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    08-17-2014, 10:03 PM
Green Broke
GPS or Tablet?

Hi there. I hope I've chosen the right section. I'm completely tech ignorant, but I know I want to learn how to use a GPS while riding. I have horrible eye sight so a large screen is beneficial. Both my husband and I have tablets. I've tried to download gps apps, but am never really satisfied that I'm doing it right. Can't seem to get it to work correctly.

So, my question is, if we download an app to our tablets for gps, is it using satellite or our cell phone service? Our weekend cabin doesn't have cell service and I need to rely on satellite while there.

Do we need to just invest in a regular GPS?

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    08-18-2014, 01:41 PM
GPS itself just listens to signals from orbiting satellites so no, in that sense nothing is used wrt your data allowance. You don't even need a phone/data connection for straightforward GPS use as you'll know from the operation of a car-based GPS.

But GPS on a phone is often (and optionally) linked directly to Google maps or some other online map service so in that case yes; your data allowance would take a hit as the map for the area around your current GPS location is pulled down.

So "GPS" is completely free but "GPS Navigation" will generally eat into your data allowance - unless you get a navigator using local (ie. Stored on the SD card) maps.
    08-18-2014, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
Hmmm., thank you.

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