There’s this Garmin video that Dan Cuthbert pointed me at, earlier:
…and it’s timely because January sales are still on, and only yesterday I was perusing ChainReaction and ordering bits and bobs.
I’d been out on the MTB for an hour or so, exploring the heathland around Blackbushe Airport.
I had my Nexus 7 in a pouch running Google My Tracks – it recorded the whole thing, with much battery to spare, plus now appears to have options to Bluetooth-pair with numerous cadence and other sensors.
I’ve been round this loop of thinking before, of course:
- One thing Google have got going for Android (and Garmin haven’t) is “network integration”
- A small set of negative reviews for #Android #GPS #Cycling applications
- More on #Android #GPS #cycle applications: #Maverick failage & Google “My Tracks”
…but the big problem last time was only having a phone upon which to run the apps; and when the GPS killed that battery, I would be phoneless.
Whereas MyTracks has clearly been updated since I last played with it, has better usability, and can run for ages on the Nexus’ huge battery; and I can pre-load several huge chunks of GoogleMaps onto the Nexus for offline consumption.
So – £160..£240 for a Nexus, versus … I dunno, £250..£380 for a Garmin with maps? The latter are waterproof / weather-hardened and toughened and all, but the former is cheaper, general purpose and not locked-in.
It probably depends on what you want to do with it / whether you are sprinting or touring / how little you are wearing… but for the moment I’ll take the Nexus with me.