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    Widdler
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    Ok first i used to have Anquet maps when they first came out and a old gps12. I could plot routes on Anquet and download my routes off my gps 12.i then got a garmin legend hcx, which i dont have any maps for. and never really used much. I

    looked and cant seem to find the topo maps for this device on their website, so thinking of getting a newer one.

    It will be used for hiking/wild camping, Downloading/uploading routes etc and some paperless geocaching.

    Now im not the best with teccy stuff. and it all seems to be based around mobiles and tablets.

    So i have viewranger on my S4 which is great but seems to hammer my battery...(i have power packs).

    So i have looked at the satmap 10.....and the garmin GPSmap 62 series.

    What are satmaps maps like compared to garmin topo.??

    what are your thoughts on these or other devices...oregon 450 etc..

    Are satmaps and garmin maps compatible?

    And what maps do you use on your PC to plot routes??


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    I was pondering with the same questions over 3 years ago! Then I was using memory map and a Garmin 12 GPS. I wanted a mapping GPS unit and did a comparison between satmap, Garmin and memory map. In the end I went for the satmap due to ease of use, display size and for not having a touch screen. In addition satmap provides a full service and repair scheme which the others don't.

    Very happy with my choice it uses OS maps for the UK but you can also buy Harvey maps if you are that way inclined. Lastly the mapping price has reduced for OS maps and are now very reasonable.

    I still use memory map to plot routes and review tracks, satmap saves files as gpx which you can import into memory map.

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    I'm not sold on stand-alone GPS units and favour either a Smartphone or 7" tablet which provide more uses. The latter has a bigger battery than my Smartphone and lasts all day. If you still have access to your Anquet maps through their "cloud" services then I would suggest you look at this used in conjunction with a 7" tablet.

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    Cheers i did fancy the satmap but then read a few bad reviews


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    i use tracklogs on my PC for planning routes and printing maps. i use a garmin etrex20 gps with uk mapping donloaded free from talkytoaster, i use free downloaded maps for france and the pyrenees from openfietsmap and freizekarte.

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    Satmap all the way. Robust. Easy to Use.

    anything on your phone is a very nice backup.

    tracklogs has a interesting help section. Get route and track completely out of your head - Garmin insists these are different. They are not and only serve to confuse.

    stamap- great unit. Learn how to ise it properly. It is NOT an electronic map, which a lot of people tend to think it is, it is SO much more.

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    ahhh confused.com

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    garmin 62st or satmap 10 is the question which one?????

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    Peter Judd's GPS Training website has lots of useful information on it:

    http://www.gpstraining.co.uk/reviews




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    Interested to hear GPS hammers your battery. I use anquet on my S4 mini and have never had a problem with the battery running out. Did a 9 1/2 hour walk and still had over 30% left. Are you using all the power saving options?

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    The power saving options do/can make a huge difference.

    Turning them all on with viewranger I'd estimate that my MotoG could track me for 25, maybe 30, hours on a full charge.

    (That's a modernish phone, but definitely not a huge battery compared to some options. I do tend to use it every now and then, but don't plan to.).

    That's blanking the screen very quickly (critical really) and only taking a GPS lock on a relatively irregular basis. Bluetooth/wireless/mobile data all off.

    If you're using it as your main map you'll run your battery down much faster of course.

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    Some of the mapping programs for mobiles are excellent - I have Viewranger on my S4 mini and it's great, super quality mapping. But it does eat the battery, and if your phone's also your 'get out of jail' card, then take a spare battery! A dedicated GPS unit will be easier on battery life and phones are a bugger to use in the wet.

    When I'm using a GPS as my principal navigation tool (eg: not when I'm just out hillwalking), I use a Satmap 12, which is awesome, tough, doesn't rely on touch screen, and with good battery life.

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    Not sure just got it, but the battery life doesnt seem to be the best. and i assumed running view ranger or anquet in back ground would finish it off.

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    Ah, well

    If youtryto flatten the battery on a modern mobile phone its very easy indeed - the screens and CPU/GPU's in particular can do it very easily.

    If you've got something sitting in your rucksack tracking away/for emergency use, then the screen is off for nearly all the trip and the CPU is in a very low power state etc. So it can last a very long time indeed.

    (Esp if you switch stuff like wifi/mobile data etc off.).

    You've actually got about 25% more battery than me, so should probably be able to get longer.

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    I usually have my mobile in airplane mode, so only the GPS and screen will use battery. I keep a spare phone for emergencies. I have been using a mobile (or in pre mobile days a pocket PC) as my GPS for over ten years and rarely had a problem (I keep it in a waterproof case). I keep a spare GPS in the pack(an old mobile) but never had to use it.

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    I like mostly all Garmin GPS systems with color displays. However I think that Bushnell makes some good ones too, although never had one.

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    Im using my iphone for gps. it has lots of features and i can download so many apps

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