You can use an older (non-cell) Ipad along with something like a Garmin Glo GPS receiver over Bluetooth. Its not much bigger than a pack of gum and is a REAL GPS receiver that picks up way more satellites and updates much quicker than the built-in.Hey Bodyguard, I can only speak for my experience. I use an I pad mini (in the tablet holder) with Gaia.
I love it, as it syncs with my I phone as well and I see all my past ride history as well as overlay all sorts of maps to search out new rides. As long as your iPad has capability for cell service it works off line. I learned that the hard way as only ipads that have cell capability have the GPS. You don’t need cell service for it to work though.
agreed 100000%. I run the dual xgps 160 by skypro. Best invenstment you get both bands of satellites and connect to 50 instead of 1. You can set your ping to 10 per second if you choose. Running the stock iPad or even iPhone is a waste. You can connect 4 devices to it at once and is rated for aviation so no risk of outrunning it if breadcrumbing. It’s nice to have smooth lines instead of zigs and zags when you go back and look.you WILL NOT have any decent reception without an external GPS antenna.
It is, been all over the Sierra's, tall mountains, tall trees, deep canyons and never lost coverage.Its amazing those $100 tablets have such good GPS. Lol
We've been in Cali, Az, Nv, Id, Or, and Utah using an 8" Samsung Tab A using BCN in the last 6 years and have never, ever lost coverage with it. I have a new tablet awaiting to use from now on and hope it works just as well..It is, been all over the Sierra's, tall mountains, tall trees, deep canyons and never lost coverage.
Kinda like how an rtic cooler works just as good as a yeti at half the price.
If someone races the Lawrence might be worth the extra money but for most of us a tab works great.
I like Gaia, I had trouble figuring out BCN
I use both the TRX7 and an Android tablet with the updated BCNXE. The TRX7 is simpler to use and much more reliable than the Back County Navigator XE. Again, the Magellan is limited by missing trails on it's base map. I may be 60 miles from camp in northern NV and run across a locked gate or private property. The tablet app allows me to switch to a satellite view so I can find my way around.A couple years ago people were talking the Magellan tr7 up, now I hardly ever see it mentioned, was it a bad unit?
Thanks for clarifying. Yes, the app i described above exists on android. Unfortunately, 54% of americans are on ios (myself included).I have an 8" Samsung Tab A (any Android tablet with GPS and an SD card slot will work) in my device holder and installed OruxMaps GP and bought a VVMapping SD card for it ($40 at vvmapping.com). The card I bought includes maps for MN, WI and MI trails (other areas are available). Works great.
The guy who developed VVMapping is working on an app for IOS tablets, but it's not done yet. He just released the Android version not too long ago. Before that it was only available on certain Garmin models. Keep an eye on his website for updates on IOS.Thanks for clarifying. Yes, the app i described above exists on android. Unfortunately, 54% of americans are on ios (myself included).
The Burg!Osmand 2.9 app with Microsoft Hybrid map underlay (free), then Backwoods GPS Trails overlay (purchased Northeast). Some of the features include POI, favorites, map markers, speed, altitude, trip recording, and turn by turn navigation to name a few. Been running offline GPS with a Galaxy Tab A 8" and now Galaxy Active Pro 10.1" with no issues at all. Red line is main corridor of Ride the Wilds, yellow are club trails, zooming in shows trail names. Also have a bunch of music loaded, stream tunes through RR 696 intercom system 🤘🤘 View attachment 257078
I'm using the same set up. Working fine for me. I also bought the printed maps for trip planning.I have an 8" Samsung Tab A (any Android tablet with GPS and an SD card slot will work) in my device holder and installed OruxMaps GP and bought a VVMapping SD card for it ($40 at vvmapping.com). The card I bought includes maps for MN, WI and MI trails (other areas are available). Works great.