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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2019, 08:50:35 am »
On most of the GPX-reading apps, you can download maps for specific areas. The maps themselves are surprisingly small in terms of memory footprint.

I love the MapOut app, you can draw a track by tapping on from point to point. Export to GPS device of your choice and you're good to go. Or just refer to it now and then along the way, like I do.
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2019, 12:14:57 pm »
Nuvi's cannot handle tracks.

They can ... with a hop, skip and jump.

Download GPS Babel , allows you to convert tracks to routes, and upload.

Works offroad as well.
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2019, 12:26:18 pm »
I Have the X-Grip holder for sale still - never used it - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=239039.msg4283299#msg4283299 - R700 plus postage for buyers account?
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2019, 07:15:11 am »
I Have the X-Grip holder for sale still - never used it - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=239039.msg4283299#msg4283299 - R700 plus postage for buyers account?

Cool thanks, will take it off your hands. ;D
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Re: Using cell phone for a GPS
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2019, 07:32:58 pm »
I ride with the latest model Garmin Zumo 396 bike GPS as well as an iPhone 7+ on a RAM X-Grip, alongside each other.
I find I far prefer the iPhone navigating using MapOut app. Its about R70 but more than worth it.
Offline maps (no phone signal required), import/export GPX files, superb route planning capability (far better than any Garmin GPS unit), superb navigation, and the most amazing 3D topography which no other device or app matches, fantastic around mountains and river passes.
I can plan routes either on my PC  using Basecamp or Mapsource, or on the iPhone using MapOut app or Gaia GPS app.
Been using it about a year or so now and cannot imagine any improvements that might be needed.
I am seriously considering selling the Garmin Zumo 396 now.

One caveat about using a phone to navigate. In daylight, you need the screen on maximum brightness which chews battery power. Coupled with the GPS running, your battery will not last an average ride. You need to run a charger on the bike. Forget about a cigarette lighter charger, it will bounce out offroad. Get a panel-mount USB socket that your charging cable plugs directly into. I have one with an integrated Voltmeter (bike’s battery voltage) and shows the Amps current delivered via the USB port to two decimal places (typically 0.80 to 0.90A). About R80 from:  geek.wish.com
Second caveat: any phone in an enclosed case with see-through plastic screen, will cause the phone to overheat and shut down frequently with its GPS running and screen on max brightness, which is needed.
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