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I am an avid hunter and use my cell phone for GPS with the OnX app. I've been seriously considering purchasing a standalone GPS for a few reasons.

- If I'm going to be out of cell range I can download the maps before I go. IF I know where I'm going to be. If I forget to download a map or we make a change of area, it would be nice to have all the maps on a chip pre downloaded.
- Phone battery life can go down pretty quick when using tracks or even just using it as a GPS. A standalone unit is better at this.
- Rugged - get wet, scrape against trees, drop on the ground GPS for $300 or my $800 cell phone. This is also a great case for risk of loss in the woods.

I don't know anything about the unit posted here but that's my 2 cents on what a GPS can do vs a cell phone. Hope that helps.
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I spent a bunch of money on a Garmin GPS to use whitetail hunting in North Alabama and elk hunting in SW Colorado. Used it one year and dealt with the godawful user interface, crappy screen resolution, and substandard maps. The next year I got OnX Hunt on my cell phone and I'm pissed that I ever wasted my money on a Garmin.

If you're going to be out in the wilderness for 2+ weeks and it's not feasible for you to carry battery packs for your phone, a Garmin makes sense. Other than that sort of situation, OnX on your cell phone is superior in absolutely every respect.

There's a reason cell phone people show up, because there's a superior product using hardware that you already have. There's absolutely no excuse for Garmin's crappy programming, hardware that's 5+ years old in a new and expensive product, and a user interface that is a standard-bearer for sh*tty design that should be used in every UI class as an example of what not to do.
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I have used Garmin GPS units for over 20 years and have been using phone apps for several years as well. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. Colorado is a good testing location.

With the GPS phone apps ( with Gaia being my favorite ) , you can use a larger superior screen which is much better if you are actually using mapping. Phones are faster at moving the maps around and zooming. Phones have the greatest amount of mapping available.

I have had phones completely shut down in extreme cold and heat, while the Garmin has never failed me. The phones also lost all the trip data each time too. The Garmin display has blanked out in extreme heat but keeps recording and will be readable when it cools down a bit. The construction of the Garmin units is far more robust and it will work in a wider range of conditions.

The interface is better on my phone but if I had to do a long remote trip I would much rather have the Garmin for reliability.
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How's this compare to say the 66i without InReach?
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Ohhh, waits for the cell phone people to show up.
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Ohhh, waits for the cell phone people to show up.
What does this do that a cell phone can't?
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What does this do that a cell phone can't?
Garmin's stellar software development and support!
(Ahahah .... *cries*, because they just broke bluetooth in a software update they pushed to my Fenix 3 last month.... Frown )
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What does this do that a cell phone can't?
I am an avid hunter and use my cell phone for GPS with the OnX app. I've been seriously considering purchasing a standalone GPS for a few reasons.

- If I'm going to be out of cell range I can download the maps before I go. IF I know where I'm going to be. If I forget to download a map or we make a change of area, it would be nice to have all the maps on a chip pre downloaded.
- Phone battery life can go down pretty quick when using tracks or even just using it as a GPS. A standalone unit is better at this.
- Rugged - get wet, scrape against trees, drop on the ground GPS for $300 or my $800 cell phone. This is also a great case for risk of loss in the woods.

I don't know anything about the unit posted here but that's my 2 cents on what a GPS can do vs a cell phone. Hope that helps.
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So the "t" model differs in that it has preloaded topo maps and a camera?
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Where can I get marine maps for this?
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My 60csx still going strong after over a decade of abuse.
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Is this the Oregon Trail edition?
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Does it work outside Oregon?
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How's this compare to say the 66i without InReach?
I would say the main difference between the Oregon 700 line and 66 line comes down to the touch screen. Some people prefer having a touch screen (Oregon), others prefer the physical buttons on the 66, especially when using the device in rain or with gloves. The 66 got some bad reviews in the beginning due to software bugs, many of which were fixed with a subsequent software update.

Be advised that the included topo maps on the 66st are not routable although they are a brand new version which isn't even available for general sale yet. The 66i includes built in inreach and routable topo maps (although older version than the 66st topo)
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I would say the main difference between the Oregon 700 line and 66 line comes down to the touch screen. Some people prefer having a touch screen (Oregon), others prefer the physical buttons on the 66, especially when using the device in rain or with gloves. The 66 got some bad reviews in the beginning due to software bugs, many of which were fixed with a subsequent software update.

Be advised that the included topo maps on the 66st are not routable although they are a brand new version which isn't even available for general sale yet. The 66i includes built in inreach and routable topo maps (although older version than the 66st topo)
For those who want the additional security of the inReach feature (for those Garmin devices that support it), I just discovered that you don't have to commit to a yearly subscription and can purchase the service in 30-day intervals (costs a few bucks more than a yearly plan but so what).
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I am an avid hunter and use my cell phone for GPS with the OnX app. I've been seriously considering purchasing a standalone GPS for a few reasons.

- If I'm going to be out of cell range I can download the maps before I go. IF I know where I'm going to be. If I forget to download a map or we make a change of area, it would be nice to have all the maps on a chip pre downloaded.
- Phone battery life can go down pretty quick when using tracks or even just using it as a GPS. A standalone unit is better at this.
- Rugged - get wet, scrape against trees, drop on the ground GPS for $300 or my $800 cell phone. This is also a great case for risk of loss in the woods.

I don't know anything about the unit posted here but that's my 2 cents on what a GPS can do vs a cell phone. Hope that helps.
How much do you pay for the app?
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