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post #1 of 17 Old Jan 29th, 2010, 1:26 pm Thread Starter
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iPhone for GPS navigation

Anyone using a new iPhone for GPS navigation? Mounting? Power connection? Preferred Apps? Weather protection?
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post #2 of 17 Old Jan 30th, 2010, 10:04 am
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Re: iPhone for GPS navigation

I am using one now. It has some problems but is am improvement over my Street Pilot.

Mounting: Cycle Gadgets sells a ram mount for the IPhone. It works well and can be mounted with the ball on either a BMW visor over the instruments or a mount on the brake or clutch reservior.

Wiring: Must be hard wired as the battery won't last long. I have a Contec fuse box but it could be wiring directly to the battery. It could be used as with a the power plug if you get the adopter.

Weatherproof: It isn't and must either be removed in a rain or covered with a plastic bag.

Programs: There are several and I am sure they all work. I use CoPilot North America but others would work as well. I have the IPhone connected to a Jensen Radio and that gives me turn by turn directions. You will have to figure some way to get sound if you want that feature. You should know that you cannot mess with the IPhone with gloves. That makes changing stuff difficult.

Still the thing works and offers tons of destinations without having another farkle to mount. Once you have the sound sorted you will also have access to the Ipod and Internet radio.

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If you have an accessory that you need to make waterproof take a look at a RAM Mounts aquabox.

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Re: iPhone for GPS navigation

Heres another one http://www.otterbox.com/iphone-cases/
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If you're talking about the OtterBox 2600, you'll only get sound out of the unit using bluetooth. You cannot hook to power and do not have access to any of the controls around the edge of the unit. While it might be water resistant, the phone will be out of power in a short amount of time with no connection for power. None of the other OtterBox units are water resistant.

While I have an iPhone 3Gs, it isn't even on the list for use on the LT.

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I think it's a great idea. GPS, laptop, internet radio, ipod, phone, text, ..... what am I leaving out? I was going to drop $1000 on the new Garmin.... Oh yeah weather, traffic......

During my next tear down I'm going to route my Ice up to my shelf and mount mine. I can always throw a zip lock bag around it if need be.

I have an Backgrounder app that lets me run multiple apps at the same time so I suppose that is why it is so appealing....

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I tried using mobile phone navigation once...

iPhone and smartphones of the like use Google Maps - which is network dependent.
I can't recall how many times I looked down at the map only to see a blue dot and no map. Exceed coverage area (which I do all the time) and you get nada.
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I tried using mobile phone navigation once...

iPhone and smartphones of the like use Google Maps - which is network dependent.
I can't recall how many times I looked down at the map only to see a blue dot and no map. Exceed coverage area (which I do all the time) and you get nada.
Hi there,

This depends on the app you're using. The cheaper and smaller ones (e.g. Motion-X Drive, Motion-X) use Google Maps. The more expensive and larger ones (e.g. TomTom, Navigon) have the maps built in and only use the GPS chip to find out where you are. The latter ones may use the wireless network to speed up finding your location but will work in areas where you have no network coverage and can still see the sky.

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The Co-Pilot App is not perfect but is for the most part adequate. The iPhone is mounted with a Ram Mount and powered with an iPhone specific Powerlet cord available from www.powerlet.com for $44.95. The touch screen issue can be solved by (1) cutting off the tip of one glove finger or (2) lifting your face shield and licking you finger. The saliva on the tip of the glove activates the touch screen. With a Camos bluetooth receiver on my helmet I now have phone, music and turn by turn GPS from Co-Pilot all from the iPhone.

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I think we missed one important operational consideration, in order to make the iphone work one must touch the screen with a bare hand. The zumos all work with a gloved hand........hmmmmm just a small miscalculation....



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I think we missed one important operational consideration, in order to make the iphone work one must touch the screen with a bare hand. The zumos all work with a gloved hand........hmmmmm just a small miscalculation....
No problem. See my earlier post with two solutions, both of which work.

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I'm using the TomTom app for the iPhone with my Scala G4 headset and am very happy with it. My unit has a small net battery drain even while plugged in, so I just turn off the display when I'm on long stretches with no turns; that gives me enough power savings to be able to run the app all of the time.

The other app I have found very useful on the road is RadarScope. It shows very accurate and very timely weather radar with your current location shown on the display. Very handy for dodging nasty weather with an alternate route or knowing when to take a break to let a storm pass. You must have cell service to get the updates, of course.

The other trick for iPhone operation with gloves is conductive thread. I haven't tried it yet, but bought some thread and have tested the concept and it seems to work fine. As soon as I can get my wife to sew some into the fingertip of my glove I'm going to try it out. Right now I'm using the hole-in-glove approach.
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AccuWeather also has a local radar page, and it's a free app . . .

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I'm in for getting the most bang for my buck. Went to www.Newegg.com (or any other electronics store) and found an iphone cradle with radio tuner that clamps the phone in place securely and I use my cigarette adaptor for power. What is great about this product... I only paid $20 for the cradle, $6 for cigarette adaptor extension, and $2 for Velcro strip. I mounted it to the center 'fin' using 12" Velcro strip which I cut tiny holes to fit mounting screws thru and secured in mounting bracket. The unit is always on recharge, can play ipod thru radio, and turn by turn instructions come in over the radio. If not needed or I'm driving my bike around town, I can easily remove.
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I am interested in using my iPhone for this as well - I have the Scala G4 headset and TomTom app so now all I need is a power source and mount.

Where have people mounted these so far? Anyone with pics?
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As far a mounts go I use Ram mounts. The one I use attaches using the screws that hold the cover for the front brake master cylinder. These mounts are very versatile, secure, and easy to install. If you need water proof Ram makes a product called Aqua box.

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