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Old 08-23-2013, 08:39 PM   #166
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What about a Nexus 7 in an Otterbox Defender with Backcountry Navigator? Seems that would provide a decent alternative?
Just did 1400 miles with exactly that. It was awesome.

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Old 09-12-2013, 11:59 AM   #167
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Just did 1400 miles with exactly that. It was awesome.

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http://imgur.com/a/aGltq
nice looking setup.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:35 AM   #168
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Exactly what I was thinking when I posted that. I'm glad it worked well for you!
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #169
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I wanted BIG so I went with the Galaxy T2 7". I made a custom stem mount cradle. Had setup for over a year now, made it through rain as well (so far, so good). I figure as cheap as it was compared to my 765, I'll buy a new one (or 2, 3 or even 4 of them for the equal cost).

Awesome readability/clarity, I run Co-Pilot Pro GPS app/software.

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:44 PM   #170
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Sick set ups guys! The Nexus 7 set up is really imprssive. I think that it's just a little bit too big for my own needs but i love the ottr box idea.

I would just mount my nexus 4, or have GPS through my iphone guide me. I think that would be the easiest solution. Now just to find a plausible mounting solution..
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:41 AM   #171
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Had the Nexus 7 on for a few months.
Just got the S4 though.
Love it so far.

However...
Phone especially seems fragile, but my HTC rode on the handlebars for 5 years. We'll see how this goes.
Screens are hard to see in bright daylight.
Nexus works with leather gloves ok but phone does not yet. (still need to play with the sensitivity settings though)
Google maps took away the "my maps" feature on the last update!! Hopefully they will bring it back soon. Big bummer.

Definitely need to install a dual USB port to keep everything charged.

Kind of wish I would have seen this phone first though.
fltplan posted this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnlHfenLwTU
Older and slower but damn that seems like a pretty tough phone.
Nexus can come on and off in weather, its only a luxury at this point.
But having a phone that could stay there in the rain and keep being a GPS for me would be great.

I still carry the handheld Magellan which will swap out and sit in the same mount the phone is in.

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Old 09-24-2013, 02:29 AM   #172
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anybody try one of this :

http://www.chinavasion.com/china/who...erproof_Black/

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Old 09-24-2013, 05:01 AM   #173
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Wow, that thing looks badass! It is the first one I've seen that might be worth it! Someone needs to get it and report back
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:27 AM   #174
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Wow, that thing looks badass!
...except for the China part!
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:40 AM   #175
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...except for the China part!
Uhh. Where do you think the rest of the phones come from? Do you want to deal direct or with the middleman and the markups?
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Wow, that thing looks badass! It is the first one I've seen that might be worth it! Someone needs to get it and report back
I assume these come unlocked to work on any network?
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:33 AM   #177
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Uhh. Where do you think the rest of the phones come from? Do you want to deal direct or with the middleman and the markups?
With the middleman who ensures quality control.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:01 AM   #178
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Re the China phone ...
1. It only has antennas for up to 3G so if you can get it working on your network, it'll be damn slower than what you're likely used to.
2. Where's the support? the warranty? Who do you call?
3. It's the size of a brick!
4. There are waterproof options from the major (US) carriers. The Samsung S4 Active is intriguing enough to me that I may switch from Verizon. Verizon does have a "new" Kyocera Hydro Elite that seems OK, if I wanted a 3rd device ... I know I'd get frustrated with the older hardware well before the end of the 2-yr contract.

I'm also seriously leaning towards waiting for the Nexus 5 and sending it off to http://www.liquipel.com/ before activating it. The perfect all-in-one device is just around the corner. I can feel it!!!
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:04 AM   #179
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Re the China phone ...
1. It only has antennas for up to 3G so if you can get it working on your network, it'll be damn slower than what you're likely used to.
2. Where's the support? the warranty? Who do you call?
3. It's the size of a brick!
4. There are waterproof options from the major (US) carriers. The Samsung S4 Active is intriguing enough to me that I may switch from Verizon. Verizon does have a "new" Kyocera Hydro Elite that seems OK, if I wanted a 3rd device ... I know I'd get frustrated with the older hardware well before the end of the 2-yr contract.

I'm also seriously leaning towards waiting for the Nexus 5 and sending it off to http://www.liquipel.com/ before activating it. The perfect all-in-one device is just around the corner. I can feel it!!!
1 My current GPS has NO network at all so it realy doe'snt matter anyway
i'd use it as a offline navigator anyway and just use wifi to download/upload ttack maps and apps

2 my current gps was also bought direct from china-man I've had it almost 2 years, neve had a problem

3 it's not bigger than my current 4.3 inch GPS with outercase

4 you guys in the US have better deals for phones anyway so you got me there

but i personaly prefer to have a smaller phone for day to day use and if the gps craps out on a trip iI can still use the smaller one for naviation, if the phone craps out i can use the gps for calls

it's a backup that is still less than have that as a garmin
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:29 AM   #180
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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.

wins:

waterproof bags at outdoor stores
waterproof enclosures from lifeproof/whoever

fails:
ziplocks
homemade cases + touch screen windows (they leak , or aren't heat sealed and stress/leak over time)
palm wireless (inductive) charger - it doesn't have enough wattage (amperage?) to provide the device with enough current to offset the draw from screen on/antennas. it works GREAT for wireless charging through a bag/box, but just not enough juice with heavy usage
"waterproof' phones, their backs are flimsy and easily misaligned = dead phone



so far, a simple usb cord punched through (and sealed with shoe-goo) a $7 waterproof bag has been the best option i've found. velcro the bag to a plate on/near the bars, plug the punched usb cord into the bikes electrics however you like, and ride/track/nav/mp3 to your hearts content. since it's velcro, you can rip it off quickly and video/picture or just walk into a store without worry of it being stolen by scum.



the biggest plus of using the android/iphone/whatever in place of a gps standalone ? sharing tracks, maps, videos, everything that happens to be a FILE, with other trail users. you can bluetooth a contact info, map, track, waypoint, whatever in 3-4 seconds, instead of fiddling with sdcards (wet hands anyone?) or screwing with back covers. need to phone someone for help ? there it is. need to transfer 55 waypoints ? bluetooth or NFC it to the other deevice.

painlessly.

anyway, i'm off to ride.
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