GPS alternatives, you know that phone in your pocket

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by uphoto, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Ok, I soaked my Aerostitch Elk Skin Ropers in the sink and tried them out on my nexus 7 which is the least sensitive touch screen. The treated tips worked, but so did all the other wet fingers. The dry fingers did not register. . I guess wet leather works on touch screens? :dunno

    Anyone else want to give this a try?
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  2. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    yeppers, the drier it is the worse the response is. guess you could spit on it ?
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  3. zamram

    zamram Been here awhile

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    Hello Dolly,
    Did the Elk Skin have the Anyglove stuff on them or just wet?
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  4. zamram

    zamram Been here awhile

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    My bad, I see you did it both ways.
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  5. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Thanks for testing!

    $20 seems like a lot, but I'd like to ditch my dedicated GPS and just use my iPhone so ... i think I'm in ...
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  6. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    ICON makes a set of short conductive gloves which work very well. I am on my 2nd pair.
    The any glove stuff works well but figure on giving them a second or third coat. It seems to wear off or somthing.
    I put it on and use them and in a couple of weeks just redo them.
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  7. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    FWIW, I am going to try tethering a small tablet stylus to my handlebars for this coming season. I will lose gestures (ie. pinch to zoom), but that isn't something I normally need while riding. Most, if not all, of the apps have on-screen zoom buttons.
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  8. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    I keep thinking I will try that, I just never remember to get a stylus.
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  9. worwig

    worwig Long timer

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    I just stitched some conductive thread in the finger tips. Cheap , easy, permanent.
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  10. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS Supporter

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    Or, you could try GloveTacts. They are working quite well for me. I did modify mine a bit - which is easy enough to do with a sharp pair of small scissors or x-acto knife. I cut mine to fit my glove finger shape a bit better and I made the area that will contact the display a bit smaller. Placing them on thumb and middle-finger multitouch gestures are quite doable.

    I use the middle-finger on my gloves because it is longer: YMMV.
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  11. BravoTango

    BravoTango That's just like,your opinion, man.

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    I've been using Galileo Pro for 6 months now. Its pretty awesome. It holds plenty of routes. It Has recording, import and export options. I like the road and topo backgrounds. I also am a fan of the simpler and lighter iphone option. My back up is a real paper map and a compass. I have a waterproof usb plug on both the CB500x and the DRZ and I have been able to setup the screen lock settings in low power mode to accommodate a full day of riding. (16 hrs/500mi in one day) I have to reach up and wake up the screen (sometimes even lick the glove to get the screen to work) but all in all I could not be happier. Iphone 6 in Lifeproof case. I do find that in direct sun the app is hard to read, but most of the roads here in east TN provide great tree-shade and Ive never really had that much of an issue with it to justify a dedicated GPS.

    My route process for laying out a route goes like this:

    Most known routes:
    bikeroutetoaster.com lay out the route, export the file, print the overview and the turn by turn, save route to cloud (can be accessed on any computer after saved to profile)
    then save it on the phone to the app
    Set screen lock to 2-5minutes
    Set phone into low power mode
    Disable passcode (so when i swipe to unlock it brings up the map immediately)

    Most unknown routes or way point routes downloaded from adv:
    I just make sure to print out a decent overview and load it into the app. I have never really had a problem guessing what to turn onto and make my way through the file.

    Disadvantages would be:
    I have no way of charging waterproof while mounted in view. (but I hardly end up riding long enough in a downpour that this would be an issue / bit of a fair weather rider)

    Complaints:
    I have no way of watching my gps while I stream netflix while riding.
    I have a hard time texting with gloves.
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  12. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Interesting. Does it have super strong adhesive?
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  13. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    LOL that last part cracked me up. Good info up there, thank you :)
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    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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  15. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    I'm using a RAM Finger grip mount with my Galaxy S6 Active (and was with my S4 Active before). http://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-HOL-UN4U
    I have a tether on my phone case and I loop it around the mount in case it comes loose, but never has.
    It's on the accessory bar on my windshield mount with a ram ball and a short arm... it's recently started to not tighten down well and on bumpy roads starts to sag and I need to push it back in place.
    I'm going to try to wrap the RAM balls in tape, but might need to figure something else out.
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  16. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    anything that will allow the case+phone to move a little when a limb smacks it, is a good idea. the ram stuff is very good. i heat up PVC pipe and just form a holder-thingy, zip tie to the bars and ride. my phone is barely worth 40 bucks though ;-)
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  17. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Well they finally made the best GPS yet, 5.7 inch screen, works with gloves, waterproof, and handles temperature extremes. The Kyocera duraforce XD.

    Now I just need to wait until the used ones make their way to eBay. $350 new but still cheaper than a Garmin. I'm using the Kyocera brigadier now which has a saphire crystal screen but this ones screen is an inch bigger. And ask any lady ; every Inch counts.

    http://www.kyoceramobile.com/business/duraforce-xd/#buy
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  18. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    I think in a few months, that will be my next phone.
    Nice find
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  19. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Nice, how much are the batteries?
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  20. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    Sigh.... I am becoming really tempted to switch from Sprint just to get more options in phones...
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