Which tablets are working well

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    jake

    I'd love to see a review of what others are using. I'm running a 4.5 year old LG G Pad 8.3 which does it but not real fast. Recently the GPS has started to struggle with grabbing a signal so I'm shopping for something new. There have been times the tablet won't get a signal so I have to use my phone. I like keeping navigation and phone separate.

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    novaprospekt96

    Android tablets can be had fairly cheap, though I have no experience with them myself. However, I do believe that Android integrates MUCH better with external devices such as GPS receivers and APRS, etc. than iOS does.

    I do however use Gaia GPS on my Samsung Galaxy S9+ with a Pelican case for hiking and driving off-road. I find the screen size to be more than adequate while still easily fitting into my pocket.

    Perhaps you should consider the Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9? IP68 rated, one of, if not the largest screen on a smartphone and the built in stylus would allow use of the device even with dirty/wet hands or while wearing gloves.

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    MatthewMangus

    I'm using the Gaia premium subscription. I just upgraded to a Galaxy Tab S2 hoping it would be an improvement over my aging LG Gpad 10.1. The app seemed to run better until I began to try to download maps. Now it's constantly crashing or gets stuck on a download and I have to do a force quit. It's very frustrating and I can't tell if it's at all related to the hardware as all other apps run very quickly and seamlessly so far on this device. 

     

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    sar51

    Since I would eventually like to outfit our entire field team I wanted something inexpensive (lower cost up front and a lower cost to replace when a few are inevitably damaged in the field). I got a Tab A 7" size.

    The Tab A which sells for only $130, has run the Gaia app reliably and at a good speed. One drawback though is the Tab A does not have a magnetometer, which means it has no compass feature.  It is still able to be used to follow routes, but not having the compass function makes it a little more difficult for that particular function.

    So price, size, and performance wise, the Tab A 7" works well for Gaia in the field, with the major caveat that the Tab A does not have a built-in compass feature. (Apparently, the magnetometer feature is normally only found on tablets which are able to connect to cell phone networks. The Tab A is wifi only.  But wifi only is not a big drawback for us since we can just download whatever maps we need before we head into the field.  And with the capability to add lots of cheap memory with an SD card, loading up lots of maps should not be a storage problem.)

    So now I'm searching for a low-cost tablet with the compass feature.

    Matthew - I hope you get it sorted out on the Tab S2. If Gaia runs well on a Tab A, it sure seems like it should run just as well or even better on an S2.

     

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    jake

    Just to add my two cents and update my previous post.

    My LG G Pad (Verizon LTE) quite simply has wore out or something. The GPS doesn't grab or hold a signal very well at all in any app. I am a Samsung fan, run a Note 8 for my personal phone, Note 7 as a backup, rest of the family has Samsung phones as well. I wanted to get a Samsung tablet but none of the 8" options had very good specs or displays.

    I ended up with an ASUS Zenpad (Verizon LTE) and so far it has been great. Side by side with the Samsung you can see how much better the screen is. Much better resolution resulting in great pixel density. The GPS in it has been super solid. In the month I've ran it I have not lost signal once. Right on par with my Note 8.

    The screen layout ratio works great for navigation. It is a common complaint on the tablet for those who watch video on it often as the black bars are bothersome but again, for navigation it has been awesome. I have used the tablet for daily use as well and again, screen size is great.

    Downloading maps has been fine. I believe it is a new feature as of the last update but map downloads now show progress which is awesome. It always bugged me before as I didn't know if it was "frozen" or simply struggling to download.

    As far as battery life on this particular tablet, it has been incredible. I literally live streamed over half of an Oregon Ducks football game recently while I cleaned gutters and it didn't drop even a percent. 

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    fzj80j

    Hello,

    I'm hoping for an update on this topic.  I'm looking for recommendations for an Android tablet with GPS.  From reading this thread it also sounds like it should have a magnetometer.  What have you tried that works well with Gaia?  Your feedback is appreciated!

    Mo

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