sucks), or the screen (it kinda sucks too...).
Last couple times I've used a handheld GPS, including BP'ing the Uintas last weekend, I've just used my Galaxy S4. It weighs under 5 oz. and has a much nicer screen than the Garmin 450. Fits a lot nicer in my front pocket too. So far, for how I typically use a handheld, which is just an occasional position fix or check on progress, I'm liking the phone-as-GPS more than the 450.
I didn't research apps at all, just hit the play store and grabbed the first app that came up, GAIA GPS. Couple quirks about the app I'm not in love with - like I can't find a setting for "track up", but it has worked just fine. If I ever get any time to play with it, I'd like to see if there is a different GPS app for the phone I might like better though.
Anyway... For now, for me, the S4 has officially replaced the Garmin 450 as my handheld GPS. Kind of nice that it can also replace my iPod. And if I really wanted to go that far, even my camera.
I just used this app this weekend in the uintas. So far, so good. I don't track my path, so no worries with battery consumption.Try backcountry navigator. You get a free trial for 30 days. I like it because I can put my phone on airplane mode and still have a map. I do have to save a file of the area I'll be in ahead of time but it's quite simple. If I use the tracking device it kills battery faster so every now and then I'll update my location.
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