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HappyForNow 06-17-2013 05:52 PM

What is the Best Phone for GPS

revrandy 06-17-2013 06:38 PM

Nokia. A GPS is built into the Symbian Operating System, as well as full maps. All of this without needing a data connection.

Zerk 06-17-2013 08:33 PM

Supposedly smart phones are really cutting into GPS sales. But what do people do when they have no signal? I know this scares some people to the point, they think it can't happen.

revrandy 06-18-2013 04:41 AM


Originally Posted by Zerk (Post 21668581)
Supposedly smart phones are really cutting into GPS sales. But what do people do when they have no signal? I know this scares some people to the point, they think it can't happen.

My Nokia E7 doesn't require data, it is like a true GPS - satellite only. They have switched to windows operating system for their new Lumia line of phones, but other Nokia's still use Symbian. Check the model and see what the operating system is, and you can find out if it has built in maps/GPS or not.

bobnoxious67 06-18-2013 04:43 AM

I use GPS Apps that cache maps for offline use (GPS chip still works).

iPhone for the win just because I can get a LifeProof case (waterproof/doesn't suck/not bulky) the phone just works the way it's supposed to.

Canuman 06-18-2013 04:58 AM

I use both an Iphone and a Garmin 78. The difficulty with the Iphone is that it chews up battery power with no mercy. Unless it's plugged in, don't expect much in the way of usable battery life. The Garmin, on the other hand, will do a long day on a single pair of rechargeable AA batteries.

The GPS screen tends to be more visible in bright light.

tshelver 06-18-2013 05:03 AM

I'm using a cheap Android chinaphone, have loaded OsmAnd on it. App is free, unless you want to upgrade to the paid version. Maps are opensource and thus free as well, and can be downloaded via wifi.

However, no smartphone is as robust, weatherproof and as convenient to use as a good GPS.

Sent from my Android chinaphone, please excuse the spelling

the_sandman_454 06-18-2013 07:11 AM

I use Android based devices. With Google maps, you can choose areas to cache ahead of time so you can access the maps without network/internet connections.

Standalone GPS units are handy too, and somewhat reasonably priced these days. I like having a backup to the phone, whether that's another GPS unit or whether that's reasonably detailed paper maps.

bobnoxious67 06-18-2013 07:17 AM


Originally Posted by tshelver (Post 21670061)

However, no smartphone is as robust, weatherproof and as convenient to use as a good GPS...

I respectfully waterproof Garmin 76csx hasn't gotten used in years since I put my iphone 4 into a Lifeproof case (waterproof). Way faster and easier to move around the maps, way easier to download and store maps, way more free map choices (satelite to robust topo)...I find using my phone far more robust and convenient while being just as weatherproof.

revrandy 06-18-2013 08:35 AM


Originally Posted by bobnoxious67 (Post 21670821)
I respectfully disagree...

Likewise, I disagree. My Nokia E7 sits in a waterproof Otterbox and has been mounted to my bike, without any problems whatsoever. Battery lasts a long time and if necessary, I can plug it into my 12v socket.

Snapper 06-18-2013 08:43 AM

I'm impressed with the new TomTom-based Map app Apple is using now, integration is very good with voice prompts and it's reasonably battery conserving with the ability sleep/wake for prompts w/screen lock on. For auto use, it often replaces my Garmin 60csx, but for moto use, I prefer the Garmin, for screen visibility in direct sun, battery life, and the whole touch screen with gloves on and in very dusty environments thing.

BryonLewis 06-18-2013 01:57 PM

Galaxy S3 with Otterbox case and slipgrip mount. Google cached maps for all of Adirondacks and Catskils, most of Vermont and White Mtns in New Hampshire. Also used the S3 in the Smoky Mtns with Cached maps.

DAKEZ 06-18-2013 02:02 PM

GPS is for Poseurs. :1drink


gzr 06-18-2013 02:40 PM

I use a navigation app on an Android phone (Galaxy S2), and previously I had a navigation app on a Windows Mobile phone. Never used the data connection - today's smartphones ALL have a GPS chip, and in a pinch some of them estimate the location according to the nearest cell towers (but use pre-downloaded maps)

The app I use (but I stay on the road :hide ) is "Map Factor Navigator" - a professional GPS app, not some half baked amateur programmer's project (and with this I don't intend to bash or criticize amateur/open source software, but unfortunately most such projects never reach their full potential for various reasons). This app uses free maps derived from the Open Street Maps project, and if you buy the full version it uses maps from Tele Atlas (the same used by Tomtom). I've always found the free version satisfactory for my needs.

IMHO the only advantage that dedicated GPS units have is that they are normally very rugged and designed for outdoors use. Put a smartphone in a good case and you're covered for most applications.

Canuman 06-18-2013 06:25 PM

Have to disagree, although I suspect you're fanning the fire. When signal is low, or you're up north, you really need a real GPS. Phone work fine otherwise, and there are some stunning apps for both Iphone and Android, such as Craftycoder's offering.


Originally Posted by DAKEZ (Post 21673757)
GPS is for Poseurs. :1drink


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