Comparison between a "Dedicated GPS Device" and "YAMAP App + Smartphone"*1
|Feature Category||Dedicated GPS Device||YAMAP App + Smartphone|
(Digital and Paper-based maps)
|Ease of use||
High Resolution displays, touch screens, cameras, an other smartphone functions
|Cost Performance||approx. ¥30,000 to ¥100,000,
|The app and maps are free.*3|
|Safety & Security||(cannot be used to communicate)||
Device can be used to communicate
Provides course duration, water areas, and useful information for Hiking & Outdoors
|Battery Life*4||approx. 16-18hrs||approx. 8-10hrs
USB battery packs can be used to counter this deficiency
|Web Service Integration||
Easy syncing with a few clicks. Each user is given his or her own Activity Posts page.*5
*1: Since Dedicated GPS Devices can vary greatly in functionality and price, categories that are hard to compare are not listed.
*2: YAMAP Maps can be downloaded an unlimited number of times.
*3: Smartphone and data plan costs are not included.
*4: Battery life can vary greatly depending on usage and environment. This is merely one point of reference.
*5: Syncing only occurs when data connection is available. To edit or add details and photos, please go to the "Activity Posts" page.