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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 10:12 AM
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My daughter uses hers all over the world. She is now living in Hong Kong and has traveled Asia and Europe with it. It has both a "walking" and "driving" feature. She really likes it.
I use the Navigone app by Garmin on my iPhone. It's excellent.


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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 10:40 PM
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I've desperately tried to make my iPhone work as my GPS etc. I purchased a Ram mount for the iPhone a Powerlet socket and specific charging cable for the phone. I was so sure it would work because I use it in my car all the time. It works well in populated areas and with no gloves unless, you're a bit sweaty in your leather gloves then you can touch the screen and get a few things to function. The google map function just could cut it. I purchased a few GPS specific apps and it did slightly improve but, not enough to make me want to use it all the time as a GPS. As a Bluetooth entertainment device for music even pandora radio it works very well.
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I've desperately tried to make my iPhone work as my GPS etc. I purchased a Ram mount for the iPhone a Powerlet socket and specific charging cable for the phone. I was so sure it would work because I use it in my car all the time. It works well in populated areas and with no gloves unless, you're a bit sweaty in your leather gloves then you can touch the screen and get a few things to function. The google map function just could cut it. I purchased a few GPS specific apps and it did slightly improve but, not enough to make me want to use it all the time as a GPS. As a Bluetooth entertainment device for music even pandora radio it works very well.
I hear ya, I've been skeptical of using it for a long time. I have no desire to spend $600-800 on a Zumo that I don't need most of the time. Garmin's iPhone resident map set should solve the issues you had using on demand maps. I'm more concerned about the screen size more than anything but my hope is the voice turn by turn will compensate for that. That's the other thing about the Zumo is the small screen size for the large bucks. That thing should have not less than a 5 inch screen for that kind of money. Garmin is picking pockets with the Zumo. The Garmin I was using isn't BT compatible with headsets so I can't use that otherwise it was great with the 5 inch screen. I have a direct wire kit for the iPhone so I'll give it a try and if it works great if not then I'll figure something else out.
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I hear ya, I've been skeptical of using it for a long time. I have no desire to spend $600-800 on a Zumo that I don't need most of the time. Garmin's iPhone resident map set should solve the issues you had using on demand maps. I'm more concerned about the screen size more than anything but my hope is the voice turn by turn will compensate for that. That's the other thing about the Zumo is the small screen size for the large bucks. That thing should have not less than a 5 inch screen for that kind of money. Garmin is picking pockets with the Zumo. The Garmin I was using isn't BT compatible with headsets so I can't use that otherwise it was great with the 5 inch screen. I have a direct wire kit for the iPhone so I'll give it a try and if it works great if not then I'll figure something else out.
I'll break down and try the Garmin app. I too do not want to layout a pocket full of cash for something I will only use a few time a year on long trips. It is nice to get lost once in a while and discover a new road or two. The screen on the iPhone mounted on the adjustable RAM mount arm get the phones face closer to you when you need it. I can see it fine but the map refresh was driving me nuts! Thanks for the recommendation. I'll try the iPhone with the Garmin app and give it one last try.

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Well I tried out the iPhone 4 with the Garmin Resident Map set and it worked great. The voice turn by turn was right on time and clear as a bell in my Sena BT headset. It even muted my tunes when it wanted to talk to me. The screen is high res enough that I can see the important stuff in spite of the small size. Good enough for what I need it for, when I need it. Just saved myself a butt load of money buying another GPS that speaks A2DP.
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