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Published on February 25th, 2014 | by Greg


Bad Elf GPS Pro: Shareable, Bluetooth True GPS

Smartphones and tablets are fantastic travel companions… but any serious adventurer will quickly find their limits. Thanks to a need to conserve battery life and reduce size and cost, few models out there include true GPS receivers. Google and Apple maps get their data in a few ways, thanks to other options like cell tower triangulation as well as wireless network data- hence the message you’ll probably be familiar with indicating that location accuracy is improved when wi-fi is turned on.

There are plenty of great things about GPS, but the most important is that it works where the other things don’t- on the water, way up in the air, in jungles and forests and mountains where cell signal is a distant memory. The Bad Elf GPS Pro is a Bluetooth-capable GPS device that gives your iOS devices an instant additional feature. You can share the same receiver with up to five other devices simultaneously.

The manufacturer lists a few likely markets and targets for these capabilities- jet and recreational pilots, sailors and boaters. Because it also works as a GPS logger on it’s own, it’s also easy to take on longer bike trips where you might want a record of your travels. While your smartphone’s battery might die, the Bad Elf offers up to 32 hours of life. We took it out for a few rides and liked the bright backlighting and decently-sized screen- it isn’t meant for automotive use and doesn’t offer color or a lot of detail on-screen, but gets the job done in the field.

The Bad Elf GPS Pro is rugged too- we dropped it a couple of times to no obvious harm, and it’s IPX4 certified splash-proof so will brush off light water and rain. With a weight of only 90 grams, you won’t notice it in your pack either. As with most GPS receivers, they do take a little time to get a position lock, and it will depend on conditions- canyons and tree cover will slow that time down. Perfect for geocaching use, Android users should feel left out- this is the best GPS unit in this class, and it’s also quite reasonably priced, at around $150 online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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