GPS unit?

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  1. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Looking to buy a handheld GPS unit this year and want to use onX with it. Suggestions? Ones to avoid?
     
  2. dwhauss

    dwhauss Senior Refuge Member

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    Garmin period. I have used them for decades on marine application. I see they work with garmin on their site.
    stay away from the touch screen gps, I'm sure your fingers are the same size as mine. I have 76CSX and 78CSX, both great machines and reasonably priced, but there are others that offer more options like walkie talkie.
     
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    dukhuntnfool Elite Refuge Member

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    Gene I have a hand held I never use you can have
     
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    sisqsprig Senior Refuge Member

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    Assuming you have a smart phone?? Why have a second device? Just use the phone. OnX updates regularly. The gps in my phones have been way more accurate than my last 2 Garmin handhelds.
     
  5. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    One reason is the battery life on my phone sucks balls.
     
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  6. Humboldt Hunter

    Humboldt Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Does the gps function on phones work when the phone is out of reception? My buddy used his phone on kodiak island and the gps did good there. Don't know if he had reception or not though.
     
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    Gomer Elite Refuge Member

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    GPS does not need cell signal to work on phones. Just needs to accesss the Global Positioning Satellite(s). But it can suck battery life in your phone.
     
  8. sisqsprig

    sisqsprig Senior Refuge Member

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    Make sure the gps is only working while your OnX is actually on the main screen. If it’s on all the time it will use the battery faster. Also, I use one of these as my flashlight.
    https://hybridlight.com/product/the-mammoth-the-multi-lightcharger/
    Charges itself during the day. Good for a couple extra charges on the phone. If I’m around camp, the vehicle, atv or a boat the phone stays plugged into the charger.
     
  9. Call'em N

    Call'em N Senior Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Gene I couldn’t stand the onX on my phone, even though it worked. I have used multiple GPS units with the onX maps in them over the years. My personal favorite is the Garmin GPSMAP 64’s. Easy use, stores a crap load of data points, tracks, etc. Downside is the viewing screen is small. I have a Montana 610 I have been playing with for the last few weeks. For being a touch screen it has yet to fail even in snow/wet conditions. Super easy to use and the screen is a bit larger with great resolution.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  10. Kevin Burroughs

    Kevin Burroughs Elite Refuge Member

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    Buy a battery pack for your phone and forget about it. If your phone is 3 years old it needs a new battery anyways
     
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