Earthmate – GPS for Outdoor or Hunting
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Get all the features of a handheld GPS at a fraction of the cost with everything you need to plan a trip, navigate and share your outdoor adventures. Hunting map data is now available through Earthmate Hunt Edition.
• This application requires the use of a paired DeLorme inReach (access varies by model) or an annual subscription to Outdoor or Hunt.
As the best value in outdoor navigation apps, Earthmate is packed with these features:
• Unlimited Topographic Maps, Quad Sheets and US NOAA Charts
• Aerial Imagery
• Hybrid Maps
• Waypoints and Route Navigation
• Tracking and Location Sharing
• High-detail GPS Trip Logging
• Unlimited Cloud Storage of Routes, Waypoints and Tracks
• Online Trip Planning
With the Hunt Edition subscription, sold separately, you get all of the Earthmate features, plus:
• Game Management Units
• Parcel Data (Provided where available)
• Plan your hunts using waypoints, routes, aerial imagery, and the ability to import GPX files. All online planning automatically syncs to your Earthmate app through the cloud. When used in conjunction with an inReach, updates are then synced through Bluetooth to your active inReach device.
Complete GPS navigation solution that works as a fully functional standalone app or paired with an inReach satellite communicator for the added power of global satellite connectivity when outside of cell phone range.
Perfect for any outdoor enthusiast: hiking, camping, hunting, mountain biking, trail running, snowmobiling, off-roading, sailing, boating, bird watching, climbing, trail riding, and more!
Unlimited map downloads – cache on your device and store for offline use, including:
• North America topographic maps with 370,000 miles of trails, elevation and park data, public lands, and high-detail lake, river and stream data
• USGS 24K Topo Quad Sheets
• Detailed world base map
• Aerial Imagery and Hybrid Maps
• US NOAA charts
• Hunt Edition – Game Management Units and Parcel Data for all 50 states
Route Navigation and Waypoints
• Create or view a route, navigate, drop waypoints
• View useful trip statistics, such as elevation, time moving, max speed, bearing and distance
Tracking and location sharing
• Track your trip and send your location to family and friends with your own MapShare page when in cell phone range or when connected with an inReach satellite communicator
High-detail GPS Trip Logging
• Log a high-detail breadcrumb trail for reference later or to navigate back to the start. If connected to an inReach satellite communicator, your log is stored on the inReach.
Online Trip Planning
• Plan trips online ahead of time with our Explore portal
• Sync routes and waypoints
• Import GPX files
Unlimited Cloud Storage and Syncing*
• Waypoints and routes are synced to the cloud as you go
• There’s no need for cables or SD cards
• *When in cell phone range or connected to an inReach Explorer
Pairs with inReach Satellite Communicators for Global Connectivity Regardless of Cell Coverage
• The complete Earthmate for Outdoor is included with the purchase of an inReach Explorer device. Earthmate Hunt Edition is sold separately.
• Control and access all the features of your inReach device from the app, including text messaging, SOS, tracking, and more.
• Learn more about inReach at www.inreachdelorme.com
Battery Usage Tip:
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Don't forget to stop tracking.
What's New in Version 2.3.4
Fixed a crash when using weather in some regions.
Practical offline maps and InReach support
Using this app for offline maps and for InReach interface. Very happy. Maps is the same level of detail as best online maps I can find, maps taking much less space than some other offline mapping apps.
Sometimes have issues with Bluetooth connectivity to InReach, not sure if App fault. Rebooting iPhone usually helps.
Not bad, but many issues.....
I purchased Earthmate recently when they ran a 50% off special. Even when I realized it would cost an additional fee after a year I figured it would be worth it. So far the jury is out on whether it will be.
The app has promise, but is significantly lacking in many areas. I purchased the iPhone version and found a variety of problems/issues/grievances. These include:
1. Lack of contour info- Contours are rarely, if ever, labeled. On the screen you can see the contour lines, but have no idea what they represent, except very occasionally when a label is on the screen. On top of that, there is no indication as to what the contour interval is. The contour intervals change based on how much you are zoomed in/out, but nowhere does it say what the interval is. This is a basic thing that should be included on any map and omitting it is a fundamental flaw.
2. Accuracy- At times the map is very good. But at other times it is lousy. I wondered if perhaps it was a GPS thing, but I think the GPS location is good and the downloaded map is poor. For example, Highway 1 going out of Anchorage to Seward, Alaska is just awful. The highway on the downloaded basemap shows the road going up and down from sea level to over 500 feet, when in fact it stays right above sea level by the Turnagain Arm. At times the road is on the wrong side of a lake, or even on the wrong side of the railroad that runs the same route. I found many issues on my recent trip to Alaska, which was my first time to try using it.
3. It isn't a substitute for a hard copy DeLorme Atlas- I purchased the app before the trip to Alaska thinking it would substitute for my big DeLorme Atlas so I left the atlas at home. Big mistake. Now looking at the atlas after returning I see that many, many things are labeled in the atlas that never made it into the app, regardless of which basemap I used or how much I was zoomed in. Glacier names. mountain names, etc. This was a huge disappointment when using the app.
4. Lack of help on what basemaps are what- I looked in the app and on the DeLorme web site for help on what basemaps are what, but no info is provided. There are options of basemaps to download including "Topo North America" and "Digital Atlas of the Earth", but nowhere does it tell you what each of these is. One might assume that Topo North America is just topography, but this appears to be incorrect. This is basic stuff that DeLorme just is missing the boat on. Maybe they think everyone is well versed in DeLorme-speak and inherently knows what all of these are, but that just isn't the case. A simple help menu explaining what is what would be very helpful. And a basemap that is EXACTLY what is in the hard copy DeLorme Atlas would be really nice too.
All in all I liked this app, and see its' potential, but just wanted to make folks aware there are a lot of issues. It was fun to use when flying across the country and being able to ID towns and such. But it needs some work. I am writing in this detail in the hopes that DeLorme actually reads these reviews and perhaps might think about comments on issues and address them. I am not sure if this is realistic, but I see no other way to say "Nice idea, not a bad start, but there are a lot of things to fix here." And this is all after using it just one time. I suspect the more I use it the more issues I'll find. And I will continue to use it, I just won't be leaving my hard copy atlases at home any time soon. And an app like this should allow me to do that.