GPS for Microsoft Phone

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GPS for Microsoft Phone

Post by Nick » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:18 am

I'm generally technologically challenged (I learned to type on a manual typewriter in the 60s). My current GPS is a 2001 vintage Etrex Summit. I'm told that I can use my Microsoft Lumina 640 phone as a GPS and can include USGS Top Maps, too (I currently have the USGS quadrangle maps cut down with UTMs written on them and covered in plastic sheeting).

I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the choices in the app store, and I've downloaded a couple only to find they are not very user friendly. Any suggestions? I'm planning a paddle from McCargo to Windigo in early May.

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Re: GPS for Microsoft Phone

Post by Base654 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:45 am

I'm an Iphone guy, but my experience with battery life make phone GPS unusable for more than a one day trip. I bought a USGS topo for my trip this year. I am bringing my Etrex Vista just in case I blow out to sea and can't see land. I might put portages and camp sites in because I have it. I don't know if you have much maps experience, but the island has quite a few distinct land marks to dead reckon by.

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Re: GPS for Microsoft Phone

Post by DonNewcomb » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:39 pm

Be sure that whatever app you pick does NOT require a cell signal to work.
Also, when using, turn off WiFi, BlueTooth and put the phone in "Airplane Mode" so that it becomes just a handheld computer.

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