A suitable GPS Receiver that will work on both Android/Apple Devices?

Submitted: Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 07:58
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I'm hoping someone can advise me in regards to Tablets/iPads and GPS's..... I currently have a non-cellular(ie: no internal GPS) 32GB Apple iPad and I'm wanting to find a GPS device that I can utilise with my iPad and turn it into a mapping system for when we going touring. I know about the Bad-Elf gps unit which would suit, but it's apple specific and I was hoping to find one that can be used for both Android/Apple devices..... Does anyone have any knowledge/ideas in this area that might help us out?

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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 09:47

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 09:47
Rob

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab A and that has an inbuilt GPS. Have also got Oziexplorer loaded.
My Samsung phone also has a GPS.

Are you sure your iPad hasn't got a gps.
Might be cheaper in the long run to upgrade your tablet to one with a GPS.
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Follow Up By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 14:28

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 14:28
Yes, all non-cellular iPads don't have any internal GPS's, only iPads that are cellular come with GPS's.... one of the many PITA things I don't like about Apple.

I've got the Apple due to the Kids needing ones for school, so its part of the family sharing, monitoring, etc.... so if I can simply find a GPS receiver that both ios & android systems use and can have multiple devices connected to it (ie: both the kids iPads and my Ipad &/or Android Tablet), then to me that would be a lest costly way to go....
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 16:02

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 16:02
I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with EOTopo and OziExplorer loaded. Loved using it on my 2015 CSR trip for 3.5 months.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:33

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:33
Simply pick a reputable Bluetooth GPS. Bluetooth is utilised universally by mobile devices. There is the Bad-Elf, Holux, Garmin etc. The GPS requires charging so something with a 12v cigarette lighter adapter would be good for mobile on the road applications.
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Reply By: Johnhu - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:58

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:58
Nearly all android tablets have an inbuilt GPS so they don't need to use an external one. I would just stick to the Bad-Elf one for your ipad and don't worry about a possible future android requirement that more than likely won't exist.

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Follow Up By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 14:30

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 14:30
John,

I've got a lesser known brand Android Tablet and its inbuilt GPS Sensor is hopeless, so that's one of the reasons I'm looking for a GPS Receiver that can be used for both ios & android devices.....
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Reply By: Member - WBS - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 21:01

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 21:01
I have used a GlobalSat BT338 GPS that can connect to other bluetooth Devices such as laptops. can be purchased for around $130 on Ebay. I haven't used it for quite a while now but it worked well for me and could be run for 8 hours before requiring a recharge.
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Reply By: Member - Ian M (SA) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 08:07

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 08:07
Hi Rob
I have a mini iPad which does not have GPS built in. I use a Dual GPS Pro which blue toothes with my mini iPad. Works very well. I believe this GPS receiver is used in aeroplanes as well. Around $170 approx.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 12:32

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 12:32
Rob,

Just be aware that iPads are very power hungry while mapping and logging your route. You would need a ciggy-USB charger with at least a 2.4amp output, to enable the tablet to run all day.

From what I've found, the lower output units just can't do the job.

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Reply By: RobMac (QLD_Member) - Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 17:05

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 17:05
I've been informed that the Garmin GLO will suit my needs.... Apparently, multiple devices can connect to it at the one time + appears to be a bit more sensitive GPS sensors as well. Price is good too

Garmin GLO GPS sensor with B/T

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 17:42

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 17:42
And with one of these, Rob, you'll be able to charge both iPad & Garmin at once.



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