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    I was given a Kindle Fire for my birthday earlier this month. I must say I really like what it does do. Book reading easy, email, vids, etc. No GPS....

    I'm thinking I'd like a tablet that does all the above but also has a GPS that I can upload topo maps to for off roading. I know Gary has one. Don't remember what it is exactly.

    Does anyone have any recommendations: brand, price, screen size?

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    I think the Fire has maps, but you are right, no GPS. You can download the maps before you go somewhere but it won't tell you where on the map you are. My parents found that out. They also have a couple GPS's already, so no big deal for them.

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    I believe Gary has the Samsung galaxy 10, I have a ipad 2 with GPS, wifi and 3G. There is also the new ipad mini which I like as my ipad is pretty heavy with the protective case. I love my ipad and use itopo maps which can be downloaded and used offline.

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    I have an iPad 1 with wifi and 3G, I use it pretty much exclusively now in place of a computer. MotionX has a couple great GPS apps that are cheap and as good as any free standing GPS I've seen.

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    I love my iPad 3 with 4g GPS and wifi. They are pricy but very easy to use.

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    I have an ipad and just love it. However, knowing the OP is a photographer, I would caution that managing photos on an ipad is a bit clunky. Some photographers prefer Android devices which I understand allow file management.

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    Was hoping for something less expensive than an ipad. anyone using an android device?
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    I'm a long time Apple guy and my son's an Android guy who encouraged me to use Android instead so I was surprised when he told me he bought an iPad. Turns out he's gone through 3 devices in the time I've had my iPad. I have no idea if the failure rate is common or not though. Depending on what you want to do with it an old iPad 1 can be found pretty cheap. I'm assuming it's for GPS and not photo processing which isn't a practical tablet use regardless of the mfg.

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    wcrosman previously posted:
    "Was hoping for something less expensive than an ipad. anyone using an android device?"

    Look into a Nexus 7. Good size to have in the cab of a vehicle, very good specs, vanilla Android and inexpensive at $200. It has GPS and optional mobile data. I tether or download maps for offline use with Backcountry Navigator.

    http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/

    http://www.google.com/nexus/7/

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    blacklabel previously posted:
    "Look into a Nexus 7. Good size to have in the cab of a vehicle, very good specs, vanilla Android and inexpensive at $200. It has GPS and optional mobile data. I tether or download maps for offline use with Backcountry Navigator.

    http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/

    http://www.google.com/nexus/7/"

    Thanks Tim. Exactly the info I needed.
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    Don't know who or if you have a wireless provider but I have verizon so I have only looked into their tablets and have heard great things about the Samsung Galaxy line and Motorola Xybords. They are quite a bit cheaper then the ipads.

    If you don't care about using a cell network my brother has the Asus Transformer prime and loves it.

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    I've got the Samsung TAB2 / 10.1 - it's great! I agree with blacklabel - The Google Nexus 7 would be about the prefect size. 10" is to **** big for a GPS / map display. Finding a mount that will hold up to use off road is another story entirely ... the mounts I've had for my little GPS's were no match for fun times, and that 7" tablet is probably much heavier too.

    Something like this one perhaps:
    http://www.fommy.com/view-full-page....+7&skuno=93345

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    Ditto on what blacklabel posted, my next tablet will be a nexus. That said, only issue I have with my galaxy is i dropped it onto my concrete driveway and it landed on a corner causing a small spiderweb set of cracks. Hoping the dust of wheeling doesnt hurt it. Been using it this way for bout a month now and no issues. Backcountry navigator with accuterra maps are the bomb.
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    I have to say that I wish Backcountry navigator was available for non-android devices. I've seen it and it's pretty impressive.

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    I was offered a wifi iPad, but that model doesn't have GPS correct? So there's no use for it on a trail since you can't see where you are unless you use it like paper map.

    Ideas?

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    Chris previously posted:
    "I have to say that I wish Backcountry navigator was available for non-android devices. I've seen it and it's pretty impressive."

    It's great being able to select an area and download the maps for it. My only complaint is that it, along with GPS and having my screen on destroys the battery in my phone. I really need to get a tablet.

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    blacklabel previously posted:
    "My only complaint is that it, along with GPS and having my screen on destroys the battery in my phone. I really need to get a tablet."

    See if you can turn off the cell transceiver (cell capability). when you're out of range it chews through battery. So, having GPS on (a batt hog) and an out of range cell radio - batt life is terrible. 0.02

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    Jim Williamson previously posted:
    "See if you can turn off the cell transceiver (cell capability). when you're out of range it chews through battery. So, having GPS on (a batt hog) and an out of range cell radio - batt life is terrible. 0.02"

    Hey, don't kill my excuse to get a tablet.

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    Max previously posted:
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    Ideas?"

    It has GPS capabilities by triangulation while the 3G version has Assisted GPS. Basically you download the trails before leaving home and you're fine Max.

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    You guys know about inverters, right?

    I leave mine plugged in all the time...

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