+ollave Posted September 14, 2011 Share Posted September 14, 2011 Hi all, Huawei Sonic (Android) plus Holux M-241 Initial success report Having read (somewhere, in an older thread) about using an external GPSr logger with an Android based smart phone, I thought I'd report that this combination appears to be working well for me (caveat: only one day's testing so far) and gives me access to a high sensitivity GPSr while still using my phone and c:geo, without switching to a dedicated GPSr at ground zero. Some notes: 1. I'm in Australia. The phone may not be 100% identical in other markets. 2. The documentation makes no mention either way about Bluetooth SPP (the protocol by which it talks to the logger). I took the phone into the shop to test with the logger I proposed to buy. After rebooting the phone to get application downloads to work again (this is a "cheap and cheerful" phone, not an iPhone), the phone and logger paired and worked immediately. 3. I am using c:geo (with its recommended additional applications) and "Bluetooth GPS" to provide the interface to the logger 4. I found two nearby caches quickly first try each. Nice. Pros: a) it's a smart phone: OK, a cheap and cheerful smart phone, but gives me mobile online internet, paperless geocaching, and [untested by me] 3G tethering for my laptop. Android/Google permit loading "unapproved" applications, unlike the iPhone/Apple alternative; an important philosophical point for me, but irrelevant to many, I appreciate c) Cheap. AUD$188 v. ~AUD$1000 (outright, not on contract) for a loaded up iPhone d) Fast. Not having used a modern high sensitivity GPSr (my previous, now backup is a Geko 201) the speed of locating satellites is amazing. Cons: a) fragile compared to a dedicated GPSr (I dropped the phone yesterday; the back came off. No damage other than some cosmetic only scratches, but my Geko 201 would have hardly noticed -- it's been dropped more than once) quality maps such as are available for mapping GPSrs not available [so far as I know]: I'm stuck with Google maps and similar free sources c) the phone doesn't cover all frequencies used in Australia: specifically, it doesn't have the right frequencies for Telstra's NextG network, so I'm stuck with other providers (Optus through a reseller). 3G coverage is ... sporadic, even in Melbourne, so things aren't always speedy for downloads. Pre-loading caches for outside the metropolitan area seems like a good idea. (There's a Firefox addon or extension that talks to c:geo, and works.) d) the phone has "only" 256MB of memory, unlike an iPhone which can go up to 1GB(?) e) two devices to carry: the phone and the GPSr logger (which fits in a pants pocket, or can be worn on a lanyard -- no big deal, for me) Final information for the archives: Android version: 2.3.3 Baseband version: 60501009 Kernel version: 188.8.131.52-perf android@localhost #1 Build number: U8650V100R001C27B823SP03 Quote Link to comment
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