Surface Go - Using it as Your Only Computer

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  1. tcassidy

    tcassidy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I have a Go with LTE. If you need a COM port NMEA signal from the GNSS, GPS Gate Splitter plus its Windows Location API add-on works great. The free version will provide 2 COM ports.

    I use the RAM expandable holder in the truck which worked with the S3 and is fine for the GO. A little smaller mount than yours.

    Terry
     
  2. dceggert

    dceggert Owner of a TabletPC Museum Senior Member

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    OpenCPN has a free utility for the signal as well.

    This holder was cheap so I got it as a proof of concept. Is yours the x-arm spring loaded kind?
     
  3. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    For sure, next device is LTE or 5G. Never thought about a Bluetooth GPS. Extra battery drain?

    It's only 26' long. Not quite Air Force One specs.:vbbiggrin:

    [​IMG]

    *Sorry for the Hijack but nobody was using this thread anyway.
     
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  4. tcassidy

    tcassidy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Since a USB GPS has to pull power from the tablet, I would assume a BT one would affect the battery less. You have to keep the BT GPS charged though but they usually have a 20+ hour life on a charge. BT would be better with the GO as it has no dedicated USB port. An adaptor would be required.

    Yes the RAM mount is the X-arm type, a RAM-HOL-UN9U.

    Terry
     
  5. desertlap

    desertlap Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Definitely Bluetooth over USB for any device if power consumption is a concern (as it definitely is for the Go).

    From what we have seen, the power draw is typically triple or more what a bluetooth connection pulls eg. a flir thermal camera or a Tom Tom. And of course a spinner hard drive is even worse

    The only area where it's roughly equal is keyboards and mice (gaming mice and keyboards draw more power via USB due to lights though)
     
  6. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Been immersed in Open CM for a few days. Thanks for the direction. It looks like a great program. I'll be going with a BT GPS until I upgrade my Go to LTE (or 5G?) later this year or early next.
     
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    dceggert Owner of a TabletPC Museum Senior Member

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    Pretty cool program. Some of the people over at the Cruisers & Sailing Forums put it together. There is a thread over there dedicated to it:

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/

    By the way, there is an 'app' for Android phones as well in the Play Store. There may be one in ITunes as well for iPhones and probably iPad as well. I have the Android one on my phone but I am having trouble getting charts on it.

    Not an issue to solve here, I just need a slow day at work to figure it out!
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Almost non-existent for me these days.
     
  9. nnthemperor

    nnthemperor Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    That's a good thing, right?

    Sent from my SM-N950F using Tapatalk
     
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