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Offroad GPS for android phones

So im getting my droid 2 today and have an iphone right now. Im looking for a GPS app that will be useful in areas that dont have defined roads eg trails along with something that will let me record trails so i know where ive been and what not. I ride my dirt bike alot in the forest behind my house and it has 1,000s of trails so im looking for something that i can eventually map them out and save them creating a trail map for my self. Does anyone here use something like this?

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I have My Tracks on my HTC. Here is one trail

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I have My Tracks on my HTC. Here is one trail

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...84c26&t=h&z=13
X2 on "My Tracks" for basic stuff where satellite maps are suffice. For in depth topo maps I use MacGPS Pro and a USB GPS receiver plugged into my MacBook Pro.


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I've been recording everything I run on mytracks as well works well

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I use BackCountry Navigator (BCN) on my Droid. I really like being able to download Street, Topo and Satellite views of a given area. These work both with and without cell signal (you do need to download the maps ahead of time). I have used dedicated GPS's (I have several on the shelf), Laptops with external GPS, and other phone GPS systems. This is my favorite when navigating the backcountry (pun intended).
Of course with a cell signal and you don't have to download the maps ahead of time.
I do alot of desert driving and sometimes picking the right road is a challenge. Using the Sat / Aerial photos, it makes picking the right track much easier.

The maps are free too! Bonus!
As you can see I am very happy with BCN.
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I use BackCountry Navigator (BCN) on my Droid. I really like being able to download Street, Topo and Satellite views of a given area. These work both with and without cell signal (you do need to download the maps ahead of time). I have used dedicated GPS's (I have several on the shelf), Laptops with external GPS, and other phone GPS systems. This is my favorite when navigating the backcountry (pun intended).
Of course with a cell signal and you don't have to download the maps ahead of time.
I do alot of desert driving and sometimes picking the right road is a challenge. Using the Sat / Aerial photos, it makes picking the right track much easier.

The maps are free too! Bonus!
As you can see I am very happy with BCN.
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Nice find...I'm going to check out the Demo version now......


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I just downloaded the demo. How do you get the different maps? Or maybe I have to have the full version? It's pretty cool so far!

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Kevin,
I assume you are asking about BCN...
I have the activated version, so I am not sure how the demo differs,
but in the activated version, you hit the Menu button, then you see a "Maps" button.
You can select your map from there or go to "Choose Map Source" and choose from there. The North America option has couple choices, and if you scroll down you can also see Microsoft Research (the old Terra Server) which as more options.
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Sweet thanks man. Im going to check it out now!

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Google earth has been helpful to at times. But my Garmin is primary.. ooops sorry,,,google earth does not track

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Ron, Thanks for sharing the BCN find with us! I was checking it out last night and it's sweet. I can finally leave my big map at home.

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I use BackCountry Navigator (BCN) on my Droid. I really like being able to download Street, Topo and Satellite views of a given area. These work both with and without cell signal (you do need to download the maps ahead of time). I have used dedicated GPS's (I have several on the shelf), Laptops with external GPS, and other phone GPS systems. This is my favorite when navigating the backcountry (pun intended).
Of course with a cell signal and you don't have to download the maps ahead of time.
I do alot of desert driving and sometimes picking the right road is a challenge. Using the Sat / Aerial photos, it makes picking the right track much easier.

The maps are free too! Bonus!
As you can see I am very happy with BCN.
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Yes I have used the demo version and need to purchase the real version. The UI could be more friendly buy its the best available for an android phone and always being improved.

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