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post #1 of 21 Old 05-19-2014, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Question I Pad as a GPS

I use mi I pad mini as a gps with a great app called memory map, but am getting a bit over having to pull it out of storage to check position etc. So here's my question. Do I buy a life proof case, back mounting panel and a mount, all not cheap? Is the life proof case sufficiently low glare to be able to be read in direct sunlight easily? Do I give up on the I pad and get a gps? Much smaller screen. Any experience and feedback would be most welcome.
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-19-2014, 06:47 AM
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There are RAM mounts out there. The sandwich bag trick would probably work for rain. I suppose since you already have one it is worth a try. I have a waterproof case as you see in the one photo. In the hot summer days my Iphone went to overheat mode when it was in the box. I would be thinking about that if you put the Ipod in a waterproof box in hot weather.
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I am not familiar with using that, but if larger screen is the goal, I just bought a Nuvi 2797. It was about $280 with a case. It is not waterproof. I just use a sandwich bag over it if it rains. That worked ok for my old C330. I had a waterproof Nuvi 500. It is OK. I just wanted the larger screen. I think glare is going to be an issue for all electronics used like this. I would wonder how the reception of GPS information on an Ipad would be vs a GPS.
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I don't know what prices are like in the antipodeal regions, but here GPS units are so cheap that they are almost disposable. I recently bought a factory reconditioned Magellan unit -- with new one-year warranty and lifetime map upgrades -- for $49.

If all you want is basic function and to see where you are it's good enough.

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Do you have a tank bag with a large map pocket? You might consider sliding the IPad into the map pocket. It would keep it out of the elements, and some bags even have an access port or slot for the charge cord.

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iPad mini as a GPS on a bike.......seriously?

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You think Garmin and TomTom have the corner on the market? I have always used my Droid X for nav in my vehicle.
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You think Garmin and TomTom have the corner on the market? I have always used my Droid X for nav in my vehicle.
Does that use up data or is that just using the GPS function?

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Wow, this is kinda what my son and were researching this weekend. But only from the point of an iPhone (5s). Can an iPhone or any other smartphone function as a stand alone GPS. Not much info in any forms. Iam going to AK from Mn and would be nice for a backup gps or hand held. My cell roaming will be off. Many phones or older phones use "A-gps". (Tower assisted GPS). Can the newer phones stand alone ? My son is currently trying a mapping app from Gaia , there's a few out there. Any one have experience with using a phone with no cell service as a gps?
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My Iphone works as a GPS when I have no service, OK it worked until I got it wet. My new BLU phone also works when I have no service. They don't have the same features like entering way points etc but they will tell you what you need to know on the road and most back roads near as I can tell.
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I have NavFree on my android phone. You install the software and then download the maps that you want. I think I have all of Canada and the the bits of the US I'm likely to need. I could have downloaded everything but didn't bother.

It does not require a cell/data connection.

I've not used it for navigation on my bike as I'm happy with my Magellan 600

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