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Using cell phone for a GPS
« on: November 25, 2019, 02:37:35 pm »
Looking at using a cell phone in place of a GPS, so many apps out and they are up todate. Was thinking  off buying a cheapy and using on of the cell phone mounts, any one done, this, if so what phone do you recomend?
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2019, 02:38:26 pm »
Not Iphone.

I constantly hear on the forum of them breaking due to handlebar mounts  :deal:
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2019, 02:40:29 pm »
Not Iphone.

I constantly hear on the forum of them breaking due to handlebar mounts  :deal:
Off course not I have two Iphones, was thinking of cheap Mobicell on of the Pep smart phones...
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2019, 02:54:38 pm »
I use a rugged android phone running OsmAnd Maps, free and works well. Imports GPX files etc
 

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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2019, 03:53:04 pm »
Not Iphone.

I constantly hear on the forum of them breaking due to handlebar mounts

High frequencies break phones, so never use handlebar mounts but something made out of material.
T2G has a nice pouch for this, mounts with straps on the barmounts and works well.
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2019, 07:50:50 pm »
If you want to go cheap on the cellular GPS route get a Nokia 1. I would not recommend this to my friend. Follow the black line on a Etrex seems better. Just my personal opinion.
My thinking is that cheap cellphones are very good for one or two rides maybe. Horses for courses...
 

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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2019, 08:01:45 pm »
If you want to go cheap on the cellular GPS route get a Nokia 1. I would not recommend this to my friend. Follow the black line on a Etrex seems better. Just my personal opinion.
My thinking is that cheap cellphones are very good for one or two rides maybe. Horses for courses...
Ja Etrex has it place, but like on Sunday tyring to get from Notties to Albert Falls on D Roads with no tracks loaded....
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2019, 10:07:14 am »
Get a cheap Garmin Quest, works the charm for boendoes navigation.

Not good in town though.
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2019, 04:55:13 pm »
Not Iphone.

I constantly hear on the forum of them breaking due to handlebar mounts  :deal:
Off course not I have two Iphones, was thinking of cheap Mobicell on of the Pep smart phones...

I use a Garmin for navigation but can't understand the hype over iPhone.  I've previously used my 7 and for the past year or so my Xs in a Ram X-Clamp as my music player while riding. No hassles yet ..
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2019, 06:18:30 pm »
Its because you use proper equipment Marc
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2019, 06:46:49 pm »
You can buy a garmin (gps)from game for R1500.unless you want cheaper. use a proper mount and your sorted. Power from a lighter socket. Can load tracks ect and lifetime maps (uptodate) on some..
Phones gps requires cell signal to navigate. (agps-asisted gps)you can download maps but still need to get some info of the net.

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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2019, 10:08:08 pm »
You can buy a garmin (gps)from game for R1500.unless you want cheaper. use a proper mount and your sorted. Power from a lighter socket. Can load tracks ect and lifetime maps (uptodate) on some..
Phones gps requires cell signal to navigate. (agps-asisted gps)you can download maps but still need to get some info of the net.

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Most phone gps reveiver does not require cell signal.

You can download stand alone gps apps that does not require cell signal at all (OSMAND for example)
 

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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2019, 10:55:44 pm »
 OK ,now armed with all this info,what smart phone holder would be robust for off road riding?
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2019, 04:47:57 am »
OK ,now armed with all this info,what smart phone holder would be robust for off road riding?

I use an iPhone X at the moment, before that a 7 and before that 4s before that. Never had an issue with any of them breaking. I use a high quality ram x mount , medium extension, that absorbs vibration before it gets to the phone, and a military grade water/dust proof phone cover. Phones break using the cheap mounts that go directly on the bar. There are tons of navigation apps available, however, a lot of them rely on cell phone reception. Use an app that works offline, I do a lot of traveling world wide, find Sygic the best, it is offline, so in the remote parts maps are still fully accessible.
 
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2019, 04:55:19 am »
OK ,now armed with all this info,what smart phone holder would be robust for off road riding?

That is asking for a sturdy solution to a non-existent problem!
Use a phone for walking about and a GPS for riding around.
You are asking what screwdriver is sharp enough to use as a chisel
or what chisel has a durable enough edge to use as a screwdriver.
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2019, 06:28:26 am »
OK ,now armed with all this info,what smart phone holder would be robust for off road riding?

i use this: https://sp-connect.com/collections/motorbike

moto mount pro,  phone case from KTM to match.
all in R1500ish
not cheap,  but it works very well indeed.
absolutely no complaints (yet).

you could,  as i have in the past,  use a couple of rubber bands.
much cheaper.
less effective and looks like shit.
works acceptably well.


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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2019, 08:09:24 am »
OK ,now armed with all this info,what smart phone holder would be robust for off road riding?

That is asking for a sturdy solution to a non-existent problem!
Use a phone for walking about and a GPS for riding around.
You are asking what screwdriver is sharp enough to use as a chisel
or what chisel has a durable enough edge to use as a screwdriver.
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Don't make calls when riding - on or off the road.

Places we ride you couldn't make a call if you wanted to ;D

A cell phone is just a GPS with extra features. I'm surprised, with all the tech available, most GPS are still so crap - and expensive crap, at that.

Only reason for a-gps is to save on battery power, because GPS uses lots of it, so make sure to plug in the phone while using.
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2019, 08:18:36 am »
A cell phone is just a GPS with extra features. I'm surprised, with all the tech available, most GPS are still so crap - and expensive crap, at that.

Only reason for a-gps is to save on battery power, because GPS uses lots of it, so make sure to plug in the phone while using.

i think gps devices are at the same point now as map books were the moment before gps devices came out.

 

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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2019, 08:22:46 am »
A cell phone is just a GPS with extra features. I'm surprised, with all the tech available, most GPS are still so crap - and expensive crap, at that.

Only reason for a-gps is to save on battery power, because GPS uses lots of it, so make sure to plug in the phone while using.

i think gps devices are at the same point now as map books were the moment before gps devices came out.

Thats the reason why they still so crap. Not worth it to invest and develop them anymore.

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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2019, 08:25:05 am »
True, unless they start running them like Google maps with live updates etc etc....

Tom tom that worked like that left the country, whats the use of having 2 cellphone type devices in your car?
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