Smartphone technology has been a disruptive technology, meaning new technology that that rapidly comes into the marketplace and displaces established technology. This new mobile technology is a game changer for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and landowners. Some may seem a bit pricey, but when you look at the number of other devices they replace and their benefits, they are well worth the investment. Smartphones are mini computers that you carry in you pocket or wear on your belt. They are easy to use and offer tremendous value to outdoor enthusiasts.
There are literally thousands of apps to download, of which many that are free and add even more value to what already comes with the phone itself. Let’s look at some of the benefits of taking a smartphone in the field:
- Sending pictures
- Access To Bowhunting.net
- Access Facebook or Twitter
- GPS apps
- 911 Calls
- Alarm Clock
- Flashlight/SOS Signal
- Knot Instructions
- Tracking device
- Translation apps
- Weather reports
- Moon phases
- Solunar tables
- Game Calls
- First Aid apps
- Airline check-in
- Dusk and Dawn times
- Driving Directions
- Phone Calls
- Sports scores
- Access to Bowhunting.net
These capabilities are just the beginning. I am amazed at all the apps available for these devices.
iPhone with the Google Maps App downloaded for free can be used as a great scouting tool.
Smartphones can cross the line, taking e-mail and work with you in the field, which is one reason we go afield, to get away from the hustle and bustle of our work lives. This can be a curse or a blessing, depending on how you look at it. One positive way to look at it is you might be able to spend more time afield. Technology allows us to work from anywhere. Rather than making that emergency run to the office, you can handle the situation via e-mail or twitter from your tree stand. You have to love that!
iPhone ships with an 8 – 12 megapixel cameras that eliminates the need to carry a standalone camera .
I would say the possible downside to these devices is that they really are computers and in the world I live in there sometimes is a lot of dust, dirt, snow and water. All these can cause major problems or even kill a smartphone. However, you can protect your smartphone with a case that will not only keep your device free from dirt and grime but also the number one killer of phones, water.
I recommend getting a case that will protect your investment from the elements. One such case is the Lifeproof case from Lifeproof.com. These cases put a water and dust proof wrapper around your smartphone to protect it from the elements. There are other decent cases out there, but none I have found are as effective as Lifeproof.
Lifeproof cases protect your smartphone from the elements and are water proof, dirt proof and shock proof.
Enjoy the freedom to go everywhere and do everything with your new smartphone. Water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof protection lets you make the most of each and every day afield. Every single feature has been designed to work seamlessly with your phone. Touch screen, camera, buttons, microphones and speakers. Every single case is water tested prior to shipping.
If you have a smartphone, make sure you are taking advantage of its hunting capabilities. If you have not yet experienced the power of these devices, I highly recommend it. They will provide you many benefits on your hunts and in the field and might even save your life.