After Action Report.
I found the most significant use of the smartphone was for weather and especially wind conditions. I used this info to set the days goals and in a couple instances the route I would take.
At Harrisburg IL instead of striking out for Chester and then north to St Louis i headed immediately northward, I had a very strong south wind, to Belleville. In Sterling KS instead of fighting a head wind to Larned I struck northwest to Great Bend, again because of the winds.
On the Katy I waited out a thunderstorm using the radar images to know when to go.
I used the smartphone to find resources in towns and cities. Great to determine best motel closest to things like Walmart.
As for navigation I downloaded map segments for offline use which I used periodically to put me in context with the ACA maps.
I also used the smartphone to post to my blog via email when I did not have wifi for the tablet.
What I would like to see is an ACA app that would give me the panel resource listings so I could put them on a map and call without having to dial the phone numbers. That same app could have the addendum's too.
But there were a few problems too; motels that had been closed for years, getting dumped on to a gravel road albeit an enjoyable experience, campgrounds that didn't take tents or were members only (All Stays app), motels that were new and not listed.
Surprising to me was the inability of Verizion 4G to access some websites that I could with wifi. Frontier Airlines was is an example.
When there was no cell service there seemed to be wifi around somewhere to fill in the gaps.
All in all there were two things that I took the greatest care not to lose; my wallet and my smartphone.