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GPS -Viewranger on my mobile
by David.Ferguson » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:18 pm
Thought folks might be interested in the image below as an example of the Viewranger software running on a new
Nokia 5800 mobile.I could not afford the phone and a GPS so 2 birds with the one stone and i am really pleased
with the ease of use and quality of image you get.I have downloaded a huge area of maps at 1:50000 scale for £20
from viewranger and the screenshot shows a walkinghighlands GPX route for Beinn Chabhair on screen.
I have only used it locally,not on the hill yet,and GPS locks quickly.
I don't work for them but just like something that i think is good value,simple and works.
by HighlandSC » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:20 am
Theres a bit more info and links on the topic about it here:
And a couple more screenshots I postsed in the Satmap thread
I find it's great although it loses it's signal a couple of times for a period on almost every trip. Also at times it may have a signal, and draw the "correct" track as you walk - but it's all say 1/2Km over to the side of where you really are. It definitely seems to suffer with little glitches like this more than dedicated GPS units do (maybe that's just my N95 - I'd be very interested to hear how you get on with your phone after a few trips). But in general it's brilliant and great/cheap/easy way to double up your mobile as a GPS.
I'd recommened something like this http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.ph ... t_mode=des to recharge the phone when you're out and about - mine defintely cannot be trusted to last more than 4-5 hours.
by David.Ferguson » Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:47 pm
Very easy to wander (if that's what you want to do) without consulting a map as a waypoint alarm bleeps at each one.
For tricky navigation and when the weather closes in my GPS will be with me.
I can recommend.
by smudger831 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:03 pm
by HighlandSC » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:09 pm
- The BeachBuoy
http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.ph ... t_mode=des
by David.Ferguson » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:13 pm
Yip i have the same concerns but on Sunday i kept mine in a small ortlieb case (one for keeping maps and cameras dry)
and am ordering a case similar to HSC's.Different make,Aquapac.
The phone is touch screen and works great through the waterproof cases.
It better do the job.
Its guaranteed submersible to 15 feet (5 metres).
The UV-stabilized TPU material won't be broken down or discoloured by sunlight.
It keeps out dust and sand too.
The airtight seal means your PDA will float safely if dropped in water
Suitable for PDAs or PDA-style phones without expansion packs
by HighlandSC » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:28 pm
I have a Nokia N96 at the moment (not touch screen) but due to upgrade soon, so I might consider a touch screen model.
by David.Ferguson » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:19 pm
I must admit i was not sure about touchscreen but i love the Nokia 5800.Unfortunately my daughter loves it as well
and is kicking up a stink as it is far better than her phone.
I can actually text on it as well,it has a Qwerty keyboard,what a joy.
by HighlandSC » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:13 pm
I wonder if it's the GPS receiver on my N96 that's dodgy - cutting out, or showing me 1/2km across from where I really am! Doesn't fill me with confidence! Hopefully you don't get that with the 5800
by David.Ferguson » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:50 pm
I followed the route for chabhair from this site and the 5800 alarms at each waypoint and if i was more than
2 metres off course the waypoint alarm was gone and i knew i had veered off route.I was impressed by the accuracy/
The 5800 does have AGPS,is the N96 the same.?
by HighlandSC » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:40 pm
I've been using the phone in "Offline" (disconnected from operator network/data connection) mode to save battery - this means that I lose the "Assisted" part (which relies on a phone signal) and have just been running on standard GPS. I was finding that in areas of no phone signal having the phone "Online" meant it killed the battery quickly by always trying to obtain a phone signal. I thought that since the GPS doesn't rely on a phone signal I may as well always run Offline - which works fine in times of good standard GPS connection, but for times of a bad GPS connection but a good phone signal then AGPS would make a difference. I'd imagine AGPS brings benefits even if you have a good standard GPS signal. Don't get me wrong, most of the time I DO have a good position just by using standard GPS. It's just the amount of times it goes haywire is still unacceptable. Damn technology
I'm going to try running my phone Online next time - and assuming I have a phone signal, in theory I should get a much more accurate position and track recorded which will prove AGPS makes a difference. Problem with my battery though will be if I have no signal it'll die very quickly (still give me 3-4 hours though and I have a charging unit I carry).
Waypoints - I tried them the first time I used it and got annoyed by the thing buzzing and beeping all the time. Since then I've only ever opted to "view" a route on the screen and compare that with the track being recorded over it, instead of "following" it waypoint by waypoint. But I can see using the waypoints in a lot of cases would be very useful and I'll try them again.
by smudger831 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:09 pm
by sloosh » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:47 am
by HighlandSC » Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:29 pm
That article you posted sounds like they're about to try and take on the real GPS big guns properly and offer a service with all the frills.
by MacCookie » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:26 pm