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  1. Yogazoo, I would say for your specific set of concerns, you should definitely stick to the GPS you like. That's really true for anyone: Different likes for different users, different tools for different jobs.


    Some people prefer to carry a map and a compass exclusively, and scoff at allof these battery powered things.

  2. I tend to do all-day runs 6 to 10 hours. No way either my Samsung Galaxy Nexus or my friend's iPhone5 would last that long in geocaching mode.

    Piece of cake.


    Inter-urban, carry a USB charging cable and either an AC adapter or the kind that plugs into a car's cig lighter socket. I don't know about your Samsung, but an IPhone charger weighs less than a pair of AA batteries.


    On the trail - this is tricky now - carry spare batteries. Same with any gadget, no matter how long the batteries last it's never enough. And if your phone doesn't have a field-swappable battery, you can buy chargers that hold 2 or 4 AA batteries and have a USB port -- so you can still use the ubiquitous AA's.


    http://www.dx.com/p/15048 seems to be cheapest thing around, comes on a slow boat from China. But there are other better ones available on Amazon, Newegg, eBay, etc.

  3. I currently have a QStarz Bluetooth GPS. I don't really use it much anymore (it is a pain in the butt to use with Android).

    A little earlier you complained Apple doesn't let you use generic bluetooth GPSRs - yet here you're saying the cheap generic GPS is a pain to use with Android.


    Bluetooth GPSRs made for iOS - not just Bad-Elf, but other mainstream mnanufacturers like DeLorme, Garmin, and others - work seamlessly with every location-aware service on the iPhone or iPad, without jailbreaking.


    The original discussion point in this thread is Bad-El - the folks there were kind enough to answer questions. Can we continue in that direction?

  4. Wow! I am very impressed


    Says a lot when the developer of one mapping app says that about someone else's :) You're not really competitors in the same market space, but still...


    I wouldn't think the one-time purchase price of the app covers the cost of hosting all the scans. Maybe it's a labor of love for him.

  5. Joseph, thanks for the reply. I know GMap 4 is focused on delivering Google's data in a convenient way. I was more commenting on the linked concept of how easily Topo Maps lets the user select and download maps for offline. I don't really think there's any way you could do that in a web-based app.


    Have you ever used that Topo Maps application? It shows a grid of topo quads, you drag a selection marquee around them, and it downloads them. I'm pretty sure he has ALL of them already bundled for his app to download and use, all zoom levels -- stored up on Amazon's cloud server for his app to download. Easy and fast from the user side, though limited to the available data!

  6. Gmap4 does exactly what you want... the Help page shows you how to use Gmap4 on your smartphone (or iPad) offline.

    Joseph: I've tried this with GMap on my iPad but found it very tricky to view/save all of the tiles I want ahead of time. For that specific feature I haven't found anything easier/better/faster than Endecoot's Topo Maps program. I just wish it had other map layers available than the older USGS ones. -Lee

  7. And the answer is...



    Happy to help and feel free to copy the below to the forum ... looks like there is a good deal of contention on this subject.


    Our Bluetooth devices (PRO, PRO+, GNSS) are designed for use specifically with Apple Devices. This means a couple of things have happened ... but let's start with the full bluetooth spec. for Apple here: https://developer.apple.com/hardwaredrivers/BluetoothDesignGuidelines.pdf


    - As an MFI company we are registered with Apple and they detect this with subsection 2.1.1. (...Device ID profile lets the Apple product identify the implementation of the remote accessory...)

    - We are also using the iAP(iPod Accessory Protocol), Section 7

    - There is also the integration of an Authentication Chip from Apple.


    The support of non-iOS devices by our devices was a later development - Bluetooth is bluetooth after all so why not. The elf handshakes with the device on the other end of the pair - if it's an Apple device, it just works as above. If it is a non-iOS device the PRO begins to stream NMEA sentences using SPP. At this point it would be up to the individual operating system what happens.


    As was part of the discussion on the Forum with Android you would need to use a Mock Location Emulator to parse out the NMEA into something useable. We recommend Bluetooth GPS (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=googoo.android.btgps&hl=en)


    With any other operating system (OSx, Windows, Linux, etc.) it is up to the individual application to handle the decoding.


    Best Regards,


    John McLellan

    C.H.ElF (Chief Helper Elf)

    Bad Elf, LLC

  8. You've already touched on the two best: Endecott's Topo and TrailBehind's Gaia. I use both, find myself going back to Topo for its simplicity - it ONLY does USGS Topo maps. Gaia has lots more layers available, but to me seems to suffer from feature bloat.


    As for that thing you don't care about - ransferring waypoint and track data from your iThing to your eTrex - it's easy, but another thread altogether...



  9. ...You're saying that iOS doesn't understand standard NMEA sentences?

    I don't think he said that, and I think you're putting it in the wrong context.


    iOS does not "understand standard NMEA sentences." Neither does Android, or Windows, or Linux for that matter.


    iOS includes a set of routines called CoreLocation. These accept input from multiple sources (built-in GPS, cellular and WiFi triangulation, data streams from compatible Bluetooth or wired/connected devices) and uses all of that to make location data available to any application that calls for it. The application doesn't have to know how to read the data streams or even where the data came from; it just requests the location from the operating system.


    A gross simplification perhaps, but no worse than asking if it understands NMEA sentences :D

  10. ...The eTrex 10 is limited (I think) to only 500 caches loaded. Take note that loading it to full capacity is a recipe for disaster. It slows the function dramatically and has also been known to cause the device to lock-up (runs out of available memory). ...

    It's even worse than you think. The number of caches you can get into an eTrex 10 depends on the size of the GPX files, which vary not only by the number of caches but also by the size of the descriptions, logs, etc. Garmin says it can hold 2000 caches but in reality you'll start seeing out of memory errors long before that. Even 500 is very iffy, 300-400 seemed a practical maximum while I owned one.

  11. He is asking for emergency use. If there was cell coverage, you can simply call for help.....

    And there's more than one way to call for help. inReach is a premium device (at a higher cost) being usable for two-way communication and tracking. SPOT is a little less expensive and only one-way. And if all you are REALLY want is to be able to call for help, there are a lot of other options. REI sells them and discusses options here:



  12. I'm a pilot that uses my Garmin to fly a plane, like up in the sky! So sorry Susy, I haven't found a geocache there yet... LOL

    Y'see, right there's a problem of credibility and relevance. In a forum mostly about geocaching, opinions of people who actually engage in the sport tend to carry more weight.


    The various eTrex models past and present might not be a pilot's choice - but they work dandy for a lot of geocachers. When I want something for the cockpit I'll ask a pilot's opinion.

  13. ... you could upload a TRACK to a Garmin NUVI and have it visible on the Nuvi.

    This is pretty much what I do to make bicycle cue sheets for my eTrex 20. Tracks in GOX files are quite a bit simpler and in my experience more portable between different software packages and devices. But you have to watch and follow the line - it's not gonna say " Tuen left in 50 feet."


    Good enough to follow a bike route, not sure about a plow.

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