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Old 12-23-2014, 03:39 AM   #16
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Phones have compasses?
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:53 AM   #17
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Phones have compasses?
Yes; the majority of smartphones do.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:33 AM   #18
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Yes; the majority of smartphones do.
I have own 3 smartphones and they didn't have compass or FM Radio so this all surprising to me.
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:09 AM   #19
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I have own 3 smartphones and they didn't have compass or FM Radio so this all surprising to me.
This will be the first smartphone I've purchased that didn't have a compass.
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:17 AM   #20
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Haven't found a decent dash cam

The dash cams I've read about all have weaknesses, like one article touting their favorite, which has the major weakness of not being able to move the video off the phone. Or another where it costs $2 per month.

DailyRoads Voyager on Android is still the best.

Some built-in apps I use:
- OneNote (built-in or did I install it?) - syncs perfectly and immediately across platforms.
- Nokia Mix Radio - the free version seems comparable to the other free ones like Pandora.
- Podcasts - if you've used a Zune, it's the same interface. Bugs include forgetting (usually once per podcast) that it has played a podcast, and slow automatic removing of played podcasts. Due to the phone's 512 MB of RAM, subscribe to video podcasts at the lowest offered quality. Even then, long video podcasts of about an hour or more will experience stuttering towards the end.
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So I guess buying the maximum size SD card for it will be priority one. 64 gb right? Anyone recommend a quality inexpensive one?
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:32 AM   #23
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I have own 3 smartphones and they didn't have compass or FM Radio so this all surprising to me.
Chances are they did have a compass, just not an app that exposes it as such. All the Android phones I've had have had a compass. The earliest ones required manual calibration where you flip the phone over and over on each axis. I think that was Froyo and Gingerbread did away with that.
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:43 AM   #24
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Chances are they did have a compass, just not an app that exposes it as such. All the Android phones I've had have had a compass. The earliest ones required manual calibration where you flip the phone over and over on each axis. I think that was Froyo and Gingerbread did away with that.
I'm looking at it right now where would I find this compass? It's a LG Optimus Dynamic and LG Vortex.
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Nokia Mix is being sold off, so that will be no more soon.
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So I guess buying the maximum size SD card for it will be priority one. 64 gb right? Anyone recommend a quality inexpensive one?
I picked up two of these over BF/CM when prices were at their lowest ($23~$24):
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I'm looking at it right now where would I find this compass? It's a LG Optimus Dynamic and LG Vortex.
Check the phones specs. The compass is a sensor and is usually listed with other sensor like: proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, gyroscope, etc.
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Spun off, but there's no sign Mix Radio will be no more. This story says:

"MixRadio will continue to be preloaded on smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, but it will also have the freedom to explore other platforms like Apple's iOS and Google's Android."
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Check the phones specs. The compass is a sensor and is usually listed with other sensor like: proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, gyroscope, etc.
As monkey mentions, the compass sensor is built into the device, but you have to download an app to get an actual compass on screen. The GPS apps will probably use it. For Android, I loaded GPS Status which gives raw GPS coordinates and exposes a number of other sensors so you can use the phone as a compass, a bubble level, etc.

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