Which Samsung Tablet S# to use with gaia gps for best results?

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    Mykh

    Also curious about this. I'm an Android user but get so jealous whenever friends bust out an iPad and have their Gaia actually move smoothly on the screen, sadly it just doesn't make sense to pay for a 2nd subscription to use Gaia on my old iPad. Sidebar: really would love to have account shareable between iOS and Android under same subscription (so I can use iPad or my Samsung phone).

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    Jim Margolis

    @randy.p

    We don't have a specific device that we recommend, although we've noticed that the Samsung Tab series seems to be popular with users.

    To run the app, you need a tablet with:
    -A GPS chip, or purchase a GPS receiver
    -Android 4.1+
    -A compass sensor

    Based on reports from users, performance is better with:
    -lots of RAM and a fast CPU, which helps load maps faster
    -lots of hard drive space for downloading maps for offline use (or an SD card)

    You may find these forum threads helpful:
    GaiaGPS
    OverlandBound
    ExpeditionPortal
    Reddit
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    @Mykh

    Thanks for using Gaia GPS.

    You can access your subscription from any device.

    You can download the iPad Gaia GPS app for free in the App Store here.

    Once installed, log into the app with the email tied to your Gaia GPS account to access your membership on this second device.

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    snell

    I spent quite a bit of time using Gaia on a Samsung tablet with additional micro sd card memory for lots of downloaded maps (eventually over 100 gb).  While it worked moderately OK for short periods, the memory card would eventually corrupt & lose the downloaded maps.  I changed cards three times suspecting problems with the actual cards but the results were the same - loss of all downloaded data eventually.  After researching the features and efficacy of the IOS Gaia I decided to shift to an Ipad and use resident storage rather than a card. The difference has been remarkable.  Faster downloads, smoother operation, now over 150 gb of maps without a problem and many features that I like better (although there are a couple of Android Gaia features that momentarily miss).

    From my experience, while Gaia can work on Samsung (or other Android tablets) with user expanded storage, it seems more stable with resident storage.  I wonder if it might have something to do with how Android OS addresses the expanded storage?  I'm glad I went to the Ipad and have no regrets in making the switch.

    Howard

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    Mykh

    Thank you Jim and Howard!

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    randy.p

    Thank you for your thoughtful reply's. I posted this question nearly two months ago to help a friend of mine who was determined to use an android device with GaiaGPS. He proceeded to buy a Samsung device for the use, without any timely comment from this inquiry. I do not know if he has used Gaia on his Samsung device yet. The adventure we were planning for got canceled and I have not traveled with him since his purchase. But we will travel on an adventure in the future and if he shares his opinion about Gaia and the Samsung Tab I'll post it here.

    RandyP

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    mlchang757

    Howard, great info.

     

    From a CS background - most likely the internal hard drives just read and write faster, there is alot more i/o deman on the external SD memory cards.

    It's a hardware limitation, less an issue with Android itself.

     

    I am trying to build a hardware solution for Gaia on Android - will keep you updated.

     

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