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. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    A motorcycle GPS costs the same as a high end phone (roughly 600 bucks), so the cost of replacing a GPS is comparable with a phone. There are cheaper GPS units available, and there are cheaper phones as well.

    For redundancy, I carry my old phone. I use a mount which has a chance of leaking water into it, worst case, if the phone goes bust, I swap out the older phone. It's the same micro usb charger, and fits in the same cradle and is less bulkier to pack than a GPS. That way, I have redundancy for my phone, music and GPS. It's somewhat important for longer trips where I need a spare, for shorter ones, I wouldn't bother at all.

    I've also had my phone really wet a couple of times and it's held up very well. It is not IPX7 or anything, but from a layman point it works out well for me.
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  2. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Disregard.

    I'm am idiot.
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  3. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    Many smartphones have built-in GPS. You need data coverage for the map app to fill in roads and other information. Lots of apps allow you to download the areas you plan to go so you don't need to have coverage but most are clunky compared to GPS unit software where populating the information is easy peasy.

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  4. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    It's not only about cost (even if I'm not sure that you can compare a high end 600$ waterproof moto GPS with a not waterproof and not gloves friendly phone but I digress) but about losing everything at once.


    Imagine that I'm on a 2 weeks trip and I lost/break my GPS. Not fun but I can live whitout it. I can plan my route (I always do anyway) and take notes , buy a map, ask for directions and so on.

    But if I was using my phone for everything, I would have lost my music, my web browser for hotel/camping/restaurants reservations and seeking, my phone, my GPS, my camera...for the rest of my trip.


    No, thanks




    Another reason is as soon as you think that one function of your do-it-all device is kinda outdated, you have to change everything at once.
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  5. Jan from Finland

    Jan from Finland Been here awhile

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    Another benefit of delicated GPS is that most high end navgators have transreflective screen. It's readable in direct sun light. Only very few special phones have it.
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  6. revrandy

    revrandy The Riding Rev.

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    Again I repeat the Nokia built-in GPS DOES NOT NEED A DATA CONNECTION. I have used it and stand alone GPS units, not clunky at all.

    Again for posterity sake, the Nokia built-in GPS DOES NOT NEED A DATA CONNECTION.
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  7. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    No need to shout. Nokia is a phone that has built-in GPS just like many other smartphones. Nothing special about that. Just like all other smartphones, it has an operating system that runs various applications such as email and mapping software.

    If the mapping application on your Nokia can show roads and search for gas stations, restaurants, etc. while outside of cell coverage range it must come with a substantial base map package. That is a good deal better than most mapping applications such as Google Maps. What is the mapping application you use on your Nokia?

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  8. Mr Head

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    My experience is limited to a first generation Motorola Android and an iPhone 4. Both had to have cell service to perform as GPS. At one critical point we lost the cell connection along with GPS with the Android.

    Though the much greater problem was battery life of that phone. It would not charge and guide at the same time. This would eat up the battery in about 2 hours or less. As the phone aged this got worse.

    And when I went to my provider for service, I was told....


    You guessed it, "They all do that.":lol3

    And since that old android was not being supported I got to watch as my apps fell out of date. That lead to the iPhone4.
    THis works a little better. Voice directions via bluetooth when I use, Google Maps. :evil
    Which was one of the driving reasons for the Android.
    Battery life is still an issue. Using just the GPS and cell and shutting down all other apps Strava will suck the battery dry in about 6 hours.
    That is providing I don't use the phone for anything else.
    That has led me to research handheld GPS / cycling computers and such.
    So far the Garmin 810 is in the lead, though I'm not real fired up about dropping $500 for the kit and more for a power meter.
    Numbers are fun, but I'm not looking that hard for fun.
    I've tied it with MotionX GPS app for iPhone on the motorcycle and car and that can drain the battery pretty quickly as well.
    The Garmin 810 is likely much more capable of living life on a bicycle/motorcycle or hiking than my iPhone. As far as I know iPhones don't like water.
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  9. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    I find my phone/GPS app infinitely easier to use than any GPS unit.
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  10. BillsburgGS

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  11. Mat

    Mat Long timer

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    http://here.com/download

    Nokia comes shipped with their own navigation software. This software is pretty good, too.

    Then you can download maps for the whole world (with more or less detailed coverage) for free. It is about 7.5 GB I believe for the world. That is very special and unique amongst smartphones.

    Nokia owns Navteq, which means their maps are amongst the best.

    So no need for data coverage to navigate with a Nokia phone. That is the reason I still use my old Symbian phone.
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  12. tyrex13

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    I know this thread is a couple of years old, but I'm looking to do the same thing with a Nokia 520 or 535 Windows phone. Has anybody had any experience with those phones as a bike GPS?
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  13. Redleg171

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    I have a Lumia Icon and use it as my GPS and it works great for road navigation using HERE Drive+. You can choose to download countries/states so it works even without coverage. Cortana, (voice assistant) unfortunately doesn't work without data connection, but once your route is in there it's rare to have to change it while riding. I have a Lumia 521 (almost identical to the 520) that I use solely as a backup device. It is a T-Mobile phone and my Icon is Verizon, so I just have the maps downloaded to it to use offline if needed. With HERE Maps you can still search for points of interest in offline mode (like gas stations, Walmart, restaurants, etc.)

    With Cortana (comes with Windows Phone 8.1 and the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile) and my Sena unit, I can easily operate Pandora Music. HERE Drive+ will continue giving voice prompts even if it's not the active app. When I press the button on the Sena unit, I can just say "Pandora Play Heavy Metal" or whatever I want to listen to, and then I press it again and say "Open Here Drive" and that brings the GPS back up. I love HERE maps way more than Google Maps for road navigation.

    I keep my Lumia Icon in an Otterbox, though I am thinking of removing the built in screen protector and just sticking on a regular one as I don't like the built in screen protector. I have it mounted with a RAM mount, the one with the fingers rather than the one that looks like an X. It works great for me.
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  14. Fortunate Son

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    Does anyone know how to keep the screen on all the time on a Galaxy S5? I could plug my old LG G3 into a power socket and use it as a GPS and I had a choice to "keep Screen On". I don't have that choice with the S5. There must be some way to allow it to remain on while plugged in.
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  15. diegosaenz

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    I didn't vote, but so far I use my iphone 5. I have to be plugged in into the hella socket all the time though because it eats the battery super fast. This works just fine, but when it rains... I have to put it in the tank bag which is a pain to look at while driving. Once I have money to spare I'll buy a dedicated GPS.
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  16. VentureHighway

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    I would try out OSMAND which is recommended as one of the best apps for GPS on Android. Offline maps, POI, etc. It should keep the screen awake, apps control whether to keep the screen awake.

    Options such as keeping the screen on all the time are based on the Android build put onto the phone, each phone/carrier is different. You could also go to Settings - Display & Lights - Sleep and set it to the max amount of time possible.
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  17. catweasel67

    catweasel67 RD04

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    GPS 101 is here - http://advrider.com/index.php?forums/gps-101-which-gps-for-me.75/ -

    but...FWIW

    I wish I could use my iPhone as my main GPS however..
    • It's not waterproof.
    • Having GPS active chews through the battery like crazy.
    • It overheats real quick and will shut down.
    So, for now at least, I use my Garmin 660 as my primary GPS unit.
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  18. Fortunate Son

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    Thanks Venture. I'll look into OSMAND. I know I have the memory for it.

    And thank you Catweasel. That will give me enough to read for a while. I should just bite the bullet and get a GPS. I want to be able to download route files.

    I'm been thinking about an In Reach first. My wife wants me to send locations so she knows where to send the meat wagon.

    I guess if they can't find me the insurance won't pay.
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