I don't know much about smartphones, not having coverage here discourages the purchase of one for me.  It seems like with the right software (app), and if it has Bluetooth capability to communicate with the total station, it should be able to replace the data collector. The hardware part is bound to be much less expensive. Does my theory hold up?

Pat Leigh

1610 North Fork Rd

Chehalis, WA 98532

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sir your idea is good.  i am electrical  engineer and have few experiences in surveying .i was also thinking but after reading your post i will atleast try to do some home work on this project.

Thanks for your post

BOY I WISH THERE WAS A GOOD APP TO REPLACE BULKY DATA COLLECTORS

For Android phones there are quite a few useful apps that can replace various aspects of your data collector 

Check this out

Esri is making some headway as well ...look at these apps

also look at XYZ works

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