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Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« on: November 19, 2011, 04:20:15 am »
I'm thinking of using my Droid phone and it's GPS feature, with voice direction as my on board GPS. Does anyone else do this? I'm wondering if there's a way to be able to hear the directions via Bluetooth to my helmet. Also, would I be able to listen to music, or somehow tie it into a radar detector?

Also, how and where do you mount it?

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 06:37:25 am »
yes.  i use my iphone 4

i have helmet speakers.  ear buds work well too.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 01:16:39 pm »
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 01:25:30 pm »
Yes, I use my Droid running the Navigon app and it works great.  The reason I chose Navigon ($40) over the google app (which is free) is because I don't need a cell signal to upload maps since all the maps for North America are saved to the phone.  Best $40 I have spent IMO.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 01:45:28 pm »
I'm thinking of using my Droid phone and it's GPS feature, with voice direction as my on board GPS. Does anyone else do this? I'm wondering if there's a way to be able to hear the directions via Bluetooth to my helmet. Also, would I be able to listen to music, or somehow tie it into a radar detector?

Also, how and where do you mount it?

Thanks.

 My wife has used her Droid phone a few times. She keeps it in her tank bag and uses it as a mp3 player also. It will pause the music to give directions then restart the music after. I think she is using Google maps. The only issue is that I don't think you can build a custom route but could be wrong about that.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2011, 02:02:56 pm »
On Navigon, can you build a custom route and load it to the phone somehow? (web?)
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2011, 02:09:37 pm »
On Navigon, can you build a custom route and load it to the phone somehow? (web?)

No route building that I have found yet, but what I do to work around that is find towns or POI's along a route that I want to travel and load them into my favorites.  Then I load up a destination with interim destinations and I ride the roads that I chose.  It is a little more labor intensive than a dedicated GPS but having everything (GPS, MP3, phone) all in one device has more than made up for it.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2011, 05:36:09 pm »
I use a Samsung galaxytab 8.9. For GPS I use the Sygic app from the market place. It's the best android GPS that I've found so far.I would post pics on hear if I could figure out how.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2011, 05:43:44 pm »
I figured it out.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2011, 05:10:45 pm »
I use a Samsung galaxytab 8.9. For GPS I use the Sygic app from the market place. It's the best android GPS that I've found so far.I would post pics on hear if I could figure out how.

Good job.  Now work on making the pic smaller before posting- 3264x1952 is waaaaay too big for a forum post.  ;D

Man that is huge!  :o  I like the idea, but that's too big for me- I would not want so much of my instrument panel obscured.  A couple times I've thought something like that on top of a tank bag might work, though...
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2011, 06:25:49 pm »
The reason I chose Navigon ($40) over the google app (which is free) is because I don't need a cell signal to upload maps since all the maps for North America are saved to the phone.  Best $40 I have spent IMO.

I use Google Maps, but found that you can pre-cache your maps so you don't need cell signal. It is an option on the "Labs" menu off of "Settings." Once you enable it, you can highlight an area on the map and pre-cache it. You can store pre-caches indefinitely, and or delete them once you are done with them. AFAIK you are only limited by the size of your storage. Works fairly well for me, but it is considered an experimental feature, like a Beta.

I haven't mounted mine on the bike yet, but I do use the turn-by-turn though the ear bud (as well as the MP3 player). In the cage, I use the Bluetooth earbud, and that also works with turn-by-turn, so I would think it would work for a Bluetooth helmet as well.

For free, I can't complain. I will say the turn-by-turn isn't always as reliable as a stand alone Garmin, but for my purposes it works good enough. YMMV ASDA ;D
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2011, 06:35:55 pm »
This has been most helpful, as I've been considering using my smartphone on bike trips as well.  Have noticed that my Android phone does not receive touch inputs through my gloves like my Garmin did. How do you overcome that?
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2011, 07:08:39 pm »
@BigJoe:  My Navigon app is as accurate as any Garmin or TomTom when it comes to turn by turn directions.  Another added bonus is that I don't have to listen to the annoying voice that google uses.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2011, 07:24:17 pm »
Does Navicon work in the background?

I guess what I am asking is can I set a route, turn on my music from the phone, connect with my bluetooth helmet setup and as I listen to music the turn by turn interrupts the music for instructions and then goes back to music when done?

I would like to set the next leg of a route and then put the phone in my tank bag or pocket and not have to touch it again till I set the next leg.

One advantage is I do not have to worry about the next turn till I hear it break into the music.  I tend to enjoy the ride so much I miss turns.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2011, 07:26:40 pm »
This has been most helpful, as I've been considering using my smartphone on bike trips as well.  Have noticed that my Android phone does not receive touch inputs through my gloves like my Garmin did. How do you overcome that?


http://www.amazon.com/TOURMASTER-SELECT-FINGERLESS-GLOVES-X-SMALL/dp/B001FQFFZI

Or just cut one finger off... oh wait! cut one finger of your gloves off.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2011, 08:00:35 pm »
This has been most helpful, as I've been considering using my smartphone on bike trips as well.  Have noticed that my Android phone does not receive touch inputs through my gloves like my Garmin did. How do you overcome that?


http://www.amazon.com/TOURMASTER-SELECT-FINGERLESS-GLOVES-X-SMALL/dp/B001FQFFZI

Or just cut one finger off... oh wait! cut one finger of your gloves off.


Or try something like this...
http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-touch-screen-elkskin-ropers.html
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2011, 08:14:47 pm »
Smithr-scad:  yes, I do start my music, open up Navigon and the music keeps playing through the voice prompts.  I can always hear it just fine, but the music does not mute during the prompts.  But if I am on a phone call the GPS prompts are VERY loud, not sure if it is a bug but I don't use my sena for phone calls unless it is absolutely needed. 
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2011, 11:54:43 pm »
I will admit, Google's voice is annoying. I am hoping eventually someone will make a plug in to change it, if one doesn't already exist. (I don't use GPS much these days.)

As for voice over, Google's is independently adjustable, and will talk over the music and phone just fine.

My "list" includes making a mount for the phone eventually...Although I have marked a lot off that list lately, still haven't gotten to that. :D
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2011, 02:11:48 am »
Or just cut one finger off... oh wait! cut one finger of your gloves off.

OK, now I want a stylus that looks like a severed finger.   :rotflmao:
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2011, 03:50:44 am »
Aerostich has an Elkskin Roper with an option that has some small inserts on the thumb and forefinger that allow you to swipe a smartphone with it and it will pick it up.

Check it out here:
Touch-Screen Elkskin Roper


I just picked up the new Motorola Razr phone. It has a much larger screen than my original Droid, and a very fast processor. I'll look into the Navigation software that you guys described here.

Now all I need is a mount and case for the bike. Given how new the phone is, it may be awhile before they offer one. I'd like to somehow adapt an Otterbox for it for the waterproof and impact resistance features.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2011, 11:38:37 am »
Otterbox has a case for the Razr.  I like using my generic Bracketron mount that is secured to my Techmount, if I get a different phone I can still use the same mount.

http://www.bracketron.com/products/grip-it-vent-mount-device-holder

http://www.otterbox.com/DROID-RAZR-by-Motorola-Defender-Series-Case/MOT2-RAZR1-20-E4OTR_A,default,pd.html
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2011, 04:13:19 pm »
i have a ram mount holder for my iphone.  It will hold any phone that is up to about 4 inches wide and up to 7 inches tall. Very adjustable, and extremely secure.
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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2011, 10:50:47 pm »
Man that is huge!    I like the idea, but that's too big for me- I would not want so much of my instrument panel obscured.  A couple times I've thought something like that on top of a tank bag might work, though...


I don't mind it covering my speedo,it's off by 14mph anyway. I csn see the rest of my dash.

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Re: Anyone use a smarphone gps on their bike?
« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2011, 12:10:08 am »
Don't they make a Ram mount that goes on the gas tank ring? I think that might fit my bill, especially if the tank ring mount is removable since I only need it for touring...
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