|12-29-2012 07:27 AM|
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|
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|12-28-2012 12:31 PM|
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.
|12-28-2012 10:20 AM|
|12-28-2012 10:12 AM|
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|
If ya got the coinage, this would be my recommendation:
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|
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|
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|
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?