Google maps to iPhone XXX app?

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  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Is there an iPhone nav app (Garmin, Motion X, Navigon etc) that allows one to upload maps made on google maps from laptop or desktop computer? I'm looking for a way to use my iPhone like I use my GPS/Basecamp and cut out the middleman.

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    you can do this with Motion X but you have to convert the maps first, email them to the phone and then open them in Motion X. Google and you should be able to find details and instructions.

    I tried this for awhile but I'm not sure the iphone is up to being mounted unless you have a heavy duty case. Even then I need my phone for a phone more than I need it for a map.

    I kick it analog and create my maps in Google and then write down a punch list of turns (L-FM 156 to BFE...etc) and put that on my tank bag.

    I found it's easier to keep the phone in my pocket and take it out when needed as long as I have cell service.
    I also press the power button and screen button at the same time and take screen snapshots of maps to refer to when I'm off the grid.

    I use an older jog wheel ipod for tunes so that I can pause or skip songs with my gloves on.

    I'm interested to see how well the new Apple mapping works next week when I get my shiny new iphone 5.
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    I'm interested to see how your new iPhone handles the vibration when mounted like a motorcycle GPS.

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    I keep the phone in my pocket.
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    DaveyDave Been here awhile

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    I don't know if it's available in the States, but I've just brought mud maps and it seems like that could be ok.

    http://www.mud-maps.com/
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    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 500 Ft.

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    Nuts. We need a guinea pig on this.

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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I just used my iPhone with the Garmin app for 2500 miles of NY state backroads. For navigation, it worked fine, but the major downer is not being able to work routes on laptop then upload to GPS. Until a real solution to that comes up, this will never be a real solution imho. It could be right around the corner with Google maps. Dunno. It'd be really cool to be able to route in google maps, save to "my places", then just open a google app and there they are with turn by turn. Of course, they'd need to be available offline.

    I used the RAM X-GRIP. This is a pretty impressive mount. The phone didn't budge and its very easy to use.

    For me, this isn't a long term solution regardless of future apps. I like the idea of redundancy, and relying solely on one unit is not a solution, although it sure was easy and worked well. My GPS quit charging 2 days before leaving on my trip, so I was left scrambling for a nav solution.

    As for long term vibration, I can't say this is an option. I will say though that the X-grip is rubber mounted, and the phone didn't vibrate at all. That link has a video showing the phone getting shook as the manufacturers proof, but who knows in real world situations. I plan on using it until I decide what my next GPS will be. It's cool to have these options at our fingertips!
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  9. DynaSport

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    I too would like to be able to design a ride in Google maps and download it to my iphone, but I am still working on finding a solution. I have Motion-X Drive which won't do it, but as posted earlier Motion-X non Drive version is supposed to. I haven't tried that app yet, but it doesn't seem to be made for road usage from looking at it. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    As far as a mount goes, I just bought this mount

    http://www.thinkbiologic.com/products/bike-mount-iphone-4

    and will be using it for a 2000 mile trip next week. Hopefully it will be good. It was made for mountain biking, so hopefully it will stand up to my paint shaker on the road.

    We'll see. If I fry my iPhone, I guess I'll just have to get a 5 :evil
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    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    One way to look at it is that replacing with a new phone is cheaper than buying a new GPS. If routing options start opening up, I just might do that. New iPhone 5, and use my 4 on the bike...
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    Motion X GPS (non drive) works well and is cheap.
    Navigon and other gps apps are good too but can drain the battery unless you have the right charger.

    iPhones don't work well with gloves and are way too fragile. I had a 3S mounted for awhile using motion X and the glad broke when I took a spill. If you use the iPhone as gps you need a spare phone for emergencies.

    But still, I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on a $500 Montana because it seems like dealing with it's software issues is a full time job.

    I just want google's MY MAPS and routes to show up on a bombproof iphone or Android. Routing in google is SO easy and by using terrain and Sat images, I can find the best roads.
    For my weekend riding and trips to neighboring states, my written turn list has been all I need. It's not tech sexy but it works and I spend more time riding and not watching a gps.

    If I was planning a longer trip I'd have multiple GPS units
    and an iPhone.
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    One tip for routing when using google maps is to ask for walking directions between destinations.
    This will give you the "crow flies" route while avoiding highways. Then add a point and drag the route to include any other roads you want.

    Also if there aren't close up camera views for some roads, you can often zoom in at a connecting road and look down the road in question. Good for checking to see if there's gravel when plotting rides with non ds'ers.
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    I've had mine mounted on the bike on and offroad with a ram mount for 4 years with no problems at all.
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    On the google map site there's a promo link about offline maps. You can download maps and have full function even when offline. Way cool.

    Hopefully Apple has this in their maps as well.
    Also wondering what Apple will have as far as desktop mapping like google.
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    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Jeff, have you found a solution for laptop/desktop routing? Someone has got to figure this out. I'm surprised there isn't a seamless solution already..
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    I have read that you can do it. I only use tracks as routes are unreliable when you have specific roads that you want to follow.
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    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Yep. That's pretty cool. I kinda figured Google would stick it to Apple in one way or another.

    The new Apple maps are TomTom based. It would be really smart of them to do something with TomTom like they have with their "home" that is similar to mapsource/basecamp.
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    Accuterra allows you to do this. http://mobile.accuterra.com They even created their own maps and are much more detailed than other maps. The downside is there is an annual user fee but it is a reasonable price. They support importing tracks in KMZ format either by email or direct transfer from laptop to your iPhone.
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