I just wanted to say it sounds like you didn't poke around in Gaia GPS quite far enough, unless I'm misunderstanding.5. Gaia is interesting. It feels much FASTER than any of the others, but it's also much more basic. There are only a few base map layers, and they can't be overlaid like the other apps, so if you're looking at topo you're not seeing satellite, and if you're looking at satellite, there are no labels on anything (like roads). On the other hand it looks to me like it has a lot of potential, it's basically where CalTopo was a few years ago (back when they also had only a few layers available) but with a more sophisticated interface. I'm keeping my eye on it and hoping it will grow.
You're right, those basemap layers are very buried.I just wanted to say it sounds like you didn't poke around in Gaia GPS quite far enough, unless I'm misunderstanding.