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Boxa
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Rugged Android

Post by Boxa » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:14 pm

Ive had a few cheap Garmin Nuvi GPS's that have served me OK, most ive payed has been $50 second hand from Gumtree. A bit of silicone on the screen and they last pretty well.

On other sites ive seen ppl use rugged mobile phones as a GPS. They are cheaper, more rugged and by all accounts better.

My main problem has been the charging port on my GPS's failing. The phones can be fitted with wireless chargers, maybe the Nuvi's can two come to think of it. :think:

Google maps seems to be better than the Garmin version as well, more choices as well.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4-5-Discove ... 1438.l2649

These mounts are supposed to be the best around. http://www.hondogarage.com/index.php/pr ... hone-mount

Anyone tried either one of the phones or mounts ?
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Re: Rugged Android

Post by 1coolbanana » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:03 pm

Ive never had any success using a phone but in particular, google maps to navigate or even have the roads I want.
Even something as simple as Taralga pub via Jerrong....couldnt do it with google, just wont do it, takes you main roads only.
Even Garmin City Navigator maps (not topo, never used them, no need for them) has never let me down and has had all the forestry roads that I want and that includes out west or highlands or anywhere.
Google maps will fight you all the way unless you want to travel the main roads.
Thats been my experience anyway.

In saying that, I plan all my rides and map them and use GPX files for everything.
Garmin just works but is a little complicated with Basecamp but once you get your head around it its awesome and theres nothing else like it.

With a phone its not so easy and google maps is just a let down everytime Ive tried especially as for the most part it will re-route.
Lots of people seem to have success with phones but for the riding I do, I cant get it to work seamlessly and I find phones much more fragile than a Zumo for example.
But thats just me
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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Andrew2 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:51 pm

I love paper maps :imaposer: ( insert stupid smilie here :lol: )

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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Boxa » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:09 pm

I love and use paper as well, but a bit inconvenient untill ya pull over. Office works will print onto Tyvec, Like those disposable overalls but thicker, A0 size, 841 x 1189 mm for $15.00 so im going to have a map printed before we head off to take with us so we can mark where we have been and where we want to go. Ill get this one copied.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LAMINATED-M ... 2749.l2649

Ill get my phone out next time im in the bush and see how it performs with Google maps.

I had my Tablet in the Flinders with no reception and the GPS in that had no problems locating us on the map although I didnt try on the move, a bit like a paper map size wise. :think:

Off line maps seem OK, Ive got a few downloaded to try out.
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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Andrew2 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:29 pm

That's the same map I have on the wall. I bought mine laminated years ago. I should probably look at some sort of modern GPS or phone type one like in your link. I've got an early one but it only shows co-ordinates. That's old eh :lol: .
So what's the story with the one you're looking at. Do you need a sim card and plan to use the GPS or does it work without that?. I'm a bit of a dunce as far as this sort of thing goes.

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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Boxa » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:30 pm

Hey Andrew, nup no sim needed. Just download maps and apps via wifi and ya good to go.

Wiki Camps is a great app that we use a lot when camping. Its the only one that I have payed for. Ya get it free for 2 weeks I think then ya delete it or pay ya $8.00 or there abouts and ya got it for life, and can be installed on multiple devices.

https://www.wikicamps.com.au/#!projects ... -video.php
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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Andrew2 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:35 pm

Sounds interesting. I found this on Youtube but couldn't find it on Ebay. Looks like it has a walkie talkie as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdUWRT6P8kE

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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Boxa » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:05 pm

I think thats the 5 or 5.5 inch version. this ones 4.5 $119 and shipped from Aust, or so they say. :liar:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4-5-Discove ... 1438.l2649
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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Boxa » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:09 pm

Just checked the price again and they have put it back up. :snooty:
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Re: Rugged Android

Post by Andrew2 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:59 pm

I was going say that you might have missed your bargain.

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