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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by scfrank, Jul 22, 2017.
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Not enough info.
On road? Off road? On road mostly with some dirt? Which computer software do you use, if any? Do you need compatibility with any specific hardware (phone/tablet/computer)? Do you care about importing/exporting tracks and such? Logging on a trip? etc.
What do I win?
You didn't vote. Do you use different gps for each task?
I'm on road with 20% forest service roads. I use Furkot. It creates gpx files. Yes import tracks but not often, that's more off road of course. And yes that all effects the decision. Like I said. Some people use them differently.
WAZE would also be an option
Here is another
can we vote for more than 1? Getting around the city its WAZE, point a to point b Here or copilot. Forest roads and tracks its OSMAND. Preplaned trips, Copilot, Locus or Osmand
I like Waze. Mostly road use. It does cover a good bit of the gravel roads around here (south central PA) and is pretty good about alerting me where the fuzz is sitting. Not that I need to know that. Because I never speed.
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I didn't vote cause I was a road only type rider.
On a bike I used two, Gamin (auto version) and Copilot (at times with iPhone or Android). So, my situation does not fit your choices.
Now days I drive my truck (still mostly road with some forest roads thrown in) so it is most of the time a Garmin but I will use the Android/Copilot sometimes as well.
Once I learned Basecamp it has become a primary tool for me so the Garmin gets used a lot more.
Yes. Up to 3
I think that's Android other.
I don't ride in populated areas much. Can you download routes, gpx, to waze?
No limit on what or where you ride. Just getting an idea what people use.
The difference is for off road or on road. Completely different GPS apps.
Also a diffrence between point a and point (Get me from here to there) and a planned trip with waypoints and such. I use different apps to fit what I need.
if it's a map or track, it handles it
You didn't say what that is.
I gave up on Garmin years ago. One of the reasons is because with Android I can change the app on the go. In some cases I use CoPilot, in some I use Osmand (not Osman?), sometimes Google, I suspect I would use Locus if I still rode on trails, sometimes I use something else. It depends on the type of riding I am doing that day, and my mood.
I am looking for a solution for every dirt road or trail i can find to string together start and end points. Smart phone has me covered for pavement. Sounds like Locus is the way to go? I really hate using my phone in the elements and I do tend to ride a bit..rough.
if you're worried about destroying a "nice" or "financed" phone, just get one for $45 from eBay and use it. store your nice one in a pack or wherever.
in the last six years of smashing things on single track I have not broken a phone. if I had, I would not cry about it.... since it's a $45 phone and not a $900 stand alone
Caveat Emptor regarding Garmin
I've used Garmin products for years. I currently own 5. However, as of today, I won't be buying any more. I purchased a GPSMAP 64S about a year ago and registered City Navigator NT2015 on myGarmin.com. I installed Basecamp (along with existing Mapsource) and registered/unlocked the maps on my old XP machine. But now I've upgraded to a newer computer - one actually built during this century and Garmin support tells me I cannot register/unlock the maps I paid for on this new machine. Their suggestion was to continue using the XP machine (yeah right) with the 64S or purchase an updated map set. That's probably not gonna happen. I've been successfully using OSM maps on the 64 from time to time - looks like that's going to become my new standard. It's truly a shame because I love how the 64S works but I truly hate Garmin's policies.
Your mileage may vary but IMO, Garmin's future is doomed because of their onerous and burdensome licensing requirements and because ever-improving smartphone-based mapping software and free maps from OSM, Google and other sources will simply dry up that revenue stream for them. I've used and like OSMAND on my Samsung Android but I also liked having a discreet, rugged, dedicated GPS. Oh well, when they fold up (just like Eastman Kodak who couldn't bring themselves to move on from film-based photography), I say good riddance.
Garmin could hardly care less about motorcyclists - see their annual report from 2 years ago https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/annual-report/#/home
Nothing in it for us! Whatever they do or don't do for us will not move the needle.