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Old 05-25-10, 11:48 AM   #1
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my tracks on droid

I found out my droid would work with My Tracks while it was inside my backpack today. I even experimented after I got to work by walking around in the parking lot with it in my pocket. This may not be news to everyone, but I always though GPS needed a clear line of site.. but I guess some fabric is OK. Now I don't need the handlebar holder (that I don't have room for) to provide real time updates of my location to my wife while I'm riding.
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I keep my phone in one of my jersey pockets, and it does just fine keeping track of where I am.

The elevations are rather suspect, but the position on the map is usually quite good.
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I use MyTracks on my Droid all the time. It works fine, even when I'm hiking with the phone deep in my backpack. Distance measurement is very accurate (within 0.1 mile of my bike computer). Position is also very accurate - it can track me walking from room to room in my house. Cumulative elevation is very high (50% to 100% higher than my altimeter). Battery usage is not too bad - around 10% for every hour that I have MyTracks recording. It should be able to record a century ride, though I haven't tried that yet.
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I don't believe my tracks can provide a real time update to the web of your location.... I could be wrong... but you can use Latitude on the Google Maps App or one of the lost my phone type apps to allow your wife to track you on the ride. Please let me know if I'm wrong or you have questions on Latitude.

I use My tracks and love it... can't beat having a record of your rides and routes... I keep it in my panniers and it seems to work fine... every once in a while it has a odd mess up but good enough for me..

On a side note I'm going to come up with a external battery and charger to power the phone for longer rides... but I normally turn off sync and everything but GPS using the Power control widget...and it has worked for my short evening rides to this point

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I don't believe my tracks can provide a real time update to the web of your location.... I could be wrong... but you can use Latitude on the Google Maps App or one of the lost my phone type apps to allow your wife to track you on the ride. Please let me know if I'm wrong or you have questions on Latitude.
Yea, I was going to use latitude for that. I was referring to GPS functionality when I said that, not specific to My Tracks. A big upgrade in GPS functionality from my blackberry that could only use the built in map and regularly failed to get a GPS signal in clear skies.
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