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Nexus 7 for mapping?

Posted by scruss on 6 September 2012 in English (English)

Has anyone had positive results using the Nexus 7 tablet for mapping? If it has a real GPS built in, it might be a handy alternative to a clipboard and separate GPS ...

Comment from Sanderd17 on 7 September 2012 at 04:43

I haven't used a Nexus 7 for mapping, but I have used another Android tablet for mapping (just as the Nexus 7, with GPS, without mobile network).

When I map, I normally do photo mapping. In that view, there's no real difference in usability between an Android phone and a tablet.

The tablet is handier though, when you want to collect POI directly (like you can do with OsmAnd). This works great when being a passenger in a car. You don't have enough time to make a picture, but you can just hold the map, make your POI (give it a name and type) and upload it directly when you get home.

So it is handier when you want to map when doing also non-mapping stuff.

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Comment from stephan75 on 8 September 2012 at 07:03

Try to get the very latest build of the OSM editor Vespucci

http://code.google.com/p/osmeditor4android/

Watch their mailing list and the OSM develop mailing list ... there are links to testing versions.

Because Vespucci was heavily improved in Google Summer of Code 2012

But a regular release is stil pending, or am I wrong?

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Comment from Dirbam on 8 September 2012 at 15:31

Use Osmand for poi collection and osm bugs.

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Comment from z-dude on 10 September 2012 at 02:22

The GPS should be ok on the newer tablets. On my HTC Amaze, I was able to get the same number of satellites and signal strength as my Garmin Oregon 450 using a Chartcross gps diagnostic app. You'll find that a trail gps to be more rugged and will have longer battery life.

For recording tracks, ensure that there isn't a setting which locks you to google known trails and tracks.

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