Tablet choice for Ozi Explorer

Submitted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 00:35
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Looking for advice on current tablets people have found works well with Ozi Explorer
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 05:34

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 05:34
I used to use a Samsung 7 inch but have upgraded to 10inch tablet. Works a treat and has ability to use Explore Oz, memory maps, wikicamps etc....all at the touch of a finger. Mounted on dash with brackets I made up and suction cup to windscreen. Doesnt block view of road...on a Pajero.. Lot better than the 8 inch model as well.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 06:27

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 06:27
It should work with Ozi Explorer as well then.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 06:42

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 06:42
Sorry mate. It also works with Ozi Explorer as I also have on the tablet as well. Paired to my phone or laptop it does e-mails, web surf etc. The larger screen makes life a lot easier.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:33

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:33
A number of people have had issues with iPad Mini 3 and 4, even if the OS has been updated. They have only 2GB RAM which is below the minimum 3GB (4GB preferred) recommended by ExplorOz. This parallels my experience with a fully updated bottom end but recent Samsung device with only 2GB RAM - Traveller was unusable on that device.

I believe the iPad Mini 5 is the current version of the device. It has 3GB RAM so should work ok. So will larger iOS tablets with the required RAM.

So I think the message is get a device with AT LEAST 3GB RAM, preferably 4GB. Also, Traveller is not a "light" app - it requires a bit of processor grunt, so if you choose a bottom end device with a bottom end processor you're likely to be dissatisfied, even if it is a top brand and has the RAM and a current OS.

I have had excellent results with a Samsung Tab S6 (6GB RAM, high level processor). Others have tried a Tab S6 Lite (4GB RAM, lower processor) with acceptable results.

You also need to consider whether or not to have inbuilt GPS and a SIM slot for internet/data connection. If you have both of those, life is simpler and neater, but for a given device it will cost a bit more (a lot more for iOS devices). Having said that, most Android devices have inbuilt GPS as standard, so you only pay more for the SIM capability.

Check the System Requirements at the Traveller page.. It has recently been updated.

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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 13:14

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 13:14
Hi Frank

You might be thinking of the wrong mapping software.

OziExplorer does not work on Apple systems and will only work in Windows or Android.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 13:27

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 13:27
Dammit Stephen, you are right. I saw what I expected to see, not what was written.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 14:07

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 14:07
Sorry Graham, forget the rubbish I wrote above. There have been so many questions about Traveller recently I just didn't read your subject correctly and launched right in. Thanks Stephen L for pointing out my silly error.

I've had great results with Ozi on Samsung devices, from an old 7 inch tablet 10 years ago, through a Tab S2 from about 5 years ago and now a Tab S6. All have worked flawlessly with Ozi Explorer with about 43GB of maps on an external SD card.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 14:24

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 14:24
Further to my Reply above, Graham, I just tested it on my low end Samsung Tab A 2017 (an orphan if ever there was one - I was given it by Telstra who I think found them in Samsung's red light bargain bin LOL). It has 2GB RAM and runs Ozi perfectly. Just takes a few seconds to de-pixellate the screen when you scroll, but otherwise is ok.
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Reply By: JJAdv - Friday, May 14, 2021 at 14:45

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 14:45
This is my setup using Android tablets and OziExplorer.. Youtube playlist

Look through the clips and there are a few tablet solutions I have and still are playing around with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvC0HaR5CoY&list=PL7TAwbAL_4oAPZ0gU8dbvc04V4BkuN_j5




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Reply By: Member - WBS - Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 21:21

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 21:21
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7 inch.
Worked faultlessly for the last 4 years without any problems. I use it almost exclusively with OziExplorer for Android.
I use EO Topo, Hema, and other assorted maps. No plans to change.
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Reply By: Graham S12 - Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 19:35

Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 19:35
Thanks everyone for input, much appreciated!
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