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I'd like to set up an offroad GPS system using an 8" or 10" Android tablet plus an external GPS receiver, running Gaia or BackCountry Navagator.

I'd prefer to use a tablet instead of a netbook or small laptop because of simplified mounting and improved ruggedness.

Has anyone been running a tablet with external GPS receiver system? Not many tablets have a USB port; is there any alternative for the receiver interface?
 

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I run my Ipad with a Bluetooth gps antenna. Works great because it does not draw battery power from the ipad. It has its own rechargeable battery.
 

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If you are crawling or traveling at slower speeds then any of them will work. If you are going to be in the dunes jumping then I would make sure it is secure via suction cup, glued, Velcro, or screwed in.
 

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Because the more sats, the more accurate. :rocker:

Are you able to see how many are available VS. how many you are actively tracking? With our work (survey) GPS equipment, we are tracking between 14-17 sats on a good day. 8 when in rough terrain. 3 will triangulate, 4 will give you good 3D quality but will be slow. But high numbers will give you the best precision. I was curious to hear how a model like this will perform as I've only used "professional" equipment but would like to add something like this to my rig.


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Are you able to see how many are available VS. how many you are actively tracking? With our work (survey) GPS equipment, we are tracking between 14-17 sats on a good day. 8 when in rough terrain. 3 will triangulate, 4 will give you good 3D quality but will be slow. But high numbers will give you the best precision. I was curious to hear how a model like this will perform as I've only used "professional" equipment but would like to add something like this to my rig.


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They do have an app that allows you to see active sats, SNR, distance error, and a whole bunch of other stuff.
 

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I use an ipad mini and Delorme sw. I also use my phone with a 5.5" screen- too small though. I am about ready to try a 7" Samsung. I have visibility issues in the FJ already and a nearly 9" screen on the ipad is just too much. I figure I can also beat the tar out of a $150 Samsung and not be too concerned if it survives more than a year of trail use.
 

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I use my phone (Samsung S6) with Maverick & occcasionally BackCountry Navigtor - no external receiver, no dropouts.
Phone is on a suction mount on the silver bit to the left of the wheel - it's out of my direct line of sight there, but easy to take a quick glance to check my bearing.
Works fine for me.
Backup GPS on my watch (Suunto Ambit2)
 
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