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    smart phone vs.gps

    I've heard some guys are using there smart phone with a GPS app instead of taking a GPS. It also doubles as a camera/video cam. I was wondering how many are doing this and how effective the GPS is compared to a Garmin.

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    I have the iPhone 4s and supposedly it works without service with the ios5 driver? There is an apple tech that is a member maybe he can chime in and put some truth to it. The gps apps are dominating from what I have read. Some are leaving behind the gps and packing their phone instead. I recently made a cell phone to spotter adapter for my IPhone that is a solar case that charges the phone pretty well hopefully this season my phone will act as my spot receiver my digi cam for photos and my gps. But I need a bit more reassurance on all to leave the rest of the gizmos at home

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    As a pilot(student pilot right now) I have seen a GPS I want to get for my iphone. Its called the "Bad Elf".
    I have not yet seen it in action, but I do know that it will show a moving map on an Ipad or Iphone that has Aviation Charts loaded on it.
    I am guessing it would also work with other mapping apps for off grid GPS. It is specifically designed for pilots due to the fact iPads dont always hold signal over cities when they are up in the air, compared to coverage on the ground. They connect to the charge port and draw from the battery of the device.
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    Last year my friend was flying to the airport on the Jicarilla. I was hunting not far from the airport and able to monitor his flight from Mo. including fuel stop. This allowed me to hunt to within minutes of time to meet at the airport. All with the Iphone, how cool is that?

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    For me I will have both. iPhone 4s and the Garmin. I don't want to have a problum with the phone gps so I will take the Gamin to be on the safe side.

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    Kind of funny. I pack a compass as my backup in case my GPS fails. Soon I will be packing a GPS in case my phone fails. Then the next step will be.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8750 View Post
    Kind of funny. I pack a compass as my backup in case my GPS fails. Soon I will be packing a GPS in case my phone fails. Then the next step will be.....
    Hunt real close to the truck!

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    It seems like the big downside would be battery life, with a gps you just change batteries but a phone unless you have a solar charger or spare battery your out of luck, i know my droid eats the battery pretty quick. How does the i phone do on the batteries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miller1 View Post
    It seems like the big downside would be battery life, with a gps you just change batteries but a phone unless you have a solar charger or spare battery your out of luck, i know my droid eats the battery pretty quick. How does the i phone do on the batteries?

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    I downloaded the "View Ranger" app for my iPhone 4S. On a backpacking trip last week in Colorado I tracked my route and 2.5 hours in I had only 20% battery life. A great app in my opinion, showed National Forest, BLM land, topo and Aerial views, and recorded elevation etc. I will just have to buy a solar charger.
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    just got an i phone s. what apps do people recomend i get for backpacking? also what solar charger do u recomend?

 

 

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