Last week, I wrote a post on how to configure your Blackberry (Bold 9700) as a GPS tracking device.
Quick notes on the experience :
- my BB crashed once (that grey screen with hexa code) : not possible to track information during the time slot your BB is out of this world : there's no alert, so I guess it's a good idea every now and then to check whether your phone is still alive
- the battery lasted long enough each day to track each day. Alternatively you can carry a car charger (mini-usb) or your AC charger with you and recharge while tracking
- the GPS log is concatenated everytime you add information. This basically means you can stop/start the tracking at any time (pause for lunch, night, etc.), and information will be appended. In the first days, I copied the log to my computer every night, and deleted the log. Not necessary.
- you can setup a timeframe for waypoints (how often you want the device to write a point): I guess it's a good strategy to have a different rhythm for walking (photo-walking), and traveling (car).
- GPS tracking doesn't work when you're driving too fast (highway) or sitting on a high-speed train (it produces a weird straight line).
Bottom line :
- the BB is a great candidate for geotagging,
- the problem is that I now have 3 log files for 4 different days; I need to concatenate the files, and edit out the abnormal points (those producing straight lines for high speed travel), so that I can produce a nice 4 day log to import into Aperture, to geotag my pix. Currently looking at doing so with RouteConverter, or Prune, or GPX Editor.