- Best phone for Strava ?
Help, my Samsung Galaxy Ace often loses the GPS signal during rides. Most frustrating when I have killed myself on a segment, to find that it has not been registered.
Are other phones better at maintaining GPS and does the network provider make any difference ?
Am I just better getting a Garmin instead – are they for reliable in maintaining location ?
ThanxPosted 4 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
Garmins are good but you’ll pay decent phone money for one that doesn’t require a cable/laptop to upload.
Phones are much of a muchness really once you get a half decent one. The main faff is battery life and ease of mounting on the bars, that’s where Garmins win.
I’ve got a OnePlus One, it’s a top spec phone for only £229-269 depending on storage. The battery is relatively huge and you can switch off a lot of stuff so that ride recording for 9 hours is possible. That’s with a BT heart rate monitor connected as well.Posted 4 years agoDeveron53Member
I use a galaxy 4 mini. Never had any problems with GPS signal. GPS is nothing to do with phone network. It’s best to carry the phone where it has a good view of the sky. Outside pocket of bumbag/rucksac etc. with the back of the phone facing outwards. If it’s in a front pocket and you’re leaning forwards you will block the signal with your body. Shorts pocket and mounted on handlebars can shake the device too much, I have had signal problems with it there. Trees and cliffs can affect the signal. It’s called ‘canyon’ effect!Posted 4 years ago
When starting a Strava ride, I wait until I get a full set of green GPS bars before I press start. I usually leave the phone on the car dashboard to acquire a decent signal while I faff with my bike and gear and then it’s the last thing to be packed in my bag before setting off.welshfarmerSubscriber
Galaxy XCover 2. Fantastic GPS on it. Never once lost a signal, far better than mates Garmin. Will last all day with GPS running without needing charge. Bonus is it is fully waterproof and shockproof. Mind, I run OS maps on Alpine quest and save the routes as gpx files to upload to Starva at home on the PC. Find this 100% reliable. With my old HTC with the Starva App I often had problems of lost signal or failure to sync after a ride. Very frustrating as I swear I had a few good KOMs one night 🙂Posted 4 years agosimon1975Subscriber
I recently got myself a cheap LG L40 from Tesco-mobile to use as a “riding phone” rather than carrying my posh phone all the time. Superb value at £40, lightweight and pocket-friendly, and the GPS seems to work accurately with faster fix time than either of my other devices. Spare batteries are readily available, too, which appeals for my intended usage.Posted 4 years agospooky_b329Member
If anyone has had a new screen/frame fitted to their phone and has bad GPS reception, you may find the ground connections to the frame are missing.
Mine was completely hopeless, new screen was missing the metallic pads that ground everything together. Used folded up sticky foil on the various ground points as per Google instructions and now better then it was new…gets a fix indoors now 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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