Ok locus but what hardware ????

Alberto shared this question 4 months ago
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Hello friends good morning everyone. Having ascertained that locusmap is the best navigation software on the market, unfortunately the same cannot be said for our mobile phones.

The touchscreen does not work in the rain and in direct sunlight the screen is often unreadable. Do you also have the same impressions of extreme and heavy use like this?

What type of cell phone would you recommend for this use?

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At present I am totally happy with my new Umidigi Bison. The screen is very bright and the battery is 50% left after an 8 hour hike with guiding in Locus.

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that does look good, some novel features

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Yeah, it's nice to see those cheaper battery tanks meanwhile ship with an FHD+ display.

I use a Huawei Mate 20 X btw. Big screen, nice battery life, but also cannot handle raindrops.

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My previous phone got totally confused with raindrops - like continual taps. My current 4 year old phone works fine in rain & sun. It is not the latest & is nothing too special. It is rated as "waterproof".

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What model is it Andrew ???

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Samsung A520. Nothing fancy by todays standards. Good to be waterproof when on a bike mount although it may complain the USB socket is damp & won't allow charging until dry. An ereader or transflective screen would save on battery but they don't exist. I get about 3..5% battery level drop per hour with track recording and display off as much as possible. Amount will depend on battery capacity. I kill all other apps while riding & have mobile turned off. I have a SON dynohub & B&W eWerk which allows charging while riding while on multiday endurance rides.

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👍👍👍

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I wish at least one company making rugged Android phones - clearly meant for outdoor use - used transflective (is that the term?) screens. Like those found in GPS units. That's the ONLY thing I miss about my old Garmin: the brighter the sun, the clearer the screen.

That said, I'm happy with my Blackview rugged phone (my second of that brand), which does wash out in the brightest sun (solution: my head's shadow), but doesn't seem bothered by raindrops. Oh, and it gets 25-28 satellites from 4 GNSS systems on a good day. :)

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I was thinking the same thing. Transflective displays are the top in these situations. Among other things, they also consume less battery because in daytime use the backlight is off.

The only negative side, however, I think is the resolution that does not reach the levels of the amoled. The same displays as Garmin also work great in pouring rain when cell phones become unusable.

For trail of a few days I see the batteries of the new mobile phones that reach considerable capacities and with bt and data off I think it is possible to achieve a good duration of use by limiting the use of external powerpacks.

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