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Old 03-18-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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The decline of stand alone sat nav

Interesting article on the BBC news site about how stand alone sat Nav unit sales are declining rapidly and how this is symptomatic to just how quickly something can move from being huge to racing towards obsolescence

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31920948

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The decline of the standalone satnav is an object lesson in realising that the next big thing may not be big for very long

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Old 03-18-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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Cell phones. Seriously, with how good the apps are getting I don't even see an overwhelming need for a stand alone anymore.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:15 PM   #3
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Build one with a big screen and easy to use or open SW for half the price they sell for now and maybe they will sell.

I would never buy another one to use in a vehicle. Which is most of the market.
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:20 PM   #4
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I see some good news in this

I see some good news in this - I no longer need to learn how to use BASECAMP
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:55 PM   #5
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I see some good news in this - I no longer need to learn how to use BASECAMP
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:08 PM   #6
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I see some good news in this - I no longer need to learn how to use BASECAMP
Could Basecamp be an inside plant by phone manufactures to speed the demise of Garmin?

I feel confident that I can use MapSource until standalones are not available anymore.
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:36 PM   #7
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This is disturbing. I still use an old Zumo 550. I use it in both my cars, my truck, and both my BMW motorcycles. I sometimes carry it when I fly somewhere and need to rent a car. I know how it works and dont have to relearn a different unit.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:02 PM   #8
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You don't need to be to worried. GPS receivers are going to be around for a few more years.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:10 PM   #9
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I use my phone GPS more often than not now. The only reason I still keep my Zumo 550 around is because it takes routes that I can build before I leave the house. If there was a similar app for my phone that would work int he same manner where I can drag and drop a route and it would retain the route I programmed without recalculating it.

I WILL NOT spend almost a grand for a damn GPS unit no matter how "motorcycle' that unit may be. The tech isn't cutting edge by any means.
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:27 PM   #10
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You don't need to be to worried. GPS receivers are going to be around for a few more years.
I am down to only two 76Cx, when they go, I will be forced to my damn 78. Can't wait until they come out with the next dumber dumbed down 12 V hand held and I have to stock pile some 78s!
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Old 03-18-2015, 04:28 PM   #11
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Build one with a big screen and easy to use or open SW for half the price they sell for now and maybe they will sell.

I would never buy another one to use in a vehicle. Which is most of the market.
They do, for cars.
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:54 PM   #12
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I use my phone GPS more often than not now. The only reason I still keep my Zumo 550 around is because it takes routes that I can build before I leave the house. If there was a similar app for my phone that would work int he same manner where I can drag and drop a route and it would retain the route I programmed without recalculating it.

I WILL NOT spend almost a grand for a damn GPS unit no matter how "motorcycle' that unit may be. The tech isn't cutting edge by any means.
well, i believe i smell opportunity in the water...

what color would you like your track displayed ?
would you prefer arrows, dashes, a solid line, a transparent line, wide, narrow, or several at once ?
waypoints on top, or hidden in groups ?
recalculate after x number feet, or no recalc at all ?
topo maps ?
google maps ?
night time maps ? blue ? red ? green ?
roads only ?
want the phone to whistle wiht increasing frequency when you get close to a waypoint, or not at all ?
want it to record at the same time ? upload automagically your location so the wife/girlfriend/whomever can watch ?
want to see your buddys, in real time, right now, on the display ? no one at all ?


there are several applications that do what you've ask, so much more, and do it very well.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:04 PM   #13
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I haven't found one that will do what a Garmin and Basecamp will do yet. Everytime I try to load routes into phone APPs it changes the routing I did to what it wants.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:33 PM   #14
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For in the car navigation around town, I don't even dig my Nuvi out of the glovebox, I just use my phone. If I'm headed out on a trip and need navigation, I will.

On the motorcycle, it's my trusty 376c or 60csx. Both are waterproof, easily display tracks, record tracks, and just happily motor along no matter the weather. Put my iPhone on the handlebars? I think not.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:02 PM   #15
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Easily doable. I've been moutning my iPhone on the bars for years and years no with no issues thanks to RAM mounts :)
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