Ultra rugged Kyocera phones,GPS smartphones ..my guide

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by PDX Alamo, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Yeah once you have BRouter start the app stand alone and download the vector tiles.

    Its also in app settings, you have to tell it where you are going and download the vectors for them
  2. RonSJC

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    Thanks,
    I downloaded all of California. I zoomed in and marked it with a X and it downloaded. But, I did notice that all the Locus files are on my external card, while the Brouter program loaded to the internal memory. Could that be causing an issue, or should Locus be able to locate the files on the phone, regardless of where they are located?
  3. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    I think BRouter has to be on internal memory.

    Here are is the arrangement on one of my devices (honestly the easiest to get screen shots)

    Brouter and "segments" those are the vector profiles, all on internal memory
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    Locus Pro, off on the SD card with all of the tracks and whatnot.
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    and where you set the routing provider in the navigation settings
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    Brouter is usually pretty easy.
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    Thanks!
    I'm sure I have missed a setting someplace. I'll take another crack at it.
    Ron
  5. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Yeah, its a process learning all of the gotchas.
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    That seems like it would be a great idea, but in my experience it's really not. Those wires are the absolute tiniest, cheapest they could use that would still work. Vibration is almost guaranteed to break them at the solder joint, especially considering that the heat from soldering will make them brittle. I think a new connector plugged firmly into a new usb outlet, then locked in place with some kind of glue or epoxy to make it permanent, would be a better plan. Some dielectric grease on the connector before plugging it in might be a good idea too.
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  7. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    This has been said before....why not just solder the wires from a 5v 1-2A supply right on to the two spots made for the charging points on the back of the phone?
    (add in a disconnect of some type and be done with it)
  8. rarepartbuilder

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    Hi Folks

    Such a great thread... i like hope to somehow contribute back for all the knowledge and ideas i have obtained. Maybe this has already been posted ,,, :dunnobut here goes...

    I've done some app investigation to try and maximize the df pro's battery life since most of my gps guidance is day long using gpx tracks i create and load into the phone's brain . Since the gps program doesn't see many /most of the side trails and goat paths to give directions in a route scenerio.. i "need" to see the screen at well beaten intersections were i want to make sure i am on the planned course... sometimes those intersections are a half hour apart.

    I am trying out an play store app called "waveup" to unlock where by simply putting your hand over the proximity sensor.. turns the screen on and off. At first when the phone turned back on it was going to the home screen .. so then i pinned the OsmAnd screen on the df pro using the screen pin function in the security settings..

    the phone almost always shuts the screen off immediately.. restarting is slower/ finicky "sometimes" than what i would like... but am still investigating as just a finger on the proximity sensor {which i thick lives in the selfie camera lens?} seems to work decent to


    edit: i just noticed that the waveup seems to cancel out the touch blocker app.. maybe it is just the particular touch blocker app i am using:dunno
    cheers

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  9. McCrackin

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    I apologize for the Newbie question, I read most of the 90 pages of this thread and do not remember where I saw this information. My question is this, I got the Kyocera duraforce Pro phone, somewhere on one of the pages I recall seeing a step-by-step process to make sure it is set up correctly. Could somebody please direct me to which page that is? Thank you in advance.
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    Go ahead, and tell us how it works out.
  11. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    Not for my needs, a plain old USB (45°) cord works great for me, I unplug if I expect to get wet.
    -but-
    If one needs to make some type of less 'complex' system to provide waterproof power 100% of the time, why not?
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    Good point.
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    because soldering would leave the wires brittle and exposed to damage. contact points would make more sense, or just buy an extra battery or two for when it is raining and you don't want to use the USB plug.

    generally speaking, if the rain looks to be of longer duration than the battery life, I'll just find something else to do instead of spoofing through that much rain. drinking works. telling lies about women. that kind of thing.
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    +1
    I know I read it, I've read the entire thread, but I have no idea where to find that info again... :scratch
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    Car Home Ultimate is a home screen app that I used a few years ago. I revisited it to use on my DFP since the DuraGrid widget does not support landscape orientation. I'm finding that I really like it. You can customize up to 6 screens with 6 or 8 apps or a music controller. It integrates with Bluetooth and will auto launch when your BT is activated. The 3 selectable widgets on the left of the screen are always visible on all screens. Choose from speedo, altimeter, clock, weather, compass, and battery info. Extremely customizable! There is a free version and an unlocked version you can buy. Check it out.
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  16. levain

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    Having some issues with my DF xd.
    -It shuts down randomly, then starts right back up. Annoying, but whatever, I can deal with that.
    -It shuts down randomly if I try to charge it from the bike. Off the bike, plugged into a wall it works fine, but plugged into power on the bike it shuts down randomly. This one is a bigger issue than above. It's almost like it goes into a hard restart and takes forever to boot back up.

    Can someone recommend a backup battery, with charger, for this phone? I might go with a tank bag charger setup.

    I agree with someone above. After using phones as GPS exclusively for 3 or 4 years, the weak point is definitely charging. I'd love a real solution.
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    This one: Car Home Ultra?
  18. ohgood

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    is the mount touching the power button at all?

    is your battery locked in position?
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  20. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    No and Yes:beer
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