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06-01-2013, 18:18   #16
 
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I've been using a samsung galaxy s2 and found it very effective. in the car I can just navigate to the cache site using the phone sat nav and then zone in on the cache. Really don't see the point in buying a garmin for just geo-caching.
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Yeah the phone app can do just fine

But you can't use the phone to place caches its not accurate enough

Dedicated gps is more accurate has better battery life but is not real time

Phone app is real time but not as accurate and if you do a lot of caching it kills the battery


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I've been using a samsung galaxy s2 and found it very effective. in the car I can just navigate to the cache site using the phone sat nav and then zone in on the cache. Really don't see the point in buying a garmin for just geo-caching.
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I have a Samsung S2 and a Garmin Dakota 10. For the first year I relied solely on the Dakota 10 and it went fine.
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Started using a car sat nav which was very inaccurate. Tend to just use my phone at this stage, either c:geo or the official app. Has always brought me to within about 5-10ft of cache. Battery drain is an issue though.
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I just use my iPhone, with Google maps app.

It seems to work fine, I have found 3 caches in Jerusalem so far, going to Tel Aviv tonight and might have a quick look for some while I'm there.

One piece of equipment I now bring is plastic gloves, I tend to get very messy from mud, soil, or having to stick my hand in strange places while looking for the caches!
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Garmin foretrex 401. I use a free proggy called gpsbabel to convert them to .gpx and copy them over using the cable. Before I used a yellow eTrex which I still use the odd time.
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Garmin foretrex 401. I use a free proggy called gpsbabel to convert them to .gpx and copy them over using the cable. Before I used a yellow eTrex which I still use the odd time.
Hello

Newbe to geocaching and delighted to find the forum here in Ireland that has a section for the hobby.

Been looking at the Garmin Foretrex 401 for a little while now for other outdoor activities and have been viewing various Youtube videos on it.

How do you find it in the "real world"? In terms of accuracy how does it compare to the eTrex you own? I know that accuracy is a combination of factors but typically how does it compare? The satnav I use in my vehicle typically reports an accuracy of between 3 and 5 mtrs. Is the eTrex or the Foretrex any different?

The Foretrex appears to be quite an affordable unit and the fact that its wearable I like.

Oh, forgot to mention that I'm also interest in the conversion program you have mentioned. Is it intuitive to use or is there a learning curve involved? Does software come with the Foretrex or will gpsbabel communicate with it? Will be using Windows Vista and / or Winows XP professional depending on what computer happens to be available at the time.

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Hello

Newbe to geocaching and delighted to find the forum here in Ireland that has a section for the hobby.

Been looking at the Garmin Foretrex 401 for a little while now for other outdoor activities and have been viewing various Youtube videos on it.

How do you find it in the "real world"? In terms of accuracy how does it compare to the eTrex you own? I know that accuracy is a combination of factors but typically how does it compare? The satnav I use in my vehicle typically reports an accuracy of between 3 and 5 mtrs. Is the eTrex or the Foretrex any different?

The Foretrex appears to be quite an affordable unit and the fact that its wearable I like.

Oh, forgot to mention that I'm also interest in the conversion program you have mentioned. Is it intuitive to use or is there a learning curve involved? Does software come with the Foretrex or will gpsbabel communicate with it? Will be using Windows Vista and / or Winows XP professional depending on what computer happens to be available at the time.
Coverage is generally a fair bit better and it also has WAAS. If it can pick up the WAAS satellite it will say accurate to 3m as well. Lots of these GPS use the same SiRF chip and same antenna so the difference isn't that big anymore as t was in the days when only a select few companies made GPS receivers

The GPSbabel I use is the command line version but there is also graphical so should be easy. Once you convert the files you just horse them into the folder on the Foretrex (It appears as a 4MB usb stick with a few folders in it and also 1 big GPX file of where it's been, waypoints and all that).

It won't replace the car GPS and obviously it wouldn't be as good for caching as a colour screen geocaching friendly GPS but still a useful little gadget
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