+Cooke-Nooke Posted August 5, 2012 Share Posted August 5, 2012 Spend a few hours with my seven year old geocaching yesterday... I hadn't been in years, but it was his first time -- he loved it! We used my iPhone 4S... And I have to say, the Groundspeak application is quite nice. Easy to find caches on the fly (download cache details on the fly). Easy to log, easy to navigate with Google street view while in the car. Easy to swap out to geo maps when afoot. And the interface is quite kid friendly. I was also surprised at the accuracy. Love the compass, and the GPS function is solid! And the boy liked that we could sit, talk about the find and log our thoughts right away. I have two issues, however -- nothing new, they have been mentioned time and time again. The battery life is poor. My son was like the energizer bunny, "Daddy can we find another... Where next, Dad." I got a little under four hours of use and the battery died... And then there's the everpresent fear the the phone will get dropped or damaged... Yes, I have a case, but this is NOT what I would consider outdoor/geocaching friendly. I can somewhat easily solve the latter issue with an OtterBox or equivalent case. But battery life remains... How do other frequent cacher/iPhone users handle these issues. I love the tools, and the Groundspeak application, but the HW seems to have limitations...And if I were to pick up a dedicated GPS unit, I'm having trouble finding a unit that equals the iPhone features -- without spending over $300. Yes, I know, the iPhone is a $500+ device... Explorist GC - easy to use interface, no dedicated compass, no ability to upgrade base maps Etrex 20 - more features, no dedicated compass Regardless, I'm most bothered by the need to be tethered to a PC for grabbing cache details, maps, logging, etc. The iPhone really shines as a multi-purpose geocaching Swiss army knife, in this regard! Any other thoughts I might consider? Quote Link to comment
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.