Using Samsung Galaxy 3gTablet with satellites only.

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 17:17
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I am asking if anyone has experience with using a Samsung Galaxgy 3g Tablet for in car use while away from the network of towers.
The Galaxy uses Android 3.1 and if you use android program eg oziexplorer or othe rand use it to access Hema maps off DVD or ecw and raster maps I would like to hear of your successes and or troubles.

Lock on time to satellites
Ease of use
Mounting inside the vehicle

Any info will be appreciated. You could say we are finding our way.
Have used GPS and Laptop previously.

Thanks for replies

Ross M
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Reply By: mikehzz - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 07:32

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 07:32
Do you already have the tablet or are you considering it? My wife has an earlier model Galexy tablet but I haven't taken it remote to check the GPS without towers. I would think it would be ok, my ipad is, but can't be sure until you do it.
If you already have it, take the sim out and try it. Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 12:02

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 12:02
I'm a little confused by your wording but i am assuming you are looking for info on the use of the galaxay tab in the car to run Oziexplorer?

I don't have a galaxy but have run my wife's Motorola Xoom and my own Acer 500 in this fashion. Both are android tablets running android 3.1 and will be the same as your Galaxy... assuming it has GPS ? 3G is NOT needed. I'm therefore not sure what your comment about being away from the network of towers is about?

The Android tablet with Ozi is great. It's smooth and fast and has a large screen that is a viewing pleasure unlike the pokey little normal GPS screens. Trying to focus on small tracks on a small screen while bumping along an outback track was always a problem. No probs in using it so far that we have found. Always take the tablet with us now for navigation.

Place what ever maps you will need for your journey direct into the tablet in the map folder of Ozi.

Satellite lock on time can vary on wether a cold or recent lock on. Usually from memory 5-60 secs. Never long enough i felt I needed to time it (My wife's Xoom seems to have a better GPS chip and locks on faster. It's graphic chip is also faster at rendering the maps ion start up)

We use it on the lap of the front passenger as unlike a laptop it is not hot and heavy. It's instant on as well with long battery life unlike windows long boot up time and power hungry. The android tablets will also run street navigation programs like Sygic which are quite good. Although it has a long battery life I would also get a car charger if away for more than a day trip.

I bought a screen mount for it but it proved only relatively successful..if the track gets bumpy it can come off due to it's weight and be damaged. It blocks a lot of the windshield and i wouldn't use it around town. I don't think the police would be too happy and besides it looks a goofy with this large tablet stuck on your window. On the passenger's lap or side seat is also out of the direct hot sun. There may be other places to mount it but that depends on the individual car...don't get it in the way of air bags. I also feel that the amount of time you are looking at your GPS screen instead of the road is a safety factor to be considered. That's where a large easy view screen and a passenger/navigator can come in handy. The tablet can also live closed up elsewhere in the car until needed..don't forget it's quick to get going unlike a laptop.

Hope that helps.


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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 12:37

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 12:37
Most of the tablets and phones use assisted GPS and everyone gets paranoid because there is so much bad information out there. For sure the vast majority don't need 3G to work. Some work a lot faster with the 3G. My iphone 3s drops the satellites very easily when out in the sticks but the ipad is solid.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 13:43

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 13:43
Thanks to Brenton H and mikehzz
I mentioned 3g only because it is these variants which have the GPRS receiver. I said about use away from the towers so all would know I intend to use it that way just running satellite data.
I probably won't put a sim card in it.
Because these don't have connectivity ports then it is essential the unit has it's own internal receiver because I don't want to have to use wifi gps or bluetooth transfer. Just another bit to power up and match.

Thanks fo the startup, lockon and in cab use comments.
I will probably use Oziexplorer with the maps I already have.
Your opinion on the screen sizes,weight aspect and visibility is appreciated because I have used a laptop sometimes and it is a pain to store and use.

Good stuff
Beast Regards

Ross M
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Reply By: get outmore - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 13:44

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 13:44
i know my mototolla phone works just fine with GPS only. when out of network range i switch it to airplane mode as it will suck ALOT of power continually searching for networks
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Follow Up By: Kate - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:15

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:15
That is a great ide for me when use the GPS when we go off road - hadn't thought of that- but I am new to smart phones.
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Reply By: aussiedingo. (River Rina) - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 14:19

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 14:19
G,day again
I just purchased the new Samsung galaxy 8.9 4g tablet yesterday for the same use as yourselves, right now Ixam still setting it up, but yes if you put it in aeroplane mode it only uses minimal power &satellites only, I will be watching your replies! Hoo roo
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Reply By: bgreeni - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 16:20

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 16:20
I have just received a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Have oziE loaded and it works great. GPS seems to start very quickly - a few seconds. It does not need phone. I had it working OK before I bought a SIM card for it.

Looking forward to using it on a trip.

Don't have a mount for it yet but it is very light and I don't see any problems mounting it.
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Follow Up By: Noel W (Qld) - Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 20:01

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 20:01

Where did you purchase SG 7.7 Tab?

Cheers .....
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