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I'm really not sure why anyone needs a GPS add-on these days. Your phone has a GPS receiver built in and it works well enough.

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51 minutes ago, Mineral2 said:

I'm really not sure why anyone needs a GPS add-on these days. Your phone has a GPS receiver built in and it works well enough.

 

Something like an iPad.  The wifi versions do not have a GPS.

 

The other reason is for more accruacy due to WAAS/EGNOS.  For some reason none of the phones use the correction satellites.  It makes a substantial difference for caching.

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24 minutes ago, Red90 said:

It makes a substantial difference for caching.

 

Theoretically, yes.  But if there is a difference, I couldn't detect it.  (I did a few side-by-side tests at a few caches, Garmin vs. new phone, and they both seemed equally helpful toward the task.)

 

Your mileage may vary, of course.

 

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Caching with an iPad just seems... wrong? I know there are folks that do it, but really, you're taking an awful risk with a screen that big.

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18 hours ago, Harry Dolphin said:

Wouldn't it just be easier to ban emojis from cache names?

 

If there's that much of an issue with loading caches, sure.   We have limits with cacher names now...

 - or as leprechauns says, on the ignore list works.  Loading caches manually, I keep 'em short anyway, so wouldn't be an problem.  

Has anyone emailed a CO and told them that emojis mess up their files?  You think they'd remove it if it makes them a nuisance (rather than "cute").   :)

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1 hour ago, Viajero Perdido said:

 

Theoretically, yes.  But if there is a difference, I couldn't detect it.  (I did a few side-by-side tests at a few caches, Garmin vs. new phone, and they both seemed equally helpful toward the task.)

 

Your mileage may vary, of course.

 

 

In my personal experience....  It makes a substantial difference.

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31 minutes ago, Mineral2 said:

Caching with an iPad just seems... wrong? I know there are folks that do it, but really, you're taking an awful risk with a screen that big.

 

An ipad mini is pretty close to the size of some phones!

 

My response was more of a general response to why someone would want to buy an addon.  It was not specific to Geocaching.  A lot of people use an ipad for vehicle navigation and it fits that need well.

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3 hours ago, Mineral2 said:

I'm really not sure why anyone needs a GPS add-on these days. Your phone has a GPS receiver built in and it works well enough.

Nope.  My phone is plugged into the wall.

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3 hours ago, Mineral2 said:

I'm really not sure why anyone needs a GPS add-on these days. Your phone has a GPS receiver built in and it works well enough.

 

Well enough is a relative matter. For me it is not well enough. Ecpecially then I am hiding a cache in a woods I need correct coordinates.

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