I’ve been playing around with a new Android tablet, the ASUS Transformer Prime, and it’s taking a toll on this old fogey windows user. I’m starting to make some headway but it’s a slog.This thing is a tablet computer, similar in size to an iPad from Apple. I have the docking station/keyboard accessory for it. Together the two items make a credible notebook computer. There is a battery in the dock that adds to the battery in the pad itself and together they will run all day without needing a recharge. I’ve been adding apps from the Android Market (now named Google Play) but so far I’ve had the most fun with the Google Navigate app. It came standard on the pad from ASUS. There is a GPS module in the pad that doesn’t work very well, something about the metal case ruining the reception from the satellites. ASUS is shipping a “fix” for that – a GPS antenna that fits into the docking port. A really half assed solution.
I went ahead and ordered a bluetooth GPS receiver and have it paired with the pad. Eerie how well the thing places you on the Google map as you are driving along. I have an app called Copilot that works about like the Google Nav app but it uses downloaded maps and works without a data connection. My pad is WiFi only but my Verizon MiFi hotspot works great and keeps me connected pretty much wherever I go. It’s a 4G LTE unit that falls back to 3G if there isn’t an LTE enabled cell tower close enough. I like the free Google Nav app better than Copilot because the maps from Google are prettier but this is based only on short jaunts we took while testing it all out.
I wonder if I can pair the Bluetooth receiver with my Windows notebook and run Google Nav on it? Probably can, but this ASUS pad has a lot more horsepower than the notebook. Something for later. LOL Do any of you have any GPS stories or tips? We are new at this stuff!