- Jan 20, 2012
I am looking to buy a handheld GPS for hiking. Any recommendations would be helpful.
How's the battery life on your android running the GPS? Do you take spare batteries? I've always taken my garmin just to save the batteries in my phone...I second Garmin for a stand alone device.. I have moved away from using my stand alone device to using my smart phone. It gives me the option of having a Book, GPS, notepad and camera all in one lightweight device.. Backcountry navigator is the Android App that I prefer. But if a stand alone is what you want uintahiker is on the money.. but I would for sure want color (makes reading Topo's easier).
I use my smart phone and use BackCountry Navigator, I went thru 3 GPS apps before I found this one. I feel it is the best out there. Battery life is great, just did a 3 day trip and battery made the whole 3 days with taking video and pictures. If you put your phone in airplane mode it really extends the life as it is not always searching for a cell signal. That being said if you use it in tracking mode it will run down in a day. If your worried about getting off your path I draw out the path and download it into the app and periodically pin point my location to make sure I am on track. I do carry a spare battery just in case though.How's the battery life on your android running the GPS? Do you take spare batteries? I've always taken my garmin just to save the batteries in my phone...
Like go-deep I don't lay out a track but instead put markers at key intersections when I am off trail traveling. If I am on the trail I don't really see a need to pin or track. my battery will last about 2.5 days on my Galaxy S 4g on airplane mode and using backcountry nav every time I want to look at the map and pinpoint my location. I do carry a backup battery thing that also has the ability to recharge itself VIA solar to 50% so I have never ran out of juice.How's the battery life on your android running the GPS? Do you take spare batteries? I've always taken my garmin just to save the batteries in my phone...
Backcountry navigator is the Android App that I prefer.
I love my Garmin 60csx. You can load all the topo maps you need. Screen is fantastic, no backlight needed. Batteries last 20 hours. I also have the Garmin 400. I the like 60 the best.I am looking to buy a handheld GPS for hiking. Any recommendations would be helpful.
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