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12-29-2012 07:27 AM
LBrito JPi, You can tether the GPS from the iPhone. Would take a little more effort, but doable if you ever want to go that route.

All, Be advised that iPad, iPhone, Android, Tablets/Smartphones don't currently support WAAS/EGNOS, even if the hardware is provisioned for it (for example, my Galaxy Nexus has a SiRF Star IV chip, which supports WAAS, but it is not implemented). This makes the garmin devices that support WAAS superior, significantly, in terms of accuracy in particular in dense vegetation, due to the correction factors provided by WAAS. You may not notice a much of a difference when using your smart-device off road, this is because once you get a lock on the satellites, you are generally fine, and we don't need super precise accuracy. However, you try and switch off that smart-device for 10 minutes (fully off), in the mountains with tree coverage, and you will see that at "Cold Start" the smart-device will take a very long time (5-10 mins) to get a lock on 3 birds and put you on the map. That Garmin with WAAS will lock on from cold in max 3 mins. I'm all smart-device, but I do keep my handheld Garmin 60CSx in the glove box just in case.

I use BackCountry Navigator Pro on Android, and recently started using the AccuTerra maps ($21). They are prettier than the CA Topo maps (free), but not necessarily more functional. You can preview the maps here: http://www.mobiletopomaps.com/ -- they look exactly the same on the device as the web, but flow smoother since they're rendered on board. I believe that several of the iOS Topo maps are based on AccuTerra, so iOS users can also get a feel for what topo maps would look like on their device from this site.
12-28-2012 09:02 PM
JPi4.0
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Originally Posted by sjchoueiry

Buck,

If you are thinking about the Ipad make sure you get the one with cellular data. The basic Ipad with WiFi only does not have a built-in GPS and will not work.

Joe
My I pad is wifi only but I have a hotspot on my iPhone. So it's all good. Thanks for the heads up I didn't even think of it till you brought it up.
12-28-2012 08:56 PM
ChuckMRN
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Originally Posted by sjchoueiry View Post
Buck,

If you are thinking about the Ipad make sure you get the one with cellular data. The basic Ipad with WiFi only does not have a built-in GPS and will not work.

Joe
This is true for sure, thanks for clariifying. Good thing about the data plans on these is that they are by the month. Can turn them on and off with the device it's self, but I think is for a month at a time once you turn it on. My full size is thru AT&T and wife's mini is thru Verizon. I turned off the data on mine last month and just use it for the GPS and music when I'm out. I think its around 14 or 15 a month..
12-28-2012 12:31 PM
sjchoueiry
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Originally Posted by JPi4.0 View Post
Nice. I'm getting this.
Buck,

If you are thinking about the Ipad make sure you get the one with cellular data. The basic Ipad with WiFi only does not have a built-in GPS and will not work.

Joe
12-28-2012 10:20 AM
JPi4.0
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Originally Posted by ChuckMRN

^^This.. I use TOPO MAPS on the iPad. Shows "Real TIme" location on the screen while you are moving. Can pre set markers on the map, save waypoints as you go or before you go some where. No tracks or back trac options. Very simple and no jeep full of papar for real 7.5 min topos. I got the hand-me-down full size when the wife got the mini last month.
Any tracks are made easy on the Droid DNA(5" screen) with Back Country Nav Pro. Files can be transfered/shared.
Nice. I'm getting this.
12-28-2012 10:12 AM
ChuckMRN
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Originally Posted by Gunner View Post
Getting rid of the garmin and going with the iPad. Bigger screen and free updates for google and apple maps.
^^This.. I use TOPO MAPS on the iPad. Shows "Real TIme" location on the screen while you are moving. Can pre set markers on the map, save waypoints as you go or before you go some where. No tracks or back trac options. Very simple and no jeep full of papar for real 7.5 min topos. I got the hand-me-down full size when the wife got the mini last month.
Any tracks are made easy on the Droid DNA(5" screen) with Back Country Nav Pro. Files can be transfered/shared.
12-28-2012 08:00 AM
DaK
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Originally Posted by suicideking View Post
I have a Kenwood NAV/radio that I bought in '08 that sucks for anything off road.

You guys like your 450? I'm thinking about buying a new stand alone NAV mostly for trail use.

If ya got the coinage, this would be my recommendation:

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=75228

This came out right after I bought my oregon. Dual orientation on the screen, talks rather than beeps, screen larger brighter, blah, blah. Shop around, more than sure you can get these cheaper off eBay.
12-27-2012 12:52 PM
Gunner Getting rid of the garmin and going with the iPad. Bigger screen and free updates for google and apple maps.
12-27-2012 12:29 PM
suicideking I have a Kenwood NAV/radio that I bought in '08 that sucks for anything off road.

You guys like your 450? I'm thinking about buying a new stand alone NAV mostly for trail use.
12-27-2012 07:32 AM
DaK Using the Garmin pre-loaded, have had no issues with the maps. Also paid for and downloaded their city maps for my 450T and have had no issues with them, other than Garmin wanted to be paid for updates...not going to happen.
12-27-2012 04:50 AM
LBrito I think I last installed Garmin's U.S. Topo 2010, and its pretty decent. Tons of trails on there, don't think I've run into much that wasn't on the map.

Recently, though, I've been using my smart phone and Backcountry Navigator Pro for Android. It has all the features that the Garmin 60Csx I used has, but on a much larger HD screen and faster processor, plus a whole ton of other reasons why the phone is better, like running bluetooth on-board diagnostics and tracking vital stats, running a SPOT satellite messenger app, etc. etc.
12-26-2012 10:28 PM
Radioman Garmin TOPO US 24K West. Includes Base Camp and covers Calif, Oregon, and Washington
12-26-2012 05:50 PM
JKRONNIE
What topo map do you use with your Garmin gps??

I just bought a Garmin 450. I've heard mixed reviews about the garmin topo maps. What are you using and how do you like it?

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