Ditching Garmin for android or iphone as GPS

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by twowheelpilot, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. retryrider

    retryrider n00b

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    Had a go using WisePilot that came with my new Sony and thought this could be good because maps are downloaded on a subscription basis which is great when country hopping. Sadly even though they are on the phone it still needs an internet connection, huh?

    Used CoPilot in the past but it was so unstable that I gave up.

    I''ll be sticking with my Zumo I think.
  2. milzispete

    milzispete Conquistador

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    The duel sport maps app has been great for me. You can download detailed maps as tiles meaning no connection is needed when out on the trail. The website also allows you to build routes and is real simple to use. The Sat images are also very detailed meaning you can look for an alternative route when your plans don't quite work out. Very handy when exploring a trail for the first time
  3. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    There are shedloads of GPS apps that do not require connection and work stable as it comes. If you'd paid 5 Euro you could have used WisePilot offline with no connection. But asking for free navigation application that work offline and comes with the phone by default it is a stretch. :wink:
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    "By default the maps are streamed to your phone on an on-demand basis, but you can also pay an extra 4.95 Euros (£3.96) to download maps to your phone so you don't incur roaming charges while aboard."
  4. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    In fact - this is problem I see all the time. Folks get bad or not satisfactory experience by attempting to use something with wrong expectation and after failure - drop idea altogether without giving some thought what actually was done incorrectly.
    Imagine you bought TomTom navigator, got it with US map only, tried to use it in Europe and found it can't do that. Then comes "tomtom sucks, I will stick to XXX navigation" and never come back to that.
    Fact is - folks need to know what they want from navigation and read manual to find suitable application. If done - success guaranteed.
  5. StuInFH

    StuInFH Been here awhile

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    Sounds like you've been away from DSM for a bit, same here. Checked in yesterday after 3 weeks away and found site going down end of May, with very little supporting chatter on the dedicated thread. Oh well, I made a donation and resigned to move on if required.
  6. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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  7. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I'll try and post up more details later but on a recent trip to Thailand I mounted my Samsung rugby pro on my bike and it worked for about 4 hours and then the vibrations must've killed the military spec phone.

    Just a warning to throw out there. FWIW I was riding fast freeway miles on a thumper - KLX250 w/351 kit which seems to vibrate more than stock. No rain, I didn't have it plugged in and all ports were sealed. I imagine it'd last a lot longer on a twin...
  8. bluesman

    bluesman Long timer

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    I used my Galaxy S2 on Suzuki DR800 for good 10-15000 km and it still fine.
    Nothing gets more buzz than 800 cc thumper :) so I think this is just "lemon" phone...could be vibes took part in it of course, but it broke because it had some quality problem...
    At the end of the day my friends GS1200 killed his Zumo 550 in same way...so vibes are dangerous indeed.
  9. C_S

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    What Android gps app you guys using? I was liking the idea of the dualsport maps one, but it sounds like it's not being supported anymore. Got a wee bit lost on the last ride (there are random dirt roads for days in the Sierra) and was running short on gas. Would rather not have that happen again.
  10. StuInFH

    StuInFH Been here awhile

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    DSM has temporary reprieve, so maybe you can "invest" the $20 and try it out. But with the owner's NPResque "we're all friends/in this together" attitude toward garnering support, I really can't recommend it anymore. That said, I hope he/others develop a going concern model, as I really like the software. In the meantime, I'm going to move forward and get the whole Montana package (100K Topo and City Nav) and use both until either DSM has a solid future or has to be abandoned. Smartphone apps are clearly the future, but the Montana is here now. Guess that is my official retraction. ;-)
  11. Desce

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    I've read the thread and think I want to use my android. . I may have missed it , but here's my question. Which app potentially works best to outline a route on my pc then get it to my phone best. And also ease of route planning. I've tried with google maps to make a squirrelly route and send to phone, and it seems to be a big PITA and doesn't work all that well. Or in my luditedom am I missing something all together and if so what? I just get a route plotted at home and then have turn by turn on the road tell me whats up.
  12. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    I've really liked Backcountry Navigator.
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    Desce Finished Pig

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    Thanks Acesandheights I'll check that one out !
  14. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I've narrowed it down to 'earth'. Or 'Baltimore'.
    Has anybody tried to use Dualsportmaps for solely on-road use?

    And.

    Anybody using a Nexus 7 for some offline capability?
  15. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Imminent Train Wreck

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    Maybe 205 but I bought one and can't wait to get it:

    Www.meetearl.com

    Seems like a great solution and they are going to make MC mounts!

    Other colors maybe in the works also.
  16. Meff

    Meff half way there...

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    The plot thickens....
  17. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    NICE! me like
  18. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Where did you hear that? There was talk of the screen not being able to refresh fast enough to be used at speed. I don't know anything about the E-ink tech, but some felt like it wouldn't work all that great, but I'm all ears. This one sounds GREAT.
  19. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Imminent Train Wreck

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    One of the users they are working to please with this GPS is the para gliding community. Refresh rate will be critical for them (they are big about the barometer and altimeter too). I saw that they are thinking of adding a PLRB function to it too. Right now I am worried that they are adding too much to one unit and it will be good t none of them. I bought one, and I will do my best to let you know how it works in real life when it arrives in August. They are making motorcycle and bike specific mounts for this wonder. Refresh rte I think will be OK.
  20. ramdu

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    Wow, this one looks promising. I've been wondering when someone would use Android to do something like this.

    I currently use my old Galaxy Nexus with Navigon and Google Maps for road routing. It works okay if the sun's not too bright. Data connections and gps signals are a non-issue since both apps have offline map storage. However, I'm constantly frustrated by my battery since it drains faster than the charger I use can refill it. I've resorted to carrying extra charged batteries when I go on long rides. :huh