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Experience Outdoors: Hiking with a smartphone

There are so many ways our smartphones and wireless tech can complement our outdoor activities – especially hiking. With helpful maps and navigation features, cameras to capture the beauty of nature, and other hiking apps to help you make the most of your adventure, hiking with a smartphone is the way to go. 

Here are a few hiking apps and helpful features you can take with you on the trail. 

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Navigate your way safely

With apps like Gaia GPS, AllTrails, and Avenza, you have constant on-the-go access to all the maps and trail guides you need, even if you don’t have cell phone reception at the time. By using these apps to prepare, plan, and track your hikes, you can spend your time on the trail experiencing nature to the fullest. 

For extra peace of mind, bring the Verizon Jetpack Mifi 8800L with you while you hike. This lightweight, portable hotspot provides up to 12 hours of power and a reliable Wi-Fi connection no matter where you’re located.

man checking smartwatch on hike

Track your fitness

Hiking is a great way to exercise and stay fit, and your smartphone is the perfect workout companion. Using apps like Strava and Nike Training Club, you can see how far you’ve hiked, how many calories you’ve burned, and more. 

A smartwatch, like the Apple Watch SE or Samsung Galaxy Watch3, is another great way to stay fit on the trail. Keep a quick eye on the time and the weather while tracking your steps, your distance, and your heartrate. Plus, you can quickly access a compass if you need it. 

Need a little boost to get you motivated? Attach your JBL Clip 3 to your backpack and stream your favorite workout playlists on Apple Music while you hike. 

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Be a pro at nature photography

There’s no need to carry a heavy DSLR camera with you just to capture stunning photos of nature when you’re hiking with a smartphone. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max are already equipped with pro-grade cameras and features like Super Zoom, Night Sight, and more, so you can capture high-definition images while on-the-go. 

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Protecting your smartphone

Being outdoors can bring a lot of unknowns – rain, dirt, accidental drops, etc. That’s why it’s important to keep your smartphone protected with accessories like the Otterbox Defender case, the PureGear Screen Protector, and the Universal Pelican Waterproof Pouch. With these waterproof and drop-proof products, your smartphone is more likely to survive any unexpected accidents. 

For even more protection year-round, add Verizon Mobile Protect to your wireless plan. For as little as $17/mo, you’ll have access to unlimited cracked screen repair, battery replacement, 24/7 Tech Coach support, and more. Plus, if you need a replacement device, same-day delivery and device set up is available to you.

Now, with these helpful products, apps, and hiking tips, you’re more ready than ever to hit the trails and get moving. For even more tips and products, visit your nearest Cellular Sales store.

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