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Thread: New IPhone geocaching.com App !!!!!

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    Default New IPhone geocaching.com App !!!!!

    The long awaited update 4.0 is here o_O!! This is going to be fun tonight to play with it! Loads of new features, it even tells you where the cache is when one does not understand the hint

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    I downloaded last night but work got in the way of a serious trial . I like it so far, nice interface and particularly like the accuracy figure since the built-in GPS is the weakest link in the chain.

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    I gave it a go today. The GoogleMaps feature is very useful to identify a possible cache location, when real GPS signal is flaky ... as long as 3G is available. Shame that its not possible to cache the Google maps. Hybrid mode is impressive.

    TB management, notes and photo import is giving the IPhone a lot of credibility as a Geocaching assistant on the go.

    Only bad thing, all my Favorites were erased on upgrade.

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    Nice, but I still wish they'd get on with the Android version...
    A cache a day ..

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    We're going caching tomorrow and can't wait to try it out to compare it. I quite look the look of it, I hope it delivers well when we use it!

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    Nice to see the coordinates and 'accuracy' figure displayed on the main page. Bit worried though that when you are indoors with no chance of the working and in my case on 02 no mobile signal at all it still manages to display coordinates and an accuracy of 262 feet...... Shame it doesn't tell you whether you have a GPS signal or it is triangulating it's position from the mobile signal. Seems to 'remember' your last position and displays that...... But when there is no signal/data I'd expect it to say so, not show coordinates and 262 feet. Still unreliable for placing caches I feel (and I say that as a reviewer as well as a cacher )

    Chris
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    I never took the risk of using my IPhone to set a cache, my experience using it to find them showed me that it is not accurate enough. Lovely gadget to get hooked to geocaching and later as a field assistant.

    I would have also liked to know where my signal comes from, it would have helped new cachers to know if they could trust the GPS signal. If MotionX and Geocaching App stay open in the background, that would be acceptable for now. The App is going the right way forward, where it is strong. Now down to Apple to migrate to full GPS, rather then assisted one ... but seem unlikely.

    After what Mr B wrote, it would be a good idea for Grounspeak to put a warning about using assisted GPS to set a cache. From forum readings, many cachers seems irritated by innacurate coordinates going out of control in certain areas.

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    From the Feedback site:
    http://feedback.geocaching.com/geoca...hiding_a_cache

    Specifically from Jeremy:
    Jeremy Irish, Official Rep, replied;
    I don't expect this will deter people from using devices that have poor accuracy like the iPhone, but I do see some benefit in showing what device was used to mark the coordinates for a geocache. So by that merit this idea is "under consideration."

    We don't support the posting of new cache listings via our iPhone application because accuracy isn't good enough, in our opinion.
    I have a Geocaching problem...
    Work gets in the way!

    * Cache Walker -Caching by byway, not highway! CacheWalker.co.uk
    Walking and Caching in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire areas

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