I think this would be an awesome thread!I hear you, Jim. It's tricky also for those that use "real" GPS devices because there are fewer "chip" data vendors than for the software apps.
I don't want to dirty the thread with a lot of off-topic stuff but if anybody ever wants more input on pros and cons of apps for planning and field use, feel free to PM me (or start a thread, I'm sure I'll see it). I've used them all: OnX, CalTopo, Locus, BaseMap, Fatmap, Gaia, AlpineQuest, etc.
My wife is the same way and I hunt solo much of the time. I value her peace of mind and so I call her once a day if I can.I can't speak for everybody, but my experience has been I value tech without staring at my phone all day. If anything, it's a time SAVER over tracking where I am and taking notes with paper maps and pads. (Although I do carry a paper map as a backup.) But equally important, we have young kids in the house. My wife really appreciates me checking in once or twice a day just to know I'm OK. These days, even in "wilderness areas" I almost always have enough signal in certain spots to send them an "all's well". If I'm going to carry a phone anyway for emergencies, I may as well get all the use out of it I can. Just my 2c.
I think hunting in general is ultimately a very personal thing. Everybody has a different approach and goals. To each their own, no?
Dig around in the layers feature, it's there. If you can't find it I can post screen shots.I downloaded the basemap app today.
haven't decided if I like it or not yet . have to play with it to figure out how everything works. haven't found if it shows elevation or not but doesn't seem to. does show public vs private though, which was my biggest need.