Which GPS Logger?

GPS Loggers

I use GPS tracks to create maps in my WordPress blogs with the WP GPX plugin. Check them out below. I want to use just one GPS logging app to record all my travels, so I’m going to compare some of the top ranking apps on Android.


  1. Easy to export a GPX file, preferably directly to my server
    WP GPX uses gpx files and they are easy to edit, if you are comfortable with XML
  2. Lightweight
    My phone has enough crap on it
  3. Low data use
    I need to just record the gpx file. I don’t need active maps and interaction with my peers.
  4. Low battery use
  5. Does not record when I pause, and gives me the option to start recording again later, eg I like to take out ferry trips from the record, and while I can split the gpx file into separate <trk> tags and …  I’ll write something separately sometime soon about how I create and play with gpx files and WordPress.

Nice to have.

  • Map display
  • Ability to download pre-created maps and have step by step instructions.
  • Connection with web site for social stuff, for those who want to interact.

I’m going to go for a short ride/drive, 5-10k with a few hills, with each of these apps recording my trip with default settings. You will see each of the maps and stats they produce, along with 

  • Usability
  • Ease of exporting gpx files
  • Filesize
  • Number of points
  • Altitude
  • Speed
  • Battery use?
  • Changing preferences



Basic Air Data

The winner. Altitude is accurate, the gpx file is nicely formatted if I need to tweak it, exporting is easy


  • Usability
  • Ease of exporting gpx files 10/10. ANDFTP connects directly
  • Filesize 721331
  • Number of points c. 5172 
  • Altitude Yes – seems accurate enough
  • Speed Yes
  • Battery use?
  • Changing preferences


Total distance: 13.66 km
Max elevation: 39 m
Min elevation: 12 m
Total climbing: 115 m
Total descent: -99 m
Average speed: 28.48 km/h
Total Time: 01:59:41

Bike Computer




  • Usability
    Perfect for biking. 3 options only, 2 really because the first two show the same info, but differently so choose whichever distracts you least – Display for current speed & distance, with the speed both in a speedo like graph & in large numbers. There’s a kcal readout too but I’m not connected to any fitness gear. Live stats screen is simply a grid of 4 large bold numbers, perfect for a quick glance, Map, predictably, shows Google Maps with everything.
    Buried in the settings is a Statistics page to add up everything you have done so far.  
  • Ease of exporting gpx files
    6/10.  The “sharing” link only uploads the file to the designated folder in your phone!  That will be too hard to find and upload to this site while travelling, which is a great shame because the interface is so nice I want to use this all the time.
    OK, so I found the file using ES File Explorer, and long pressing it opened up the usual sharing options, one of which is with ANDFTP which I have set up to upoload to the right folder within my WordPress site. A bit clunky, but not impossible
    BUT. It only ever uploads and overwrites the existing track.gpx file. There is no option to set the naming style or to auto-rename the file.
  • Filesize 326067
  • Number of points 1800
  • Altitude Yes
  • Speed Yes
  • Battery use?
  • Changing preferences
    Not very many options provided. Cannot change interval, distance between points

Not many options
Export is a hassle
I don’t need calory counter. Would be nice to have the option
It might have been the cause of slow charging on my phone. I removed it and my fast charging started working again.

Dropped it.


Total distance: 8.55 km
Max elevation: 64 m
Min elevation: 49 m
Total climbing: 51 m
Total descent: -59 m
Average speed: 23.39 km/h
Total Time: 01:32:05






  • Usability
  • Ease of exporting gpx files
  • Filesize 3757
  • Number of points 13
  • Altitude Altitude is wrong
  • Speed
  • Battery use?
  • Changing preferences
    Far too many options for my needs, but useful to have.

I might have to change the settings because this app has done better than this is the past.

Logging interval was set to 60 seconds. Changed to 2 for next test

No difference, still only 513 . Dropped it.


Total distance: 16.18 km
Max elevation: 72 m
Min elevation: 46 m
Total climbing: 176 m
Total descent: -167 m
Average speed: 22.82 km/h
Total Time: 05:39:48


Easy GPS Logger




  • Usability. Great. Turn on, turn off upload – all easy and fast
  • Ease of exporting gpx files
  • Filesize 910634
  • Number of points 5100
  • Altitude – wrong
  • Speed
  • Battery use?
  • Changing preferences
    No options offered

2018-04-28_12-51-07.gpx . Seems to be recording satellite accuracy, but not speed

Dropped it

Total distance: 13.52 km
Max elevation: 72 m
Min elevation: 46 m
Total climbing: 109 m
Total descent: -96 m
Average speed: 29.69 km/h
Total Time: 01:58:39



Considered but rejected

Ultra GPS Logger Lite





Trial for 7 days before purchase. It wasn’t sufficiently different or better so I dropped it.

Ride with GPS





Great web site to plan with, but it seems to be hard to turn off. Auto pause engaged after 30 minutes sitting on my desk and there seemed to be no way to make it quit completely. I restarted my phone  
Difficult to start and stop.
Might be good for route planning onlyAfter turning it on it wouldn’t turn off so I have uninstalled it.  I’ll use the Web version only to produce gpx files


Just didn’t record that I could see.

GPS Tools

Exporting is a complete mystery

Ottolock – a bike lock that works because it’s easy.


Why would I trust my highly personalized, expensive thief-attractant bike to an un-tried Kickstarter campaign flimsy looking strap for a bike lock?  OK, it was a gamble, and their self-promotional video was a bit short on credibility, but I felt like giving the guys some encouragement, having failed at enough good ideas myself to know how a bit of a boost at the right time can bring a smile to your over-stressed face.  The endless,”Whoops, we nearly produced one” emails were good fun too, and kind of got me thinking that they were honest at least, because a scammer would have deliberately included spelling mistakes. And they over-subscribed massively, so there were a lot of us who wanted something lighter than the ginormous U-bold and cable which does ensure that my bike always stays where I leave it, but it’s too much just for 5 minutes outside the supermarket.  This is looking good so far.

It’s made with multiple layers of stainless stell and kevlar and it’s a lot harder to cut than a cable. And it’s small and light, so it always goes with me.

It’s very  tight to operate needing a bit of force to slide it through the mechanism, so I’ll be interested to see how it wears, and I’m only going to use it where I can cinch it really tightly to try to stop scum from even trying to cut it. However, this review is pretty convincing.  https://www.outsideonline.com/2185536/first-impressions-ottolock 

And this one – http://www.core77.com/posts/56234/Ottolock-An-Ultralight-Bike-Lock-That-Doesnt-Suck . I don’t like carrying around that big lock all the time, so for normal riding, where I’m never off the saddle and out of sight for more than a few minutes, this will be great. And all those quick shopping trips, where the Kryptonite is too much trouble.

So, the rules are:

  • quick stops only
  • always buckled really tight


Has anyone got any long term reviews?

After 1 month I’m totally happy 😉


Handelbars and grips

6 months down a few roads, only a couple of thousand kilometres, but very comfortable K’s they were, thanks to the Salsa Bend Bars and the Ergon GP1 Locking Grips . 


My old 29er hardtail was fitted with butterfly bars which got a lot of very strange looks because they really are a bit excessive although they do give you options, lots of options.  With this arrangement the only changes I make to my hand position is alternating between thumbs around and thumbs on top, and when I get into anything interesting, like the grassy steep slope in the building site that I cut through on my  commute, I can force my elbows out and keep that stiffness in the steering. Sometimes I think the 170 version might have been better for that, but after a day’s comfortable riding I’m always glad I took the plunge for the 230