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Old 08-27-2014, 09:20 PM   #16
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I just want it to work and not have to be putzing around with issues.
This is the EXACT reason I finally gave up using Garmin's crap. Oddly enough, my S5 has been great using OSMand and my aging eyes don't need to see the screen because I get voice prompts giving me directions.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:38 AM   #17
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two weeks into using the Garmin I am dissapointed. Perhaps I just can't be made happy :), but the gyrations needed to import routes with basecamp are vexing. I like the size of screen, I hate the fact that my Garmin will NOT pair with my headset.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:56 AM   #18
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I tried to use Basecamp. I plugged my 2009 Zumo into my mac. It downloaded the maps, but froze the mouse.

Before I spend money and a new GPS it has got to work with this one first.

Basecamp did not look to be user friendly; even less so without a working mouse! I had to turn it off and turn it back on.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:00 AM   #19
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Basecamp did not look to be user friendly; even less so without a working mouse! I had to turn it off and turn it back on.
Ummm, get a working mouse.
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:08 AM   #20
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two weeks into using the Garmin I am dissapointed. Perhaps I just can't be made happy :), but the gyrations needed to import routes with basecamp are vexing. I like the size of screen, I hate the fact that my Garmin will NOT pair with my headset.
i understand this so very well. :(



tried to bluetooth three routes (red-hard, yellow-ds tires, green-street) to a buddy and his garmin. fail, bluetooth doesn't work so well if it's not pairing to a headset.

tried wifi-direct. fail, service doesn't work on his garmin.

tried microsd card in a sdcard adapater. fail, too many points. (really, WTF is a gps for, walking in the backyard with 3 points or less?)

gave up, handed him my extra phone, bluetoothed the track/waypoints over in 30 seconds, set it to the yellow route his tires could handle, to follow and meet up with us later. he held the $500 garmin in one hand, and the $80 android in the other. shook his head, and rode off.

i'm sure if i had a few hours, a really fast computer, a printed manual for basecamp, another for the garmin in question, one tutor familiar with each, and some good coffee from jproaster i could have gotten the track onto the garmin, but i'm ignorant of how.

if i can release one person a month from the clutches of garmins mess, i'm happy.
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:52 AM   #21
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What software are you using?
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:05 PM   #22
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if i can release one person a month from the clutches of garmins mess, i'm happy.
It is all about the $$$$$.

Lock you in and force you to pay ransom.
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Old 10-19-2014, 09:42 PM   #23
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It is all about the $$$$$.

Lock you in and force you to pay ransom.
Do you need to get a phone contract for the phone to work as a GPS?
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:58 AM   #24
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Do you need to get a phone contract for the phone to work as a GPS?
No contract needed, but you'll need to purchase GPS software/maps that can be used offline. I use CoPilot Premium USA and sometimes Sygic for street navigation, but there are lots of folks using the Locus and Osmand, and probably a few others. Just install them from your home WiFi location, then your set.

There may be some features that will always require a connection (i.e. real-time traffic), but for basic GPS functionality, it's OK.

For example, I ended up purchasing the no-contract Kyocera Life - which I've never activated it - or even plugged in the SIM card - and it works fine. When I originally bought the Kyocera, it was $150+tax at Walmart. Recently I've seen that it's now at $100, or even cheaper if you go direct to MetroPCS at $49+tax now -- not bad for an IPX57-rated waterproof phone that is also shock resistant.

I did end up spending around $30 on these apps to get the interface and features I'd been looking for though:

$15 - CoPilot Premium USA (offline GPS, includes +$5 for Canada Maps)
$ 4 - Smart Launcher 2 Pro (Configurable "home" screen simplifies user interface, and increases contrast)
$ 2 - Ulysse Speedometer (Acts as main speed display with easy access most-used apps while riding GPS, Music, Weather/Traffic))
$ 4 - PowerAmp (Music player, optional)
$ 4 - Elecont Animated Weather Map (optional, and requires data connection)
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Old 10-20-2014, 12:59 AM   #25
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Do you need to get a phone contract for the phone to work as a GPS?
simply, no.


just like a standalone gps, it needs maps though. these can be downloaded before the trip, for the entire country, via wifi, or ploppped on a sdcard, before hand.

after you have the app and map, the rest is completely offline, no signal needed.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:42 PM   #26
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As for the apps.
I use
OSMAND+
Locus
Sygic
I have copilot but dont use it
MapFactor Navigator (which is not bad just blehhhh)

All the apps are good it is just that some are better at things than the others.
Anything off road is OSMAND.
Building a road route or track on the computer and sending it to my phone will Probably me Locus or Navigator.
On the go route will be Sgyic or Copilot
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:05 PM   #27
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I put CoPilot On my S5 active. Works great. Turn by turn into my bluetooth in my helmet, I can get calls and lessen to my music all on one device.
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