View Full Version : Smart Phones and Geocaching



robt
10-23-2009, 12:52 PM
I was looking for some input on what os on a phone people are using for caching and pros and cons, IE Blackberry, Android, Apple, Windows. I am thinking about upgrading my phone and wondering what experience others have had and what they can do.

attroll
10-23-2009, 01:02 PM
I would stay away from Apple. It does not multi task. It may be an awesome phone but you can only run one application at a time.

cano
10-23-2009, 01:49 PM
I would stay away from Apple. It does not multi task. It may be an awesome phone but you can only run one application at a time.
And that's not the only problem You can run only apple approved applications unless you jailbreak it.

cano
10-23-2009, 02:13 PM
I was looking for some input on what os on a phone people are using for caching and pros and cons, IE Blackberry, Android, Apple, Windows. I am thinking about upgrading my phone and wondering what experience others have had and what they can do.

Android is a great open source platform, some nice paid or free geocaching applications exists for android. However android has been here just for a short period of time with small market share. I wouldn't buy android yet. Google is hard working and it will pay off to wait.
Apple - nah, I won't even bother to comment on this one.
Windows mobile has been here for a quite a while with large market share, plenty of good navigation and geocaching applications exists for windows mobile, both free and paid.
Nokia also has few smartphones with GPS and geocaching applications.

I'm using windows mobile phone for geocaching and car navigation. I don't have any other GPS unit (besides another windows mobile GPS phone I'm not using:) ). It works fine for me. If I had to buy a new GPS phone within next year I would probably still stick to windows mobile.

hide_from_the_kids
10-23-2009, 02:41 PM
garmin nuviphon g60 from at&t. i don't know much about it . my wife told me no. but it looks cool.

attroll
10-23-2009, 02:56 PM
Jamie, that Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 does look impressive. Here is a demo of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOe_vFds2u0

fins2right
10-24-2009, 11:26 AM
I love my blackberry! I had Trimble's geocache explorer on it for a while, but US Cellular no longer supports the software. It was perfect, complete with gps and you could fetch the closest 10 caches to your location.

EMSDanel
10-25-2009, 10:23 PM
I can't begin to express....if this thread is about what I think it's about....how strong an opinion I have about this.....

Ekidokai
10-26-2009, 12:37 AM
I can't begin to express....if this thread is about what I think it's about....how strong an opinion I have about this.....

Look what you have done now... you have upset compass guy. You should be ashamed.

squirrelcache
10-26-2009, 08:43 AM
I sat in Portland w/a friend lastnight. He was curious about some GPS stuff on his iPhone. He thought it was fairly accurate......so we put it alongside an expensive Garmin. Next time I'll take him from an open parking lot out into the woods and try to actually find something ;)

Ekidokai
10-26-2009, 01:06 PM
I sat in Portland w/a friend lastnight. He was curious about some GPS stuff on his iPhone. He thought it was fairly accurate......so we put it alongside an expensive Garmin. Next time I'll take him from an open parking lot out into the woods and try to actually find something ;)

You were sitting in a parking lot to see how accurate you were. Good lord. Gather up your bits and pieces and go out into the woods find stuff.

robt
10-26-2009, 01:42 PM
I did not intendto start a war was just looking for more info on personal experience as I am up for renewal on my contract and was thinking that I might change phones / providers or not. I am considering the idea of having a 2nd gps would be cool and also be alot easier to do FTF runs. :D:D:D But then that was only a thought. But then I am also considering having my old 60 CSX refirbished so that my grandson has a GPS to use.

masterson of the universe
10-27-2009, 07:07 AM
Like Cano said, the Android phones are still new but supposed to be the "the iphone killer". Personally, I think more people want it just because of the name and not necessarily functionality. Verizon launches its Droid next month but everything is super hush so far at work as to cost and detailed capabilities. You can see it if you do a Google image search for Motorola Android. I'm guessing around $300ish on a 2 year contract and probably close to $700 without any contract. Because its open source, you should be able to use just about any caching software or even create your own.

squirrelcache
10-27-2009, 01:23 PM
Having been a happy HTC windows mobile user.....I think I'll be leaning towards the other Droid 2.0 options that Verizon Wireless is hopefully going to be offering. They aren't known for their smartphone selection. ;) Their smart phones are generally introduced for $200 w/a 2yr. contract. Time will tell. They'll also have to beat the friends/family contract I'm in now to get me to switch.

squirrelcache
10-29-2009, 03:25 PM
Wow....didn't even rely on my connection for making this prediction......just verified today.... the new Motorola Droid will be available Nov. 6 through Verizon Wireless.