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Freester
post Feb 9 2011, 11:13 AM
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Hi,

Just wondering if any of you use your Android phone to GPS log your bike routes? If so what app do you use?

I've downloaded Google My Tracks and will be giving it a go. Apparently you can export kml, gpx etc etc and the Google Map integration is as you would expect, good.

Any other suggestions? Will it work or will the battery expire too quickly (Google Nexus S phone by the way).

Cheers

Mark



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SammyC
post Feb 9 2011, 12:36 PM
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My tracks works great for me on HTC Hero, seems to last fine too.
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Kerr
post Feb 9 2011, 12:43 PM
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HTC desire seems fine for 3 - 4 hour ride.
I use viewranger as it has offline OS maps (like memory map) and opencyclemaps, but is only 14 quid.

I also use an external gps logger for longer days.

As a pure logger my tracks is 100% fine.

Kerr

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bazza
post Feb 9 2011, 01:25 PM
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Same here ^^^


I find the battery on my HTC Desire HD to be more than acceptable... until I go to use it!
So, I've now bought a "Pebble" - a 500MAh external battery-pack charger. It has the capacity to charge my phone 3x over. So, I can ride as long/far as I like without fear of dead battery!!

Probably seems like overkill to most, but, 1 week in 4 I provide 24/7 cover for I.T. at work. So, I can't afford to run the risk of my phone not working. Plus, there's the added benefit of the Pebble being able to charge other devices (camera/iPod/etc).
It's a rather odd feeling, walking to Asda with phone+pebble in your pocket, and knowing that the phone is rapidly charging.


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post Feb 9 2011, 08:57 PM
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Endomondo free app for me HTC Wildfire battery last 6 hours so does for roadie stylee stuff too

works out a basic kals burnt to for obsevives like me who need to work out Ckal burnt


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post Feb 10 2011, 07:46 AM
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Another here for Endomondo, works very well.
Mind you, I only use it casually, battery life on my Desire HD takes a real kicking with it. I'll have to investigae that Pebble thing above, sounds interesting.


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Freester
post Feb 10 2011, 11:49 AM
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Great replies. Interesting added bonus about the 'Pebble'.

Cheers again.

Mark


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post Feb 10 2011, 05:55 PM
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I recommend Alpine Quest http://alpinequest.psyberia.net/english/index, free to try, full version is 3.69 or something like that.

Using Mobile Atlas Creator http://mobac.dnsalias.org/ you can easily (and freely) download up to date (unlike the Memory Map maps I have which date back to 1998) OS 1:25k, OS 1:50k and loads of other maps and use them in AQ. There are even instructions on the AQ page on how to use MOBAC. I have the whole of the UK in 1:25k and 1:50k, at various zooms and it uses 13gb (I have a16gb sd card in my motorola Defy) but you could easily trim that down to just the areas you need.

It tracks where you've been, including when the phone screen is off, and my Defy easily lasts a full days ride.


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Orange Al
post Feb 11 2011, 10:54 AM
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Might have to have a looksie at these Memory Map are planning a Android app in the future so I got myself a Desire Z just before christmas still not totally up to speed on the whole App thing though.


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thel33ter
post Feb 11 2011, 07:32 PM
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QUOTE(SammyC @ Feb 9 2011, 12:36 PM) *
My tracks works great for me on HTC Hero, seems to last fine too.


I use this combo too, I have gotten 8.5 hours if you turn data off, and just load the map when you get back. agree.gif


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Freester
post Feb 11 2011, 07:52 PM
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QUOTE(thel33ter @ Feb 11 2011, 07:32 PM) *
I use this combo too, I have gotten 8.5 hours if you turn data off, and just load the map when you get back. agree.gif


What app do you use to do this? APNDroid?


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thel33ter
post Feb 11 2011, 08:04 PM
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Settings>Wireless and Networks>Mobile Networks>Data enabled

Although, I'm pretty sure most of that extra battery life comes from running a custom rom, which I put on at the same time.

It's a hassle, but really give the Hero a second life. (Some computer nerdiness required)

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=645253


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post Feb 20 2011, 06:43 PM
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i use blackberry curve 9300 with adidas mi coach seems to work ok
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Freester
post Mar 10 2011, 01:58 PM
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Finally got round to trying Google My Tracks with my Nexus S on Tuesday night.

Well impressed. Logging for 2 hours after a full charge - it hardly touched the battery. I just started 'recording'. Chuck my phone into it's case and then into my backpack and away we went. I thought it might lose GPS signal but never did.

I really like the stats - as well as distance / height etc it gives you a moving average speed. And as you would expect nice integration with Google Maps and easy export to KML / GPX if required.

The track is here if you are interested.

My iPhone owning buddies are gutted that the app isn't available for them. wink.gif


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SammyC
post Mar 10 2011, 02:29 PM
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Heh heh, always good to annoy iPhone people! smile.gif

It is good isn't it! I like the fact that you can whip it out and add a point of interest (obviously when you find something interesting) and then carry on your way. Used it to mark jump spots when I find them (and then inevitably lose them) in my local woods.
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