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  1. Not expandable ... Seriously? A state of the art (not) twenty first century (2012) wristwatch GPS and only 20mb usable memory?


    Seriously? Do you know of any wrist-wearable GPS with more built-in (or expandable) memory? And Bluetooth? And ant+? And a companion smartphone app?


    I think this is marketed more for hikers and backbackers than cachers or GIS data collectors.

  2. Lots of people have strong views. But if you judge something as the best for yourself, you need seek no other expert.


    I've used both the official Groundspeak Geocaching app and Geosphere extensively. Like them both for different reason, each has their own strengths and weaknesses. I would not try to convince anyone that one is better than the other.


    Look up both on the App Store and read reviews there. Pay special attention to the most critical ones to see if anyone has complaints about things that would matter to you.

  3. ...I wont take a chance on playing with them both and then sending one back just to have them tell me it's now a used unit and so no refund.
    Guess it depends who you buy from. REI and quite a few other resellers make a point of no-hassle return policies. That's often why I'll buy from these kind of places rather than going for the absolute lowest price.


    Who'd you order through?

  4. Some quick comments:


    You've already ordered both and will be sending one back? Don't listen to ANYBODY he on which one is better. Test both of them yourself. With and without gloves. in varying lighting conditions from darkness to full sun. Then keep the one YOU like. Both are e cell end GPSRs, so it's all going to come down to which screen you like and if you prefer buttons vs touchscreen.


    Re "not buying a smartphone until unlimited everything is $20/month" that would be Republic Wireless -- but I have no idea how good the GPS is in their single phone offering.

  5. You probably didn't feed the right magic word to Google. Try USB Current Draw ...


    I don't think you'll get the real time current draw without special equipment. But the Device Manager page for each USB connection should show how much current the device requests. correctly designed USB peripheral is supposed to signal to host a maximum amount that it will draw, that's the number you should be able to see in the Device Manager.

  6. Walt, that power issue might be something Garmin could fix by firmware -- might be a good idea to hit Garmin up with a suggestion. They could add a menu option to Enable/Disable drawing power from USB when connected for data transfer. I'm pretty sure my DeLorme PN-40 had something like that.


    For that matter, maybe the Garmin already DOES have that option, and it's just buried in some obscure menu hierarchy.


    I haven't read up on USB OTG -- how much power can your phone provide to a connected device? And how much does the Montana draw?

  7. If Garmins can transfer a cache between Garmins, why not Garmins to/from iPhones? One cache coordinates not a PQ.
    Because there is no ant+ protocol stack for that purpose offered with any of the dongles that give ant+ capability to iPhones. In other words, they don't speak the right language.


    I was surprised Garmin's own iPhone ant+ dongle (Garmin Fit) doesn't support this. It doesn't even support Chirp. As the name implies, it just works with various "fitness" products -- footpads, HRMs, etc. - to feed data to Garmin's own smartphone apps.


    Disclaimer - that's just what I've infered from published product info. I don't own ore use any of those ant+ devices -- but would be happy to hear first hand information from someone who actually has a Garmin Fit, Wahoo Fisica, or other ant+ device setup on their iPhone.

  8. But MY question is why does this question keep coming up? To me it only makes sense in a couple of possible contexts:


    1) The iThing is your ONLY computing device, or

    2) You're hoping to be able to transfer pocket queries "in the field," away from your computer.


    Now, I know SOME folks fit both criteria (hi, Walt!), but for just about everyone else it's just so much easier to use a computer that has a USB port... Is the world really moving all to tablets so quickly? Or people spend so much time in the field they never head home to reload?



    Edit to add: I am partway to criterion 1 myself. Using primarily an Pad now, haven't carried or even powered up my laptop or phone for some time. But I can copy data to/from my Garmin eTrex 20 over my home network. The GPS is plugged in to the USB port on my router, and I use FileBrowser from Stratospherix to copy the files.

  9. Shameful, or shameless? :rolleyes:


    Regardless (or irregardless, if you prefer), is Dropbox really that useful for geocaching? I don't seem to have any trouble transferring files between devices to have to use yet another cloud storage service. And realistically, even the OP mentions "just wish I could link my Garmin Montana to it."


    Unless you've got a cloud-connected GPS (smartphone or tablet, in other words), you're still gonna have to plug your GPS into computer or router to transfer them files.

  10. Yes, you're making perfect sense. This is why I traded up from an eTrex 10 to the eTrex 20.


    There are two limits on the eTrex 10 - number of database entries available for cache listings (2000) and free memory (just a few megabytes, I don't recall the exact number). Unless the cache descriptions and logs are very sparse or non-existent, you'll run out of memory long before you run out of data base slots. Am I making sense? :)


    So here's what I'd do - Use GSAK or something similar to turn your GPX file into a LOC file - which will pretty much strip everything except name and coords. Then run the LOC file back through that to turn it into a GPX with only the bare necessities. You probably won't get to 2000 that way, but you'll definitely get more than 500.


    Hope that helps.

  11. I don't even have a router. I travel so much (5 months a year) that I live on Verizon's Broadband full time

    I'm guessing you're one of few people posting in this thread so perennially "On The Go" that you don't have a home base with your own networking setup. The OP and others might very well have this option available to them.


    What I am trying to do is eliminate taking my 17" HD Dell (very heavy) with me when I travel. Considering several alternatives.

    I might have a very nice MacBook Air 13" for sale in a couple of months. About 3 pounds. :D

  12. While I love my new iPad the inability to transfer a PQ to my GPS is frustrating.

    While not something to do "in the field," this is easy to do at home -- if you have a wireless router with a USB port on it, and an app like FileBrowser or FileExplorer. I routinely transfer files from my iPhone to my eTrex 20. Not just pocket queries, but also maps downloaded from GPSFileDepot and Garmin.Openstreetmap.nl.


    Yeah, I know not everybody HAS such a router - but we who live in the clouds really need network attached storage to bring some of the cloud into our homes.


    I will miss the one click log of all the days caches in GSAK when I travel but doing them one at a time while watching evening TV seems to work.

    Both Groundspeak's own app and Geosphere support logging from the field (if you have a data connection) and saving logs to upload later (if you have to wait until you have a WiFi connection).

  13. Question posed to those who are actually using it:


    Is the data and presentation getting better in iOS 6 maps? I have noticed since it first came out that some of the most glaring errors are cleaned up. Not hard to notice when they fix a huge mistake -- like all of Southeast Portland being part Powell Butte park - is now corrected to show the park's correct outlines. But I'm curious if anyone who noticed smaller, more subtle mistakes getting cleaned up as well.

  14. ...it is not a fair comparison to compare the eTrex with the DeLorme PN because the Delorme PN is sold as part of a mapping package (Topo); so a more even comparison is compare the Topo/PN package Versus eTrex (or 62) plus the Garmin Topo maps. When you do that, you will find that the DeLorme product is a much better price.


    I recently bought a Garmin GPSr. I now need not buy the expensive Garmin maps again and again because the free maps are good enough for what I need. ...

    I think your second comment outweighs the first for a lot of users. The reality is that there are plenty of free maps that are good enough for most users and better than either DeLorme's OR Garmin's offerings. So when I compared pricing of eTrex-30 to PN-60, I was comfortable looking at the hardware only.


    And for some users, the fact that Garmin devices have WIDER selection of maps and sources to choose from (free and not free) will be a greater incentive than the bundled maps you get from DeLorme.

  15. Topo 9.0 is now 2 1/2 years old.... In map years, that's 70 years old...

    Topo 10 (and XMap 8) were both recently released.


    But DeLorme has fumbled a bit on Geocaching support. Automated downloads in CacheRegister and Topo broke some time ago when GC.com changed their API and DeLorme didn't follow the update. Instead, their response for now is "just download pocket queries manually, and import them..." At least that's how I interpret this tech note.


    Message repeats: Handheld GPS (and Geocaching) not as important to DeLorme -- their core business is still maps.

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