I touch / I phone topo maps

Discussion in 'Maps, GPS and Google Earth' started by loaders_loft, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

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    I bought a cool app for my Itouch last week. For $7.99 its got all the topo maps in the US, high or low definition. They are the actual USGS maps scanned, with some cool utilities as well. I have been playing with it and so far so good.

    Check it out...

    Topo Maps :: Introduction
     
  2. Fitch

    Fitch Well-Known Member

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    I thought about doing that but the battery consumption of the iPhone is horrendus running something like a GPS application. I wouldn't want to rely on it for navigation out in the woods where I really "needed" a navigation aid. Might be a practical backup to a real GPS though.

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  3. nfhjr62

    nfhjr62 Well-Known Member

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    Wife just got her I-PAD see it also has the topo app map should look much bigger on the I-Pad time will tell.
     
  4. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

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    fitch, this is just maps. Its not a gps.
     
  5. GPSmaps

    GPSmaps Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty amazing that you can get USGS topo maps of the US for $7.99

    What a change from the paper maps. Digital mapping is really changing things!
     
  6. Texas Republic

    Texas Republic Well-Known Member

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    the accuterra app is much less expensive. You dont need a signal to look at maps either. I havent quite figured out how to trail without a signal yet.
     
  7. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

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    if $8 is expensive you got the wrong hobby...

    I guess its less expensive if you only want a map of one small area. If you want all the maps your going to spend a bundle!

    thats why I like the app I posted. Its not "pay as you go". For $8 you get ALL the USGS topo maps.

    ALL OF THEM for $8.
     
  8. Texas Republic

    Texas Republic Well-Known Member

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    It depends if you have a signal where youre at. If so, the google satellite maps are nation wide and are pretty nice for finding trails/roads. And it shows your location, tracks, saves points, etc. And no $8 isnt too expensive for me. I bit the bullet on Lowrance's Endura a while back.
     
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  9. TexasHunter

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    The iPhone topo maps do run with the gps. I just tested them this week on our new west TX hunting lease (8000 acres) with 200-300 feet of vertical. There is a button on the bottom left that locates you. If you leave it on, the map snaps back to your position if you try to scroll. If you turn it off, the blue locator dot stays put and you can pan and zoom. Need to be in shade for decent visibility. Charge lasted over 3 hours. Topo resolution leaves something to be desired. I'm looking for the ultimate GPS but would like a 4" - 5" screen. Any suggestions?
     
  10. Texas Republic

    Texas Republic Well-Known Member

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    Anyone use "GPS kit" app for iphone? So far I love it, but am wondering how exactly the "radar" works with in and out signals.