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Old 09-24-2013, 10:58 AM   #181
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #182
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i've tried a few things, this is what i've found:

the android apps are fantastic, replacing a stand alone gps is the easy part. the more difficult part, is ruggedizing and waterproofing whatever device you should choose. yes, some new devices are rugged/waterproof, but they're all 'new' and rightfully more expensive.

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I've been using ruggedized cell phones for almost ten years. They aren't new. They just don't have much of a following compared to some of the faster, flashier offerings. They are typically larger, slower and have fewer features. Although, some of the more current offerings have gotten significantly better. My Rugby Smart runs Backcountry Navigator well enough that I haven't purchased a standalone GPS.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:24 PM   #183
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I've been using ruggedized cell phones for almost ten years. They aren't new. They just don't have much of a following compared to some of the faster, flashier offerings. They are typically larger, slower and have fewer features. Although, some of the more current offerings have gotten significantly better. My Rugby Smart runs Backcountry Navigator well enough that I haven't purchased a standalone GPS.
Cool ! The few ice ruin across were tied to not-my-carrier , but that's my only complaint. :-)
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #184
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Good info gents. Upon further consideration I'm thinking about a stand alone ruggedized cheap android platform. Thinking going WiFi only with it and keeping my existing phone for all but GPS duties.

I typo'd this on my fone yo'
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #185
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Good info gents. Upon further consideration I'm thinking about a stand alone ruggedized cheap android platform. Thinking going WiFi only with it and keeping my existing phone for all but GPS duties.

I typo'd this on my fone yo'
Can you give me an example of what you're considering as "a stand alone ruggedized cheap android platform?"
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:49 PM   #186
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Can you give me an example of what you're considering as "a stand alone ruggedized cheap android platform?"
Hit eBay. There's an S-ton of refurb Casio GZ'One Commando's (maybe work on simplifying the name for the next model eh Casio?) going right now for cheap. I better make up my mind.

I typo'd this on my fone yo'
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #187
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Terrible picture, which would emphasize how badly the redneck engineered "mount" was:



This was a 3+ year old T-Mobile G2, in a $4 waterproof bag (academy sports), Velcrod to an old license plate, which was zip tied to the bars.

It led myself and 9 others through 120+ miles of fairly good terrain, jumps, logs , creek crossings, hill climbs, and finally back to camp for the second annual Copper Penny Dual Sport Ride, just fine.

I used Oruxmaps, which performed flawlessly.

I did manage to "accidentally" do the fun sections two or three times though ;-)

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