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|06-12-2012 07:51 AM|
2.2 is pretty old in terms of android. The experience on hardware this old will be substantially different from a newer device. While most things list 2.2 as a minimum as time goes on you will see that start to creep to 2.3. 2.3 would be good and expected to work for the next few years just fine. 2.3 is by far the largest part of the android ecosystem right now. Another option would be to buy an older device where the manufacture did not update it to 2.3 and install a mod like CyanogenMod 7 that allows you to get to 2.3. This is not possible for all phones so do your research.
|06-12-2012 07:31 AM|
OK, so I'm getting the impression that navigation may not work, but that this is simply because, generally, GPS- enabled phones use a data connection (3G, 4G, etc) to download map data as location changes.
It looks as though their are some apps which store map data locally, such as Sygic . So, if the data connection is all that stands in the way of functional navigation, a disabled phone should function as a decent GPS device.
I know a dedicated GPS device would work better, but I was hoping this might be a cheap alternative with WIFI/media functionality as a bonus. I only have a use for GPS maybe once or twice a year anyways.
|06-12-2012 07:12 AM|
|PiratePenguin||android 2.2 and 2.3 aren't really "old" and will work with everything. The real thing is that you aren't getting a data connection and it will really limit what you can do.|
|06-11-2012 09:24 PM|
The GPS on the phone will still work without any wireless connection using a program like this. It will display coordinates for things like Geocaching, but not navigation.
Google maps recently added offline maps, so I don't know a lot about it. You would be able to connect to the internet with a standard wi-fi connection and download the maps that way for later. I don't know if this will work for navigation. Overall if you want a GPS for hiking or car navigation get one of those. If you want it for geocaching or occasional reference a disconnected phone would work with a little effort.
Compatibility with apps and older OSes is kind of hit or miss. It all depends if the programmer wanted it to work on older devices or not. So something like Gmail would work, but a newer game might not.
|06-11-2012 09:14 PM|
There are some third-party Apps, but Google Maps / Navigation requires require a data connection, as maps are downloaded as needed and are not a standalone pack.
If you want to use a phone as a GPS without Data, just don't. Buy an actual GPS.
|06-11-2012 08:33 PM|
Questions about Android phones, GPS, and limitations when not actiivated.
I am considering the purchase of an Android phone to use as everything but a phone. Particularly, I'd like to use it as a GPS/email/music device. However, I have a few questions about Android itself and GPS functionality.
1) Will GPS work without activation on a cellular network?
2) How does one obtain map updates?
I know that most GPS devices (Garmin, TomTom) require one to purchase map updates, but what's the deal with Android phones? Do they generally ship with software from one of these vendors? Does GPS software depend upon phone manufacturer or carrier?
3) Most of the affordable phone models come shipped with older versions of the OS (2.2 or 2.3). What limitations can I expect from owning such a device? I'm particularly concerned about app selection. Will owning such an older version of the OS severely limit my options or is backwards compatibility something I can generally count on?