Question about using smart phone as primary GPS

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by bmwrider1946, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Brad-Man

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    From what I have gathered, the app that comes with the phone is perfectly good. About the only 2 downsides are can't adjust volume of verbal directions and having to be connected to the internet for setting routes.
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  2. Hermit

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    Check with AT&T first, I have heard that they will automatically switch you to a plan with data if you use a smart phone on a non-smart phone plan.
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  3. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    I've got limited experience with the Nokia Drive app on my Lumia 900, but that experience has been quite positive. Navigon is supposed to be even better (but Drive is free, so there is that...)
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  4. Hambonee

    Hambonee Been here awhile

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    Used Navigon on iphone..good app...
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  5. Spina

    Spina wannabe motorcyclist

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    Thanks, I'll try it!
    ( to anyone that is interested: if you usually mod your android phone, I've discovered that some rom or kernel have the fastcharge feature, meaning that you can set the phone to charge like a normal charger, instead of a data connection )
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  6. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Bingo! Thanks for the detailed clarification. Saved for future reference.

    Do you know off hand if that also applies to charging an iPhone as well? I have an Android myself, but haven't yet put a USB outlet on my bike.
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  7. mmvalk

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    These devices are capacitive and will not operate when wearing gloves. So. how do you operate smartphones / tablets when riding?
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  8. sdd04

    sdd04 Been here awhile

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    Actually, with the Nokia Lumia 920, you can use gloves...
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  9. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave blame Reaver...

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    My iPhone 4S in a LifeProof case works fine when wearing gloves. If it isn't responding well, I lick the tip of the glove finger and then it is back to working. I use a stylus in cold weather when wearing heavy gloves. I could just use metallic thread sewn into the gloves, but haven't bothered...


    Sent from my iPhone 4S
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  10. vanseagal

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    You don't need to be connected to internet for setting routes. With Nokia's navigation it is possible to set phone offline and still set routes and look maps. You just need to download the maps to your phone. I have used Nokia's map program for years all over Europe without any problems. You can also use Here.com and sync all the favourite places with Lumia. BTW I can adjust volume on my Lumia 620.
    And no I don't work for Nokia :wink:
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  11. bdolnik

    bdolnik Been here awhile

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    I wrote a little tutorial here on using Navigon with some off the offline route planning choices. This was key for me since I wanted to be able to plan a route on my PC and upload it to the iPhone.
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  12. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Buy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Conductive-Thread-Thin-50/dp/B004G4VOSI">some conductive thread</a>. Find a needle & a pair of scissors somewhere. Stitch a patch onto your first finger, your thumb, & your salutin' finger. Bam. Done. Any glove, any tablet.
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  13. worwig

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    Get a Samsung S4.
    It is sensitive enough to sense your 'touch' before you even actually touch the screen. It works with even heavy gloves.
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  14. bmwrider1946

    bmwrider1946 Young Old Fart

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    Great post!!
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  15. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    When my Garmin 550 died last year on my European adventure, I used my iPhone smartphone with Navigon software to navigate from Southern France to Andorra (down towards Spainish border. (Where I bought a new Zumo 660 at a great price BTW)

    The iPhone has a great GPS chip and the purchased Navigon software uses map files that you download (you can select locations/countries, etc) into the iPhone memory. I used the iPhones built in bluetooth wireless to send voice directions to my Sena headset in my helmet.

    The iPhone sat in my tankbags mapcase, so I could see it if need be.

    I have since moved from the iPhone to a Samsung (Android) device. I installed Navigon and used it this year on a bicycle trip for navigation. Works great.

    Finally, there is NO NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO ANY CELL NETWORK TO USE GPS ON A SMARTPHONE. Please put this old wives tale to rest guys, once and for all.
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