RE: [CentralTexasGeocachers] OT: Smartphones
I use my HTC Evo 4G pretty much exclusively when I go Geocaching. My Garmin is in my bag, but usually only for when the phone is having issues, or I’m out of a service area.
Here’s an interesting thing about the GPS on a Google phone: The GPS is accurate in Google maps, but it’s even MORE accurate if you have 4G and Wi-Fi enabled, and you’re in a covered service area. Google interpolates all three signals to hone your location down even more precisely – and you always wondered what all that hubbub was about when it was revealed that Google was trapping Wi-Fi data along with its Google Street View cameras. I suspect they figure out what access points they can see and signal strength, and use that along with their Geo-located information database to give you a better bead on where you are.
Anyhow, HTC has always been good to me, using the c:geo app, but be forewarned that when you’re in the middle of nowhere with no 3G or 4G coverage, it can be tricky.
Sort of off topic but not entirely. I am looking into getting a smart phone. I have 2 criteria. Sprint and Android.
After that I'm a bit lost in the details right now and looking for first hand real world suggestions.
It would be used while caching, but more as a backup device than a primary one. or If I'm out and dont happen to have the Oregon with me.
Thanks for your input.
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