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Wifey heard me say that I might treat myself to a cheapo 10" tablet for greenlaning use. So guess what showed up in my Father Chrimbo stocking
The tablet is Android operated, and without being rude to wifey, is a budget suited for purpose gizmo but it does have GPS. Should have kept quite at the initial discussion, might have ended up with an iPad instead of the tablet, but as said, mustn't be ungrateful or rude.
Moving on, having had a play, I've downloaded viewranger andriod operaed free version, purchased 1:50,000 O.S. map for S.E. England for £8 so all happy and running fine. My son-in-law mentioned it might be worth investigating downloading a free SatNav programme to use on the tablet. So any suggestions or advice please. Would I have to purchase a different level of maps or do these Sat Nav freebees utilise the already loaded Google Maps?
I've given viewranger a thought, but it doesn't shout out 'at the roundabout take the third exit' if you get my drift, hence me thinking the Sat Nav ought to be running as a separate entity to find the area where a green lane is located, then switch over and go into the more detailed OS map via viewranger for actual laning.
Another thought is can co-ordinates be fed into a Sat Nav rather than post codes etc.?
Cheers for any forthcoming heads ups.
navfree is a popular one and theres some other paid ones like copilot both have offline maps iirc. Alternatively if you have a good amount of mobile data you could use your phone as a hotspot and connect to it via wifi from the tablet.
Cheapo tablet good as a sat nav???
Dunno, but I have been using a Tesco Hudl to run viewranger ever since they came out. Started with the Mk 1 and now use the Mk 2 for laning.
They will both do the job straight out of the box, but you're better off putting the largest MicroSD card you can get hold of in and then use that as the main storage for maps n things drive. Also download and install 'ES File Explorer' you will be able to get around the file system, directories etc. The thing will even run MS Office on it!
At least with the Hudl's you can ignore anything that say's up to 32Gb n respect to the MicroSD card, complete b******s as the larger cards are backwards compatible and it just gets on with it. Currently running a 128Gb in the Hudl 2 with no probs.
I've got it tethered to the phone to allow internet use out of the house which works well and also allows viewranger to fully utilise the device.
As for using it as a Sat Nav this link may be of help
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I use copilot as a Satnav. Been using it for years now. I would recommend it to anyone.
Cheers guys for info.
Got to say I'm a bit wooley with IT and tethering to the mobile to get online wouldn't really be an option for me because I've got a limited download option within my monthly mobile deal. Can get more but it costs me in excess.
Since posting I've had a play with the tablet and have got the Google Map talking bit working. Seems I can get the street maps linked to the GPS positioning and it does give direction instructions on the move. Plus it uses the pre-loaded google maps in whichever format, road map etc. Once I've given a proper live run, I'll post back and let you all know how it performs.
Going by the help link and info Frank posted - very much appreciated Frank - it seems I do need to utilise the phone link via tethering. Don't happen to know what the usage is like do you Frank, my phone deal is 250 minutes calls per month with not alot of data download, so will it cost me a small fortune to use with the limited Tesco deal. Maybe if I can get some sort of guage on the excess download/call time it may pay me to jump in and get an upgrade to use this set up properly. Putting my cry for help IT hat on again, for the live data/on the move download, are we talking data download or mobile call rate. I think it's data download but not sure.
Incidently, going back to viewranger and OS 1:50,000 maps, the whole country can be bought as a download for £80. All the national parks as a package IIRC for £10 or was it £16. Can't see me utilising the whole country so I'll buy as I go and need.
Between Frank and me posting I had put a draft together so some of the following as been comprehensively covered by Franks post.
What I had prepared was the bit that might catch me out being the storage. The tablet as only got 2.75gb of internal storage and the one map took 300mb so I'm down to 2.48gb spare. I've since inserted a 32gb micro SD and will look to utilise the external storage for future downloads. Need to work out how I can transfer the map already downloaded from the internal to external within the antroid operating system. Again Frank, reckon you've covered with your post.
Online maps would cost you in data not minutes. I think it would be best for you to spend a few quid and get a decent offline nav software then you won't need to worry about going over your data limit. Be aware that you will need to update the maps periodically which will need it to go online but you can do that from home ie via wifi.
The offline maps is the main reason I don't use google maps and use CoPilot. I used it extensively around France year before last as well. The number of times I have used online map programs only to have to guess half my route, or have it lose the GPS connection right at that vital moment was annoyingly often.
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