Using Asus FT101 3g for moving map outback

Submitted: Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 21:33
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G'day Travellers,
Do any of you use an Asus FT101 3G 32GB tablet for outback moving map display running only from satellite GPS signals?
If you do, is it OK and what programs and maps do you use.
I am hoping the internal GPS will access the sky ok to run the nav programs.

Any info/advice re setting up and useage would be welcomed. Both good and the bad is OK.
Looking at buying one soon.

Redards.
Ross M
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Reply By: Ross M - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 21:35

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 21:35
Sorry TYPO, that should read "Regards". My proof reader is on strike.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:38

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:38
Better than retards :-)....someone might have gotten upset.
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Reply By: Member - bill j (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 21:34

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 21:34
Hi Ross have a look at gpsaustralia.net should find some info there.
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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 21:43

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 21:43
Hi Ross m,
I am assuming you are not my better half that has posted this, as we have also just bought this tablet for this express purpose, we iy do a search for Hema maps I asked a question about using them on an android and it seems so, now I have to get my head around the whole tablet thing and sort it out. I have only put the CBA and facebook apps on so far so it will take me some time. I think you have to download Memory maps or oziexplorer then put Hema 4x4 onto that some how. I suppose I will have to ask some wise people to help me.
Barb M
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Reply By: TrevorMR (WA) - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 22:17

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 22:17
If you plan to buy soon, Harvey Norman are advertising this model at $497 (including keyboard) in today's West Aust., supposedly a saving of $245. It runs till tomorrow.
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Reply By: Zebra400 - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 06:24

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 06:24
Do you mean Asus FT101 or TF101. We have being using a TF101 for 3 months now & love it..
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:39

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:39
G'day Zebra
Well Spotted. It seems not only are the proof readers on strike but the typing fingers are frack to bunt as well.

With your FT 101 does the internal gps have a good lock on satellites or does it have trouble sometimes maintaining position data.
Are you using ozi or some other driver program for maps?
Thanks for useage info.
Best Regards
Ross M
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Follow Up By: Zebra400 - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:52

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 09:52
Ross

Our TF101 does not have an internal GPS. We have heard stories that the internal GPS has some issues with maintaining regular contact with satellites.

We use a bluetooth GPS. It just sits up on the dash and performs perfectly. We just had to download a free GPS app to use it.

We run OziExplorer (android version). I find the software very easy to use (much easier than OziCE). We also run Route66 for on road travel. It is poor in calcuating times for routes, but the directional information it gives you, is very clear & concise. There isnt much else around at the moment for autorouting software on an android unit. If you want to try it, you can download Route66 and use it free for 30 days. After 30 days, the autorouting will stop working. It cost us $79 for worldwide coverage. Quite cheap, but its downside is, it has some trouble calculating times for trips.

Biggest downside with android tablets is that they need a 240 volt power invertor. The salesmen will tell you they can charge off USB, but this is only a trickle charge, thus no good for running mapping programs for long periods of time.

We also found that 1 100 watt invertor was not strong enough for our Tablet. It would charge the tablet, but the touchscreen would not work. We found the same on an Asus tablet & a Samsung tablet. We areusing a 300 watt invertor.

Laurie


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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 08:09

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 08:09
With an internal gps you should be able to run the Android version of OziExplorer, which at $25 is top value. For a pitiful tale regarding trying to run an external gps with Android, see my post no 92836!

BUT - your maps are best in the ozfx3 format. Most other formats can be converted to this using a utility (Img2ozf) that only runs on a windows computer, and is available free from the Ozi site, here.

There are some very useful facilities on the windows Ozi too that are not available in the Android version, so it's good to have Ozi on your deskop computer. Suggest at least download the free trial/demo version to see what it looks like.

Cheers

John
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Reply By: Ross M - Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 17:35

Sunday, Apr 01, 2012 at 17:35
To all advisers.
Many thanks to all who have posted replies for this thread.
It certainly provides a better picture of what is working and some of the issues to look out for. A good insight to the useage.
Geat stuff.

Thank You

Ross M
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