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Ipad question.

Postby oldranger » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:57 am

Kathy and I are about to purchase an Ipad to use primarily for our auto travels and not have to pay year round for data but limit data purchases to the times we need to use cell coverage for internet access. And we can continue to use our dumb phones for calls.

My question is there an app that can be used so that the gps capabilities can be utilized without access to the internet?

Thanks in advance for any help for this tech ignorant old fart.

Mike

Havent decided between the full size and the mini. I prefer the small size of the mini but kathy likes the larger one (she usually gets her way).
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Re: Ipad question.

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:51 am

The viewranger app is the most fully featured gps app out there. It lets you download a variety of maps for use offline.



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Re: Ipad question.

Postby sparky » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:21 am

I am not sure about the GPS features.

I don't own an ipad either, so take this for what it is worth.

I have sprint, and I have an option that I have to pay for to turn my phone into a "hot spot". Meaning it will transmit a wifi signal to connect other devices to the internet. I think it is an extra 10$ a month. This may not be the solution you are looking for but thought I would put it out there.
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Re: Ipad question.

Postby The Other Tom » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:21 pm

Something like this ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD3F9rRX0I4

Hint...buy a refurb iPad from Apple. Same warranty as new and ~$50 less than a new one.
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Re: Ipad question.

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:02 pm

The thing to remember - no data connection means no maps, unless you downloaded them first, so a hotspot on a cell phone won't help at all. If there's no cell service so the Ipad works, the phone won't either.

backpackgeartest.org has some reviews of Viewranger, and if you check the website it'll tell you SAR teams in Britain use the app. And best of all it's free to try it out. I liked that there were a number of different mapsets to choose from.
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Re: Ipad question.

Postby oldranger » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:08 pm

Thanks almost there, that is what I'm interested in. something not dependent on wifi or cell service.

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Re: Ipad question.

Postby oldranger » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:08 am

Anyone familiar with Topo Point USA? Seems like if you are planning on going out of cell range you can download maps for the area you can go into, then use ipad pretty much like a gps (recognizing that 1. it is heavier than a gps and 2 you will still burn thru battery pretty rapidly if left on. on the otherhand you do have a decent sized map. Google Earth works pretty well on the Ipad, too but I don't think you can get to past, low snow years. This years version shows snow and frozen lakes in Pinnacle/Bear Creek area. I would be more likely to use ipad as planning tool rather than taking it into backcountry.

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Re: Ipad question.

Postby larree0 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:48 am

I have both view ranger and iHikeGPS on ipad and iPhone. At this point, I'd give the nod to iHikeGPS since I use it for both hiking and roads; the app is $7 which gets you EVERY USGS 24 series Topo for the US (AK is 56 series). I download the maps when I'm at a WIFI spot, then use the gps function to track. I've mainly used my phone on this and I have to say it's a lot better in all respects than my Magellan.
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btw, the maps look spectacular on the iPad!
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