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Gps vs on x app
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Contributors to this thread:
dmann 23-Nov-17
jdee 23-Nov-17
WapitiBob 23-Nov-17
Fulldraw1972 23-Nov-17
Kurt 23-Nov-17
Deertick 24-Nov-17
Deertick 24-Nov-17
dmann 24-Nov-17
Kevin @ Wisconsin 24-Nov-17
APauls 24-Nov-17
Backpack Hunter 24-Nov-17
WapitiBob 24-Nov-17
Tracker 24-Nov-17
Native Okie 24-Nov-17
butcherboy 24-Nov-17
Alaska at heart 24-Nov-17
WapitiBob 24-Nov-17
From: dmann
23-Nov-17
Is it possible for the on x app to fully replace a GPS unit? I just downloaded the app and have been using the free trial to start planning a wyoming antelope hunt. Had been considering purchasing a GPS unit, but was wondering if anyone just relies on the on x app.

From: jdee
23-Nov-17
In NM elk hunting this year my buddy had an app on his i phone and it was really good but he did lose his signal a few time but my Garmin gps with a NM map from on x never missed a beat . He said let me see your gps a few times.

From: WapitiBob
23-Nov-17
Simple answer, depends what data you put on your gps or phone. I used a garmin Montana, android phone, and iPhone this year, all with onx. The gps had more map sources than than the phone but I used the phone way more than the gps. I have since added Gaia to the iPhone. The phones work very well and I have had no problems with them, neither have my hunting partners. Flawless in the field, map download and web map sync has been painless as well. I would recommend either app.

The web map is where the limitations are but both onx and Gaia are updating features regularly.

From: Fulldraw1972
23-Nov-17
I used Gaia app on my iPhone on my Wyoming elk hunt. I see no need to pay on x. Not to mention there app crashes on me too many times. Gaia will show private from public. The layer I use didn’t show who owned the private though. Just like I see no need to use a gps for the lower 48 either.

From: Kurt
23-Nov-17
No need for a GPS north of the border either. GAIA on the iPhone in BC and NWT has worked perfectly.

From: Deertick
24-Nov-17
I've used the Gaia GPS App on Kodiak earlier this month. Very useful. I liked it much more than I thought I would, and, in fact, I'll be using it over my Garmin this year. Much easier to use and layer maps. And cheaper. The only bad thing is the need for power backup, but it's not bad for a day or two at a time, and I could get rid of my habit of keeping tracking on.

From: Deertick
24-Nov-17
I've used the Gaia GPS App on Kodiak earlier this month. Very useful. I liked it much more than I thought I would, and, in fact, I'll be using it over my Garmin this year. Much easier to use and layer maps. And cheaper. The only bad thing is the need for power backup, but it's not bad for a day or two at a time, and I could get rid of my habit of keeping tracking on.

From: dmann
24-Nov-17
Does gaia have the same layers as on x, as far as public such as blm, walk in areas?

24-Nov-17
I did the free trial for on X maps too.

At first I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Because I did not realize the GPS would work Without cell signal. It was great.

But then reality hit. I think it really depends which phone you have and battery life. The phone I have did not work so well. It ran through batteries even with everything else shut down in the background pretty quickly.

I am used to my little Garmin GPS being on for days at a time and still having plenty of juice left.

I wish someone made a Mophie like case for my phone that I could plug two AA lithium batteries into and be good to go for the whole hunt.

From: APauls
24-Nov-17
I no longer use my GPS. The only thing i could potentially see myself using it for is if I know I want to lay down a "trail." Phones seem to use more battery on that for whatever reason.

24-Nov-17
I still prefer the GPS, but it probably won't be long and the phone will end up taking over......as much as they cost they should.

From: WapitiBob
24-Nov-17
If Garmin would get out of the 18th century they'd at least have a fighting chance.

From: Tracker
24-Nov-17
I use both GAIA and On X but still carry my GPS. Will most likely not renew On X next year.

From: Native Okie
24-Nov-17
"If Garmin would get out of the 18th century they'd at least have a fighting chance."

But if you carry an inreach their app great with downloaded maps like the apps you mention.

From: butcherboy
24-Nov-17
I use my garmin inreach explorer synced with my phone. I use the phone for ease of texting messages to family through the gps and to have a larger view of maps. I would rather use the on x chip in the gps than the app on a phone.

24-Nov-17
My hunting buddy has the paid On X Hunt app and was showing me how it worked this spring while turkey hunting. There was a section of land for sale that we ran across and I decided to walk the perimeter with his phone to see how the boundaries lined up. There was no markers or flags to denote the boundaries until I got to the northeast corner. On X told me I was right on the corner and I looked up to see a marker about 5' away. That impressed me....enough that I downloaded the free version this fall and have been playing with it in the places I hunt.

From: WapitiBob
24-Nov-17
""If Garmin would get out of the 18th century they'd at least have a fighting chance."

But if you carry an inreach their app great with downloaded maps like the apps you mention. "

It's not just maps, it's the memory, the screen, the custom map tile limit, the locked .jnx folder, the cpu ....

They were on the right track with the Montera and they just quit mid stride.

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