iPhone GPS apps

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by levain, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Is there one that doesn't suck? Currently, on my phone I have Motion X, Telenav, Mapsource, Waze and the uber expensive Garmin. They all suck. All of them.

    I find it hard to believe that folks are using an iPhone for nav. Maybe, it's my phone though??? That is a possibility. I have pretty much the same complaints with all of them. They'll find me, then lose me. Send me off course. Take forever to recalculate. Motion X loses me all the time. They'll all show me at random times several streets away. Then, out of the blue it'll work fine again.

    If the technology just isn't there yet, I'm fine by that. If folks are truly using these successfully I'd like to hear that as well. Maybe, it is my phone? That'd be nice to learn!

    Maybe, I'm expecting too much? I've been using various Garmin GPS's for years. I expect my phone to behave as seamlessly, and I'm disappointed by it.

    On a different note, do any of these GPS apps have a Basecamp/Mapsource-esque program that can be used for creating/uploading routes etc? My guess is that we're just not there yet but thought I'd ask.

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  2. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Armchair Adventurer

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    Must be your phone.
    Run MotionX Drive and GPS both do just a little prep work and the running off the map stuff ends.
    Used MotionX GPS in 8 states and to navigate around in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum, no lost signals....why, prep work.
    Forget BaseCamp, lay out your route or waypoints in Google Earth, run them through GPS Babble, then you can drag and drop or email them to the phone. Incredibly simple.
    Or do your route inside the app, it really easy.
    Good luck with it.
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  3. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Thanks. Must be my phone. As for Google Earth. I think I need the Google Earth for Dummies book:lol3 I'm not too bright
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  4. Garp

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    I suspect it is your phone. I have the Garmin App and it is every bit as good, if not better, than their dedicated hardware.
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I wonder if there is a reset or something for the GPS function on an iPhone? I tried googling it and sounds like others have similar problems. Some have even had there phones replaced.
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  6. socalmoe

    socalmoe Been here awhile

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    I use Roadmate 100% of the time. I have a nav system in my truck but always use RM when I need to.
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  7. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    For me, I lock my iphone in the tailbag, and forget about it till I stop. It's a phone first, e-mail second, etc.

    For navigation, I stick to my 88$ Garmin Nuvi refurb. If it falls off or gets wet, it will not cost $500 to replace.

    Just me!@

    Update:

    Your original post makes no mention of using it only in your truck- silly me, it's a motorcycle forum.
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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    This is for my truck, not bike.
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    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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  10. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Do any of these work off-pavement, i.e. Forest Service roads? Do they depend on cell service, or are they true GPS apps using satellites? Much of where I like to ried has little to no cell reception- and no pavement. :D:D


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  11. mrprez

    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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    No cell phone service required. It is a true GPS chip in the phone.
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  12. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    to the OP - are you using a newer iPhone? I believe they have made major upgrades to the GPS capability with each successive version. From what I'm told, Apple stays on the cutting edge of location/map technology and uses multiple systems (GPS, cell tower triangulation, etc.) to find you location accurately and quickly.

    Back with my old iPhone 3G - it was just way too slow to use these applications reliably. The next-up 3GS was much faster, but sucked my battery dry faster than I could charge it on the bike. All problems were resolved with my iPhone 4. I haven't upgraded to the 4S - but don't see much of a reason yet.

    I use mine all the time, with none of the issues you mention. My apps:
    - Magellan Roadmate - my prime iPhone nav app as it does not need 3G data connection
    - Motion-X - captures and downloads .gpx routes. Has capability to pre-load maps to offset the "must stay in 3G range" issue
    - Waze - great app for traffic-sensitive areas (e.g. LA). I've only used it in my car, not yet on the bike
    - Motion X Drive - does most of what Roadmate does, but for $5 (although it does need 3G for map downloads)

    Keeping it cool and dry is the challenge.
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  13. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I guess I need to amend the first post a little. I have a iPhone4. My phone has always been ok, but slightly quirky in ways. I also recently dropped it and smashed the glass for the second time. $150 later I got a replacement. This new phone has been GREAT. Not quirky and the GPS functions work as they should, so it was definitely the phone itself. I'm happy about that!
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  14. Natedawg4081

    Natedawg4081 n00b

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    Gaia GPS works good
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  15. RMRichar

    RMRichar Quidditch Captain

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    Just in time for me to dive into waypoint track planning with motionX, it's now on sale for only $.99

    I'm not affiliated - just think this is a hell of a bargain.
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  16. John Smallberries

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    +1
    Motion X for $.99 is an amazing deal. I expect they make their $$$ fron annual voice nav subscriptions on Motion X Drive. Motion X may the hook. It worked on me!
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  17. divimon2000

    divimon2000 Been here awhile

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    But.. Need cell service to download maps as you go or do the google maps xfer. Total bummer being out there with no map.
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  18. EmmEff

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    Maps can also be downloaded over wifi...
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  19. SpeedoJosh

    SpeedoJosh Been here awhile

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    I've always used the google maps app that came with the phone. Works great. I don't follow it road by road though. Just map out my destination, then look it over. Remember major turns and distances, then just cruise along. When I know I'm getting close to something, I'll pick it up and zoom in. Hasn't failed me yet. Recently just did a Fly-n-drive with a vehicle in NY. Drove back to NC following back roads/hwys the whole way without a problem.


    -Josh
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