camping and Apps

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  1. drummerq

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    Hey guys,

    I'm going camping tommorow and I wanted to try out some apps.

    Of coarse most of them have to do with gps (trails)

    I was wondering if you could put the phone in airplane mode yet still use gps???

    This would def save battery if it worked.

    Any suggestions or comments are welcomed
     
  2. LtKen

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    Airplane mode kills all radio from the phone. Disable WiFi, Blueooth, Syncing, and you should be OK. There are all sorts of cool little devices out there that let you charge your phone without traditional devices....
     
  3. drummerq

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    Any suggestions,

    I was thinkin of maybe gettin a solar powered charger, idk sounds cool

    Also what do u need for maps, I think u need 3G and airplane mode turns that off, I think??????
     
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    You could search for "compass" or "gps" in the market. There also are geocaching apps. However, I learned while being a passenger in the back seat of a car that GPS navigation for an hour or so pretty much drained my battery. It goes fast. I don't know if you are backpacking or will have a car to recharge your phone handy.

    Google Sky could be fun at nighttime. My Tracks shows where you have been. Hiker Pro also shows promise. Those 3 are all free in the market.

    oh Droidlight as well...so you choose the correct leaves after the sun goes down!
     
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    You need data to download the maps, I think.... Solar powered would be cool, it all depends on how long you'll be out.
     
  6. drummerq

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    Thanks, I actually have some of those, have my tracks, a light, and the sky app.

    Anybody got any other suggestiones???
     
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    Try MapDroyd and download the maps for offline use later.
     
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    K will look into that
     
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    Took mine with me backpacking last weekend. No 3G, so no maps or Google Sky. On the plus side, it was nice to escape from electronics for a bit.
     
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    I've heard that the data connection is only used to get map data. The phone will talk to actual satellites to get your position super-imposed on that map. So this is true then? I can download the maps and use them with the GPS even if I'm out of 3G range?
     
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    I picked up an external battery/battery charger. I think it was made by Duracell and was around $25. It has a USB port so you just plug in you normal charger. It got me through a 3 day camping trip.
     
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    The solar chargers are bad ass!! my sister has one and it works great... Although i havenot tried ot on a Droid yet... But shes charging a Rouge and Envy 2 on it...
     
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