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post #1 of 9 Old 04-25-2018, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Best GPS SW for Android for offroad use without wifi or cell coverage

Looking at possibly replacing my tired old Garmin GPS-90 with something with a larger screen and recently acquired a wifi-only Samsung Tab-A tablet which does have a built-in GPS chip receiver that doesn't require wifi or cell coverage. No worries about memory, I added a 64GB micro-SD card to it, and it has adequate (2GB) ram for this need.

What I'm looking for as a ready-to-go Android App that has most of the offroad trails already in its database. Plug and play so to speak.

It MUST be able to run with strictly GPS signals, there are no wifi or cell signals where I wheel. A simple topography map won't do it either, those don't have any trails.

If it showed boundaries (as some do) between federal land and other land that would be ideal.

Thanks!

P.S. I already looked into a suitable iPad and it was horrendously too expensive. A friend is happy with his Samsung Tab A table doing offroad GPS but he's not around for me to ask him what software he's running on it.


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Thanks, I just joined that forum though it hasn't been much help yet... there's about as much mis-information there as any forum.

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No biggie, I just thought it might save some search time.
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No biggie, I just thought it might save some search time.
Thank you for that link, I did find some good information there.

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Avenza Maps. I just started playing with it, but a bunch of the local clubs where I'm at use it. It doesn't look like it does routing, but it does just about everything else. It works off line with downloaded maps. It's got a huge map database of free and paid maps, and can use custom imported maps from 3rd parties or other users. I know there's maps for topo, USGS, federal vs state vs private land, fish & game fishing/hunting zone. The free version has most of the features, so it's easy to try out. So far the hardest part has been deciding which maps to load. Also, there are only a few recent Youtube tutorials on it, which aren't great.
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That's a great suggestion NCS, thank you. I'll download that onto the Tablet asap and see how it compares to the Gaia map I just started playing with yesterday.

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I have a few friends running Gaia and they seem to like it. I run HERE which is not designed for off road but more of an old school tom tom style app but in my area they do a very good job with forestry trails and off beat county roads and other actually legal road (even unmaintained ones). HERE doesn't show borders but the "roads" are well labeled. Both Gaia are apps designed to run off GPS.
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Check BackCountry Navigator they have a large selection of down loadable maps.
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