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#1 Baytown Bert

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:58 AM

I am fiddin' to take the leap. Which Verizon available Smartphone is best for geocaching?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:21 AM

First I recommend anything BUT Apple.

I have heard really good things about the GPS Samsung Galaxy S 3. (like it gets signal where Garmin 62 don't)
Also heard good thing about Motorola's Razr line (the phone in general, not the GPS specifically).

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:41 AM

Galaxy Nexus by Samsung 16GB is only $50 w/ 2-year contract and has very good numbers. The GPS Samsung Galaxy S 3 is $200-$250 for the same contract. LOL

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:42 AM

Been using iPhone + Geosphere app for 3 years. Frequently going strong while droid/android phone users are changing batteries and rebooting. Used it on virtually all major series in Houston including Texas, one huge smile, greenway trail, mother goose, Baytown nature, Laporte bike, red bluff, etc.

The utility of the setup is quite useful. Thinking about hosting a smart phone event soon to educate people and separate myth from reality on smart phone/app choices. Droid & iOS.

It simply works and works simply.

I'm not an apple disciple - far from it!
This is my only apple product. All PC / unix on my world otherwise.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:21 AM

I'll second the iPhone with Geosphere. You won't go wrong with it for caching, as a phone and all for the other things these handy gadgets do. (There is a great streaming app that lets me watch the movies stored on my home computer).

The phones are all pretty good, so I would focus on the ergonomics. So whatever you get, make sure it is comfortable in your hand and easy to get in and out of your pocket. The difficulty of using too big of a phone will make caching more difficult and make it easier to drop the phone or set down in an unfortunate place instead of tucking it safely in your pocket.

So go to the store and ask them to bring out some untethered phones and let you stuff a few in your pocket. Should be no problem for a guy with such a trustworthy face.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:39 AM

First I recommend anything BUT Apple.

FIRST ANYTHING BUT A DROID. :stirpot:
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:36 PM

Samsung Galaxy S III by far. Large Screen, Big battery, GPS w/ GLONASS satellites does a great job compared to standard GPS on phones. Implementing GLONASS is one thing that the Nexus Line hasn't done yet to my knowledge.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:47 PM

Samsung Galaxy S III by far. Large Screen, Big battery, GPS w/ GLONASS satellites does a great job compared to standard GPS on phones. Implementing GLONASS is one thing that the Nexus Line hasn't done yet to my knowledge.


I have also heard good things about this one.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:08 PM

I too have heard good stuff about it but haven't had a chance to cache hands-on and side by side with it or the Nokia yet.

For the record, the positioning technology in the iPhone 5, the S III, and the Nokia are all superb.


iPhone5:
A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning

Samsung S III:
GPS, Glonass

Nokia Lumia 920:
GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning

It''s been said many times, but "it's the software stupid" comes to mind more often than not. The OS's and Hardware are all outstanding Bert. If I were you, I would look very hard at the competing apps for each of these outstanding phones and really assess which "fits" you best.

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#10 Baytown Bert

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:43 PM

Well, I went with this one: Galaxy Nexus by Samsung 16GB

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:56 AM

I too have heard good stuff about it but haven't had a chance to cache hands-on and side by side with it or the Nokia yet.

For the record, the positioning technology in the iPhone 5, the S III, and the Nokia are all superb.


iPhone5:
A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning

Samsung S III:
GPS, Glonass

Nokia Lumia 920:
GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning

It''s been said many times, but "it's the software stupid" comes to mind more often than not. The OS's and Hardware are all outstanding Bert. If I were you, I would look very hard at the competing apps for each of these outstanding phones and really assess which "fits" you best.


Just to clarify on the Samsung Galaxy S III location services supported are: A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, and Cell ID.

I don't know if it supports WiFi Positioning or not. Not sure it's too valuable for the most part for geocaching and Cell ID may as well be tossed out the window IMO as it can be off by a mile or more :notme:

And to be fair, iPhone5 supports S-GPS as well.

Note that putting GPS and A-GPS in the list is being redundant. A-GPS is Augmented GPS which uses the wireless networks when available to get: Fast initial location (by providing Orbital data of the satellites), GPS correction info for the location (GPS isn't always accurate and timing corrections are provided by several different Augmentation standards such as A-GPS, WAAS, EGNOS, and INS) they all still will work 100% without the augmentation as a full GPSr (i.e. A-GPS doesn't required a Wireless connection to get a GPS lock, it just happens quick and can be more accurate.)

A bit about the augmentation. Wireless Base Stations (Cell Phone Towers) don't move. They know their exact location. They receive the GPS location, and the are able to determine what timing corrections are needed to make it correct. This is part of what's passed to local A-GPS units (along with current location of satellites - which is a great advantage when attempting to lock those satellites.)

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#12 Baytown Bert

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:15 PM

Dang, and I thought I was geeky. LOL

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:48 PM

My thoughts exactly Bert. I just thought I was kinda nerdy with my hobby. I don't even understand half of what they are saying. Haha
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:56 PM

You understand half? Dang dude, we need to hang out! LOL

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:09 PM

Half might have been an understatement... just saying.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:43 PM

I understood "augmentation". tee hee....
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:45 PM

I'm all over some "augmentation " as well. That's some good stuff

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

What can I say, I was born with the knack.


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:26 AM

A bit about the augmentation. Wireless Base Stations (Cell Phone Towers) don't move....


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:42 AM

Ok, ok, they're not supposed to move ??? And when they do move, they generally turn off their transmission of the A-GPS augmentation (and everything else for that matter) as I'm sure this one did. O0

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