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Can Golf GPS apps work with tablets?


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#1 landshark

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:01 PM

ok,  i'm not real tech savvy, but may be getting a small tablet with android apps available.   so my question is will this allow me to get a golf gps onto it and use it? if not, what would i need?  don't want to pay fees.

Edited by landshark, 20 November 2012 - 09:58 AM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:32 AM

Check your tablets specs.

If your tablet has a gps locator built in, it should work.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:34 AM

Your tablet will have locations services and GPS locator.

BUT

You'll need Internet access.

Edited by GoogleMe, 20 November 2012 - 10:34 AM.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

ok,  so i could download one of the droid apps and use it, but it has wi-fi.   so would that mean it could come in and out while using it?

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:17 PM

I don't have any answers because I don't have a tablet but a dedicated GPS golf device.  From what I've heard from others, their tablet was an inconvenience because of its size and they couldn't find a good place to keep it while playing.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:23 AM

Also tablets are not built - even in a simple case - to withstand the shock of being in and out of a cart all day. I've dropped my MX+ dozens of time onto the cart path and nothing has happened to it. Seen the same with SkyCaddies and various lasers - including my own. One drop of a tablet and that thing would be done.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:22 AM

you would need a tablet with cellular wireless to get this to work. Plus the good ones cost money.
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:14 AM

If you need a cellular network (not just a gps locator) for these tablets to work, then how do Skycaddies and whatnots do their thing?

::really asking, not trying to be an asseldonk::

EDIT:

Ipad 1, won't work
Ipad 2, will work with an add on GOS dongle and a 3g connection
Ipad 3, should work out of the box as it has a built in GPS locator.

Edited by Hateto3Putt, 22 November 2012 - 10:31 AM.


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:21 AM

View PostHateto3Putt, on 22 November 2012 - 10:14 AM, said:

If you need a cellular network (not just a gps locator) for these tablets to work, then how do Skycaddies and whatnots do their thing?

::really asking, not trying to be an asseldonk::

EDIT:

Ipad 1, won't work
Ipad 2, will work with an add on GOS dongle and a 3g connection
Ipad 3, should work out of the box as it has a built in GPS locator.

Wrong. all generations of iPads will work, just need to buy the 3G/4G/LTE version.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

In theory this should work, but be aware that most tablets don't have GPS antennas that are the equal of a typical smartphone.

You can always buy an outboard Bluetooth GPS device from someone like TomTom (I think you can get one for about $30) that will help to improve both accuracy and response.  Seems like a lot of squeeze for the juice, though.


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

I use the Golfshot app on my iPad 2 and it works just fine.  I keep the iPad in the cart with me.  My iPad is WiFi + 3G. In fact the main reason I got the 3G feature was to be able to use the iPad as my golf course GPS (it's also my automobile GPS).  I prefer the iPad version because the bigger screen is easy to read.  I think the app costs something like $30/yr but don't remember exactly; looks like it is currently on sale for $20/yr from iTunes.  I keep my statistics on the Golfshot web site and download each round to my hard drive.  Also very useful for measuring and recording the length of my shots.  Just FYI, I use my iPad for many things besides golf: e-books, weather radar, news, internet, games, note taking, forums, etc.

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

View Postretexan599, on 26 November 2012 - 09:13 PM, said:

I use the Golfshot app on my iPad 2 and it works just fine.  I keep the iPad in the cart with me.  My iPad is WiFi + 3G. In fact the main reason I got the 3G feature was to be able to use the iPad as my golf course GPS (it's also my automobile GPS).  I prefer the iPad version because the bigger screen is easy to read.  I think the app costs something like $30/yr but don't remember exactly; looks like it is currently on sale for $20/yr from iTunes.  I keep my statistics on the Golfshot web site and download each round to my hard drive.  Also very useful for measuring and recording the length of my shots.  Just FYI, I use my iPad for many things besides golf: e-books, weather radar, news, internet, games, note taking, forums, etc.
i think i'm getting one of last year's HP tablets from someone cheap.  main use is internet, but may take it along the course if it's not a bother.  i think i'd have to get the bluetooth add on thing to get gps though.   i hope this would work??  i don't have a data plan though.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:17 PM

Golf GPS apps for Smartphones and Tablets require a 3G/4G data plan. They use a tech called A-GPS that requires a data signal that allows for triangulation. A GolfCaddie works because it uses a dedicated GPS module, cell phones and tablets do not. A wi-fi only connection will not work.




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