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Old 04-09-14, 10:57 AM
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Bluetooth gps receiver for smartphone?

Is anyone using a Bluetooth gps receiver with their smartphone?

My smartphone has a gps antenna, but it is very slow to get a satellite lock and it sometimes loses the signal. I bring a map with me, but it's also nice having an electronic version as it's really cool to turn on the phone and see exactly where I am and how far it is to the next intersection, quick mart, water stop, etc.

There aren't very many external Bluetooth gps antennas made for tablets and phones, but I see there are some available. I was curious if anyone on BF is using one.

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AFAIK there's nothing about the external bluetooth GPS that makes it compatible, or not compatible, with a smartphone/tablet, at least not in the Android world. (I don't know much about the i-universe.) I think all of them run a virtual-serial-port profile with NMEA strings. In terms of software, I know that Locus supports external GPS.

I have one of those lousy smartphones (Galaxy S). Newer ones generally have better GPS capabilities. I would seriously consider upgrading your phone rather than investing in an external unit, unless you have another use case (using it with a laptop for instance). Don't overlook a used/unlocked phone on craigslist. Should be able to get something nice for $200 or so. That's more than the external GPS, but a cleaner solution, and you were going to upgrade sooner or later anyway, right?
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I've toyed with the idea... I found some real good info over on MTBR when I was looking into it... if I was going to go with it i'd go with the holux m1000c on amazon... could use it to log all by itself or have it link up to the cell phone... the GPS on phones really sucks down the battery... also the antenna and chipset in stand alone GPS units are much better than you get in a phone.

the one thing you have to look out for is that not all apps will accept an external GPS... I played with it for a while using a spare phone set to share its GPS and then another app on the other phone to see and us a bluetooth GPS signal... was fun but in the end I'm still just using my regular phone, the galaxy note 2 has a great GPS... add a few spare batteries or a battery pack and I'd feel fairly comfortable with it on a tour...

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I gave up on smart phone gps and got a hiking Garmin. AA batteries, and way better gps function. If I run out of batteries? Replace them with the spares, ride long enough I can always buy more. Not like a smart phone. Also found that smart phones overheat in summer if you try and recharge them while running a gps app at the same time. Until they get at least twice the battery life a dedicated gps seems to be the better option.
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I often use an old (2008) Qstarz BT1000Q bluetooth tracker.

I use Bluetooth GPS (paid version, the free one cuts out every 10 monutes) to connect to it, and it's worked with all the software I've tried.

Far more accurate than the GPS chipset in the phone.
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Thanks for the information and opinions.
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I have a "Dual Electronics XGPS150" that I use to pair with an iPod Touch. It was a pain in the butt. Plus, Bluetooth drains the battery very quick.
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FWIW, the newer Garmin cycling GPS have bluetooth to talk to cell phones. Edge 510, 810, and Touring IIRC. Also FWIW, I don't quite get the need to have that kind of connectivity...
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