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Old April 11th, 2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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I came across some smartphone apps that allow you to do trail maping with waypoints and downloadable maps. Has anyone tried this with their smartphone yet? Any reviews on the apps you use?
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Old April 11th, 2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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what is the app can u put a link something up
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Old April 11th, 2011, 01:53 PM   #3
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Three that came up when I did a search on my phone were Back Country Navigator, My Tracks, and Androzic
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Three that came up when I did a search on my phone were Back Country Navigator, My Tracks, and Androzic
I just downloaded my tracks and plan to try it out soon.
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back country navigator is a very good one. you can set trail heads. way points and it shows all your previous tracks where you went and you can save them on the maps for later reference.
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I use my tracks when I go biking to track the mileage that I went and to see where the trail snakes through the woods. It does elevation and altitude gain as well. It works pretty good and doesn't drain the battery real fast. My buddy uses iMapmyrun, it seems to work just as well and it collects the same data.
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I really like back country navigator, it allows you to download maps for free for offline/off network use too.
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I have those mentioned and a handful of other mapping apps. All cool in their own way, but lack the functionality of a real gps. To me, for real mapping purposes, is the ability to tranfer the tracks and waypoints easily back and forth with a computer. The computer software makes it much more simple to modify your tracks after you've spent the day out in the woods driving around. Nothing I have found is near as easy to use on a phone.

For basic gps use, a phone app will work fine. But for real mapping, even a cheap gps and the cooridinating computer software is hard to beat. I have Garmin gpss and use the Mapsource software. It really does make modifying everything a breaze and it's super simple to organize all your data. I just have too much gps data to always keep on my phone or on my gps. I load up what I need, when I need it. I keep waiting for Garmin to make an app that allows me to turn my phone into a gps running their software but it hasn't happened yet. The screen on my phone is much nicer than that on my Oregon. However, my phone doesn't get near as good sat. reception though as the Oregon does though so I guess that may be a reason.
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I have those mentioned and a handful of other mapping apps. All cool in their own way, but lack the functionality of a real gps. To me, for real mapping purposes, is the ability to tranfer the tracks and waypoints easily back and forth with a computer. The computer software makes it much more simple to modify your tracks after you've spent the day out in the woods driving around. Nothing I have found is near as easy to use on a phone.

I like the idea of the off line / network !

For basic gps use, a phone app will work fine. But for real mapping, even a cheap gps and the cooridinating computer software is hard to beat. I have Garmin gpss and use the Mapsource software. It really does make modifying everything a breaze and it's super simple to organize all your data. I just have too much gps data to always keep on my phone or on my gps. I load up what I need, when I need it. I keep waiting for Garmin to make an app that allows me to turn my phone into a gps running their software but it hasn't happened yet. The screen on my phone is much nicer than that on my Oregon. However, my phone doesn't get near as good sat. reception though as the Oregon does though so I guess that may be a reason.
I have to say that my phone works better than the GPS although I do have a 3 watt booster .
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