Paperless Geocaching with Smart Phones
Now that I’ve somehow ended up with a BlackBerry Curve, an iPhone and an iPad, I’ve been doing alot of paperless caching lately with them. And since I’m far from being an expert on paperless caching with smart phones, I’m hoping to strike up a good, helpful conversation in the comment field below in that regard.
I’ll start off by offering my opinion so far. Obviously the iphone and iPad use the same app, so the extent of my smart phone geocaching extends only to the geocaching iphone/itouch/ipad app and the Geocache Navigator app on the Blackberry.
I’ll start with the Geocache Navigator app on my Blackberry Curve. Here’s my review, TOTAL waste of money! Why? Because it doesn’t even work! I’m assuming it’s the compatibility of my phone and not the app, but still, I paid something like $15 for an app that doesn’t work and I can’t even get the money back. I believe it should show a warning telling you what phones it’s compatible with before you purchase.
The iphone/itouch/ipad app is AWESOME! I love it! And it doesn’t matter which one you have to do paperless caching either. With the iPhone you can actually navigate to the cache without a GPS, but in my experience it’s very slow adjusting the distance and it just isnt’ as good as a GPS. So I still load each cache into my GPSr for better accuracy. However, as TomTom pointed out in the comment feild of another post “How do you Record Cache Details before a Hunt” you can actually use your iPod Touch or iPad to do everything else without a data plan, by simply using pocket queries!
Here’s what TomTom said, which I can confirm works perfectly “The Geocaching App ($10) supports all of the same features as
the iPhone, except for the realtime GPS location. You can create pocket queries online, and load them in to your iPod Touch for offline viewing. You can also choose which caches to mark as “Favorites” and it will save those for offline viewing. I have the entire southwest Michigan saved via Pocket Queries, and it hardly makes a dent in the storage of my device.
While using our Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx as our locating device, we can log field notes “offline” and save them for later on our iPods. Once we hit a WiFi hotspot (or get home), we click on
“Submit Field notes”. DONE!”
So in my own experience, I’ve had horrible luck with the Geocache Navigator app on my BlackBerry Curve and I LOVE the iphone/itouch/ipad app!
Do you use a smart phone for paperless geocaching? If so what do you use?