I looked through a year's worth of topics and didn't see this question. If this is a duplicate, forgive me.
I track my rides, walks, and hikes obsessively. I generally use mapmyfitness on my desk top. I do not own a smart phone, but I know that my relatively ancient Motorola Razr will not last forever, so I see a smart phone (but not an iPhone) in my future. I use (and love) CatEye cyclecomputers on my road bike and mountain bike.
I would like something more accurate than re-creating my route on mapmyride. (I ride my mountain bike in an area with trails that criss-cross and I do loops repeatedly; it's impossible to re-create my route.) I haven't decided if I want to plunk down a ridiculous amount of money for a GPS unit that I can use while biking or on foot, or knuckle under and get a smart phone and load it up with apps.
My husband frequently carries a GPS unit when we hike. He's mostly given up because his GPS goes through batteries quickly and it's useless in heavy forest. I'm curious if newer units have better battery life (I know there's no chance they'll get a signal in the deep, dark forest).
Those of you who use apps on your phones - how well do they work? How much battery life does it eat up? Anyone using a lightweight GPS for cycling and running?
Also - I'm not that interested in a HRM, so it doesn't matter if the unit I get offers than information. I used a HRM for years. Mine started giving erratic readings even after replacing the battery in the strap, which leads me to think the battery in the wrist monitor needs replaced. I haven't gotten around to replacing it, which means I've been without detailed knowledge of exactly how many calories I burned during a workout for the last eight months. And I've found that I really can survive without having that information. *shocking*
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