When braving the outdoors, GPS receivers are a valuable tool to bring along with you. They’re especially important to backpackers, cyclists, hikers, runners, snowboarders metal detectorists and skiers, and nowadays, a growing population of geocachers. Handheld devices now have special features designed for geocaching, which allows enthusiasts to download and view coordinates of caches and have access to other information that can guide them through their searches. It’s what geocachers have termed as “paperless geocaching.” But how important is having a handheld GPS receiver?
The Benefits of Havings a GPS Device
To those who have yet to be familiar with a GPS receiver, this piece of technology makes use of a sattelite system, a Global Positioning System, that broadcasts signals from our space sattelites and reflect them on your device. It generally does four things. For one, it can display coordinates. It can tell you your exact location; it can tell you the coordinates of specific place you need to be in; and it can tell you how far you are in reference to your desired destination. GPS receivers also have travel logs, useful for when you want to keep a record of places you’ve been to or routes you’ve taken. It can also instruct a user towards a certain destination, as you would experience in a car with a navigation system. What’s more is that this handy tool allows you to put together a series of stops so that you can create a map of the best route to take.
Choosing GPS Receivers Over Smartphones
We are pretty much aware that many of thd latest smartphones now have navigation features, as well. And apps like Google Maps, Google Earth and the like can easily be downloaded into a phone. But how are GPS receivers more advantageous than just using your phone for geocaching or other outdoor activities? The first advantage is design and durability. Haandheld GPS receivers are made for the backcountry, and so a lot of them have waterproof features. Second, they allow yout to use AA batteries, unlike smartphones which need car chargers or wall sockets for extra baterry life. Third, they havs better coverage, while many smartphones lose signal in far out places. And lastly, a GPS device doesn’t need data connection in order to work, so you get access to mapping options anytime, anywhere.