My $500 Garmin GPS quit being trusted. It transformed itself off whenever it seemed like it– the majority of the moment when I was truly relying on it. I was told that it would certainly set you back in excess of $150 to have it repaired but I would certainly have enough. I considered various other solutions. Like getting a bike computer from Outdoor Gear Only.
I acquired a mobile phone for navigating upon arrival in Korea. As it ended up, it was the best equipment swap-out I ‘d made in a lengthy while. Smartphones make navigation a satisfaction because the mapping is so easy as well as instinctive. I can rapidly download detailed maps of any kind of country worldwide which are simple to focus and out of, walk around, and develop points of interest on.
Smart devices are best for my navigational needs.
Exactly how is a Smartphone Better than a Handheld GPS?
They are A Lot more easy to use than GENERAL PRACTITIONER gadgets. One of the largest drawcards of smart devices is their touch screens; squeeze and zoom and also move the maps around easily. Mapping ‘applications’ are simple whereas GPS tools seem to be tormented with complicated menu systems. I utilize information points on a regular basis, which are truly very easy to include and get rid of on a smart device.
You don’t need a computer with you. You can download all your maps right from the Apple Application Store or Google Play Shop.
The maps are present. Any of the decent mapping apps upgrade their details really frequently.
They’re quicker and extra accurate. The GPS contribute my Apple iPhone 5S is quicker and a lot more accurate than in my Garmin Side 800. GPS speed on smart devices is aided with mobile telephone framework worldwide.
They have a big screen. Bigger display equates to easier to check out. Crucial when your device is an arms size away.
Mobile phones are multi-purpose. A smartphone is a phone, email gadget, photo editor, internet site editor … the listing takes place!
They charge promptly. Just one hr in the wall surface has my phone billed from 0-100%.
Exactly how Do I Utilize My Mobile Phone to Browse?
I make my routes on-the-go, typically as KML documents which show my paths as lines on my maps. I sometimes like to mark points of interest at vital junctions to ensure that I do not miss my turns. I tend to use my smart device extra like a paper map, changing it on/off whenever I require to inspect if I’m still en path and heading the proper way. My smart device screen remains off the majority of the day to save battery– I just switch it on to examine where I am. I can choose days without a battery cost if I use my smartphone in this fashion!
What are the Limitations of the Mobile phone?
Battery life. I might ride for about 20 hours with my Garmin Edge 800 on the whole time. This is not at all possible on a smart device without being connected to a dynamo hub, photovoltaic panel or exterior battery.
Damp weather. Sensitive touch displays end up being quite worthless in the rainfall. I have a ‘poncho’ for my apple iphone which helps when the screen has droplets on it yet is far from ideal.
Display Glare. Occasionally the sunlight is available in on the incorrect angle whilst cycling and also makes the glossy screen tough to see. If I do seriously require to examine the GPS, I just pull over and color the screen.
As a bike computer. GPS gadgets typically offer all sort of bike computer data, and it holds true that a smart device can do the exact same. However … the battery life will really suffer if you do this. I suggest having a low-cost separate bike computer for tape-recording flight information.
Altitude. Many electronic devices can have convulsions over concerning 4000m. It’s worth keeping in mind that I have actually had close friends ride the Pamir Freeway (5000m) with an iPhone with no dramas.
Charging Your Smartphone
Utilizing my smartphone like a paper map, I have actually discovered that I utilize between 10-50% of the mobile phone’s battery daily, depending upon how many times the screen is switched on as well as off. If you have constant access to power factors (not hard in many components of the globe) you’ll be able to charge most smartphones within an hour.
Dynamo Hub Power: I have actually used dynamo power to maintain everything topped up for the last 31,000 kilometres, as well as have simply switched to the Tout Terrain The Plug III. A smart device cost from the dynamo hub takes simply 2-3 hours on the bike. You can review my List of Hub Eager Beaver Power Products for USB Instruments for great deals even more information on center billing.
I also have the Ultimate Power Source: Eager Beaver Hubs, Solar Panels, Power Supplies and also External Batteries which includes information on many different ways you can maintain your mobile phone billed.
Placing Your Smart device
I make use of and also advise Quad Lock products for your bike installing needs. They’re well made, extremely slim, stylish and also straightforward. You can read my evaluation of the Quadlock Mobile phone case.
I’ve recently assembled a list of The most effective Bike Mobile Phone Instances & Mounts for Biking. This list features all of the most effective options available. Some install on the stem, others on the handlebar itself, some enter front of the stem and also others come off the top cap of your headset. Some cases are a lot more water resistant and safety than others.
Ortlieb has actually lately updated their Ultimate 6 Pro handlebar bag to have a waterproof sleeve which enables you to slide your mobile phone in and also browse. If you’re making use of an older Ortlieb handlebar bag, you can obtain a water-proof sleeve that links onto the bags switches.
Do You Require a SIM Card to Use the GPS Feature?
No. Using GPS satellites is cost-free, you’re just getting a signal. If you have a GPS chip in your smartphone as well as have actually downloaded some maps for offline usage, you will always have the ability to locate where you are!
I do not recommend utilizing your smart device as a tracking gadget, just since the battery life tends to really endure. If you actually need to, an exterior resource of power will be required to maintain you covered up.
Some applications do require you to use a SIM card for tracking: attempt Strava, OruxMaps or Pocket Earth.
It is possible to acquire an Android smart device which is unsusceptible dirt, water and also to some extent going down, without making use of a ‘rugged’ cover. Rugged covers, although very helpful for fragile mobile phones, are usually rather troublesome and decrease the sensitivity of the touch screen user interface.
Samsung makes a phone called the Galaxy S5 Active which is identical in all aspects to the highly popular Galaxy S5, with the exception of the enhancement of armor as well as a few exterior buttons. The standard Galaxy S5 actually has the same water-proof score of IP67 accreditation (submerged at 3 feet for 30 minutes), so if you’re not after the rugged kind, this phone will fit the costs.
Sony makes a model called the Xperia Z3 (compact version offered as well) which has a lot more remarkable IP65/68 qualification (immersed at 5 feet for half an hour). That claimed, in terms of ‘durability’, the Sony is much more on par with the conventional Samsung Galaxy S5 than the Energetic.
Apple, sadly, do not generate a waterproof/shockproof phone yet.
Making use of a Tablet computer, iPad or iPod Touch
It is possible to utilize tablets and also iPods for navigating, especially if they have a GPS chip built in. If they do not, there are plug-in items readily available to permit you to situate satellites. You can connect tablets to your bicycle with the Quadlock Universal mount.