Anyone using one of these?
I've been looking at getting a GPS so I can keep track of actual distance, time and speed. Not a training thing, but I kayak for general fitness. (Rather paddle on the ocean or even a lake than ride a bike, and bad knees so running is not an option.)
The Quatix has the same basic functions of my Suunto Core, such as a compass and time. The Quatix adds local tide tables, which might be helpful in case I don't look it up before going out.
A GPS could be a safety device if I got lost in fog, which is unlikely but can happen, or need to give my coordinates if I needed help.
Wearing this all on a wrist is a consolidation of sorts: instead of a Core and a large hand help GPS device, the Quatix is "all in one".
I've tried using my Iphone in a case, but am not comfortable running the risk of a failure and having to pay full price for a new Iphone .... costs much more than a GPS.
Then of course it could also be a neat toy to play with, planning routes on my Ipad, downloading to the Quatix and following the waypoints. Kinda of like adding a game to kayaking.
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No! But Use Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Oct-23-13 10:35 PM (EST)
For $99 from AT&T and free droid apps instead. Only drawback, is no place to tether it with float, so enclose it in bag in order to do so.
The rugby alternative|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Oct-24-13 2:14 PM (EST)
How is that Samsung Rugby holding up with its rubber seal
Yes! For The Price I'd Recommend It|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Oct-24-13 7:25 PM (EST)
Everything else is much more expensive. And yes, I've tossed the phone in the ocean, and it still works, but, for kayaking, it's stored in a custom waterproof pouch I got from Amazon, so I can tether it to the boat and fasten a small float to it.
you forgot another drawback|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-25-13 11:50 AM (EST)
...it requires a wireless phone signal. How good is your coverage area?
Excellent So Far|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Oct-25-13 1:45 PM (EST)
I supposed paddling the Napali Coast on Kauai, HI, the signal would be weak or scarce. But circumnavigating Cape Ann, MA, the signal worked. Only drawback so far is screen brightness, but still enough to view stroke rate, stroke count, time, elapsed time, distance, and speed.
ok, that's not bad|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-25-13 2:31 PM (EST)
I guess there'd be plenty of places one could paddle and use that option.
Nice phone and a good option ...|
Posted by: nebeginner on Oct-26-13 10:29 AM (EST)
... If you have AT&T, and you're willing to risk the phone if there is a failure in either the phone's waterproofing, or the bag. This phone seems to be listed as water resistant to 6 feet.
do you have the transceiver?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Oct-25-13 11:52 AM (EST)
Interesting having all that in one package strapped to your wrist. How have you found working with the small display?
Haven't tried it yet on the water ...|
Posted by: nebeginner on Oct-26-13 10:48 AM (EST)
... Hope to do so today. If I go to the local lake there will be no map on the watch. If I go to the ocean I will be able to try that. haven't decided which direction to go yet.