Which external GPS for android phones?

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Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby froggy47 » Wed May 07, 2014 9:07 pm

Please advise which are "approved" or at least known to work, blue tooth is best. Thanks! Moto x phone with 4.4.2 ver.


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Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby Harry » Wed May 07, 2014 9:11 pm

I can only give you a statement on devices I test regularly: Dual XGPS 160, QStarz 818XT, VBOX Sport. All tested with Nexus4 and Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Re: Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby froggy47 » Wed May 07, 2014 9:48 pm

Thank you.

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Re: Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby mallinss » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:27 pm

froggy47 wrote:Thank you.

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I'm using VBOX Sport with Nexus 5, works like a treat.

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Re: Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby bazza_c » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:36 am

Dual XGPS160 seems best. Compared to the VBox sport, its reception is better due to a higher sensitivity chipset and the addition of Glonass satellites to lock onto - despite its slightly lower update rate. As discussed here, the Vbox sport is virtually useless without the external antenna, and I would suggest that even with the external antenna fitted, its accuracy is impaired unless you are on a completely open circuit with no trees, buildings or obstacles in sight.
strange because the chipset Racelogic (manufacturers of the Vbox sport) use in their other product - Performance box - is far superior to the Vbox sport, with or without an external antenna.


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Re: Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby Harry » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:53 am

Not sure I agree here. The VBOX Sport with an external antenna will give you super accurate recordings. Especially speed recordings are not smoothed as much as for the Dual. In case the device is used without external antenna, both accuracy and lock stability are better for the Dual. Value for money is a different topic.

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Re: Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby HiFiGuy » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:34 am

Considering the pace of technology in general, I'd like to revisit this, a year after the most recent post. What is the best bang-for-the-buck accessory GPS unit for an Android at this point? I am intrigued by the Garmin GLO, because it has a 10Hz rate, uses both GPS and GLONASS, and sells for $99 on Amazon. Is the real-world user experience with it positive?

I was all set months ago to order an XGPS 160, but saw a few comments about it being unreliable in its connection to the phone over BT, and some other minor negatives, so I have held off. I am now ready to go on track for the first time this year, and I would like to order an affordable accessory GPS so it can arrive before I go to pick up my car. What seems to be the consensus?


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Re: Which external GPS for android phones?

Postby Harry » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:26 pm

Qstarz, Garmin GLO, Dual XGPS. The later two support DGPS at 10 Hz, so they are slightly better. The Qstarz on the other hand is cheaper.

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