Setup your rugged Android for all things GPS ?

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  1. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Current state of technology seems to have blurred the lines quite a bit. I'm really thinking more about the size (big phone/small tablet)

    What, exactly is the glove issue? I know gloves are less precise than fingers but I can usually manage on a GPS screen with care. The odd time I have had my iphone6 mounted on the bars, I can't use it with gloves at all - it simply doesn't recognize it is being touched.

    That's the sort of thing I expect I'll do - or connect via my iphone as a hotspot.
  2. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    The finger tip is just to big. I can hit things like yes/no on/off start/stop Buttons in the center of the screen
    but anything else the finger tip hits somthing else. I just grab my stylus now and get what I want the first time.
  3. Cyclepath

    Cyclepath Lang may yer lum reek

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    Have any of you tried the "Glove tacts" from cycle gear ? They are supposed to stick onto your glove finger tips so you can use the phone touch screen with your gloves. Cycle Gear also ships internationally . ???
  4. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I haven't but I've seen them. The local store manager is a friend and he says he has received good feedback from happy buyers. I might try them out with my iphone. The other issues with it, however, are lack of waterproofing and its just too darned small.
  5. Cyclepath

    Cyclepath Lang may yer lum reek

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    Yeah the water proof thing is pretty important here in the pacific north wet.... :-) I bought the Nomu s10 for it's ruggedness and water proof. Also the screen is so damned bright I have to turn it down. hahaha It also has a 5000 mh battery that's pretty hard to kill. It's a lot bigger screen then my garmin 600 but I would like it a bit bigger. I guess you can't have everything. Friends I ride with use a plastic ziplock bag but that sure seem like a pain in the arse.
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    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    6" screen, external power, and survived most rain that I would have prefered to ride through.

    ....and that was just last summer. No case required but that mount wasn't particularly cheap.
  7. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I got a Kyocera Durfaorce XD and got it loaded up with Osmand, Locus, relevant maps, etc. Slowly learning how to configure and use everything. Now just need to figure out mounting and charging. I have an X-mount clone with built in USB charging port but the phone won't quite fit. I also have a cheap adjustable "cross" mount, that holds the phone very securely but has a built in bicycle handlebar clamp I would need to adapt to a RAM mount, also it has no way to access the charging pads. Will probably end up heating and bending some plexiglass, which has worked well for other things in the past.

    Question: I downloaded a ton of maps to an SD card from within Osmand. How do I get Locus to access the same maps?
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    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Import. You just have to tell locus where to look


    I usually go the other way, Locus is slaved to my G-drive, and from there I pull tracks off of the locus export directory to OsmAnd, there are many ways to the cookie jar.
  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    maps, the stuff you use as a background, or tracks/routes, the stuff you follow?

    maps:
    Settings >> miscellaneous >> default directories >>> point locus at your maps, wherever you saved them

    tracks/routes/waypoints:
    after you download them, touch the file and locus should popup as an option for handling them. then just either import it to the default database directories, or name individual directories depending on where you want them to be.
  10. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I assume I don't change the 'mapsOnline' directory, only the 'maps' but how about 'mapItems'?

    Also getting an error that the map folder is read only. According to the file manager, however, the whole SDCard is write-enabled. Learning curve may be steeper than I thought :)
  11. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    1 maps can be wherever you want to store them. mapitems also, but those are image overlays. they're very small, you could keep them on there main m memory if you like without worry. maps is going to be the online maps that you download and store offline like Google/USGS/etc

    2 that's an android thing. which version android are you running? I don't remember which one had that permissions issue.


    yes the learning curve is steep, but plateaus soon.
  12. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    This phone has android 5.1.1 - don't know what nickname that has. I assume it is the latest version applicable to the hardware, without starting to hack things.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    edit, sorry, I thought this posted on Tuesday but I guess it didn't....

    OK cool. when you select a directory, locus should prompt you to set permissions to allow writing to that directory.
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    It just told me the location was read only and that it might cause problems - but then after some more research I realized that locus doesn't read Osmand map files anyway. I think I saw some other conversation on this topic where there was supposed to be a way to share the same mapset but the solution was never mentioned.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    map files.... are you actually talking about map files or track/route files?

    sorry, lots of people confuse the two. :-)
  16. Karson

    Karson Been here awhile

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    Here's my mount setup of my Kyocera Hydro Air I snagged on fleabay for <$50. Paired it with a RAM Quick-Grip mount with a piece of sorbothane on the surface to knock out any vibes. Is hardwired with a 12v-5v converter. Stays plugged in all the time unless it is raining. I have over a thousand miles of rough riding with this setup, and a 20mph high side where the front wheel washed out, and this setup didn't move. Me, on the other hand, is still recovering!

    The Xgrips are alright, but the quick-grip is the way to go, IMO.

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  17. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Map files. I know tracks and routes can be shared or made in one app and used in another but the maps are the storage hogs.
  18. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    cool !

    yes, you are correct the map type for Osmand is different than the format locus can use. they both can use maps generated by the osm database , just different file types.

    you can download them via the locus store, the osm website, or a few other places, in vector format. you can also use "map tweak" (a helper application to add all the available online sources to your list) to see more online nap sources, like Google, and download their maps for offline use.
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    Karson Been here awhile

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    Forgive me if this has been discussed a million times over, but today I tried firing up Basecamp and instantly remembered why they make alcohol. Is there a comparable alternative for trip planning to manipulate tracks? I've tried Furkot, but it's a little too hands off for me and wizard driven.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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