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  1. And again, BadElf replies. Even apologized for a delay in reply - though asked on Friday afternoon and answered Monday morning is fine by me. So I guessed right on -165dBm tracking, and there are your acquisition cold and hot start numbers.
  2. Just thinking... Even if you're confident about doing the repair yourself -- .For what the part would cost plus concern the case waterproofing was already compromised (because getting wet shouldn't have damaged the screen to begin with) -- it might not be reasonable to repair. A 62s can often be found for around $200.
  3. We'll see. I just sent an inquiry to their support address. But y'know, I think I can guess at the answer. In one of the Q&A sections of their website, they mention the Pro+ uses the MediaTek MTK3339 - which you could guess from their other advertised specs(66 channel, 10hz update rate, GPS+Glonass). And devices from other vendors almost always quote MediaTek's own -165dB figure. Whether or not that means anything in the real world, once it's in a complete package, is something else altogether. Maybe it's one of those "all else being equal" (though they never are) kind of things.
  4. That's something I have never, ever considered in purchasing a GPS. There are other metrics I look at, product reviews, and real world use cases. There's one spec on the Bad-Elf that puts me off though - unrelated to GPS itself -- waterproofness, or lack thereof. IPX4 for field use? Sorry, no. Perhaps they looked at your other threads here and saw exactly what kind of customer you would be But seriously. I emailed the question about their Bluetooth profile one evening after dinner and the reply (which I re-posted at their encouragement) was in my inbox the next morning. I wonder what accounts for the difference?
  5. Yogazoo, I would say for your specific set of concerns, you should definitely stick to the GPS you like. That's really true for anyone: Different likes for different users, different tools for different jobs. Some people prefer to carry a map and a compass exclusively, and scoff at allof these battery powered things.
  6. Piece of cake. Inter-urban, carry a USB charging cable and either an AC adapter or the kind that plugs into a car's cig lighter socket. I don't know about your Samsung, but an IPhone charger weighs less than a pair of AA batteries. On the trail - this is tricky now - carry spare batteries. Same with any gadget, no matter how long the batteries last it's never enough. And if your phone doesn't have a field-swappable battery, you can buy chargers that hold 2 or 4 AA batteries and have a USB port -- so you can still use the ubiquitous AA's. http://www.dx.com/p/15048 seems to be cheapest thing around, comes on a slow boat from China. But there are other better ones available on Amazon, Newegg, eBay, etc.
  7. A little earlier you complained Apple doesn't let you use generic bluetooth GPSRs - yet here you're saying the cheap generic GPS is a pain to use with Android. Bluetooth GPSRs made for iOS - not just Bad-Elf, but other mainstream mnanufacturers like DeLorme, Garmin, and others - work seamlessly with every location-aware service on the iPhone or iPad, without jailbreaking. The original discussion point in this thread is Bad-El - the folks there were kind enough to answer questions. Can we continue in that direction?
  8. Says a lot when the developer of one mapping app says that about someone else's You're not really competitors in the same market space, but still... I wouldn't think the one-time purchase price of the app covers the cost of hosting all the scans. Maybe it's a labor of love for him.
  9. Joseph, thanks for the reply. I know GMap 4 is focused on delivering Google's data in a convenient way. I was more commenting on the linked concept of how easily Topo Maps lets the user select and download maps for offline. I don't really think there's any way you could do that in a web-based app. Have you ever used that Topo Maps application? It shows a grid of topo quads, you drag a selection marquee around them, and it downloads them. I'm pretty sure he has ALL of them already bundled for his app to download and use, all zoom levels -- stored up on Amazon's cloud server for his app to download. Easy and fast from the user side, though limited to the available data!
  10. Joseph: I've tried this with GMap on my iPad but found it very tricky to view/save all of the tiles I want ahead of time. For that specific feature I haven't found anything easier/better/faster than Endecoot's Topo Maps program. I just wish it had other map layers available than the older USGS ones. -Lee
  11. Well, not precisely. Primarily intended for iOS, but the Model listed at the start of this thread has USB connection and can use that to stream NMEA sentences to Macs and PCs. Maybe that feature is the source of confusion here.
  12. Yet Bad-Elf's markets that GPS for Apple's iThings. Maybe they know something you don't?
  13. You've already touched on the two best: Endecott's Topo and TrailBehind's Gaia. I use both, find myself going back to Topo for its simplicity - it ONLY does USGS Topo maps. Gaia has lots more layers available, but to me seems to suffer from feature bloat. As for that thing you don't care about - ransferring waypoint and track data from your iThing to your eTrex - it's easy, but another thread altogether... http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=311111
  14. As I said, you'd have to ask the makers of the iOS-compatible GPSRs what protocol they use - but it isn't SPP.
  15. EC: Does this help? iOS Supported Bluetooth Protocols SPP isn't supported. A fair follow-up question might be what BT protocol do iOS-supported GPS gadgets use? I dunno. Ask BadElf. Or Dual. Or Garmin. or DeLorme - they all make Bluetooth GpSRs that work with iOS, while the more common GlobalSat and myriad inexpensive imported ones don't.
  16. I don't think he said that, and I think you're putting it in the wrong context. iOS does not "understand standard NMEA sentences." Neither does Android, or Windows, or Linux for that matter. iOS includes a set of routines called CoreLocation. These accept input from multiple sources (built-in GPS, cellular and WiFi triangulation, data streams from compatible Bluetooth or wired/connected devices) and uses all of that to make location data available to any application that calls for it. The application doesn't have to know how to read the data streams or even where the data came from; it just requests the location from the operating system. A gross simplification perhaps, but no worse than asking if it understands NMEA sentences
  17. It's even worse than you think. The number of caches you can get into an eTrex 10 depends on the size of the GPX files, which vary not only by the number of caches but also by the size of the descriptions, logs, etc. Garmin says it can hold 2000 caches but in reality you'll start seeing out of memory errors long before that. Even 500 is very iffy, 300-400 seemed a practical maximum while I owned one.
  18. You'ld have to ask Garmin. But if they're not making a bullet-point,of it in their marketing materials? They're either not doing it or don't think it's a big deal.
  19. Prior discussion on these forums... https://www.google.com/#q=bad+elf+site:forums.Groundspeak.com
  20. And there's more than one way to call for help. inReach is a premium device (at a higher cost) being usable for two-way communication and tracking. SPOT is a little less expensive and only one-way. And if all you are REALLY want is to be able to call for help, there are a lot of other options. REI sells them and discusses options here: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/personal-locator-beacons.html
  21. Y'see, right there's a problem of credibility and relevance. In a forum mostly about geocaching, opinions of people who actually engage in the sport tend to carry more weight. The various eTrex models past and present might not be a pilot's choice - but they work dandy for a lot of geocachers. When I want something for the cockpit I'll ask a pilot's opinion.
  22. on the Geocaches page, MENU, highlight the sorting method to use and press ENTER.
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