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Whichever one you get, get a waterproof case for it.

My Iphone went tits up this weekend when I soaked it in salt water. Crap!

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if you have no cell coverage or just don't subscribe to a cell plan at all, the GPS receiver will still work with the same precision.
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I'm sometimes amazed at how much misinformation there is on this.
Agreed. Part of it may come from people not realizing that you have to download the charts while you have WiFi so that the GPS will work when you're out of range.

I also wonder if Garmin et al don't subtly encourage this thinking... After all, they have single-purpose devices to sell that are being rapidly made obsolete by phones and tablets.
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...I also wonder if Garmin et al don't subtly encourage this thinking... After all, they have single-purpose devices to sell that are being rapidly made obsolete by phones and tablets.
Amen. I was in a rental car and hit the Siri button on my iPhone and asked "where is xxxxx restaurant". I was out of town and recalled going there on a previous trip, but had absolutely no idea where it was. She replies, "there is xxxxx restaurant about 2 miles from you, would you like directions?" I say yes and the phone automatically switches to the Map app and begins to speak turning directions. No typing addresses, I wasn't even sure what town it was in or if I had the name right. What in the world do I need a Garmin for?


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