Why are you having to charge your phone 3x a day? If I use everytrail, I do consume way more battery when using the GPS function. With out the GPS my phone usually last two days per charge.
Anyway. You can try anytrail for free while you wait for christmas
It will give you your mileage and a basic map you can upload onto the internet.
Edmundo will also do this, It will speak up and tell you every mile and your lap times for that mile. I find that a little annoying to be riding along and hear the phone 6 Miles, 20minutes 36 seconds Lap time 3 minutes 15 seconds
Hmm ok so for handhelds, can you just put it in a pocket somewhere and ignore it until the ride is done? We aren't out in the wilderness so we can't exactly get lost for long lol.
And my phone...where to start.... I have the iphone 4s and I guess my phone and software update are not agreeing. The fix to this is simple, I make an appointment to bring the stupid thing into an Apple store (not verizon) and then they poke it, look confused, then order me a replacement. BUT, this requires me to go into a mall!!! Yeap, I've been carrying a charger around to avoid the mall.... blah can't stand the mall, too many icky people around...
But anyway back to the gps, I need the most user friendly version that exists. I routinely fight with technology.