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#1 bethandken

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:02 PM

Hello to all, I am looking to buy a GPS when income tax time comes around and I would like to know what people are using and why they like it or not like it. I appreciate it and 

 

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#2 Eagles1181

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

I mainly cache off my smart phone, so if you are looking for a dedicated unit I am not going to be much help.

 

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#3 TAZ427

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

I'd look at the Garmin Oregon 600/600t and 650/650t units when they come out (1st quarter of 2013.)  They upgraded to capacitive touch screen and there's claim of unlimited Geocache's to be stored (I'd put this into the to be verified category.) https://buy.garmin.c...p.do?pID=113538


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

Kind of depends on your budget.  I have the Garmin 62s and like it just fine.  Love the 3-axis compass and the wireless sharing for when you are caching with other folks and need to share a cache entry.  If I were starting from scratch, I'd probably look at the aforementioned Oregon's or the Montana.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

The 450 series of Oregons are are going to be much cheaper than teh 600s and probably do everything you want them to do and more.  I've had mine a few years and love it.   There is nicer stuff out there, but can't justify the expenses.  Maybe with the 600s...  after the price comes down.


If you have a smartphone, tell us what kind.  Most cachers use both to some degree and can weigh in on the best apps for what you have.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

Oregon series or the 62's, like HoustonControl mentioned.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

Oregon 62s.  I also have a 450, but wanted more, which the 62 provided.    FYI - Originally, I purchased the 62stc, but it gave me so many problems, that after Garmin exchanging twice, I told them to downgrade me and throw in a map, which they did.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

Actually the 62s is not an Oregon, just Garmin.  Sorry bout that.


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#9 Baytown Bert

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

I see a lot of Oregon's and 62's amongst the more serious geocachers for what it is worth.  I have an Oregon 450 and a 550.


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#10 bethandken

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

I am also looking for a smartphone also and we are thinking of the Galaxy S3. What smartphones are you using? Thanks for the great replies so far and 

 

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#11 Baytown Bert

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

Galaxy Nexus.


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#12 Eagles1181

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

Galaxy S3.  Awesome phone, and really solid GPS.  Feel free to shoot me a message if you have questions about it.


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

Well, smartphones & apps work allright, but the difficulty with a lot of them is that they use a LOT of battery. So we use a Garmin Oregon 200 instead as our main source of GPS. Smartphones are a good addition though.

Most important thing for us is the capacity to go paperless on geocaching, and most of the GPSrs take care of that nowadays.

Good luck in choosing one, there's plenty around, you just have to figure out how much you wanna spend.
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

iphone and geosphere app. It doesn't appear to suck the life out of the battery like my Android did.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:08 AM

My first phone was an HTC EVO 4g. Running GPas and C:geo on the thing you could hear chewing as it ate through battery. However with my Samsung the battery is pretty good. I was out this past weekend with .jpeg. After 4.5 hours of hunting I still had 25% remaing. By comparison he only had 9%. On the other hand my EVO would been long since dead. Smart phone are not to the point where you can do long all day hikes withiut carrying portable chargers yet, but they still have a lot of features that stand aline unit cannot offer. Eagle
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