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Re: Best GPS for the Texas Challenge?

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  • semperquestio
    I absolutely LOVE my 60csx, even with its limitations. And after long discussions with folks about the newer Garmins and the Delorme s, I will most likely
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 4, 2012
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      I absolutely LOVE my 60csx, even with its limitations. And after long discussions with folks about the newer Garmins and the Delorme's, I will most likely replace it with another one when it dies if I can still find one by then. They are tough as nails, absurdly accurate, a breeze to use, and have a killer signal lock. If you want to go that route, you can find them for a LOT less than the cost of most, if not all, of the top-of-the-line gizmos with all the uber-cool bells and whistles out there today.

      For the paperless part, I use Cachemate for my regular PQ-loaded caches (using GSAK, of course) to see the descriptions, hints, prior logs, and to post field notes. I use the Geocaching app on my phone for on-the-fly lookups and to get more logs on my pre-loaded caches. But even when I use that, I very nearly always put the coords into my trusty 60csx to make the find. Most of the time the phone GPS is too wonky and the Geocaching app is too slow for my taste.

      OK. So call me old school if ya want. At least I'm not still using my old Maggie ST Map and reams of paper! :D

      --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, "jddaleske" <john@...> wrote:
      > Next, I need recommendations on best GPS. Will need to get one (more rugged than my Android phone) fairly soon so I can be competent for the competition. Shawn indicated the PN-60 (if I recall that was the one) is the one he loves to use.
      > There are pros and cons of touch screen versus button driven.
      > The Android capacitive touch screen is great for quick selection and entry. It does not work at all if you're wearing leather gloves as I do when going through those nasty thorn vines. Button operation might be better for those situations.
      > I wonder if there is a combo where one can use buttons and/or touch screen?
      > For longer term considerations, downloading cache info is a snap on the Android. I use c:geo which even adds a button to the online cache page so one click and that cache is selected and on its way to the phone. Very convenient.
      > One thought I had was that the rugged GPS does not need its own phone connection, but might be nice to be able to connect to the phone to get updates when I want.
      > Or maybe that's an app I need to develop? Market out there for that?
      > + John
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