Geocaching with your Samsung GALAXY S4 or GALAXY Note 8.0
23rd Aug 2013 | 14:10
The perfect GPS companion
Geocaching is a fun and popular activity, but you need a good GPS device to get the most out of it. Apart from that, all you need is a sense of adventure, and the Samsung GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0 can do the rest, offering all the tools you need for a day of treasure-hunting fun.
For the uninitiated, geocaching is an activity where participants seek out hidden containers, known as caches, using GPS coordinates.
Using the GPS on your Samsung GALAXY S4 or Note 8.0, you'll find you have the perfect tools to find and place hidden geocaches either in your local area, or further away if you're feeling particularly adventurous.
Wherever you live, there's sure to be a geocache hidden nearby, and the GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 both offer fantastic navigation functionality that will help with much more than just getting you from A to B.
What's more, both devices offer real convenience – you can search, log and take notes all in one place, meaning you can leave everything else at home.
Getting an overview of the caches in your area couldn't be clearer thanks to the GALAXY S4's 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, which ensures you've always got a crystal clear picture wherever you are.
The Note 8.0 offers an even bigger look at what's going on with its 8-inch WXGA TFT display, and the S Pen means that logging your caches and taking notes is even easier for those who prefer the added precision.
Multitasking while geocaching
There's a good chance that you'll be using a range of different applications while out and about, and with the GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 both offering Samsung's Multi Window feature, you'll be able to keep two apps running alongside one another.
With two apps sharing the screen space, you can keep one eye on the map, while checking out the important details on your browser with the other.
And what with the GALAXY S4's 1.9GHz Quad-Core processor and the GALAXY Note 8.0's 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor, you can be sure that your phone or tablet has plenty of horsepower to keep things ticking over smoothly when you're jumping between various applications.
Thanks to the wide selection of geocaching apps for Android, you've got plenty of tools to choose from.
Groundspeak Inc's Geocaching app, which costs £6.99, is particularly popular among Android users, and it helps you search, find and log your caches in one handy place.
The c:geo app meanwhile, is a popular unofficial option that also offers caches on a live map – and best of all, it's absolutely free.
Using these apps you can discover the size of the cache, how many people have discovered it before you, when it was hidden, and what might be inside it.
Resisting the elements
For the more intrepid adventurer, the Samsung GALAXY S4 Active is the explorer's perfect companion with its waterproof and dustproof design.
The S4 Active was created with the outdoors in mind, so whether you're caught in a rainstorm while scavenging in the city, or searching for buried treasure on the beach, you can be sure that your device is more than up to the task.
The S4 Active also offers the same speedy processor found in the original GALAXY S4, up to 64GB of expandable memory, and 4G LTE connectivity, so you won't be skimping on the power to pay for the extra protection.
Having a long battery life is important when you're on the geocaching trail, especially as you'll likely find yourself switching between apps and maps quite frequently.
Luckily, the Samsung GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 both offer long-lasting battery life that promises to see you through to the end, so you'll have plenty of juice for the hunt – and for finding your way home safely when you're done.
Mapping it out
When it comes to getting around from cache to cache, Google Maps is always at hand, offering 3D mapping to help you identify landmarks more easily and navigate proficiently.
You don't have to stick with that though – there are plenty of other applications over at the Play Store that bring additional tools to help you on your hunt, such as CoPilot GPS, which offers downloadable offline maps.
The Samsung GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 are packed with several features that can help make your geocaching experience even more enjoyable.
A perfect example is Samsung Smart Scroll on the S4, which lets you navigate the screen by simply looking at the phone and tilting – just the thing for when you're on the adventure trail and find yourself without an extra hand to spare.
And with Samsung Smart Stay, which appears on both the GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0, you can keep one eye on the map without having to prod the screen to stop it falling asleep.
While you're exploring the great outdoors on your search for treasure, there are bound to be plenty of photo opportunities. And of course, you'll probably want some photographic evidence that your treasure hunt was a success.
Luckily the GALAXY S4's 13-megapixel camera is ideal for grabbing high-quality images, while the Auto mode means you can switch from snapping vast landscapes to close-ups of your caches with ease and efficiency, ensuring you always get the best quality shot.
Both the GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 give you the ability to geo-tag your pictures too, adding an extra element of fun when you're on the trail.
Geocaching is often done as a team activity, so staying connected is vital for keeping each other updated on your progress – and for letting your friends know when you've struck gold.
With 4G LTE available on both the GALAXY S4 and the Note 8.0, you can be sure that you're enjoying superfast speeds, whether you're emailing out photos of your locations to the rest of your team, or heading into the browser to search for the next cache on the list.
Geocaching is an activity that everyone can have a go at, and the Samsung GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 are the perfect devices for geocaching amateurs and veterans alike. Try it out – we guarantee you'll uncover something great.