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    10-23-2012, 10:54 AM
Green Broke
I've owned 4 different neighbor has one of the wrist models and I've got to say I'm not impressed.

I'll keep my handhelds.....
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    10-23-2012, 10:55 AM
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

But they are both free so you can play with them.
    10-23-2012, 11:03 AM
Green Broke
Everytrail runs my phone - a G4 and my cousin's Iphone down. I use lithium batteries in the Garmin as they last way longer.
    10-23-2012, 11:06 AM
Green Broke
I use rechargeables in my Garmin...
    10-23-2012, 11:07 AM
Green Broke
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.
    10-23-2012, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
I had bought the rechargeables and used those for awhile. Might go back to those but that is one reason I have wanted to upgrade my Garmin was battery life.
    10-23-2012, 11:26 AM
Green Broke
Qos - good point, battery life. How long do they normaly last? It's not unusal for us to be out and about for 8 hours or more. Next year we will be doing all day rides.
    10-23-2012, 11:37 AM
The garmins will last all day on a set of batteries

They might even last several days depending on if you turn it off when you are not riding.
    10-23-2012, 11:54 AM
Green Broke
I have mapped for 6 hours or so before. Each Garmin will be different. Use Lithium batteries and take extra with you.

The more expensive Garmins have a much longer battery life. I think mine is supposed to be 14 hours.
    10-23-2012, 11:55 AM
Green Broke
Oh good. So then so far recommended are the Garmin 401, and the phone app. What else does everyone recommend? And what about wanting to monitor the heartrate of the horse?

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