Cell phone VS Handheld GPS in GPS technology and devices Posted April 10, 2011 · Edited April 10, 2011 by Brian_d I've been Geocaching off & on (mostly off)since 2002. I started out with a Magellan meridian gold. I've enjoyed the hobby for the most part - It's taken me to places that I never would have seen otherwise. But it hs also gotten me into trouble. When you have a blank screen with an arrow & an "X" it's difficult at best to know that you are finding the easiest/safest route to a cache. I've wound up on my butt many a time on the way to a cache only to find an easier/better route out. I have a HTC Incredible now & I went cacheing with it last weekend for the first time in years. I d/l'ed an app many months ago that was free but out of habit, came here to search for caches. I found that Geocaching.com has an app for android - great! But I was shocked, it's $10. To me, that is alot of money for an app. I know, $10 isn't alot of money, but in a world of .99 apps, $10 is outrageous. So I loaded some caches into that free app & the merrigold & went out with my niece geocaching. I was very impressed with the gps in the phone & the app I used. It provided me with a satalite picture of my surroundings & for the first time, I could see that the cache is "on the other side of the canyon", or the cache is "on the other side of the river & here's the best/safest place to cross". When caching, esp. with a 9 y.o. girl, this was an immeasureable feature. I didn't find the accuracy to be much worse than the merrigold, including finding a cache in some big trees. I understand that there are limitations with battery life & durability when it comes to a smartphone, but I'm with the O.P. - GPS companies have ALOT of catching up to do. And for the first time in years, I'm looking forward to geocaching again. But the smartphone will definitely be in use!