Just though I would share my experience with using the android app "shooter" on my HTC EVO.
To make this sort of quick:
Nothing but love for the software. Excellent job Sean!
The hardware was most difficult to deal with.
GPS acquisition of weather will not work without a cell phone signal
- This has been published.
- Our Sprint guy said the GPS chip in the EVO is actually pretty weak.
- SO, no GPS, no cell signal, no weather acquisition.
: I use a Kestrel
anyway (either manually or bluetooth)
: EVO's battery life sucks
: Put the phone on airplane mode and/or buy a 3500 mAH battery. I did both. Gorilla gadgets has this battery for 22$ and on airplane mode I only had to charge the phone once in 5 days and that was leaving it on overnight!
: my EVO does NOT tolerate the cold well (tested @ 13 deg) The touch screen interface is miserable in the cold. The touch screen interface does not work with gloves (like most touch screens) and there is no stylus pen with the unit that I know of. Either my frozen fingers would not work or the phone just crapped out, but If your touchscreen does not work, you could be seriously SOL.
: leave the most current data up on the screen to minimize the number of keystrokes you need to get your info. Do NOT rely on the touchscreen in the severe cold. I pre-printed several blank drop charts and manually write in the current estimated conditions and tape this to my stock as a backup to electronic failure. Not a perfect system, but adequate.
: EVO is not a ruggedized phone
: keep phone in small pelican case? EVO is 400$ to replace unless insured (wise investment in my opinion)
Overall, this was a great tool, but if you are going to be in the cold and out in the boonies, plan on things not working like they do at home. Windage and elevation adjustments were spot on. I am gaining quite a measue of confidence with this program. Hopefully this review will help others prepare to use "Shooter" on other hunts. The benefits far outweigh the negatives. I like that the EVO is a phone (for emerg) a ballistic calculator, and a camera. This reduces what I call "GADGET FATIGUE" by combining all the crap I must pack with me every day of the hunt. Now if Swarovski and Kestrel would just get together...
All comments/discussion welcome