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Old 04-25-2018, 07:03 PM
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Best GPS SW for Android for offroad use without wifi or cell coverage

Looking at possibly replacing my tired old Garmin GPS-90 with something with a larger screen and recently acquired a wifi-only Samsung Tab-A tablet which does have a built-in GPS chip receiver that doesn't require wifi or cell coverage. No worries about memory, I added a 64GB micro-SD card to it, and it has adequate (2GB) ram for this need.

What I'm looking for as a ready-to-go Android App that has most of the offroad trails already in its database. Plug and play so to speak.

It MUST be able to run with strictly GPS signals, there are no wifi or cell signals where I wheel. A simple topography map won't do it either, those don't have any trails.

If it showed boundaries (as some do) between federal land and other land that would be ideal.

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P.S. I already looked into a suitable iPad and it was horrendously too expensive. A friend is happy with his Samsung Tab A table doing offroad GPS but he's not around for me to ask him what software he's running on it.

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Have you looked at the Magellan TRX7 line. It worked for me in Death Valley when I did Panamint Valley Days
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I run a ipad, Gaia app, you have to download the maps you want before you loose coverage internet but works great i also run a remote GPS antenna DualXGPS model blue tooth to ipad or even your phone also Alltrails hiking app has lot of trails on it same applies must download map just got back from Moab and Gaia worked great
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I have but it doesn't have enough (any?) of the trails or trail areas I enjoy doing here in SOCAL. I looked on their trail website to see if they were available for downloading but they weren't.
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I run a ipad, Gaia app, you have to download the maps you want before you loose coverage internet but works great i also run a remote GPS antenna DualXGPS model blue tooth to ipad or even your phone also Alltrails hiking app has lot of trails on it same applies must download map just got back from Moab and Gaia worked great
I downloaded Gaia but another one called Avenza Maps is currently leading the pack. I was out in some back desert areas Friday and I was surprised the trails in that area were on it. Some were labeled, some were not, but it seemed to be the best I've seen so far. I had to download the map for that area but it was free.
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I downloaded Gaia but another one called Avenza Maps is currently leading the pack. I was out in some back desert areas Friday and I was surprised the trails in that area were on it. Some were labeled, some were not, but it seemed to be the best I've seen so far. I had to download the map for that area but it was free.
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I run a ipad, Gaia app, you have to download the maps you want before you loose coverage internet but works great i also run a remote GPS antenna DualXGPS model blue tooth to ipad or even your phone also Alltrails hiking app has lot of trails on it same applies must download map just got back from Moab and Gaia worked great
which subscription for Gaia do you have?
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which subscription for Gaia do you have?
Just plain " gps membership'

As a Gaia GPS Member, you can:
Access an extensive map catalog that spans worldwide topo, road, and satellite maps
Download maps for offline use
Print maps as a backup

Go to their website FAQ explains the levels so mine is next one up from free one
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I used GAIA while touring the Lost Coast in Northern California in May. There were a few gravel roads I passed that were not shown on the map I was using at the time. But there are so many maps to choose from you'd have to stop at each of these locations and load a different map to see if one of them covers that particular gravel/dirt road.

Does the Avenza app offer an all inclusive map that covers everything?

I have the free version downloaded, but haven't paid anything (I think)for additional maps or capabilities.

I carried the DeLorme California road map with me. It was well worth the cost to be able to map out everything before inputting my way-points into GAIA.

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