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I am thinking of getting a GPS receiver, or possibly one of the SPOTs or one of the DeLorme devices. But I know really nothing about this stuff, or if I even "need" one. Want and Need being different, as I know some of you gear junkies think it's the same thing. :)
I rarely get lost, and the few times I have I have un-lost myself. I always use a map and compass am fairly good at Land Nav. and reverse Triangulation. The GPS or Phone app would just be for double checking your location or in clouds and fog where you don't have much visibility.
SPOT or DeLorme:
I would get one of these so my family and anyone else could follow me on long hikes and then of course for the extra security. But I followed someone using a SPOT this summer on the PCT and they had less then stellar results in the mountains or bad weather. It was the basic model, so I don't know if the newer ones are better or if DeLorme is better. I don't think either brand gives you your GPS location, but I maybe wrong on this as I know both companies have been coming out with new gear.
GPS receiver or Phone App:
A stand alone GPSr device would be the best for path tracking and way-point finding (following someone else path) and continuous operation. But I am far from convinced that I need that. This brings up the Phone option. Smart Phones have built in GPSr and with a map application it would seem that this would be a better option, or at least cheaper. A I am due for a new phone, so I am trying to figure out if this is something I should look into. As in Android vs I-phone vs. Windows 8? I was thinking of staying with an Android phone, but is there a better option on one of the other systems?
Then if I do get a GPSr any thoughts on brand and models? SO MANY to chose from!!
Thanks for all the help!