CacheCrazy.Com: Last night I saw an Android while I was BlackBerry picking! Part 2 The iPhone

Monday, March 7, 2011

Last night I saw an Android while I was BlackBerry picking! Part 2 The iPhone

By: Bloodhounded
Yes, you heard me correctly, an Android! Also, an iPhone made a small appearance last week and I've been searching the net looking for information on picking a BlackBerry! I was talked to by a duffus, ridiculed by some rollypolly woman and nearly swindled by a swindler. No, this isn't Bloodhounded in Wonderland, it's cell phone shopping! My least favorite pastime.


I am buying a new cell phone and along with the many needs from this communication central, I need to know that I can at least cache paperless and possibly as effective in pin pointing GZ as with my GPSr. I'm looking at three "brands" of phones, the Android, iPhone and the BlackBerry (I wont get into model specific). Obviously, a good quality geocaching app is critical. I'll look at all three and share the results with you here at CacheCrazy.Com. Today we are going to look at the iPhone (and kinda where I'm leaning right now, maybe, Kinda maybe, I don't know!!!!)

If you have any thoughts please do share them with us by using the comments feature. I need all the help I can get with this selection.

Groundspeak's Geocaching iPhone Application

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.


Now you can geocache using your Apple iPhone and Groundspeak's Geocaching iPhone Application.

How It Works

The iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4G use a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi positioning and cell towers to determine your approximate location. Groundspeak's iPhone Application then queries the Geocaching.com database in real-time and provides a list of geocaches near you.

Available in English, Dutch, French, German and Japanese language versions.


Instant, direct access to Geocaching.com's database of worldwide geocaches


• Search by current location, address or GC code

• Filter your hides and finds from the Geocaching.com search results

• Access geocache details, including description, photo gallery, attributes, recent logs, hint and inventory

• Look up trackable item details, including item goals, while on the trail

• Save geocache listings, including maps and photos, for quick retrieval and offline use

• Log geocache finds and post notes in the field

• Download active pocket queries for use while outside of network coverage

• Submit Trackable logs

• Upload photos when you log a geocache

• View geocache web pages on geocaching.com without leaving the application using embedded web browser

Advanced navigation capabilities


• View nearby caches on the embedded map

• View cache size, terrain and difficulty rating directly from the map screen

• Navigate to geocaches with a simulated compass arrow (iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4G only) or directly from the map screen

• Add custom waypoints when navigating to multi-caches

• Switch between street, topographic, satellite and Google maps (different map types may have different functionality)

• Rotate map to match your heading (iPhone 3GS and 4G option only)

Supported Devices

Groundspeak's Geocaching Application is best supported by the iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4G, but is also compatible with the iPod Touch and 1st generation iPhones.


Please note: You will need Wi-Fi access for the application to work on the iPod Touch. Also, without GPS, compass navigation will not work on the 1st generation iPhone.

Author's notes: I will tell you that this is a slick phone. It has just about everything I need and now that Verizon is carrying it, the iPhone fits into my current plan. I was playing around with one that my friend has and it seemed real quick but cumbersome to navigate. I am sure like everything you just need to get use to it but even the owner called it "needy". Definitely a consideration as I continue to shop for a new cell. My plan runs out April 1st so I'll either be getting the Android, iPhone or BlackBerry so if you have any insight, please leave a comment.

NOTE: I need some extra help finding the best app for the BlackBerry. I just can't seem to find anything that comes close to the Android or the iPhone. I have found some more basic types of apps and that's not a bad thing. I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything with the BlackBerry. Your help is appreciated.
Bloodhounded

3 comments:

BigAl said...

This is an excellent article and it is coming at the right time. I too will be in the market for a new cell by August. So check them all out and let me know which one I want to get. I'm counting on you.LOL. I too have verizon and I really don't want to change. Can't wait for your next article on your choice. I checked out the tutorial on GC.com and it is really good. BTW, I don't know if I mentioned it or not but I do have a Blackberry (Blackhawk 357). It holds 6 shots and makes a loud bang. We call it my Blackberry. I use it while picking real blackberries.

BLOODHOUNDED said...

Ah, the Blackhwak 357 is a fine piece and, if you shoot it half as good as you shoot that camera of yours, well let’s just say I’m glad we’re friends.

Shell said...

You won't find a better Geocaching app than iPhone. Ian has that exact app and it's effin ridiculous. Like amazing ridiculous. BlackBerry has basic Trimble Geocache Navigator. Which I love and will use, but it's not as cool and tricked out as the iPhone.

Only downside I see, is that new information is coming to light about iPhone radiation waves. Apparently causing brain tumors and sterility. Just saying. How much do you love caching? lolz

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