Monday 09 December 2013 22:24 UTC
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I have both Skydemon and PocketFMS.
I have nver liked pocket FMS as it i clunky, cluttered and slow, however I can run it on my android device and thats the nly reason I have it.
On my cheap chinese satnav Skydemon runs a dream, PocketFMS i very very slow (pretty much unusable)
On my Laptop (core i5 quad core, 8GB RAM) Skydemon runs a dream, PocketFMS i very slow
My satnav weapon of choice is idealy my HTC One X (hence a use PocketFMS now). Yes I could use Skydemon on my chinese device and do on flights that involve flight in CAS. However I would rather just carry 1 device HTC One X).
So a few things:
1) Come on Tim
2) Has anyone else found that PocketFMS performance is pants compared to Skydemon
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I have never used Pocket FMS.
But I did look at it prior to SkyDemon when my only backup nav was the trusty Pilot III.
It had a clunky, half-finished feel to it and the experiment lasted a couple of hours after which I gave up any idea of using it.
SD came along and it felt 'right' instantly. It loaded straight onto the HTC and has been the only satellite-based nav system I have used since.
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Is this thread actually for comparing the two pieces of software, or a sneaky way of asking us to do an Android version?
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A bit of both from my point of view (I have asked out right in another topic though). Saying that i did start this topic to see if anyone else has experienced the same perfrance issues when running both application ont he same device.
Subliminally I planted a seed in Tim's head to say "look I now use the competitor product as they ported it to he O/S of my choice, you havent".
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I use PFMS because the maps are compatible with my MGL kit. I also run it on an Odie which is good but the display is not quite readable on a sunny day in the MCR. PFMS has some good points, the European mapping is very good and my total running costs are around £20 a year for a map update (atom licence) but if SD provided maps for MGL kit which I suspect would be very easy, I would switch – provide the European maps were ok (not checked this).
Yes come on Tim, I have a shedload of cash* that I'm waiting to shovel your way once you release an Android version!
*I may be being slightly disengenuous here
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Quite possibly sent from my Nexus 7 which cost 400 quid less than your iPad.
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Ah, I just posted in the other thread!
Yes, I have spent a small fortune (£1000s) on hardware over the years in an attempt to get decent performance out of Pocket FMS and failed.
I suspect that it simply comes down to being a not-for-profit effort, whereby there simply aren't the resources to do profiling and performance testing. Not necessarily a lack of skill but a lack of cash. Tim runs a professional software development house and thus no doubt already owns Profiling and Performance tools, which are not cheap to buy!
It will be interesting to see if the quad-core 1.5Ghz OneX can chew through the PocketFMS source code at a decent lick ... if it can I will probably switch back. Otherwise I'll no doubt be hanging my nose over the iPad Mini and Skydemon!
"non profit foundation" does not have any bearing on the situation. It is one of many legal entities a business may choose under Dutch law. It certainly does not mean a part time business or imply a lack of funding.
Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.
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The OneX with PFMS is my current setup, No it it does not run very fast on the OneX, but at least it is available and works.
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I would disagree with the premis of having your primary nav on your phone. You are putting all your eggs in one basket, with no backup.
What happens if you flatten your phone battery on calls / other stuff - then it runs out when you need it. If you use it the air, you may not have enough power to phone For a taxi, PPR etc etc.
I like have dedicated devices. Horses for courses. And if my dedicated gps were to pack up, then I've still got the gps on my phone as an emergency backup.
I would not be happy using my phone as primary gps device.
I can't comment on the one x as I don't have one. I run it one an Samsung Galaxy S II and it runs very fast on that even in 3d mode. That phone has been superseeded now by the Galaxy S3 which i can only assume is better. Also runs pretty fast on my original Samsung 7 TAB (though not as fast as the S2) and faster again on my iPad 3.
Until now, I've not heard of anyone complain about speed of the new app.
I've also heard good things about, but not seen in person, the Galaxy Note.
Well, my primary nav is a chart
I usually plot VOR radials and distances as a secondary check ...
I have an Aware plugged in as a tertiary check.
If you'd seen the other thread you'd also be aware that I have a small electronics store's worth of GPS units collected over the years
If I really needed to for some reason and had no W&B problem then I could load up with the Chinese Sat Nav (built in GPS), the Tablet PC (USB GPS), the old phone (bluetooth GPS #1) and the old PDA (bluetooth GPS #2))
It's also worth pointing out that I have four battery extenders. Two big ones that will power a laptop for 3-4 hours (handy if you are flying to farm strips with no power and want to check NOTAMs); a smaller one with a pull cord which takes AA batteries so I can always get a charge from it (e.g. find fresh batteries if the pull cord part failed); a final one that is solar powered and just enough to juice up a phone.
I also carry two normal phones - one for work and one for personal use. Plus a third Pay As You Go antique Nokia which lasts for weeks on a charge.
Oh, I just remembered, I also have a Forerunner GPS Watch!
Just saying ...
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