[OSGeo-Discuss] Question on relatively cheap GPS's for educational purposes

Zhengfan Lin public.t.lin at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 10:54:09 PDT 2012

Hi Schweik,

Do you want a dedicated GPS navigation device, or simply something that has
GPS built-in ?

No sure about dedicated GPS products, but with USD 200 you can buy a nice
tablet (very likely an Android one) and install whatever app you like.

A general-purpose tablet may have lower battery life compared to a
traditional GPS and therefore causes problems when you work in the field.
But I doubt that a dedicated GPS with a RGB display would be much better.
In terms of accuracy, a modern phone/tablet GPS unit should be fine.
(Please correct me if I'm wrong here.)

You mentioned that the data will come from your state gov website. Is it a
standard OGC service ? Can you provide a link ?


Zhengfan Lin
On Sep 4, 2012 11:09 PM, "Charles Schweik" <cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu>

> I'm trying to identify GPS' to purchase for our institution for
> teaching that are capable of using and displaying
> GeoTiff orthophotos or
> JPG 2000 or
> MrSid images
> from our state government GIS website. Our budget is pretty small and
> we want to get at least 10, so I'm hoping for something in the US
> $200-300 range.
> Does anyone have any recommendations?
> Thanks in advance,
> --
> Charlie Schweik
> Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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