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.

Comment from stephan75 on 8 September 2012 at 07:03

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

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?

Comment from Dirbam on 8 September 2012 at 15:31

Use Osmand for poi collection and osm bugs.

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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