Geocaching iPhone App Review

by Justin on January 25, 2010

Geocaching App

Geocaching App


Hello and welcome! In this post I thought I would review the Geocaching app for the iPhone. I really like this app and I think it is an inexpensive way to get into Geocaching. I will admit this is the first paid app I have put on my iPhone and right now I have five pages of apps ranging from Facebook to a fun deer hunting app called “Deer Free”. (I went for the free version of that app, for now). I have posted several screen shots of the app. The first shot is when you let the app use your GPS location it will show you local caches. You can then press the cache you want more information on and you will be presented with a more detail screen. From there you can use the maps and GPS to navigate to the cache, find save it for offline use (more on this later), view recent logs of the cache, and more. The next shot is a satellite view of one of my local caches, Lumppy’s Loot. This cache uses a “hint” meaning that the main coordinates point you to a place where you find clues to the coordinates where the cache is hidden.

Overall I really like this app. It’s around $10.00 and lets the novice break into geocaching with out spending alot of money on an GPS device. I did say something earlier about saving something for offline mode. Offline mode is good for when your iPhone cannot get service. I recommend saving a cache to offline mode each time. You never know when your phone might loose service when you’re tracking down a cache that is deep into a leaf covered woods. Also if you do not have service the satellite view will not show up at least the version I have.

Another feature I like with this app is it’s tie in with the geocaching.com website. I can mark a cache as found on my phone and it will show up on the website. Great feature. Another reason why I didn’t mind spending $10 for the app. Now I’m just waiting for the ground to dry out so I can get back out there and finally find Lumppy’s Loot!

What do you think of the Geocaching app for the iPhone? If you do not have it yet and you’re interested in starting the geocaching hobby I definitely recommend this app.

[audio:http://www.greatwildoutdoors.com/audio/07-geocaching-app-review.mp3]

Geocaching App Main ScreenLocal Geocache ListingsGeocache listingGeocaching local map view

Music used in this podcast is from a band called 77 South and the song is I Dig You.

7 comments… read them below or add one

Thomas January 29, 2010 at 11:03 am

It’s apps like this that make me wish I had an iPhone rather than just an iPod Touch. The Touch can handle a lot of apps but ones like this that use GPS are beyond it unfortunately. 10$ to convert a phone to a GPS device sounds like a bargain to me!

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Justin January 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

The iPhone comes with a map/built in GPS. This just quickly ties in the GPS into the geocaching.com list of caches. It’s good for getting started. I don’t know if the more expensive stand alone units are more accurate this one is only accurate to arounf 50 feet so once you get in the general area you have some looking to do.

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Eric February 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

Great article. I haven’t tried geocaching yet, but I would really like to this year. I don’t have an iPhone, but I’m going to check and see if they make an app for Android, since I have a g1.

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Justin February 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

Let me know what you find for the g1 Eric.

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Debi March 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I’m with Thomas — this review makes me wish I had an iPhone instead of just the iTouch! Sounds like an inexpensive way to try geocaching — which I haven’t yet. Thanks for the review! BTW, I just bought my first app for the iTouch — iBird for identifying birds.

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Justin March 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Cool! Which app did you get? I see the backyard one is $4.99 but one was almost $30.00! I might do the $4.99 one but $30 is a little steep for me.

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Cody Daniels July 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Geocaching is so much fun, and it’s even better with a great iPhone app to help. Thanks so much for sharing!

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