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My dinosaur died 2 months ago.  All contact info was lost.  If it was still breathing everything could have been downloaded to new phone. I now have an iPhone with a LifeBox that has been rained on and dropped several times. So far so good.
But I am thinking about get a simple plain cellphone as a backup. The new phone needs to be charged way more than the dearly departed Blackberry ever did.


--- Quote from: Caveat on September 04, 2014, 08:20:27 AM ---My dinosaur died 2 months ago.  All contact info was lost.  If it was still breathing everything could have been downloaded to new phone. I now have an iPhone with a LifeBox that has been rained on and dropped several times. So far so good.
But I am thinking about get a simple plain cellphone as a backup. The new phone needs to be charged way more than the dearly departed Blackberry ever did.

--- End quote ---
That's one thing Blackberry did well; battery life.  My first generation could go seven days between charges.  Regardless of phone, android or iphone, a rechargeable portable charger is a must have.  I have several.  One is no larger than the phone itself and can take my phone from 5% to 90%, but I prefer the larger units that can go from zero to full charge several times.  They're nice to stick in a coat pocket, desk drawer, glove box, or wherever you might need a charge.  Heck, some of them are even powerful enough to jumpstart your car, too.

Thx for the app suggestions I will be downloading several of them!!!   I went with a galaxy s5 it seems/looked the most durable.
The first app I downloaded was tsp, it works great!

A couple of the ones I use. Yard Sale Treasure Map. Handyman Calculator. Evernote. Zello.

These are the ones I have on my phone:

Glympse – (my score A)
A nice way to share your location with anyone for a specified period of time. I put it on my cell as I can see a lot of good reasons for it but only have it for specific people I am heading to their house. It works for hiking or around your property too.

Emergency Radio Free -  (my score A)
Extensive database of live police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, train, NOAA weather, coast guard, HAM radio, and other frequencies. Tune in to everything from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to the New York Fire Department (FDNY). It is very much like my Radio Reference that I like to use on my laptop, but I think this one is easier to use.

MKA Alerts  (my score C-D)
The Natural Disaster Alerts Map application is free and displays the locations of and information about recent earthquakes, tropical cyclones, volcanic activity and floods that have occurred around the globe. Select an item on the map to receive general information. I am not too keen on this one, but am trialing it anyway. However it will probably get deleted.

Find iPhone -  (not sure yet on a score as I have not lost my iPhone yet)
Self explanatory

SAS Survival Lite (my score A)
SAS Survival Lite is the free version of the complete SAS Survival Guide. It is pretty sweet. I suggest it for newbies and experienced people alike.

MyAltitude (my score C-B)
I think it works? I have not gone anywhere but the valley currently, so have not gained much in elevation or found mountain summit markers/train depot signs telling the elevation yet. However it says +/- 19 meters it could be out, so see below on Commander Compass Lite which I think I like better.

Coleman Camping Cookbook (my score A)
Just wish there were more recipes. But it is an excellent start and I really and trying a few of them. They also give you different cooking methods as well as ingredients and more.

GoToAid lite (my score A)
Nice little 'pocket book' full of first aid, disaster, natural disasters before, during and after for people with little to moderate skills. I also like it in case I am tired or questioning myself as a backup. It also has Morse Code which I think I like better than the other AP mentioned below. It also has all the emergency numbers for LOTS AND LOTS of countries. COUNTRIES, not counties.

Disaster Alert (my score A)
I like this disaster alert program better than the other two listed above. It updates more frequently. Has more information. I will probably delete the other two programs. I have another disaster program on my laptop and this one is not as good as the one on my laptop. But it is good for a free ap.

Flashlight – It works, but not sure I can score a flashlight.

Alltrails (my score B until I can play with it a bit more)
40,000 trails & reviews. Tells elevation gains, distance, driving to the trailhead directions.

Maps with Me (my score A)
Offline maps of all the countries of the world. Was kinda difficult to find OFFLINE maps. So this way if you are out of cell tower range, you can still find your way (should still have a paper map in my opinion however)

Morse Code (my score D-C)
I like the one in the GoToAid lite ap much better

Leaf Snap (my score B)
At first I did not like this ap as it only has trees in it, now I kinda like it.

Wild Edibles Lite (my score A)
It doesn't have as many plants in it as I was hoping, but then again I used to teach wild edible foods classes for 10 years. I like that he has recipes, nutrition, medical, poisonous lookalikes. How to harvest and more. Great free ap.

Sun Seeker Lite (my score A)
It provides a FLAT VIEW SOLAR COMPASS showing the solar path, its hour intervals and elevation, winter and summer solstice paths, rise and set times and other details. I especially like the satelitte map overlay. It will help me out at the new farm.

Wiki How Survival (my score A)
I am not sure if I will ever have to control a spooked camel, but there is a lot of good things in here.

iBird Lite (my score A)
I have enjoyed birdwatching since I was 6 and I toted the Peterson's guide around with me everywhere. This I like for the bird calls and more. It could be applied for prepper stuff too.

Rogers Mushrooms  (my score C-B)
This is a handy little Ider, but I like my books better. I am not sure I trust it for when I am actually foraging and having a question on something, but as a pocket ID for fun, I like it.

NWMflowers (my score C-B)
Good as a ID reference, but Wild Edibles Lite is much better for being a wild edible food guide. I like these kinds of flower guides when I go hiking too however. For just an ID guide, I would give it a A score, but wish it had more flowers in it.

Gas Buddy (my score A)
I like the maps, I like it tells the mileage to the station.

Commander Compass Lite (my score A)
It has the artificial horizon on it, degrees, I think it has the elevation on it and if it does, it is better than the Altimeter mentioned above. I may get rid of the other altimeter ap, although it is prettier and easier to read.

Chem Safety (my score B-A)
After seeing a video that someone posted on one of my newsgroups about a chemical spill and a police officer heading to the victim laying in the middle of the roadway, the fumes from the chemicals overcame him and you literally watched him die from his dashboard cam, I decided this might be a good idea as I will always assist in an accident. I used to have HUGE books in my home from my ex who did Hazmat stuff and this ap makes finding things so much easier. Nice to have with me in case there is a chemical spill on the roadway. If I had to choose between this ap and the one just below, this would be the one to go however.

Placard Plus Free (my score A)
I like this chemical placard program as well. I think it will go well with the other one, so I can justify two of them. This one seems to be a bit more user friendly and more information including first aid rendering. So if I had to choose one between this and the one above, this one would be the keeper.

New Holland Agriculture Weather (my score A)
My new favorite weather ap. Check it a few times a day.

Bayer Weed Spotter (my score B)
Most wild edibles are weeds. This is a nice handy reference to grasses and broadleaf weeds. I like that is shows the plants in many grow stages.

River Level (my Score B)
I thought this was a good idea since our farm is near a river and many rivers which we need to cross to get there which can and do typically flood. River Level fetches and graphs daily statistics about selected rivers. Statistics currently include river depth and (for some locations) water temperature. It does not look like it is an instantanous reading which is why I dropped it to a B score. I like that it has graphs as well as text.

Marine Weather by BlueFin Engineering (my Score A)
Providing access to marine forecasts, live buoy data, tides, currents, radar, & sea surface temperatures. This program is very easy to use and gives me the data I am looking for when I wonder if it is a good day to go down to crab, clam or let SweetPea play on the sand.

My Radar (my Score B)
A quick little doplar for your phone.

Tsunami Evac (my Score B+)
Interactive maps of tsunami evacuation zones in both Oregon and Washington State. Has individual town tsunami information on it too. Also has alerts if there is any current.

Red Cross Hurricane (my Score A)
Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe.

Red Cross Earthquake (my Score A)
Available in English or Spanish—is the third in a series created by the American Red Cross. Gives users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after earthquakes. Shows where earthquakes are real time. The new, simplified ‘Shake Zone Impact Maps’ provide users with personalized local impact information on the status of their community in order to help them make crucial decisions.

Red Cross First Aid (my Score A)
Gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.

Red Cross Wildfires (my Score A)
The “Blaze Tracker” trio of features-which can be customized for alerts specific to locations where they live, travel or have loved ones, “Blaze Warnings” which let users see areas where NOAA has issued warnings that conditions are favorable for potential wildfires, “Blaze Alerts” inform users when a wildfire has begun within 100 miles of any locations monitored; “Blaze Path” from which provides users with a current view of an existing wildfire’s perimeter, how it has spread and the fire’s current location when available; Comprehensive reporting of all wildfire activity for every geographic area in the United States.

Earthquake! (my Score B-A)
This one doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Red Cross Earthquake ap, but I still like it. I will see which one does better real time.

Iseismometer (my Score B+)
Turn it on, then tap somewhere. It will even register my breathing. There is an alarm you can set on it for senstivity. You can also send in reports of activity.

TidalDataFree (my Score B)
Has all the US tide charts, ocean, bays and river. Also graphs.

What Knot to Do (in the Greater Outdoors) (my Score A+)
Too cool not to have. 70 different knots, step-by-step and save any knot to your Favorites list

What's on My Food (my Score A+)
Yeah.. this is why I try to grow all of my own... What are the dangers of these pesticides? How much of this stuff is really on the food we eat? This is a great reference for me for what I do.

Dutch Oven Helper (my Score A)
The Dutch Oven Helper is a fast, simple,  user-friendly tool for calculating the number of briquettes needed for a dutch oven meal.

Riverford Organic Farms Vegetable Machine (my Score A)
Crazy little ap. If you have weird things coming to harvest all at the same time like turnips, onions and jerusalem artichokes and nothing else  to make something out of dinner with, this IS YOUR AP! It WILL come up with a recipe.

FireWood Buddy (my Score A)
This is a practical and fun ap. It is meant for firewood related stuff (I will get to that in a sec), but it also has pests in firewood and camping checklists. But it also tells where to locate local (to you) firewood for camping (vendors, but if you want to order some firewood for your home, I bet you could). The Firewood Master section is what I liked too.. There is a section on what type of wood produces how much BTU, how much sparks it tosses out, how smokey it is, how easy to split and how easy to burn. If that was not enough, they also have campfire recipes, how to build a campfire, campfire tales, and campfire songs,

Parks Canada (my score A)
Camping basics, camping checklist, recipes and cooking, places to camp. Goes through types of stoves,  tents etc. Meal planning, setting up your campsite, camping with children, even how to care for and store your gear after you get back. Good recipes.

Oregon Fish Counts (my score B)
Nice to see if the fish are running and numbers for numberous locations in Oregon. I think the check thingy is difficult to get the check into.

Wiser Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (my score A+)
Standalone. Deals with things like Anthrax to Bioterrorism agents, toxins, viruses, WMD, meth labs, helps ID 438 different chemicals. Properties, odor, taste, pH. NFPA decipher and way more.

GPS Hiker (my score A)
Camera mode, standard/sat/hybrid map, has map tracking mode, does your current hike, altitude gain, time, average speed, nice close in sat photos.

Topos2Go (my score A)
Offline downloads for when you are out of wireless range. You can download freely available maps and store them on your device for use without WiFi or cell access. Easy to search for maps IF you know the name of the area you are looking for.

Plot Hound (Timber Cruising) (my score B-A)
BSW timber conversion Calculator. Plot Hound is a simple timber cruise application. You can record diameter, height, species, and grade. Soon I will be mostly in charge of a 40 acre woodlot, thought I could use the help.

Bee Smart (my score A)
Browse through a database of nearly 1,000 native plants. Filter your plants by what pollinators you want to attract, light and soil requirements, bloom color, and plant type. This is an excellent plant reference to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, bats, and other pollinators to the garden, farm, school and every landscape. Doubles as a wild plant ID book.

Tick Doctor (my score B-A)
My favorite part is on tick removal (blagh), but it is interesting to see the different kinds of ticks too. Prevention, shows all lifestages.

Floodwatch (my Score A)
Flood stages, graph to see how much it is rising or lowering, clickable maps to save certain rivers/creeks into favorites, details and more. I live in river and creek county which tend to flood and the new farm is along a river, so very useful for me. Replaced the RiverLevel ap for me

Quake Feed (my Score A)
This is like the website I like online and have looked at for years. It is RIGHT up to date within seconds. You can dial it in for different magnitudes. But I kept Earthquake! as it has EMSC, BGS, USGS. I also kept the Red Cross Earthquake ap. They all have slightly different things which are worthwhile on them.

UbAlert (my Score B+ to A)
Make sure to pull down on the tab to refresh it. You can dial it in for the severity type, not sure how fast it actually keeps up on to date.



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