does the app work worldwide?
Yes. It's designed and built from the ground up to operate off-the-grid anywhere in the world.
To view background imagery while off-the-grid, you need to download it before you leave WiFi or cellular range.
which ipad should i get?
The short answer: get the iPad Pro 9.7" WiFi+cellular model. It's the most capable iPad on the market as of March 2017.
The long answer: it depends on how you intend to use the app. With basic usage LeadNav will run on virtually any iOS device. Yes, you will notice some lag or choppiness on older devices. If you're racing or building large routes don't waste your time with anything older than an iPad Air 1.
With regard to storage capacity (16GB vs. 32GB vs. 128GB), it comes down to how much background satellite imagery you want to store for offline usage at one time. Imagery for the 2016 Baja 1000 race course came in at about 4GB. We've seen imagery for other events be upwards of 15GB.
iPads that we highly recommend:
- iPad Pro 9.7" WiFi+cellular
- iPad Mini 4 WiFi+cellular
- iPad Air 2 WiFi+cellular
Why should i get the cellular model ipad?
Because a cellular model iPad can calculate your current position.
Here's a more detailed explanation:
- iPads come in two flavors: WiFi-only or WiFi+cellular
- WiFi-only models DO NOT HAVE AN INTERNAL GPS CHIP. In order to use a WiFi-only iPad off-the-grid you must run a Dual XGPS160 receiver (for sale in our online store, see Buy Now button below).
- WiFi+cellular models have an internal GPS chip. That GPS chip will work worldwide. You DO NOT need to be in cellular reception for it to work. You don't even need a cellular plan.
TO USE A WIFI-ONLY IPAD YOU MUST PURCHASE An XGPS160
is the xgps160 better than the ipad's internal gps chip?
Yes. The XGPS160 refreshes ten times per second. The internal chip refreshes once per second. The XGPS160 is a much stronger antenna, so when you're down in canyons or around tall buildings it will continue to have a solid lock on your position.
If you are using LeadNav in a race car you should run an XGPS160, regardless of whether your iPad is a cellular model.
Do i need cellular data coverage to use leadnav?
No. You do not need cellular data or even a cellular plan. All iPhones and cellular-capable iPads have an internal GPS chip which is all the app needs to function.
WiFi-only iPads do not have an internal GPS chip and will need an external GPS receiver in order to know your position. We recommend the Dual XGPS160 and it's for sale on our hardware store.
Background satellite imagery must to be saved prior to heading into areas without cellular coverage.
Can i import race maps or other routes into leadnav?
Yes. You can import any GPX file through email, text message, Airdrop, a website, or manually using iTunes on a computer.
Does leadnav offer sponsorships or racer discounts?
We're asked about sponsorships at least a half dozen times every day. Here's the deal: we WILL NOT sponsor you right off the bat. Buy the app and run it. If you like it, promote it. Build a relationship with us. We keep a very close eye on our social media. We will notice your promotion and help you out down the line.
We know everyone has a "huge social media following" or you "know a ton of people." Prove it first... and we will support you accordingly.
LeadNav is moving forward with or without you. "This train's a moving" so to speak...and if you want to get on....get on...if not.... get off...not going to hurt our feelings.
Were building a revolutionary product that greatly enhances the capability of those who work and play off-the-grid.
do any offroad racing teams use leadnav?
Yes. Here are just a handful of the race teams that use LeadNav throughout their preparation and on race day:
- Rob Macachren (2016 Baja 1000 / 2017 Mint 400)
- Terrible Herbst
- Campbell Racing
- Currie Racing
- Spitfire Racing
- Jessi Combs
- Camburg Racing
- Broadsword Racing
- Gomez Brothers Racing
Hundred more teams around the world wait until the week before their race to call us for support.
does leadnav work on android?
No. We invested a significant amount of time and money into the development of an Android app in 2016. During our testing and QA process we found that Android wasn't able to maintain a high enough level of performance for us to be satisfied with a public release. We will re-engage the Android app in late 2017.
does leadnav have maps for my area?
There's an important distinction to make here. To some people, "maps" means tracks or routes for them to follow. Other people say "maps" and they mean the background satellite imagery.
LeadNav DOES NOT maintain a library of trails. LeadNav DOES have background imagery for the entire world.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: LeadNav can import and use any GPX file that you find online.
If you want trails for a specific area, simply Google "________ GPX files" (e.g. "Moab GPX files", "Baja GPX files", Big Bend National Park GPX files", etc.). There are thousands of websites that host GPX files for areas around the world. It would be impossible for LeadNav to maintain and verify a library of worldwide trails. That's why we make it extremely simple to import and use any GPX file you can find.
if i buy leadnav on my phone can i get it on my ipad?
Yes. Once you purchase LeadNav out of the App Store you can freely download it to any other device that's signed into the same Apple ID. The same also goes for any in-app purchases.