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casinoman
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:40 am    Post subject: geocaching app Reply with quote

Iphone
What app do you all use for your iphone for caching.
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the browser to buy a real GPS unit. Smile
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BananaForce
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only have a ipod touch, but I use Geosphere for that and really like it.
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joboo
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the $9.99 app for the iPhone.
Used it once to find a cache, and it was ok; if being 153' away from GZ is ok??
Nothing, and I repeat, nothing will replace my Map60CSx GPSr unit!!!
It's just a good way to go paperless without purchasing a new GPSr.
It's pretty much useless when one is deep in the woods with no signal.

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onionpond
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

c:geo
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new_dharma
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

onionpond wrote:
c:geo


+1 (but mine is for the android OS)
i also bring my 60Cx...it's nice to have the phone to look for more, or look at the listing again
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Captain and Mate
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have Geosphere and the Geocaching.com app on our iPod Touch (we still search with a handheld unit) and much prefer Geosphere for paperless caching.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the 9.99 official geocaching app. I like having the live navigational sat maps, easy access to others' logs and descriptions and the chance to spontaneously cache. Still use my GPS to actually find if I'm planning to go out. Possibly my Oregon can do a lot of that stuff but I got the phone app before the Oregon and I'm used to it, so I still use it.

The downside is poor accuracy especially in a place without several cell towers to triangulate (for example in Key West my iphone accuracy was over a mile!!), obviously NO signal where there is NO cell service, and poor battery life -- drains my iphone in about 2-3 hours. If I think of it I bring a juice pack with me for the phone.
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ST11
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I am out for the a long day I use my regular hand held and the phone but otherwise I just use the android and Geo Beagle.
I also use the Geocache app but don't especially like it as it does not remove found caches.
I also have the pocket query creator app.

Accuracy is close to the GPS60 but battery life for the phone is 8 hours under heavy use. I also listen to audio books while walking so I prefer the phone over the other gps in most cases

My phone is the Garmin-asus geophone running 1.5 OS
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swfan
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone used Geo Bucket app for the Iphone? What is the Geocaching.com app like? Any other recommended app that might be better?

Thanks ahead of time.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The official geocaching 9.99 app is pretty similar to the website. Search for neary caches to your current location, map them, scroll around to different points on the map and seach there, search only for certain types, etc. One nice feature is you can screen out caches found by up to five users if you are caching with a group. You can read description, hints, cache size and type, and all past logs, and you can log from the field. It does not show attributes.

You can navigate to the cache with it using an arrow or also just watch your dot move across the map. Often you can see pretty accurately where the cache is based on the satellite map, even though the "arrow" and distance accuracy aren't great. The live sat maps are what I like best, you can see where all the caches are compared to roads, landmarks, giant rivers in the way, etc. That's nice for planning a route. Paper caching obviously doesn't allow that (at least without hassle printing maps that never work right for me) and neither does my Garmin at least with the software I have on it.

I always bring my trusty Garmin if I'm planning to go out - far more accurate - but for spontaneous caching the phone is good enough in the metro, like after a meeting or something. Not if signal is poor or not many towers around.

It does suck battery life though so if you go out hiking all day plan on bringing a juice pack, or force close the app so you're not navigating with it all the time.
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Draconisdax
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the iphone I used the "Offical" app...it worked fairly well. The inaccuracies with the location had to do more with the phone hardware then it did the app software.

With a droid...I am using the "Offical" app as well as Neongeo...I like both. Neongeo does have a license from Groundspeak to use the API unlike some other apps that are breaking terms of service and scraping the site (if that matters to you)...

Official App is $9.99 (all platforms)
Neongeo is $4.26 (only available on droid)

I greatly prefer a dedicated GPS...but the phone with any one of these apps works great for last minute caches...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my GPSr when doing "normal" caching. I use Geosphere (loaded up with the same PQ's as my GPSr) on my iPhone to mark caches as found as well as on my GPSr (although I don't log caches online while I'm in the field). It also helps when I get home so I can log my caches in the order that I found them. It also works very well when I'm looking for caches on a map to find those target-rich environments.

I use the official app when I'm on a FTF run or I forget my GPSr at home. The one thing I like about it over Geosphere is the little line that shows up between you and the cache.
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swfan
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iphone caching will be mostly for those times when we don't have a regular GPS, that kind of thing.

Having the geocaching.com app, is like having it at home on the computer? As far as searching the map for cache's and descriptions etc.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's like the premium maps. Search near your current location (actual location of the phone), a map with the pegs pops up, click on the pegs for details of cache, scroll aorund and do "new search near here" if you want to see caches in a place you currently aren't. Do "advanced search" to screen out multis etc.

Maybe if you go to an event you can see one in action before you buy.
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