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« on: March 03, 2012, 01:40:03 pm »

Before anyone chimes in, besides a dedicate GPS that is.  

  I have a decidedly dumb (but very reliable) generations behind cell phone that I'm considering giving up in favor of some mobile device.  Its primary function would still be phone / text but I'd like something that's a good satellite GPS platform and music repository.  I don't need GPS often enough to invest in one but do have a few trips coming up that I really should have one for.  

  For the bike trips it will plug into an Autocom and probably reside in  the tank bag.  Manipulating the GPS while underway would be nice to have but I don't mind stopping.  

  Any ideas on the best platform and apps?

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012, 02:21:08 pm »

Get a dedicated GPS.   Bigsmile

Seriously, it's much cheaper than getting a smartphone to make a phone call/text and use as a GPS.  Now if you're just looking for a reason to buy a smartphone then just go find one you think is pretty.  You could always head over to tested.com.  They do a roundup of the best phones for your carrier every month.

http://www.tested.com/news/the-best-android-smartphone-for-your-network-february-2012/3676/
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012, 07:13:03 pm »

I recently made the switch to an iPhone 4s from a regular cell phone. Some of the drivers for this were; access to email, easier texting, very good camera and to replace my second Garmin Street Pilot that suffered screen issues.
After doing some research I went with the Garmin North America app and am pretty happy with it. It has the same screens as any Garmin gps.
I have used it one the bike too. There are several waterproof cases available that can attach to handlebars.
The satellite reception is excellent. The Garmin Streetpilot North America maps fully download to the phone so you can still use it even out of cell range.
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 01:13:20 am »

That's what I'm talking about!  Thanks.  
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 09:17:19 am »

I am thinking of the same route as the OP.  Although I really like the garmin 765, having only one item (smartphone with gps) with one charger on a trip is very appealing.  

With the Navigon and Garmin Streetpilot App, can you create a route on your PC/Mac and then upload it to the app?  
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2012, 10:57:46 pm »

I am thinking of the same route as the OP.  Although I really like the garmin 765, having only one item (smartphone with gps) with one charger on a trip is very appealing. 

With the Navigon and Garmin Streetpilot App, can you create a route on your PC/Mac and then upload it to the app?

I believe I read somewhere that it is possible to create routes on the Garmin app. I have not tried it though.
And yes it is nice to have only one electronic gizmo that takes the place of several. I find that I am not booting my pc as often either.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012, 09:25:34 am »

I prefer a dedicated GPS, but if you want to go the smart phone route, check out the CoPilot app. Somebody on here turned me on to it, and I love it. (FYI, I use it on an iPhone 4.)
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 11:26:09 am »


I recently made the switch to an iPhone 4s from a regular cell phone. Some of the drivers for this were; access to email, easier texting, very good camera and to replace my second Garmin Street Pilot that suffered screen issues.
After doing some research I went with the Garmin North America app and am pretty happy with it. It has the same screens as any Garmin gps.
I have used it one the bike too. There are several waterproof cases available that can attach to handlebars.
The satellite reception is excellent. The Garmin Streetpilot North America maps fully download to the phone so you can still use it even out of cell range.


I didn't know it worked outside of data coverage, that was always my concern with depending on the iPhone.  I had read that the original Garmin app required a server connection.

If there was confirmation that the app can take customized routes (as in uploaded route files), I'd be tempted to sell my Zumo 665!  EEK!
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2012, 07:08:37 pm »




I didn't know it worked outside of data coverage, that was always my concern with depending on the iPhone.  I had read that the original Garmin app required a server connection.

If there was confirmation that the app can take customized routes (as in uploaded route files), I'd be tempted to sell my Zumo 665!  EEK!


I haven't had much time to look into it but in the little bit of research I've been doing it seems that you can download the maps (at ~1.5GB)  or get them on the fly if you stay in coverage.  My resident geek just informed me though that I need to check with the carrier first to be sure they don't ding ya for another $5/month to add navigation to the package, as one of his friends got hit up for.  What BS.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 08:42:19 pm »


I believe I read somewhere that it is possible to create routes on the Garmin app. I have not tried it though.
And yes it is nice to have only one electronic gizmo that takes the place of several. I find that I am not booting my pc as often either.


Thanks!   Thumbsup


Navigon allows you to add custom routes, after converting a Google Map to a Navigon map via RouteConverter.

http://www.routeconverter.de/home/de

Details here:
http://forums.gpsreview.net/viewtopic.php?t=6964


Thanks Chris, I'll read up on it.   Thumbsup Thumbsup
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2012, 08:44:53 pm »


Navigon allows you to add custom routes, after converting a Google Map to a Navigon map via RouteConverter.

http://www.routeconverter.de/home/de



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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2012, 10:28:56 am »

I still use a dedicated gps (garmin) most of the time, but I use a Mapquest app with my Iphone 4 and it works very well.  It gives voice prompts over the music through my etymotic headphones.  I use a splitter and patch the Iphone and my radar detector together and I have music, voice prompt gps and radar detector all through my headphones for the win.
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2012, 11:43:32 am »

...and also if you don't already have a smartphone you can buy a new higher-end dedicated GPS every year and still be ahead of the game $$ wise.
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2012, 01:48:18 pm »


...and also if you don't already have a smartphone you can buy a new higher-end dedicated GPS every year and still be ahead of the game $$ wise.


Yep.  At $30/month for a data plan, it's roughly $360 a year just to have a smartphone with data access.  With your savings, you can get a Zumo if you wait a bit.  Having one unit is very tempting though.  
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Yep.  At $30/month for a data plan, it's roughly $360 a year just to have a smartphone with data access.  With your savings, you can get a Zumo if you wait a bit.  Having one unit is very tempting though.  


Don't forget the crazy ass taxes on top of that.
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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2012, 12:04:28 pm »


I'm sure that no one is buying a smart phone to use solely as a motorcycle gps.


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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2012, 11:03:25 pm »

I'm very happy with my HTC Inspire 4G.  The GPS is really good, but not as good as my Nuvi 1450.
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2012, 08:38:42 am »

I have a Droid2, which uses Google maps and navigation.  If I set up a route using Google maps in my laptop, can I "send" it to  my  Droid2 to be  traveled? I am trying to do a 12 hour rally and want to be able to  set up a route without  having to  set up each individual  place as I go... Anyone else do this?

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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2012, 01:23:39 pm »

I have an iPhone 4 and I use TeleNav. I think it's 25 bucks a year but I got it on sale for $10 for my first year!  Bigsmile

With TeleNav you get things like free traffic, great integration of music player and facebok check ins, It's got a built in feature to find local gas stations and prices, great spoken directions including street names, and...you can plan routes on your computer as per the below post:

Telenav allows this. Once you create an account, you can go online and plan your route, then access it from your phone. Very handy! You can manage your Favorites online, too, and there are many more features that make Telenav attractive.
 
Telenav is a subscription service ($9.95/month) but they give you a generous 30-day trial period. It may be exactly what you're looking for.
 
(No, I do not work for them. )

Soooo..it's what I use and since I have an iPhone anyways no reason at all to buy a dedicated GPS. I have a clear pocket on my left sleeve and I just keep my phone there. If I need to look at the map for some reason it's easy to take a quick look.

That being said I had an Android phone also and the google navigation is pretty rockin also.
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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2012, 01:57:17 pm »


I'm very happy with my HTC Inspire 4G.  The GPS is really good, but not as good as my Nuvi 1450.


+1 - not as good as my Nuvi 770..
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