Dedicated phone or one to rule them all?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by 919nick, Jan 12, 2018 at 3:28 PM.

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Dedicated phone or one to rule them all?

  1. Dedicated phone

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  2. Just the one for everything

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  1. 919nick

    919nick Been here awhile

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    For those that use a smartphone for navigation, do you use a dedicated phone or is it the same one you use for everything else?
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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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    I have a now "old" Samsung Galaxy Note3 that works well for Nav, communications and anything else I need it for. I have chums with newer models, and I confess they are so much different to use vs. mine that I will stick with my old Note 3 as it works well and I can't think of anything I want it to do that it is not already doing very, very well. Also, easy/cheap to carry a spare OEM battery if need-be.

    I use the Garmin for freeway/highway travel and typically take the phone off the bars unless I am seeking gravel road or rather "slow" targets or points of interest.
    I don't always care for the distraction of seeing a text or incoming call pop up.... not gonna answer it anyway, but I don't like my solitude interrupted unless I am supposed to meet another rider someplace.

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  3. Menhir

    Menhir Adventurer

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    I use the same phone I use for everything else...when I use the phone as a GPS.

    Most of the time I use my Garmin Zumo because I still prefer a dedicated waterproof GPS. Still, I find my phone has much faster and far more comprehensive search capabilities than the Garmin so it's getting some decent play time.

    It's nice have the phone as a backup, too.
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  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    phone is in my pocket, so it does smartphone stuff
    same phone goes on the bars to do GPS stuff

    if it ever breaks im out $50, and I'll update to the xd Duraforce
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  5. ThomasD

    ThomasD Adventurer

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    I like to have a dedicated GPS phone beside my "normal" smartphone. Android configuration is too different according to my needs. The GPS device has display always on, no lockscreen, no security enabled like fingerprint. GPS logger as autostart. And I donĀ“t need mobile data as I use offline maps and ride mostly planned tracks / routes.
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  6. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Dedicated phone. I prefer an iPhone for everything BUT navigation. So I use an Android phone for navigation.
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  7. scootertrog

    scootertrog Been here awhile

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    iPhone5s for everything, that was the whole point of getting the smartphone to begin with - to carry as little as possible.
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  8. chrisjk

    chrisjk Been here awhile

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    I have always had Apple devices until I became a phone navigation convert and then discovered the best apps were for Android. Since then, I have dedicated Android devices for navigation and carry the iphone in my pocket with all the everyday apps I use (banks, mail etc) and when riding, the best live tracking app I have found (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/raah-tracker/id525298475?mt=8 - atypically, only available for IOS) as letting my wife see where I am is pretty much the entry fee for my motorcycling these days - too many accidents in the past!
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