This question may be a bit vague, but I am wondering what I need in order to get portable google earth or similar without cell service.
I heard there are apps such as back country navigator and navfree that give you maps for free, but I don't know the first thing required to get these.
Essentially, what I want is any kind of Satellite imagery that does not require cell service. A gps to give my approximate location would be very helpful too. I don't need turn by turn directions. I would like to be able to download all the imagery I need before going on a trip and having the maps when I need them. ( If possible )
I enjoy google earth because it allows the use of tilt with satellite imagery so you can see mountains and terrain with the imagery overlaid... but that's not essential.
The kicker is I never owned or operated a cell phone in my life. What android do I need to buy to get maps with a gps? Would the Motorola droid X work? I am totally lost on the requirements or hardware needed.
I want to use it for hiking. for instance, in the middle of nowhere being able to use the device to see what's over the hill on the other side... house? barn? field? woods?... via the satellite imagery. Or if I see a road, where does it lead, the direction I am heading?
I would have no use for the android other than this, so 100% of the space could be used for imagery data. Is what I want possible without cell service?
Thanks for your help.