I’ve been testing two GPS navigation devices this summer: a higher-end GPS unit and a smartphone app that has very good maps. Except for having a longer battery life and being waterproof, I can’t see what the value is in having a dedicated $400+ GPS versus using the GPS on your smartphone with a ~$15 mapping and tracking application and an extra battery or recharger for longer trips.
Which do you prefer for backcountry and hiking trail navigation?
- a GPS device or a GPS-enabled smartphone application?
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