Tablet for a GPS

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by phillyrube, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. phillyrube

    phillyrube Long timer

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    Ok, been researching and still don't have all the answers. I know I can download maps such as OsmAnd or Avenza, then use the GPS chip. Since cellphones use a triangulated signal, do tablets do the same? Will a tablet use cellphone signals if you are not subscribed, using something like Google maps? Best tablet for battery life, using it for normal tablet stuff.
    Call me technologically challenged.
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  2. Themartymac

    Themartymac Been here awhile

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    I use an ipad mini with cellular, and it does not need the account to function, but with cellular connection the location data is supposedly quicker and more accurate. Not sure about android tablets.

    With apple tablets, you must have a cellular capable device to have a gps receiver. But as mentioned, not necessarily a plan.

    But that plans are quite cheap, and my ipad only costs me $5 more each month on my cell bill to keep it on and gets me double the data useable on any of my devices. I would assume similar android tablet data packages are available if you want to use one.
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  3. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    If you load the region in Google maps you will not need a connection to use GPS as it works independently of cell service.
    I used to use my old Motorola Xoom for this but last time I used it I had it in a ziplock bag to waterproof it and in a map bag on top of my tank bag. I assume it overheated because it hasn't worked properly since that time.
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  4. appliance57

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    Apps like osmand and Heretogo use preloaded maps coupled with your gps capabilities. You don't a need cellphone connection - gps triangulates using, yup, gps - satellites of love floating above you, waiting for your command to show the closest taco stand. I use a combo of these apps and paper maps. Each has their purpose an strong points. Last year in the mohave, the road had long since vanished, but I could follow it using osmand and get to where I wanted to go. etc etc...
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  5. worwig

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    Many tablets, and virtually all smartphones, have an actual GPS chip set. Get the map data on the device, and you are good, connection or not.
    But some tablets, like the Amazon Fire, do not have the chips. It is hit or miss with tablets.
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  6. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I use a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7" (old eyes) running Osmand+. Has gps, wifi, and blue tooth. No cell service needed....I don't have cell service.

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  7. Captain Hobo

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    I run a Nexus 7" second generation on Ram mounts. Osmand+ is the mapper of choice. It cost something like $10.

    What you will absoutlely need is an inline USB ammeter because tablet consume over one amp when the screen is turned all the way up. If you've got shitty cables or a cable goes bad, the only way to tell is with an ammeter. You will need one you can see easily all the time.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J3JSEG6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    (The unit on the right with the green LED is a GPS speedometer with a BIG display)
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  8. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    THANKS for the link


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  9. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Clearly one of them posted above is also a time machine. :lol3
    And possibly an ATM.


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    Some fine work there by 2old2Bbold

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  10. manstache

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    What case is that in? Is it waterproof?
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    off topic but can you post photos of your gopro remote mount
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  12. nickguzzi

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    My partner uses a samsung 7"tab. She has CoPilot loaded that does the nav thing - routing, t by t, the usual sat nav things. It doesn't need a cell connection, but full time power - it gets quite hungry.
    CoPilot is one of many similar apps that will fit on phones and tablets. It is just the first one I came across. I think there are free and "pro" versions.

    There are also much better dedicated routing apps.
    I am looking at Kurviger.de (yup, there is a full English version). Major advantage is it doesn't use googlemaps, I have heard google is going to start charging for commercial use, so some similar apps will no longer work unless the developer stumps up.
    Kurviger uses the open source OpenStreetMaps. Gives the options of highway, main road, curvy road or very curvy roads, mostly avoiding towns. The OSMaps are easy to read and the route is easy to drag to take in habitation for what ever you need there. Also selectable options to mark fuel, mechanics, all other sorts of poi's.

    There is no street view or satellite view, which may be an inconvenience. I find the OSMaps more detailed and more accurate where I ride, YMMV as the programme relies on people updating them and filling in the details. I have plotted hypothetical routes in the Alps, to and from places I know well and it does that OK too. Definitely worth a try IMO.
    It does require routes to be exported to your sat nav app when I create a route on my desk top (obviously) how transparent that would be within a single device? As you can see I have only tried it with online maps available, offline? no idea, but there is a thread here abouts.
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  13. zetabird

    zetabird Been here awhile

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    i just ordered a tablet to set up for the bike, and camping and shooting apps well see how it works
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    A Samsung Active is waterproof and shockproof with decent battery life. Plus it has a swappable battery and microSD slot. Mine has survived a lot of bike, boat and general outdoor use. The GPS is really good. Not the cheapest thing around and they are heavy. But mine has survived a lot of abuse.

    https://www.samsung.com/us/business/products/mobile/tablets/tab-active2/
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  15. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

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    I dig my Garmin Montana, but noticed on a recent week long excursion that it has shrunk, becoming harder to read. A tablet may be in my future.
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  16. zetabird

    zetabird Been here awhile

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    my cells have been the active phones for a while, i have an 8 active right now that i like, but a cheap tab i can throw in an otterbox or pelican should work well
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  17. 2old2Bbold

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    The case is some kind of cheap China Amazon thing.... not water proof. Mount is home made. Last trip thru Colorado it rained/snowed/hailed several days with no problems. The wind shield keeps the rain off pretty good. I put a stuff sack over it when parked.
    The charger is a 2.1 amp from Wall Mart. I leave the screen on full bright all the time and it keeps up fine. My GoPro is an early Hero2. The remote came in a kit and was a pain to get set up/synced. I think the newer ones come with the remote and are much easier to use.
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  18. Grreatdog

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    You give up some size with the Active. But I like that since it fits in my enduro bag or a jacket pocket. This is my second 8" waterproof tablet. So, I am used to this size now.

    The new model also has glove mode. I would like to try that. But not enough to buy a new one.
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  19. zetabird

    zetabird Been here awhile

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    what case are you running, i just got a first gen nexus 7 for real cheap and may mess around with it
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