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Re: Best Hinkg trail App?
Board: Smart Phones and Other Handheld Devices
Reply to: #810507 by Janila
Oct 15, 2013 2:00pm
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Thanx janila. Its on my phone. Not only can i get back to where i started... it has stopped the husband/wife "discussion" about which way to go to get back. THANX!

deniserows
a GPS in the car for the exact same reason
Re: takeitwithme
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Reply to: #810570 by fleetwood7
Oct 15, 2013 2:01pm
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Not me. Did you hit the link instead of copy and pasting?

deniserows
her smart phone finally
Re: takeitwithme
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Reply to: #810599 by tiggermama
Oct 15, 2013 11:47pm
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{crashed the entire Google maps app}}

Try uninstalling then reinstalling.
Well, I'm Here Now
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Oct 16, 2013 9:06pm
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Bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 today. I don't have wi-fi at the house, so I'll be hauling it to the library tomorrow to learn how to use it. Wish me luck!
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810847 by Kirbert
Oct 16, 2013 11:38pm
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At least my Android came with a manual already installed. You can digest that, or just play with it.
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810855 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 17, 2013 4:25am
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The last Blackberry I had came with a 220 page online manual. My latest phone, a Droid, came with a 2x3 card "Quickstart guide" that told me little more than how to turn it on and put the SD card in. No mention of a manual, not even online, though I'm sure if I searched online I could have found one. I learned it all by playing around. Lack of a manual was the first in disappointments for this piece of junk. I am 97% sure my next phone will be a Blackberry Q10, unless something extraordinary happens to change my mind between now and February.
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810864 by Dizzy
Oct 17, 2013 4:40am
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I am 97% sure my next phone will be a Blackberry Q10, unless something extraordinary happens to change my mind between now and February.

like an iPhone. On my 3rd generation Every Disney worker has an iPhone and or iPad assigned to them. That says something.

Turkey feathers
Likes Apples
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810867 by turkey feathers
Oct 17, 2013 5:05am
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iPhone is definitely NOT something extraordinary to change my mind. Hubby's work recently switched from Droid to iPhone. The only good thing he can say about it is, "At least it seems to work most of the time, which is more than I could say for my Droid." He hates it. The things that he hates about it are things I would end up throwing the phone across the room for. Blackberry is still top of the list. I don't care if they are going out of business, they are still the best choice out there (and I'm willing to give up my apps for it).
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810867 by turkey feathers
Oct 17, 2013 5:10am
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Every Disney worker has an iPhone and or iPad assigned to them. That says something.

I'm not even sure how this makes a point. Disney is the epitome of Corporate America. All that says to me is that they got a good deal.
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810873 by Dizzy
Oct 17, 2013 5:27am
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I'm not even sure how this makes a point

because Disney does things first rate and top shelf. Wally World uses Droids and Blackberrys ; )
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810847 by Kirbert
Oct 17, 2013 6:35am
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My Samsung is great, Kirbert. Breathe deeply and maybe get someone to show you a few tricks. Like the closest twelve year old.
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810876 by turkey feathers
Oct 17, 2013 10:43am
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I love iPhones and I live Disney over life itself, but Disney only provides iphones and ipads because they use them for mymagic+. Disney has had a long running relationship with Apple even before the iPhone, because Steven Jobs was the largest shareholder and also was the financial backing behind Pixar when they started. iPhones are there because Steven said so...

But back on topic...Kirbert, have fun with your new device! I would choose a Samsung device if I didn't already have my iPhone/KindleFire. I think it will be very handy for you with LBing. If you are like me and end up in places you didn't expect to be, then you can just take it out and see what is around. Have fun!
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810883 by Fiddleheads
Oct 17, 2013 10:45am
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I'm on it now. This is basically my first attempt to use this onscreen keyboard.
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810934 by turkey feathers
Oct 17, 2013 12:31pm
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I like blackberries. Jam, syrup, over ice cream. Wait? What? A thread on AQ went astray?

Look! Squirrel!!!
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810935 by turkey feathers
Oct 17, 2013 1:54pm
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I find it an interesting comparison to take

[cost of new iPhone] + ( [cost of phone plan per month] * 12 * 2)

subtract

[cost of new droid, blackberry...] + ( [cost of phone plan per month] * 12 * 2).

This would be the 2-year cost. (You could change the year for however long you think you would keep the phone.)

And ask myself the question is that difference in function, feel, and even reputation (since my daughter would rather be seen with an iPhone than a droid) of an iPhone for the cost. Some would say "yes" and some would say "no." And of course some would say "It doesn't matter; I have plenty of money." :-)
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810952 by roo
Oct 17, 2013 6:02pm
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And of course some would say "It doesn't matter; I have plenty of money."

It's my impression that a high percentage of Apple users are spending their parents' money.
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
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Reply to: #803685 by Kirbert
Oct 17, 2013 6:05pm
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Oh, I'll be looking for a car charger!

Got a car charger at Wally World for $4.88. Works fine. I found similar models at a gas station in a plastic tub at the checkout counter, $5 each.
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
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Reply to: #803735 by Open Space
Oct 17, 2013 6:14pm
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If you do get a tablet, consider a keyboard for it...

Considered -- just until I held one of those keyboards in my hand. They look great in the photos, but in person it turns out they're about 75% the size you think they are. You need a child's hands to actually type on them. So, unless and until I can find a full size keyboard to use with my tablet, I might as well just use the onscreen keyboard. Fact is, I'm one of those guys who could actually use a keyboard that's a bit bigger than standard size.

The Samsung Note is one of those tablets with a stylus. I'm already glad I got it -- not because I really need to draw things on the screen, but because the stylus is so handy for pecking at that onscreen keyboard. As with anything else these days, it's too tiny for this sausage fingers.
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
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Reply to: #810995 by Kirbert
Oct 17, 2013 6:21pm
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I'm now picturing you with a laptop and a small satellite receiver, and walking through the woods. Beep, bleep, beep , bip, bip, beeeeeeeep.....
Google Maps
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Oct 17, 2013 6:22pm
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OK, since my new tablet is a wi-fi only model, my first inclination was to see if I could download maps and keep them on it for use when I'm outta range of any wi-fi. Fired up Google Maps and it offered to let me do just that. Then I tried to download the entire SE US, but it wouldn't take that. Turned out to be limited to about 30 miles square. Downloaded one area around my house and 5 more between my house and my parents' house, then it quit -- turns out it won't let you download more than 6. Then, an hour later while I'm doing some other things, Google Maps apparently updated, and the maps I downloaded are no longer there -- well, they seem to be taking up space in memory, but they're no longer accessible via Google Maps. And the button you could hit to tell Google Maps to center the map on where I'm standing has gone away, so I can't figure out how to do that. And when I'm driving down the highway, I can't figure out how to get Google Maps to follow me; the little blue dot moves just fine until it moves right off the edge of the screen.

Any guidance would be appreciated.
Re: Google Maps
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Reply to: #810997 by Kirbert
Oct 17, 2013 6:31pm
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I've never tried using Google Map on the tablet, although I use it all the time on my Droid, just because I assumed I couldn't do what you're trying to do. I do have an app on my Droid called "Back Country" that I had to pay for, but it's pretty handy in that you can download maps when you have a good connection and save them. My Garmin recreational gps unit only has the maps for the Northeast, and the maps are ridiculously expensive, so last year when I was hiking in Virginia I used the Back Country app rather than shell out $100 or whatever it is for the maps.
Re: Well, I'm Here Now
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Reply to: #810952 by roo
Oct 17, 2013 6:47pm
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I use my droid for 2 reasons:

1. It has a slide out keyboard. I find this MUCH better for typing and texting. Way fewer mistakes.

2. Box Radar

I was disappointed Box Radar won't work on Kindle Fire....
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
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Reply to: #810996 by FloridaFour
Oct 17, 2013 6:54pm
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I'm now picturing you with a laptop and a small satellite receiver, and walking through the woods.

Don't forget--he walks through the woods naked! =)

-- Ryan
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
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Reply to: #811006 by Green Tortuga
Oct 17, 2013 7:06pm
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Don't forget--he walks through the woods naked! =)

You don't want to know where he stores his stylus...
Re: Google Maps
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Reply to: #810997 by Kirbert
Oct 17, 2013 8:03pm
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To recenter your blue dot, look for an icon that (on my Samsung phone, Google Maps) looks like a grey dot inside a circle with 4 compass-like points on it. Bottom right hand corner. Tap it.
Re: Google Maps
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Reply to: #811019 by Fiddleheads
Oct 17, 2013 9:28pm
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To recenter your blue dot, look for an icon that (on my Samsung phone, Google Maps) looks like a grey dot inside a circle with 4 compass-like points on it. Bottom right hand corner. Tap it.

Yeah, that's the one that was there when I started, but after a couple of updates, is no longer there.
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
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Reply to: #810996 by FloridaFour
Oct 17, 2013 9:39pm
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I'm now picturing you with a laptop and a small satellite receiver, and walking through the woods. Beep, bleep, beep , bip, bip, beeeeeeeep.....

I'll have you guys know that the one thing I have figured out how to do with this thing is geocache! There's a free app called "c:geo" that loaded right up and seems to work great! It doesn't seem particularly happy with being unable to access "live" Google Maps either, but when you tell it to save a cache listing for working offline later it saves something called a "static map" -- which in fact includes the road maps of the vicinity in three different scales and the satellite views in two different scales! Then, whenever you're ready, you can touch a compass icon in the corner and it'll bring up a black screen with a compass on it, pointing in the direction you need to go to get to the cache. Very slick.

The only problem I have with it right now is that it's showing distances in km and I can't figure out how to switch it to miles.

I suspect there's an easier way to "load" geocaches than just going down the search results and picking them one by one, but since that's what I prefer doing anyway -- omitting all the micros -- I don't mind.
Re: Google Maps
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Reply to: #810997 by Kirbert
Oct 17, 2013 11:54pm
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I used "Offline Maps" or "MapDroyd" on my Wi-Fi tablet. They have different features for offline maps.
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
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Reply to: #811026 by Kirbert
Oct 18, 2013 1:17am
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Buy the $9.99 official geocaching app. It is worth it. The free official app is junk.

For those of you who were in this thread to help decide between a smartphone and a tablet, an iPad is capable of making audio calls (not just video chats) through facetime. Both parties need an apple device though.
Re: Google Maps
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Reply to: #810997 by Kirbert
Oct 18, 2013 1:29am
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I think the most stress free way of dealing with the map thing is to have a GPSr like the Bad Elf is to the iPhone. I believe Google GLO would do the trick. Basically it will give your device a gps so you don't have to have a data plan to use maps and such. Not sure how it interacts with google maps though. My dad uses the Bad Elf a lot with his ipad for nautical maps on the boat. I know that some of the crew on The Geocaching Podcast use the Bad Elf for caching, so I assume such a device works with the apps of your choosing.