Camping and Droid


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  1. jackburnt

    jackburnt Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I'm going camping tomorrow and think the Droid will be the perfect accessory.

    Apps to use:
    Google Maps (plus My Tracks for bike rides/hiking))
    Star Map thing (where you hold it up and shows you constellations)
    Flashlight (for seeing in dark, natch)
    Weather
    Google Goggles (WTF is that? Let me look it up)
    Wikipedia

    Any other suggestions that would go well for camping? I have a little car jumper thing to charge it after a day of use.

    Just hope the weather holds out. Going to Pine Mountain, GA.
     

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  2. nstallion

    nstallion Well-Known Member

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    I hope you get 3G reception where you are going.

    MapDroyd - Android app on AppBrain will work as a map with GPS that doesn't need a data connection. The maps are incredibly simple compared to Google Maps and you have to download them beforehand, but they are there for if you don't have a data connection. I plan to use it in Europe.
     
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    obutto Well-Known Member

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    Doubt you will get 3G =/. Oh well have fun.
     
  4. inssane

    inssane Well-Known Member

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    MyTracks is a google app. If you take a hike, it will use GPS to track the distance and path of your hike.
    Like a virtual bread crumb trail.
    Try it before you go.
     
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  5. jackburnt

    jackburnt Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but I already use My Tracks (mentioned in first post).

    I love it for my bike rides. Should be great for hiking (if I get a signal).
     
  6. Flahusky

    Flahusky Well-Known Member

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    I haven't really looked but a nice basic first aid app would be good.
    Always toss in a basic survival guide.
     
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    I used MyTracks on a recent trip and liked it very much. Make sure you start with a full charge, especially if you're going to use the camera or other apps - my battery was down to 15% after a 4+ hour hike.
     
  8. Hemorrdrhoid

    Hemorrdrhoid Well-Known Member

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    We camped two weeks ago (smaller music fest) and Verizon was the only carrier that got signal there. Hoo-boy there were a lot of pissy iPhone owners standing around! I got 3G and great reception, and was dorking around looking stuff up all weekend.

    Battery life was a killer, though. I brought a spare battery and also recharged halfway through the long weekend.

    Most used apps were the browser, using the camera, and uploading photos immediately to Picasa (through the Gallery) to share with those who couldn't make it. We also used Shazam once on a song (live) that we couldn't remember the name to, and it worked. Awesome.
     
  9. Inphosys

    Inphosys Well-Known Member

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    You might want to check coverage before "needing" to use your phone.

    Coverage Locator - Verizon Wireless

    I've been to pine mountain several times, never with my droid, but with other 3g smartphones. You have plenty of coverage in the metropolis that is downtown pine mountain, but when you turn off the paved road and head towards the cabins that are up in the hills, reception gets pretty spotty.

    Good luck! Let us know how you faired.
     
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  10. global2

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    A solar powered charger is helpful if you are not near electricity while camping.
     
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    I always wanted to integrate one of my backpacks with a solar panel so I could charge all sorts of gadgetry in my bag. Could be very useful for a camper as well.
     
  12. potatolover1102

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    The map shows great coverage all around but also a few 3G roaming areas so make sure you do a *228 option 2. Also on that note they just released another prl today so update if you wish!
    Google sky is the star one and rocks!
     
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    The ICE application would be good too.

    Also a spare battery - sorry about before, I didn't notice you wrote My Tracks, I just saw GMaps and moved on, lol.

    edit - apparently paramedics look for ICE contacts in your phone in an accident.
    http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid/19133-ice-case-emergency-app.html
     
  14. elvis_marmaduke

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    So, if it uses GPS do you still need 3g signal? Or is it not like a real GPS?
     
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    A camping trip is the perfect time to become acquainted with c:geo or geobeagle for some geocaching fun. Be sure to create an account at geocaching.com before heading out which will also allow you to become familiar with the activity if you haven't done it before. I believe one of the two apps also allows you to download cache info ahead of time in the event that your campsite does not have 3G access. Have fun!
     
  16. icecold

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    Technically, you do not need the GPS, but the reference mapping through Google needs the 3G signal to bring in the information. Mapdroyd (mentioned above) lets you download base maps so you do not need the reception for the reference. While it is not as detailed as Google Maps, it is a good alternative to have when signal is an issue.

    I think OruxMaps also does the same, but you have to create your own maps to use. I have only messed around with it on the surface. It is fairly labor intensive, but at least you can have the detail you are looking for.
     
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    Compass app.
     
  18. tom108

    tom108 Well-Known Member

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    should get 3g there with no problem. i was in northwest Georgia last week and all the chicken farmers are letting verizon put towers on their property. i got better coverage in the woods there then i do in the city here at home.
     
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    GPS status is a fun app :)
     
  20. mcknigs

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    You use the 3G (or wifi if you can get it in the woods) to download the map, and cell towers (or GPS for greater accuracy) to know where you are on the map.

    -Scott
     

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