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post #1 of 26 Old 07-01-2011, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Using/Mounting Android as GPS?

Anyone have a good mounting solution for an Android or iphone that will let me keep it safe, protected from moisture, and still visible for use as a GPS unit? Trying not to spend any money at the moment I don't have to, and a Garmin is a little rich for my blood...

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post #2 of 26 Old 07-01-2011, 11:47 AM
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Arkon waterproof hard case with mount. $20 or so.



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I'm not sure how a smartphone would work on a bike, I know with my Droid the touchscreen doesn't work well if I put a piece of soft plastic over the screen and I know using gloves is a no go with those types of screens.

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Currently using a droid in the map pocket of my tank bag. I'm having problems with it overheating though.
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I frequently used my android phone as a gps in fact I am posting this message using my droid phone speech recognition.

That's said, however, I prefer using a dedicated garmin gps to using android phone as gps. I prefer using a garmin gps because the user interface is easier to use and more refined .

Yesterday, while on a road trip with my family, my android phone gps cost me an extra 45 minutes because it is difficult to see the roads not on your route, and as a result, I got stuck in traffic when I was unable to drive around it.

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Keeping your phone's cool.

I too use a smart phone as a gps on my bike. I use the waterproof case shown above but also deal with overheating issues. However, one thing does help. I purchased a small funnel and a length of 1/2" black tubing from the hardware store. I inserted the funnel into one end of the tube and tie wrapped it to stay put. I then tie wrapped that to my forks up under the front cowl. I routed the other end of the tube up to the waterproof case and inserted the end into the charger cord hole on the bottom side just enough to poke through to the inside. This setup provides just enough airflow to keep the phone from overheating while underway. However, it will still get too hot if sitting still in traffic. I am still planning on picking up a Garmin, but this setup does the trick for now.

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I use an HTC Hero (Android) on my bike. I picked up a Tech-Mount handlebar mount from Twisted Throttle that works pretty well. I've found that, positioned where it is on the handlebars, rain isn't really a factor although I'll admit that when it is really raining hard, I leave the phone in my pocket or in a saddlebag. If you really needed it in a downpour, I'd say a ziploc bag would probably work. As for using the GPS while riding, I've got a stylus that I intend to leash to the handlebars so that I can still operate the smartphone while wearing gloves (traffic lights or on the side of the road only!!!), and I picked up a Scoshe FM-transmitter from Amazon.com that I use to pipe the audio navigation into a Scala Rider bluetooth headset on my helmet. The system works reasonably well, although battery drain is an issue. I intend to add a 12V outlet to the bike, but haven't done it yet...
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I use an HTC Hero (Android) on my bike. I picked up a Tech-Mount handlebar mount from Twisted Throttle that works pretty well. //
That's a really nice piece of gear!

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Anyone have a good mounting solution for an Android or iphone that will let me keep it safe, protected from moisture, and still visible for use as a GPS unit? Trying not to spend any money at the moment I don't have to, and a Garmin is a little rich for my blood...
I would not advise using a cell phone as a Motorcycle GPS unit.
It is not the right tool for the job - I just installed a Nuvi 765. When I come to visit you, I'll show it to you.
It is robust, has custom routes, fast, has media player, big screen, blue tooth and has a screen that works with gloves - I know it is not cheap $200, but it feels like the right tool for the job.
Already used it on my ride last week end to Rhode Island (total 9 hours) and it works almost flawlessly - the custom routes are a blessing. I'm using Tyre software and it is working with Garmin very well.

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Try the Tech Mount and a non lubricated condom over it (the phone that is :biggrinjester:

Keeps the phone dry and you can still operate the touch screen.

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