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How to choose a GPS for geocaching, trekking, outdoor and hiking?
Let's see what we need to know to choose the GPS that best suits our geocaching, hiking and trekking outings.
The first thing is to see the characteristics that make a GPS more complete or better adapted for use in geocaching, trekking and hiking (these may vary for other types of activities such as mountain biking, mountain races, etc.).
The main characteristics to take into account when analyzing GPS devices
are (they are not listed in order of importance):
Screen and manageability
Weight and size
Construction, materials and device protection
Digital compass and barometric altimeter
Software and maps for your device
Usability with free software
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Using the mobile phone as GPS
Disadvantages of using the mobile phone as a GPSI have always been very reluctant to use my mobile as GPS, due to its limitations:
They are more sensitive equipment, normally they do not have a very robust construction and they do not withstand humidity and dust well.
They carry batteries that are not standard and also the trend is that they cannot be changed
They are battery guzzlers. All this smartphone functionality consumes battery life, including the large and bright screens. Cold has a huge impact on battery life
Displays do not look good in direct light and have a lot of reflections
If the battery breaks down or runs out, not only do we run out of guidance device, we also lose the main communication and warning equipment in case of emergency
They are typically less accurate than dedicated GPS devices