What is the Best Phone for GPS

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HappyForNow, Jun 17, 2013.

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What phone has the best GPS?

  1. iphone

  2. android

  3. windows

  4. Quit being so cheap and buy a gps

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  1. BryonLewis

    BryonLewis Been here awhile

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    Wonderful update, this morning a kamikaze bird decided to fly directly into my phone. Shattered the otterbox case, popped the cover off the back and caused the battery to fly out. After finding the phone, cover and battery a few pieces of the otterbox case the phone still started and ran, but the screen has spiderweb cracks all over it.
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  2. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    iphone w/ motion x: compact, not redundant, it's a phone! it has apps! it works But, a) you hard to see it, b) you need to have a cell signal (which is VERY iffy here in New England)! I use to look at the map of the "big picture" of where I am going...

    Garmin Etrex handheld: compact, "waterproof", great for "off-road", but a) hard to see, b) lousy user interface, c) a pain to download to, d) takes batteries. I use for my off road adventures.

    Garmin Nuvi GPS: big screen easy to read, don't need cell signal, but a) not waterproof, b) not too good for "off road", c) big and not as portable.
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  3. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    With motion X you do not need a cell signal if you simply cache the maps. Also, if you want you can use an external Bluetooth gps puck to improve overall performance. I used a wifi only Ipad with a dual gps puck to navigate in Baja....no signal ever. Just cache'd maps and no issues.

    I sold a Montana, mostly because I don't really use a gps except for racing...and we get much more use out of the ipad that replaced it. Plus, my iphone is used as a back-up to the ipad in the race car. On a bike though, I'd rather slap my Garmin Oregon on the handlebars rather than risk destroying my phone. Sharing tracks is super easy with Motion X.

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  4. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    I tried using my android phone but I just didn't like it....I found a dedicated GPS works better for me and I have the phone as a back up if needed. The biggest issue was that Nav is processor hog...the phone would rip though the battery and even plugged in it would get very hot...I'm sure the newer phones handle it better. I haven't tried it with my new Galaxy S3 but I have it as a back up if the GPS fails.
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  5. psyco1

    psyco1 Been here awhile

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    Galaxy Note 2 and it's 5.5" screen.
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  6. ZaethDekar

    ZaethDekar Been here awhile

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    I use a Nokia Lumia 920 on AT&T. I have all of North America downloaded and when I am on a long days ride I turn Airplane mode on, turn on GPS and Blutooth and use a blutooth headset.

    Nokia uses Navteq.

    Here.com is their new mapping website that syncs places between your phone and computer.

    I don't have any issues and it has always been accurate for what I have used it for.

    I went on a 6 hour ride listening to music and enjoying photos and such and I used all of ~20% of my battery life.

    Attached are some photos that I took with the Lumia as well.

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  7. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    I have to call BS on that. My Montana lasts about 6 hours on the stock Li battery- fully charged. Actually, when I first figured this out, I was pretty pissed that I believed the Garmin marketing regarding battery life. (I have it hardwired on one bike, but have used it on battery power for some other bikes.)
    I realize that wasn't the purpose of this thread, but wanted to point out the battery life, in case anyone cares.
    Also, the [new] Google Maps on my 4+ year old iPhone (3gs!) draw much faster and recalculate waay faster than my Garmin. And, they are much nicer to look at (although too small to see while riding). But, the Montana's construction is much better for my riding (off-road, mainly). I wished I could have Google Maps in my Montana- that would be ideal for me.
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  8. BC61

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    I'm not very app savvy, I have an I phone 4. What gps apps are recommended and work without cell service?
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  9. OneEffinName

    OneEffinName Been here awhile

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    I found the complete opposite. I really wanted to switch over to a smart phone for GPS, but the lack of decent maps, waterproofness, ruggedness, crappy user interfaces had me go back to the Montana.

    Did you try the Montana?
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  10. ErockPDX

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    I use Garmin GPSs in work trucks for rural responses in a 2200-square-mile county and I hate them...I've found that they're slow to respond, the menus and search functions are unintuitive, and they're slow to register touch. THAT SAID, they are relatively low on the offering totem pole. I have a different Garmin, bare bones, that I use for hiking. My experience with both is that when I get frustrated, I simply use my iPhone 5 with success. I've begun putting topo maps on it for hiking too, and use Theodolite and MotionX.

    For these reasons, I have been actively NOT buying a GPS for the bikes...I guess I'm waiting for one to bite me on the ass in the Flea Market or fall into my lap or something. In the meantime I keep being happy with the iPhone 5, cached maps, and a good old paper backup in my tank bag. The only thing I'm having trouble overcoming it the visibility of the iPhone screen with the Lifeproof case in direct sunlight.

    I know, whine whine.
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  11. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    No, you don't...cache the maps type you like for the area you want while you're at home on wifi.

    I use the same app on my iPhone 4 with no service (this means no cell signal) :deal
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  12. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    MotionX GPS and GPS Kit are 2 that I like for topos and being deep in the bush, recording tracks. They cache maps of your choice (many to choose from), easy to save and share waypoints and tracks, and both have a "real time" location share feature (need cell signal). They do not have turn-by-turn navigation.

    I use Navigon for my turn-by-turn GPS app...all of N. America on my phone.



    I can't imagine even ONE feature or task that I wish I had that a standalone GPS could possibly offer me.

    Define "decent map"...? :huh
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  13. tshelver

    tshelver Been here awhile

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    Which Garmin GPS' are those? Several listers compare the old 60 and 76 models, those are old and have terrible interfaces that were superceded by other products well over 5 years ago.

    I've used several that were introduced 10 years or so ago, and they are everything you describe. But then the phones were pretty limited as well.

    It's very similar to the camera market. For bottom end use
    , the phone camera works fine and has functions thatn a traditional compact digicam does not.

    For more intensive use, most photographers still choose a camera.


    Just yesterday I was trying to set up a route in various phone GPS apps (Google, Oruxmaps, OsmAnd), and what would have been trivial on my 2820 (old but still very functional) or Montana was frustrating.




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  14. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    There's that...no "route set up" that I'm aware of in a phone GPS.

    Guess it comes down to what you need from your GPS :deal
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  15. tshelver

    tshelver Been here awhile

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    I've been playing a bit more with the Android apps, as some of them open up more map options.
    I think that outside of the big commercial markets like North America and Europe, OSM makes a lot of sense.
    I particularly liked the OSM bicycle map I saw, combining street and topo data.

    Put the not more in it here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21714596

    But as you say, some of the stuff a regular GPS user expects is either very different, only partly implemented or just not there.


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  16. ErockPDX

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    The Nuvi 42 and 2497. The latter is better, but bleh. Granted--low on the totem pole, like I was saying. I'm sure the $600 models are loads better, but I'm having a hard time giving enough of a sh!t to do the research when my phone works great for roads and my wrist-mount works great for trail rides and crashing through the bush with a pack.
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  17. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    My Samsung Note is nice, because the screen is big enough to actually see.
    The new Note 2 is equally impressive and much faster.
    That being said, I spend much of my time very far from data sources. I never leave home without the maps for the day loaded onto my Garmin eTrex 20.

    Moreover I never leave home without hard maps anymore either.
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  18. ErockPDX

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    See, that's what I've basically been doing. I have the Fortrex 401, which I wear on my wrist and just load way points on, or better, create them as I go for trail junctions, etc in new areas. Then I load quads on the iPhone and carry the actual quads in the tank bag.

    Although now that I take the time to actually type this out...it sounds sort of contrived and I kinda want to look into a good bike-mounted GPS.
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  19. tshelver

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    Well I've been looking at phone options because my Montana took a walk on some bad 'road', my bad for not transferring the OEM mount.

    Nothing I have found so far for the phone beats the convenience and ease of use of the Montana. Clip it into the mount, tighten the security torn screw with the supplied tool, and ride.
    No fiddling with locks and enclosures and separate power cables and stuff.

    Even the freebie Garmin compatible map I was using (nothing commercial available here) was substantially better than the OSM and Google maps.

    But replacing it here involves either a lot more money (2/3rds of what my two local bikes cost each) or transferring money to a US account, ordering, then dealing shipping and a long wait. And probably several phone calls to track it down.

    I'll probably just stick with my 2820 for a while.

    Anyway, seems Garmin has announced the Monterra or some such. Montana form factor, and a combination of Garmin software and hardware on Android, so I would wait for reviews on that before making any decisions.


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  20. fredN4

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    ipad mini
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