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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Grizzwald, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I have a Galaxy Tab 2 7 and have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I want to get a RAM mount for it and maybe an otterbox or the like.

    I downloaded the local google maps and it works without wifi but they take a lot of room.
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  2. rboett

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    I was just researching gps options. Was looking at the garmin montana 650, (not free) , but started to think about other options like a small tank bag with a window on the top ( i have concerns with vibration) and Nessus 7 , runnning the Dual Sport Maps. It is not as full featured like google maps, but for out on the trail it should work fine. On the road I would use my Droid x2 and google maps (soon to be Droid Razor max hd) . After using the droid and google maps, makes me wonder if stand alone GPS units will continue to become marginalized.
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  3. Craneguy

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    My vote is for Sygic...especially down here in Mexico. It seems to have every 1 horse town. It must be incredible in the US!
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  4. muguvian

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    Sygic, also. I used it in Spain when walking the narrow, wandering, unmarked streets using the 3D buildings as landmarks. It worked pretty well for driving between and in cities, too.

    I also had a trial version of Co-Pilot at the same time and hated it due to a useless POI search function.
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  5. Dan Alexander

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  6. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    I thought about one of those, but how is it going to work in a mount? Or a tank bag map pocket? Seems like a lot of money for a bag.... just sayin... Interested in how it works for you...

    Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    Won't work in a mount but maybe velcro'd onto the map pocket of a tank bag. I'll also use it in the canoe plus it might be my walkaround, take to work case.

    Here a good screen protector is $30 and up. I got the Sealine for $20 on sale from the $40 they want in Canada :huh
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  8. rboett

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    yeah, maybe velcro the eseries 14 to the top of a tank bag with a nessus 7 inside ,, that might be the ticket especially if the plastic touch screen works good. It seems it would provide some protection as well. Probably just have to work out how to get power in with out disturbing the case too much

    or maybe spring for some nano technology that's out. A little more pricey, probably not quite as water "proof" as a case

    http://www.liquipel.com/in-action/

    http://www.liquipel.com/liquipel/asus-nexus7/

    Does it make sense to spend about $100 to protect a $249 device? Dunno, Maybe , if it keeps it functional in the rain
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  9. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    I rode about 18,000 miles around the country this summer and carried a Ipad3, a Samsung GS3 (for part of the trip after killing an Evo) and eventually a Garmin Montana.

    Streaming music to a bluetooth helmet is great, but most don't have the controls to click forward or backwards between songs. Just manage your playlists well. :deal

    What I discovered using all of the devices is that Google, Apple and Garmin ALL have map problems. MANY times all 3 would disagree about routes, roads and even the existence of roads. Garmin is actually the worst!

    The big downfall of all of the phones/tablets is A) sunlight readability B) true weather and shock protections C) Usability with gloves on! The maps and search functions were better than the Garmin though.

    The Garmin is weather and shock proof, easy to see in the daylight, works awesome with gloves on and has lots of great trip data options.It also locks to the bike and is powered by it. It's way over priced and has some serious routing flaws, be careful:rofl

    Damage a phone and you are without a phone and emergency communications. I learned this when I got the Evo wet in the rain forest. :lol3 9 days of riding with no phone:eek1
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  10. Dan Alexander

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    I'd seen that stuff recently but if you read their fine print they don't guarantee much in the way of waterproofing. Wonder how hot the tablet will get sitting on top of the tank bag .. I hear that if they hit near 100 degrees they shut down.
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    My how times have changed ... all of my earlier cross continent trip were without a phone .. and I lived to tell the tale :wink:
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  12. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Forgot to mention that. I've had both my ipad and Andorid phone shut down due to heat when in the sun. Both were just out on patios. (Not on the bike) I would imagine that would be even worse.
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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    The first cross continent trip was without motorized transportation at all:lol3. But where is the fun in that?:wink:
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    no phone:eek1

    gasp:eek1 paper maps, a highlighter,, a compass:eek1

    what a concept. We don't ride to take a break from normal day to day,, do we?




    :lol3:lol3
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  15. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    We good as all the nav and map systems are, there a still things that work better on a paper map!:lol3
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    I had heard about issues with droids overheating in waterproof boxes.

    Great thread, makes you think about the real world operating environment .

    hmmmm,purpose built Garmin 600 series operating range is -4 f to 158 f,, waterproof IPX 7 standard , able to be read in daylight, operated (supposedly) with gloves,, I think I have come full circle:lol3
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    yeah, I like the delorme map series by state. :clap

    no batteries required
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  18. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    I've done thousands of miles with just a phone/ipad and thought they were great. Until I tried a dedicated nav unit again. They are slow, cumbersome, expensive for what they do, but....they really do a few things well and my expensive phone and tablet are no longer at risk.

    This trip from Denver to VanCouver, BC was all done on an ipad.


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    I just got a complete set of the Butler Maps and look forward to using those this summer. But you would be amazed at the trips we have planned with a "State Farm" map book. :lol3

    The big thing for me is somedays I have no idea where I want to go. I just know a general direction and mileage. Which, with a paper map and a compass (the type you make circles with), you can outline your range and see where all the possible routes could take you. I have yet to find a map program that lets me do that.



    HOT, ROUGH riding in Wyoming. Not phone or tabler friendly.

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  19. StuartV

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    That's kind of like telling us your car has overheated. Without knowing whether it's an '82 Gremlin or a brand new Camry, it doesn't really tell us much at all. There's about a million different kinds of Android phones. Just because one overheated doesn't mean all models of Android phones have that problem. Unfortunately, it *seems* like pretty much all iPhone/iPad models have a common problem with potential overheating.
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  20. StuartV

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    That is definitely the opposite of my experience. I have compared Google Maps routes to Garmin GPS routes numerous times and I don't recall ever finding that a Google route was better than the Garmin route - with the possible exception of cases where Google was factoring in traffic and the particular Garmin GPS did not have traffic capabilities. And I have found numerous occasions where the Google Maps route was inferior to the Garmin route.

    And as for Apple, well, when they were shipping their devices with Google Maps on them, they were the same as Android phones. Now, I think we've probably all read enough about how their own Apple Maps has been a disaster for them.
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