Iphone as GPS...in the sun ?!?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by 62hsr, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. 62hsr

    62hsr Adventurer

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    I've read that some successfully use their iphone as their GPS. I like using it in the car with MotionX GPS(Iphone 4s). I use it in a Bike Logic case to track my route and mileage on the mountain bike. But that is only after the ride is over when I can find some shade to view it. How are people using it in the sun on the motorcycle? I thought that maybe mounting it upright behind the windshield instead of laying on my hadlebar might improve viewing. Any insight or suggestions? Thanks.
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  2. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    I use my iphone 4 as a gps all the time in the car without issues. I tried using it on the bike but with the small screen and sun glare, ended up buying a dedicated gps unit. Other ideas? :ear...
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  3. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    down where the speedometer would normally be seems to be a really good place. it's protected from falls and shaded (depending on the bike) somewhat. most of the guys i ride with just use a ram mount upright, or put it on a bar pad.
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  4. worwig

    worwig Long timer

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    I've used a smartphone as a motorcycle GPS for a very long time. I use a RAM mount and keep the phone fairly vertical in the line of sight between my eyes and the speedometer. So the reflection from the screen is my chest, basically.

    If I put it lower, then it needs angled up, and glare from the bright sky can become a problem. For me, the higher the better, because you can angle it down.
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  5. Slambo

    Slambo B-52 RN

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    Made this to shade iphone for gps use in sun...cost nothing...use on C14 and KLR tankbags IMG_0788.JPG

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