Geocaching on Tablet
Posted 23 November 2011 - 02:32 PM
Posted 25 November 2011 - 05:21 AM
I would recommend a smartphone or (if you already have a good GPS), a PDA. You can get a cheap used Palm unit off EBay for less than $20 that will do the job just fine. If you drop it in the creek, you're only out $20.
Posted 25 November 2011 - 06:30 AM
If you get an Android tablet (Motorola, Samsung, etc) check the specs for a hardware GPS.
I'm also in the camp that you will want the official app for iOS or Android.
Posted 26 November 2011 - 03:18 AM
Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:11 AM
It does not let you view maps "live" and search for caches.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:24 PM
Where the tablet comes into its own is showing maps on the big display, so you can plan a caching expedition. Actually, the Geocaching.com website would function as a pretty good geocaching app on its own, if I could get it to work. Most of the site is OK, but the Beta Maps page loads the cache details so slowly on the tablet that it's unusable.
Is anyone else having problems with Beta Maps on a tablet? This thread explains what I'm on about.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:12 PM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:24 PM
The Lenovo Ideapad A 1, 7 inch,$170, is supposed to have a good GPS receiver. Get a geocaching App, and some GPS Apps like "GPS Essentials", and get your PQs sent to an accessible email. Soon, google maps
Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:41 PM
Possibly, depending on your tablet.
First you need to check that your tablet has the right hardware. It has to be able to act as a USB host. If it can read a memory stick, that's fine, but some devices just have USB so they can act as a peripheral for a desktop computer.
Next, you need software that knows what to do with a USB GPSr. For high-end tablets that run Windows, that ought not to be a problem. I've not come across any Android software that can use a USB GPS, even if the hardware is physically compatible (probably because a lot of Android tablets have built-in GPSrs), and I don't have any experience of Macs.
You may have more luck with a Bluetooth GPSr. I have got a Globalsat BT-338and a Qstarz BT-Q1000, which I have used with Windows and Linux laptops, a Palm Tungsten T3 PDA, and an Android tablet. The Qstarz GPSr also has a USB connection, but I've only got this working on Windows and Linux. For Android, there is a handy Bluetooth GPS app that makes either device work.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:51 PM
Not quite - I think you may have mixed up my reply with one on another thread!
In the past, USB used a master/slave architecture, where only the master (or host, i.e. a computer) could set up a connection to a slave device (memory stick, bluetooth dongle, GPSr, etc). OTG is the technology that lets one device act as both a master and a slave, depending on what you plug it in to.
Old Android devices were just slaves - you could plug them in to a computer and read them like a memory stick, but they weren't able to use other USB peripherals. Newer Android devices have OTG: you can still plug them into a computer as a slave, but you can also use them as a master for other devices. AFAIK OTG is only supported in Android 3.1 and above.
From what I can see, the OTG adapters only change the size of the USB socket, so that you can physically plug in a standard device. I don't think they will add OTG functions if your tablet didn't support them in the first place.
I don't think so. I can use a bluetooth GPSr via the internal bluetooth on my Asus Transformer, and I can use the same GPSr with a D-Link DBT-120 bluetooth dongle on my PC. However, when I try plugging the dongle into my tablet, nothing happens...
If your tablet supports OTG, then the hardware should be compatible, but you probably need driver software installed on the tablet to tell it what to do next. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that these drivers exist - but hopefully someone can prove me wrong.