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Ends 11/7 at 9PM PT. CowBoom has the Magellan CX0310SGXNA eXplorist 310 Waterproof Hiking GPS for $80 + $5 shipping = $85 shipped. Features 2.2" transflective color display, durable and waterproof design, 18 hours of battery life, support for paperless geocaching, and trip summary reports.
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    Myself Ben's cred: 191
    Posted 4:55 am PST 11/7/13

    Do people still buy these? It's more rugged than a cellphone, and I guess the battery life is better, but still. This is all stuff I do with a cellphone now, having owned lots of GPS units in the past.

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    Posted 7:03 am PST 11/7/13

    Myself wrote:
    Do people still buy these? It's more rugged than a cellphone, and I guess the battery life is better, but still. This is all stuff I do with a cellphone now, having owned lots of GPS units in the past.


    Many but not all phones the GPS app will provide a limited connection or no GPS service if your out of signal range, these apps may not work when not linked to a cell tower. I have heard that some phones with the correct app that will work, but don't know of one, also if it works it can take long periods of time to update locations.

    This device is for the serious hiker, or outdoors person. This is a good deal if you want a stand alone device. I have had one of the older ones and it worked very well. Advantage 2 is a longer battery life, and a quick change-out of batteries if needed.

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    Posted 7:43 am PST 11/7/13

    That depends on the phone's chipset and location API, most chipsets assume they'll have A-GPS from the network now so they don't really emphasize acquisition performance -- remember the bad old days when your GPS receiver might take 15 minutes to achieve lock? That's still the case, we've just found ways to sidestep it.

    Try your phone in airplane mode, that'll squash the A-GPS functionality, and you can watch it find the satellites on its own. Most chips have a parallel search that'll achieve lock within a minute or two in most cases.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3428
    Posted 11:28 am PST 11/7/13

    The more you have your phone out and fiddling with it for different uses, the more likely you are to lose or break it. Substituting a less expensive device that also saves battery life is often a good idea unless you feel like having two phones/service instead.

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