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    What current Garmin handheld GPS model has been adequate for you guys without blowing a hole in my budget? Don't want cheap-azz junk though either. Needs to be able to use my onX chips. GPS use only, not communication. I'm not too smooth with technology. Thanks for any advice!!

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    I have moved entirely to my iphone - it works pretty darn well. My aging eyes (and I am only 50) appreciate the bigger, brighter screen. It is also much more responsive. It does take a little fiddling + a cheap backup battery stick, but for me a big improvement. If you are committed to staying with GPS, check your PM Inbox.
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    iphone/backup chargers + renting or buying inreach mini + compass/map backup is what I've decided upon. I was going to buy a garmin but figured that what I already have, with a little enhancement, would serve my purposes.

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    garmin 64.....but I am starting to use my phone more and more.

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    My Samsung phone with the Backcountry Navigator app is a terrific GPS solution, with a better screen than any GPS I've seen.

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    Is there cell service where you guys hunt, or do you download maps. I'm interested in this topic as well.

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    I like the 64s. Had one with a touch screen for a while. Didn’t like it in the field. I prefer buttons so that I can keep gloves on.
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    I have a Garmin 530HCX for sale... Think it has the MT chip still in there as well... $90 to your door.
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    Had an Oregon. Now im exclusively on my phone. Note8
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    I'm a phone guy now too. At first I was worried about the durability compared to a GPS unit, but it hasn't been an issue so far. Plus the much larger and sharper screen makes it tough to go back to the standalone GPS.
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    I never have service, so I download my area before hand, keep my phone in airplane mode, and I get about two days of use between charges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Husker hunter View Post
    Is there cell service where you guys hunt, or do you download maps. I'm interested in this topic as well.
    There is an offline downloaded maps mode. It's a little clunky but it works.
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    Phone with the onX app, and a good paper map as a backup. OnX has been a game changer for me, especially in Colorado where private land is rarely posted

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    I like the idea of onX with my phone, but what about emergency communication options? I can't find anything like that with a phone that has no service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnhuntr View Post
    I like the idea of onX with my phone, but what about emergency communication options? I can't find anything like that with a phone that has no service.
    Garmin Inreach Explorer+ It doesn't take OnX chip, but if you have Onx on your phone then it provides texting abilities and emergency GPS.
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