Rugged phones to use for gps on bikes.

Discussion in 'Australia' started by rossguzzi, Aug 15, 2020.

  1. wass

    wass Been here awhile

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    I got it from https://ruggedphones.co.nz/shop/.
    I got the last 3W on their site. More costly than from the direct sites, but I ordered it and got it next day, and at least if probs, someone local to contact.
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  2. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Go the EU version.
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  3. bigborett

    bigborett Hipster Supporter

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    Still Chinese and coming from China.
    I hate that. They try to suck people in by having an Au web address.

    Although we still have virtually no choice but to buy Chinese goods we should be trying to support our own backyards as much as possible.
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  4. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Having a clean Android is a real blessing eh.
    How are you enjoying the 3W? I love mine, and I'm not a tech-lover by nature.
  5. wass

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    Very happy with it, the build quality is very solid, as someone previously mentioned, you can probably use it to hammer tent pegs in with. Made a basic fibre-glass bracket for starters. May later remove the Garmin and put it in portrait mode. This model shows up to 37 satellites, I also bought the GPS Test app which shows more info on the satellites.

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  6. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer Supporter

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    Does it have a camera?
  7. wass

    wass Been here awhile

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    Yep, these are normal phones, just ruggedized (IP68/69 to MIL spec, can withstand immersion in water etc).
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    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer Supporter

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    Ahh, thanks.
  9. pete40

    pete40 Life Behind Bars

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    That kiwi website has an X5 model. Wonder what that is compared to the armour 8?

    Hey, you blokes that know phone signal, I bought a Chinga signal booster for $108 as I live rural and couldn't afford the $1000 Telstra wanted. The thing works. I'm about 7km from the nearest tower which is not 5G. The nearest 5G would be a lot further away by their map. My Telstra SIM now says 5G in the top of my phone. The speed is much faster using a speed checker. It's still low, like 5mps on 4G, 15 with the booster (and indicating 5G), nothing like actual 5G which I have seen do 400mps.
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    Suncoaster Long timer Supporter

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    May only be 5G from the phone to the booster.
  11. AusTMan

    AusTMan apprentice old fart

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    Nice job on the bracket.
    What else is available out there for a holder, mine's an Armor X8.
  12. wass

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    RAM mounts have X-type phone mount/bracket with base plate and connecting bits which will do the job but for my purposes it was too high off the mounting plate.
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    AusTMan apprentice old fart

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    pete40 Life Behind Bars

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    My Vodafone SIM doesn't think it's 5G. Only the Telstra one does.
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    seancampbell Long timer

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    Just put the X5 on my Africa Twin.
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  16. AusTMan

    AusTMan apprentice old fart

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    How sturdy is it?
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    seancampbell Long timer

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    I'm going to update holder as it doesn't suit the slightly thicker phone as well as my Samsung.
  18. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    A couple of strips of stick on velcro on the bar pad and also on the back of the phone with a zip tie in a loop to slip over each end of the phone and it's an ain't going nowhere phone holder for a couple of $s.
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  19. pete40

    pete40 Life Behind Bars

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    You tried that? Show us a pic going along a diet road.
  20. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    From Amazon, under $15.
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    It has proved to be robust.
    Here is the key, the tightening method to the bars uses a screw-to-tighten :
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