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These Portable Bluetooth Speakers Will Change Your Audio Game

Bluetooth speakers are great for pool parties and Spotify jam sessions alike. Plus, they boast impressive sound quality and volume, are conveniently portable, and some even have voice assistant integration. Find the best Bluetooth speaker for your budget and needs below.

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OnePlus Wireless Buds Will Last Ten Hours on Ten Minutes of Charge

OnePlus has been vociferous in its support of rapid-charging technology for years, and it looks like that approach will extend to its accessories as well. OnePlus manager Jay Liu told TechRadar that the upcoming wireless OnePlus Buds will be able to use its Warp Charge tech to go from zero charge to ten hours of battery life in ten minutes.

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Lenovo Goes All-In on AMD Ryzen With the Latest Legion Laptops and Desktops

Lenovo Legion 5 and IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptops.Lenovo

If you’ve searched for a computer lately, you might have noticed a lot more packing AMD processors than you remember. The company’s Ryzen line of CPUs has been making great strides in the marketplace. Lenovo is taking advantage of that for its latest gaming machines, pairing them with NVIDIA GPUs.

First up is the Legion 5 series. These power-focused models come in 15.6 and 17.4-inch varieties with screens at up to 144Hz. Though the highest-end options use the Ryzen 7 4800 h-series CPU and top out with NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 discrete graphics cards, they start at just $760 for the less powerful GTX 1650Ti version. RAM and storage top out at 16GB and 1TB SSD, respectively, and Lenovo says its new-and-improved mobile keyboard has up to 1.5mm of key travel.

Lenovo Legion 5 laptopLenovo

Lower-end versions of the 15-inch Legion 5 should be shipping today, with more powerful variants and the 17-inch model coming in September.

If you’re looking for an even cheaper option, check out the IdeaPad Gaming 3, sans Legion branding. It gets access to the Ryzen 7 4800 and GTX 1650Ti as well, but goes with a slightly slower 120Hz refresh rate  on its 15-inch screen and a less bombastic case design. It starts at just $660, and should be shipping before the end of the month. Strangely, the cheaper laptop has access to more RAM on the highest configuration, up to 32GB.

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 laptopLenovo

Old-school PC gamers who want to preserve their upgrade options can go with the Legion Tower 5 desktop. With a full-sized ATX motherboard and case, it should be good for years of part-swapping. Prices for the AMD-based system start as low as $830, but the options go pretty darn high. If your budget will stretch, it can hold a 16-core Ryzen 9 3960X processor, RTX 2070 Super graphics card, two 1TB SSDs and two 2TB hard drives (6TB of total storage). Memory tops out at a shocking 128GB of 3200MHz RAM, or approximately 18 Chrome tabs.


Lenovo Legion Tower 5 gaming desktopLenovo


The chassis comes with some surprisingly subtle LED lights and an optional 200-watt liquid cooling system. If your battlestation isn’t near your router, then you can use the Wi-Fi 6 radio built into the motherboard. The Legion Tower 5 will be available in October.

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Cinnamon Desktop Review: A Very User-Friendly Desktop Environment

cinnamon-feature.jpg A sometimes-forgotten Linux Desktop Environment, Cinnamon is a contender for your desktop that you may not have seen coming. While Cinnamon is developed by the Linux Mint team as a flagship for their distribution, it is also available to download and use on any other distro. This article covers Cinnamon desktop in depth, exploring the user experience and customization options, performance, usability, and recommendations for who should use Cinnamon. Related: GNOME Shell Review: Minimal Desktop with Great Performance First Impressions of Cinnamon Cinnamon was initially a fork of GNOME, but with Cinnamon 2.0, it became an… Read more13724290.gif

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How to Manually Switch AirPods Between Mac, iPhone, and iPad

If you love your AirPods or AirPods Pro, you might want to use them with all of your Apple devices. Here’s how you can manually switch your AirPods or AirPods Pro between Mac, iPhone, and iPad in just a couple of taps or clicks.

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The Best Portable Photo Printers for iOS and Android Devices

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Being able to quickly print off your favorite photos from your smartphone is great for making instant memories or scrapbooking. These photo printers can be taken anywhere and do a great job of bringing memories to life.

Although these printers are small enough to take with you anywhere, they aren’t your only option for printing photos. If you want larger photos than what these portable printers can offer, which tend to max out at around 4 x 6 inches, or if you’re looking for super high-quality prints, you should upgrade to a bigger printer, though be warned that larger printers will cost at least double the amount portable printers do.

What to Look for in Portable Photo Printers

Although smartphone photo printers seem deceptively simple, there are actually a ton of factors to consider when buying one. By taking a moment to learn about the myriad options and features, it’ll be easier for you to choose the perfect photo printer for your needs.

  • Paper and Dye Types: Most printers ship with a small amount of photo paper so you can start using it right out of the box, but it’s up to you to keep up with refills. The smaller photo printers use 2 x 3 inch photo paper for the most part, but there are a few that can print other sizes, ranging from 2.1 x 2.1 inches up to 4 x 6 inches. Dye and paper types vary by printer, as well, but most use ZINK—or zero ink—paper, which has dye crystals embedded in the paper that are activated by heat. Others might work like old-fashioned Polaroids, have all-in-one cartridges just like a regular printer (albeit a miniaturized version), or use four-pass dye sublimation to apply colors.
  • Editing Options: The best portable photo printers have companion apps available through which you can import and edit your photos before printing them. Some of these apps focus on basic edits like cropping, brightening, and adjusting the color balance of your photos, while others go all out and let you add filters, emojis, text, and other fun elements for total customization.
  • Connection Options: There are several ways these printers can connect to your phone to print photos. Some require a physical connection, like through a USB port, while others offer digital connectivity options like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The majority of printers also work with both iPhone and Android devices, though not all do, so double-check device compatibility with the printer you want before you make a purchase.
  • Power Source: The majority of mini photo printers use rechargeable batteries. While those batteries make them highly portable, they still have a relatively short battery life. Expect anywhere from 10-35 photos per charge, so don’t leave the charging cable behind if you’re planning on doing tons of printing.

Best Overall: HP Sprocket

HP SProcket best portable photo printer for iphones and AndroidHP

The HP Sprocket makes it easy to print all of the awesome photos on your smartphone anywhere you go. The free Sprocket companion app (for Android and iOS) lets you edit and decorate your photos with filters and emojis before printing. It also makes it easy to create custom photo albums and connect your social media accounts for instant printing. Multiple people can connect to the Sprocket at one time, and the app (along with a personalized LED light) shows who’s currently printing in the queue.

The Sprocket prints on ZINK photo paper with peel-and-stick backing, which measures 2 x 3 inches with a print resolution of 313 x 400 DPI. The Sprocket comes with 10 sheets of photo paper to start, and the battery can print about 35 photos per battery charge. The printer connects to your phone via Bluetooth 5.0, comes in four cute colors, and measures 3.15 x 4.63 x 0.98 inches, so it’s small enough to store in a bag or desk drawer.

Best Premium Option: Canon Ivy

Canon Ivy Best premium photo printer for smartphones photo editing appCanon

If you want a mini photo printer with features as premium as its design, look no further than the Canon Ivy Mobile Mini Photo Printer. It comes in three gorgeous colors—rose gold, mint green, and slate gray—and its Android and iOS companion apps offer powerful editing tools, including image filters, frames, effects, AR live filters, collage prints, and tile print options, plus you can add text, stickers, emojis, drawings and more to make every photo look absolutely perfect. Print photos from your phone’s gallery, or directly from your Instagram or Facebook page.

You’ll connect to the printer via the app and Bluetooth, and your pics are printed on 2 x 3 inch sticker-back ZINK photo paper, using a print resolution of 314 x 400 DPI. The photos are water-resistant, smudge-proof, and tear-proof, so they’ll be able to keep up with your adventures. The Canon Ivy is also super portable, as it measures just 3.2 x 4.7 x 0.70 inches.

Best Premium Option

Canon IVY Mobile Mini Photo Printer through Bluetooth(R), Rose Gold

This beautiful smartphone photo printer uses ZINK paper and has an app for editing photos.

For Higher-Quality Prints: Fujifilm Instax

Fujifilm Instax best highest-quality portable photo printerFujifilm

Serious photo lovers will find something to love about the Fujifilm Instax. It offers photo prints in a higher resolution than its competitors (800 x 680p with a print resolution of 320 DPI), which means more details, sharper details, and better color gradation. You can apply light edits to your photos before printing them on the companion Android or iOS apps, apply a collage template, and apply filters and text.

The Instax’s prints measure 2.4 x 1.8 inches and its laser exposure system means fast printing (rough 10 seconds). Its rechargeable battery can charge via the included micro USB cord. You can keep an eye on the film and battery with the LED lights on the side or even reprint a photo in an instant with the handy Reprint button.

For Higher-Quality Prints

Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer (Silver)

Enjoy larger, higher-resolution prints with a higher DPI and editing capabilities.

Best Budget Photo Printer: Kiipix Portable Photo Printer

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The Kiipix Portable Photo Printer takes a slightly different approach to printing pictures from your smartphone. Instead of connecting with a cord, with an app, or over Wi-Fi, it simply scans photos directly from your phone’s screen, so remember to turn your phone’s brightness all the way up. Although the Kiipix’s convenient design means you don’t have to deal with an intermediary app or worry about the device’s battery dying on you, it also means you’ll have to edit your photos elsewhere before scanning them.

Many user reviews on Amazon claim that prints from the Kiipix tend to have a retro look to them, which could be because the Kiipix scans your images off a screen rather than processing the digital image directly. That may be the trade off for its lower price point. Nevertheless, the printer supports two sizes—2.1 x 3.4 inches and 1.8 x 2.4 inches—and it uses Fujifilm Instax Mini film.

Best Budget Photo Printer

KiiPix Portable Photo Printer, Black

Scan photos directly from your phone’s screen and print them without Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Best Heavy-Duty Portable Photo Printer: Canon Selphy CP1300

Canon Selphy best heavy-duty portable photo printerCanon

If you don’t mind trading off a bulkier frame for more features, the Canon Selphy is a seriously good pick. The photo printer measures 7.1 x 5.4 x 2.5 inches, and it has a built-in 3.2-inch LCD screen that’s perfect for navigating the menu options and editing your photos. There’s even an optional battery pack you can buy for the Selphy if you’re planning on bringing it with you on your next road trip. The Selphy is also compatible with an impressive four photo print sizes: 2.1 x 2.1-inch, 2.1 x 3.4-inch, 3.5 x 4.7-inch, and 4 x 6-inch prints, so you can have both wallet-size memories along with larger photos for a scrapbook.

You can connect to the printer via the Android and iOS companion app or by connecting your device via USB. The app has a fun Party Shuffle feature in which all of your friends can send images from their phones to the printer and it will combine them into a fun collage you can print. It can handle square Instagram prints (hence the 2.1 x 2.1-inch paper option), and even create vertical photo booth prints on 4 x 6-inch paper you can cut in half and share with a friend.

Best Heavy-Duty Portable Photo Printer

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer with AirPrint and Mopria Device Printing, Black (2234C001)

Print four photo sizes, and navigate the menu with the on-board screen and companion app.

Best Photo Printer for iOS: Prynt Pocket

Prynt Pocket best photo printer for iOS iPhone Apple devicesPrynt

The Prynt Pocket has a cool feature you won’t find anywhere else: the ability to embed a video inside your photo print. It uses augmented reality to add a video inside your photo, and all you have to do to see it is hold the Prynt app on your iOS device over the photo and watch. It’s a refreshing way to add some extra fun to the photos you decorate your apartment with or share a secret memory with friends. Or, if you just want to keep it simple and not bother with a video, the app lets you add fun borders and filters to your photo before you print it from the app.

Photos are printed on 2 x 3-inch ZINK photo paper with a peel-and-stick back, and to print a photo, just physically plug your phone into Prynt’s dock and get started. You can pull photos directly from your iPhone’s gallery or your Instagram feed at that point, or take photos and videos in real time with your phone connected to the device. The only real downside of the Prynt is that it’s only compatible with iPhones (sorry Android users).

Best Photo Printer for iOS

Prynt Pocket, Instant Photo Printer for iPhone – Cool Grey (PW310001-CG)

Print photos directly from your iPhone and Instagram page, and embed AR videos.

Best Photo Printer for Android: Kodak Mini 2

Kodak Mini 2 best photo printer for androidKodak

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of connecting to your photo printer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (or physically connecting it), the Kodak Mini 2 you can keep things simple with NFC One Touch … if you’re an Android user. Apple users can only connect with Bluetooth. The mini smartphone photo printer creates 2.1 x 3.4-inch color or black and white prints using a four-pass D2T2 dye sublimation method, and prints dry instantly. Kodak’s cartridges combine paper and ink, and can be purchased in increments of 20, 30, or 50. There’s also a companion app for Android and iOS where you can crop, add filters to, and otherwise edit your photos before printing them.

Most Portable Photo Printer: Polaroid ZIP

Polaroid Zip most portable photo printer photo editing app for ios and androidPolaroid

With the Polaroid ZIP, you’ll have a teeny tiny photo printer that packs a punch. The pocket-sized printer is a godsend for travel bloggers and party-goers alike, and its vibrant prints bring your prints to life. The free companion Android and iOS apps give you the power to edit your photos (think: brightness adjustment, blurring, color temperature adjustment) and even customize them with cute stickers and filters with a dash of creativity. Then all you have to do is zip them over to the printer directly from the app over Wi-Fi.

The ZIP prints pics on 2 x 3-inch ZINK photo paper, which has an adhesive back and is tear-proof, waterproof, and smudge-proof. The Zip’s rechargeable battery handles up to 25 prints on a single charge, and includes the charging cable you’ll need when it’s time to recharge.

Most Portable Photo Printer

Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3×4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (White) with LCD Touch Screen, Compatible w/ iOS & Android.

This printer’s small size and powerful features make it a powerhouse anywhere you go.

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Channel Your Inner Mozart: The Best Music Theory Apps, Services, and Lessons

Having an understanding of music theory means you have the tools needed to compose your own music and better understand and appreciate music in general. With these apps and services, you can learn music theory online and start your own musical journey.

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8 of the Best TikTok Alternatives to Create and Share Videos

Featured-Best-TikTok-Alternatives-2020.j TikTok has become a very popular platform for creating spontaneous short-form videos for a large set of followers. It is one of the most downloaded apps on both App Store and as Play Store. Currently, the app faces restrictions in some countries, either due to user privacy concerns or simply not being available any longer. For example, India recently banned TikTok along with UC browser and a few other apps. This list includes the best TikTok alternatives that match TikTok in terms of features, appearance, and popularity. Related: Intro to TikTok and 6 Rules for Building a Following on the App… Read more13704195.gif

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Take the Trail Less Traveled with These Hiking Apps

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Visiting a waterfall in a forest or watching a sunrise from a mountaintop are great ways to heed the siren-like calls of wanderlust, and these hiking apps make it easy to find nearby (and faraway) trails worth exploring.

While these apps are dedicated to hiking, they aren’t the only apps capable of helping you explore the breathtaking wonders of nature. Most workout apps count hiking as a great form of exercise (and can sync with your fitness tracker). Map apps, like Google Maps, often show basic trail details for well-known trails and let you download maps for offline use and are less bulky than carrying a physical GPS on a hike. Or perhaps you enjoy treasure hunts and want to search for a geocache while hiking. Whatever your reason is for hiking, just make sure you bring the right accessories along with you so you’re prepared for a fun safe hike.

What to Look for in Hiking Apps

Some people might only use a hiking app to find a new trail or figure out where a trailhead starts, but these apps are packed with tons of information worth digging into. Here are the features you should look for in your GPS hiking app and why each is important:

  • Quantity of Trails: The best hiking apps have a huge database of trails. They’ll show you trails near your current location as well as ones further away, which is great if you’re planning a lengthier hike or a future vacation centering around hiking. They should also have filters or tags for hike intensity, length, kid-friendliness, and other elements as needed. Bonus points if the app allows those in its community to review a trail and vouch for its awesomeness (or warn you of issues).
  • Helpful Trail Information: Good hiking apps make it easy for you to find trailheads and see the overall path of the trail including endpoints and divergent trails. They should also show you relevant trail information like trail length, incline, difficulty, starting and ending altitudes, path direction arrows, hazards, or even hikes with a good view, so that you are properly informed and prepared to head out onto a trail before doing so. Some even show your GPS location overlaid on the map for precision guidance.
  • Offline Functionality: Many good hikes are well off the beaten path, so to speak, so ensure that the hiking app you choose works offline. For some apps, this just means being able to download a map of the trail you’re planning on hiking, while for others this may include a more detailed map, a larger map of your hike that includes the surrounding area, or other additional GPS functionality.
  • Nearby Points of Interest: The beauty of a hike is often in the journey itself, rather than making it to the destination. Some hikes offer breathtaking Instagram-worthy vistas, while others are conveniently located near campgrounds, lodges, or national parks and offer a simple scenic walk. If you’re looking to find a hike with a particular kind of view or plan out a series of hikes on your vacation, get a hiking app that lets you filter or search for those kinds of details.
  • Fun Extras: Some apps offer a few neat extras that can enhance your hiking experience, like the ability to track and record your hike, plot points of interest, see your live hike stats, share your favorite paths with your friends, or submit your current location in case of an emergency.

Best Overall Hiking App: AllTrails

AllTrails best hiking app for iphone and android over 100,000 trailsAllTrails

AllTrails (Free) is the granddaddy of hiking apps, with over 100,000 trails in its database. Users within the AllTrails community can review the trails they’ve hiked, and beam about how lovely it was or if there is a hazard to watch out for. Searching for trails on the app is easy, and it has excellent filters for things like length, difficulty, and views (think wildflowers, lakes, or a historic site). AllTrails includes trail options for off-road driving, mountain biking, horseback riding, or snowshoeing, and you can even see dog-friendly and wheelchair-friendly options, along with those recommended for kids.

The app keeps track of your hiking stats—like your total distance hiked and recent activity—and you can review or share them on social media. It even lets you create custom maps with waypoints, save your favorite trails, and get driving directions to trailheads. Upgrading to the Pro plan ($2.50 per month billed annually) gets you all of that plus downloadable maps for offline use, off-route navigation notifications, printable maps, and other bonuses.


Best Premium Hiking App: Gaia GPS

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Whether you’re into hiking or all types of outdoor activities like hunting, skiing, and camping, Gaia GPS (free, with paid options) is the perfect companion app for all your trail-finding needs. The app is first and foremost a backpacking app, and its topographical maps and routing tools are great for plotting out custom hikes, as it lets you mark distance, elevation changes, and waypoints. The app has maps of public and private land, making it great for hunting, mountain biking, camping, mountaineering, and other similar activities. Included weather forecasts keep you in the know for the best days to hike.

Gaia GPS offers one-year and five-year paid plans, in addition to a free option. The free plan lets you discover hikes, plan trips, navigate, and record your hike data, with topographical maps; this option is recommended for day hikers only. The next tier, Membership ($17 per year) gets you all that plus the ability to download maps and choose your map type; this tier is recommended for backcountry trips without cell service. Lastly, the Premium tier ($36 per year) makes the full map catalog available to you (including custom National Geographic, U.S. Geological survey, and Forest Service maps), shows you motor vehicle restrictions and land management boundaries, lets you customize maps with specialty data just for your activity, and is worth upgrading to if you regularly partake in or are at a professional level of serious outdoor activities like skiing, off-roading, camping, hunting, or backpacking.


Best Free Hiking App: ViewRanger

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The ViewRanger (free) app is a terrific app that has every feature you’d expect a hiking app to have. The app has over 150,000 routes you can look through, with the information for each available at a glance, like their distance and intensity, along with photos. ViewRanger makes it easy to get prepared for all kinds of hikes. It is partnered with the official mapping agencies of 24 countries and offers a USA map bundle with additional map types for all 50 states, including topographical maps from the U.S. Geological Service. And should you feel like walking into the wild, rest assured that the app’s GPS technology continues to work without mobile or data service and allows you to save maps and route guides to your phone.

ViewRanger also has a cool augmented reality feature that lets you view the names of points near you, like mountain peaks and lakes just by holding your phone up. The app records your hiking stats and logs them in real time—including your elevation, speed, and distance traveled—and it even works on your Apple Watch and on Wear OS, so you can discover and follow routes and navigate with offline maps without burning through your smartphone’s battery. A few of the app’s features are only made available if you upgrade to a premium plan (starting at $4.99 per year), however, but the free version is remarkably solid for general use.


Best App for National Park Hikes: National Park Trail Guide

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Sometimes, it’s not enough to simply drive through a national park; sometimes you gotta get out of the car and explore it yourself, and National Park Trail Guide (Free) can help you with that. Choose what national park you’ll be visiting within the app, then it will show you all available hikes, from featured hikes and family-friendly picks, to those with hidden gems for you to discover along the way. As you browse, you can tap on a hike to see photos and learn important stats like its distance, difficulty, and ascent and descent ranges.

As you hike, you’ll see your real-time location displayed as a blue dot on the map, which will continue to work offline thanks to GPS. The app also provides a thorough list of tips regarding nearby lodging, permits, shops, food, activities, and more, so you can continue to stay busy and have fun after a long day of hiking. It’s also packed with a few cool extras that make your experience more exciting, like the ability to create a hiking to-do list, upload photos from your hike, record your GPS track, and even share your location to help if you get stuck in an emergency situation while on your hike.


Best App for Long-Distance Hikes: Guthook Guides

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Guthook Guides (free) has pretty much every tool you could want for planning long hikes and thru-hikes, and it’s popular with and trusted by seasoned long-distance hikers from around the world. While the app itself is free and includes a few free trail guides, you have to pay for most of the guides (starting at $4.99) individually as you go, but they’re yours to keep for life, as are any updates that may be applied to them in the future. Despite their potential costliness, the guides are highly detailed and designed to be easy to use. Each map is rich with features like GPS positioning, detailed routes, elevation profiles, and waypoints. You can even create custom routes for your trip and add a variety of waypoints, like water sources, viewpoints, side trails, historical points, laundry, food, and other accommodations.

Guthook has maps for 7 U.S. national trails (including the Pacific Crest trail and Appalachian Trail), 15 regional trails (including John Muir trail and Eagle Rock Loop), the Great Divide Trail for Canada, four trails for New Zealand, 6 for Australia, 8 for the United Kingdom and Europe, and 2 for the Middle East and Asia.


Best for International Hikes: Hiking Project

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If you’re looking for a new place to explore, Hiking Project (free) is a great app that can help you explore over 230,000 miles of hiking trails across the globe. Hiking Project has a detailed database with over 70,000 hikes in the United States and over 4,000 international hikes in over 110 countries, with more being added all the time. You can browse through hike options and review their descriptions and pertinent information (like elevation and distance), put a hike on your to-do list, check-in to a hike so friendly and family know where you are, and even share your favorite hikes with friends.

The aim of the Hiking Project app is to provide informative hiking information exceeding even what you’d find on a paper map. You can download trail info to use offline, track your exact spot on the map with GPS, and peruse high-resolution photos and detailed topographical maps of trails you’re interested in. GPS usage tracks your location and your vertical profile.


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