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Tablet GPS Apps and Data Usage
October 1, 2013
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Q: This post on Gas Buddy and iExit caught my eye because I decided that the solution to my dislike of smartphones was a small tablet. I finally (a month ago) bought Verizon’s Samsung Tab 2 7.0 with 2GB of data per month (not a share-everything plan). I’m not using it as much as I should yet, but my question is how do these apps work in terms of data usage. Does the GPS work independently, or does it use data constantly? Do the gas and exit apps use data constantly? How much? Have you been able to monitor your usage? I’ve used gasbuddy.com (and its Detroit area-specific website detroitgasprices.com) for years on my computer, but never an app. I’ve never done an app yet and not quite sure how to access it.

A: First of all, you get Apps on your Android tablet by visiting the ‘Play Store’ and searching for the app.  Watch this video for a Show-Me-How example:

As for Data usage.  The GPS by itself does not use data – it is just a receiver that tracks where you are by ‘seeing’ satellites.  The data usage comes in when you’re using an App like GasBuddy and it is showing you data from the web … maps, gas prices, directions, photos, are all coming from the web.  It doesn’t use much.  I think you’ll be able to use GasBuddy whenever you want and not see a significant data usage.  

You can see what apps are using your data by going to System Settings -> Data Usage.

October 29, 2013
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Barbara Dalderis
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Found your info on data use of Gas Buddy and iExit interesting.  I haven’t been using iExit, but we always use Gas Buddy.  I bought my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10 tablet last October.  I bought it at Costco since I knew I could return it if I didn’t like it.   I used to check apps on it while traveling because I liked the larger screen.  But now that I have a Android Ultra Maxx I can use that because it has a larger, easy to read, screen and is faster.  

I love my tablet.  I especially like accessing Google maps on it.  But I mostly use it for reading and checking email.  I read several newspapers, magazines and ebooks and forums on it.  I use the Google Chrome browser because it syncs my info and bookmarks between computer, smartphone and tablet.  Also you can easily read newspapers either on apps or the Chrome browser.  Chrome lets you set your browser to “desktop”.  Easier to read than table version of many websites.

I keep most of my fiction ebooks in my Dropbox for easy access using almost any ereader.  Currently I’m using Moon+ as my e reader. Also like Aldiko.  Of course, if I buy a book from Kindle or Nook I use their apps.  I keep most of my non-fiction on the external 32 GB SD storage card you can add to Samsung.  I keep all my cookbooks on the card where they are easily accessible no matter where I am.  At home, in my Roadtrek or at a friends house.  I also keep my own recipe data base collection on Word on Dropbox for the same reason.  

Hasn’t technology changed our lives over the few years?  When we first started traveling in our Roadtrek, 15 years ago, we could barely keep up with our email. Now we are texting family and friends traveling down the road!!  Thanks for all your help along the road!

 

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