After the initial kicking of the wheels, I wanted to try multitasking with the GeoGuide, in particular using a camera such as the Hipstamatic.
The app’s website indicates that the app needs to be on and not shut down in order for it to work when the iPhone is in standby mode. I wanted to know if this applied if, for example, the camera was on and developing. The iPhone can multitask, but not all programs are geared to do so.
The end results were – with fairly regular camera usage (107 pictures taken) as well as some internet useage (I forgot to turn off the wi-fi, that adds to drain), the iPhone lasted almost 4 hours before running out of juice (I should test it running GeoGuide only and see how long it lasts).
It continued to track me regardless of what other apps were running or that it was in sleep mode. It even managed to track me in places I thought it wouldn’t – like inside the Army/Navy store and through the Pacific Centre. I didn’t think it could do that. More likely it simply updated when it could and connected the dots.
I set the recording intervals at 10 seconds and 10 meters, which resulted in a more jagged looking line (especially when I was going fast). Apparently all told I biked and walked 22.26km today. Not bad.
Next up – Geocaching!