AR-NWA ADV BS thread

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Elvis70, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. terrascout

    terrascout Long timer

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    Don't know, I have not been there in a while. It's a shame if it is closed down for good. One of the few hill side barns of any size in the area.
  2. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Couple problems with a cell phone as a GPS is that the screens don't work with gloves on, battery life is atrocious when running a GPS app, and they aren't hardened, so mounting them to the bike with all the vibration and lack of waterproofing wil probably kill one pretty quick. That's why I wold really love to see them come out with actual GPS hardware as well as a downloadable map solution. I have no doubt they would kick Garmin's butt.
  3. Valentino Magoo

    Valentino Magoo Like a speeding slug

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    +1.

    Unfortunately, I don't know if the market is big enough for Google to step into hardware. If the Google Map app starts to use the GPS circuitry as well as cell-tower-based in the new cell phones (like Scribe suggests), then I see the consumer car GPS market drying up. That could really hurt Garmin, and really only leave them with the "outdoor" GPS market. Is that a big enough? I don't know.

    I think building a more water proof and shock resistant phones (or isolation carriers) is more likely than Google actually producing hardware. Unfortunately. But I support the dream of a Google GPS Unit with Downloadable maps.
  4. ozarkrider

    ozarkrider Discombobulated Sociopath

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    RAM makes a mount to hold cell phones in a "claw" type of holder. DaMoron has one on his WeeStrom and it worked great on our trip to VT last year. Keep the power plugged in and it functioned just as well as my Garmin unit.
  5. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Google has announced they will be building brick and mortar stores. Gonna need something besides a couple laptops, cell phones, and tablets to fill those stores. :D
  6. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Can't speak for other smart phones, but an iPhone will actually discharge while plugged in and running a real time GPS app like Motion GPX. And once again, it's not waterproof, can't use it with gloves, and it's not hardened against vibration. Put enough miles on it strapped onto a bike and it will fail from the vibes. Never mind the fact if you get n a wreck and destroy the phone, gonna make it hard to call for help. :lol3
  7. Valentino Magoo

    Valentino Magoo Like a speeding slug

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    Cool! By the way, Google says that their Maps app for iPhone will soon have a function to allow you to download and save map sections to your phone, so that when you are out of cell range, you'll still have access to the Google Maps and GPS function. The GPS on the iPhone DOES work when you are out of cell range, the problem is you have no map data. Out in Colorado I could locate myself with the iPhone in the middle of nowhere (with GPS only), but all I had was a blue dot in the middle of a blank screen.

    There is a paid app (and others) that let you download map data now (Offmaps, $2.99), but I don't know how well it works. http://www.ehow.com/how_5963452_use-iphone-gps-service.html.
    I'll wait until Google enables that function in their Google Map app.
  8. ozarkrider

    ozarkrider Discombobulated Sociopath

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    DaMoron has a Droid phone of some kind. Didn't seem to have any problem with discharging. My Casio is mil-spec. Waterproof, dustproof, etc. I've tested its abilities a coupla times. :wink::wink:

    Smartphones aren't the final answer for sure, but a move in a good direction. I haven't even installed the gps on PandaBike. If I need directions, or to find fuel, food, etc, I just pull out the phone and go to Google Maps. The gps is living in the car so my wife can get further confused. :lol3
  9. mdawg12

    mdawg12 Old and Slow

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    Ditto - have one on my GS to hold my Iphone. Works great. Can't take place of the GPS but I use it to look up weather, email, and have it blue toothed to my Sena headset for phone and music.

    With all the negativity, I'm thinking I don't want to drop over $500 on a Montana. Just keep using my Nuvi 500 until Albie uses his pull to get Google to make a unit. :D


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  10. Albie

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    I've got the Motion X app which has downloadable map segments. It's a pretty decent app, It will handle tracks. The Motion X Drive app will do turn by turn directions.

    Still, at the end of the day, I don't want to use my iPhone for navigating.
  11. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Honestly, if Garmin would just up the 50 Via point limit in a route to something like at least 200 I'd damn happy with the unit. AS it stands right now though, that friggen limit really hamstrings routing.
  12. mdawg12

    mdawg12 Old and Slow

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    Cool, downloading now on phone. I will add it to Ipad too. I use that a lot in the cage when traveling. Wonder if it drags down the power on it too?
  13. wayno

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    Me too and in FV close to Sassys:D
  14. wayno

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    sucks down power quick om iphonr but that lady got me where I was going and on time.
    Garmin made me at least 1hr late to Sassys one Wed nite:(:
    I just carry it on the handle bars for looks and if I get lost.:lol3:lol3:ddog
  15. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    On thing about the Iphone/Ipad charging while using.

    if you are running a 1amp or smaller charger ( like most cig lighter plugs) it likely cant keep up with usage with the screen on and apps running, especially radio triangulating apps. ( the cell radio, wifi radio, and screen use the most power typically)

    but, use a 2-3 amp charger, and im betting they will recharge while being used.

    plug your iphone into your ipad charger and watch how fast it charges, compared to a cig lighter usb charger.
  16. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I have Android and a one amp charger and no problems keeping up with the charge.

    But every phone is different and the more background apps that are running the more it will discharge. Killing apps will help. Just use the ones you need at the time.

    Just my two cents worth.
  17. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    I don't have an app
  18. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    The you don't have to worry about them. Dang when you gonna join the digital age anyway?
  19. mouthfulloflake

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  20. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    There is peace in this house finally. My aunt passed 30 min ago..I am now in the process of notifying all the kin and wrapping up loose ends. It may be a day or two before the dust settles here..I will be in touch..thanks for all the well wishes and concerns