Outdoor iPhone Apps: Guidebooks Go Mobile

7:35 a.m. on December 10, 2009 (EST)
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A quick guide to outdoor adventure applications available for Apple's iPhone.

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/articles/2009/12/10/outdoor-iphone-apps-guidebooks-go-mobile.html

8:54 a.m. on December 11, 2009 (EST)
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Tom -

I'm a trak-phoner happy with my $7-8 monthly average fee. It's my understanding that the iTouch does basically the same thing as the iPhone (such as the app capability your article is about) only without phone service. Is that accurate to the best of your knowledge?

Thanks, Brad

10:13 p.m. on December 14, 2009 (EST)
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Brad, if you're still hanging around (I just got back from 4 days with family 800 miles away)... the iPod Touch is mostly an iPhone minus the phone, but you'd have to compare features carefully.... I saw one report from early 2009 saying the Touch has no camera or external speaker and I'm reasonably sure this is still the case.

9:15 a.m. on December 15, 2009 (EST)
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Not sure if the iPod Touch gets internet over the "air" like cell phones do, or if it needs wifi connection. If this is the case, using it "out there" would be fruitless

9:27 a.m. on December 15, 2009 (EST)
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Touch gets wi-fi, but with no phone it has no 3G/Cell network. It has "out there" uses like the guides and GPS apps that don't rely on a network connection to work.

Most hiking happens beyond iPhone range, too ... though I was surprised to find I had coverage at the top of Stone Mountain in North Carolina.

The major iPhone issue is you're locked into a $40 a month data plan AND AT&T cell service, so you need to free up some income to use it.

5:45 p.m. on December 15, 2009 (EST)
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The IPod touch also doesnt include GPS. The GPS function in the IPhone should work even when 3G or other cellular service does not.

Your better off getting an IPhone app that can cache maps or downloads them to the device so that if you do get out of cellular coverage you don't get lost.

10:23 p.m. on December 15, 2009 (EST)
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Thanks for clearing up the confusion on GPS for the iPod Touch -- I didn't realize it had no GPS reception chip.

8:08 p.m. on December 20, 2009 (EST)
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I recently did an interview with the developer of an iPhone app called [b]Bit Map[/b] on Our Hiking Blog

This app:

allows you to store and view your specialised topographic maps offline on your iPhone. Load your own maps onto your iPhone, and when you visit the outdoors while hiking, backpacking, bushwalking, cycling or trekking, you can view your own maps without cell or mobile network access.

More blurb:

If you have created your own specialised outdoors maps in JPEG, PNG, TIFF or GIF format you can use [b]Bit Map[/b] to install them on your iPhone and then view your current location or navigate off your iPhone screen, using your own digital maps.

In Auistralia, cell reception in the "bush" is, at best dodgy. That is why Nik has developed the app. You navigate off your own maps on your iPhone.

8:19 p.m. on December 30, 2009 (EST)
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There's a great app for identifying animal tracks that didn't make the list. MyNature Animal Tracks, it doesn't need a wireless connection either once it's downloaded.

10:41 p.m. on December 30, 2009 (EST)
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Actually the are several. Let's see if I can get an iTunes link to work.

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