I have an older Motorola Droid phone not being used so thought I would try to use it for GPS on the bike.
After a bit of research (mostly on ADV's Layin' Down Tracks forum (here)
) I decided to use Osmand
as the GPS app. It is an offline map and navigation app meaning it doesn't rely on a cell signal. You download the area specific maps your interested in and Osmand uses those for display and routing.
I mounted the phone using the Adventuretech Over the Dash mount (here
), a short ram arm (here
) and a Ram Cell Phone mount (here
I put the Phone in an Otterbox
to try to make it more robust not sure it was needed though.
I used the Eastern Beaver DL650 2012 - on Accessory Adapter (here
) and wired in a waterproof lighter socket from Walmart and used a 2 outlet USB plug (1 of the usb is [email protected]
) There was a stand-off hole mount right where the OEM accesory plug is located and I used that to mount the lighter socket. I was going to hardwire a usb voltage converer but thought that the lighter socket and USB plug would be more easly replaced if need be. I routed the USB wire up behind the dash and came out one of the unused windshield mount holes, replaced the rubber plug with a grommet.
Here's the GPS in the daytime mode (brighter screen)
My opinions after using it for a couple of months:
It works and was cheap to do considering I had the phone.
Osmand uses Open Street maps which are open source so no fees to download and use.
The phone's GPS processing is pretty quick. It will power up and get satelite locks in about 10 seconds. It probably has better hardware than a dedicated GPS.
Seems robust enough I think. Roads are pretty rough around here. The mount jiggles a bit but the USB plug stays in place.
The phone stays charged on the 2 amp connection.
It's a good size screen and 16x9 horizontally.
The touchscreen doesn't work with gloves. The Otterbox has it's own screen so that makes it worse I think. I did buy some glove touchscreen coating stuff but it doesn't work. Maybe directly on the phones screen it would. That's not really a problem because I'm not trying to use the touchscreen while in motion.
There are a lot of customizing options in Osmand which makes it kind of hard to set it up the way you want. There's is good online support in forums though.
I'm planning on using it this summer to navigate from California to Wyoming (son's graduation!) I'm using it for my daily commute just to see how it will hold up, so far so good.