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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-15-2014, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Folks, I need a couple of opinions (which I'm sure to get) on which iPhone app to use for GPS. I have an iPhone 5 and want to use it as my GPS unit instead of buying a dedicated GPS unit like a Garmin. I have looked at two, GPS Co-Pilot and GPS Drive. Neither seem to have the flexibility for trip planning as does Microsoft Streets and Trips. I also have an iPad. Ultimately I would like to plan the trip on the iPad then be able to pull it up on my iPhone, plug in and go.

Any suggestions for good trip planning and GPS apps out there?

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I'd love to know the ans to this also.

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Sorry, I'm a Droid kind of guy.

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A Very Good FREE app for the iPhone is WAZE.
from Waze Mobile Ltd
I even use it in the cage.
Search for waze on App store. If you don't like it just delete it.

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I use the Garmin app. It's not free though, I think I paid $20 something for it. You can't transfer routes from an external source. I believe this is more of an issue with apple OS than the Garmin app. If I want to plan a route I do it in Google maps then I use the Garmin trip planner and add manual waypoints form my Google maps route.

I use my old IPhone 3G for a GPS. The IPhone is not the best GPS for a motorcycle. The screen is hard to see in sunlight and you can't wear gloves. I cut the tip out of the index finger on my glove, and I mostly depend on the voice prompts. The IPhone 3 and 4 will get very hot and shut down on hot days. I have a cover over my 3G and I have a metal bracket that I put behind it to act as a heat sink. Since I did that my 3G has not shut down on me yet. Maybe the 5 is better I don't know. started using my 3G because I didn't like how hot my 4 would get when I used it. Another thing to consider is if the app stores the maps locally on your phone. You don't need internet service just GPS with the Garmin app. If the app needs internet service to download maps it can become a problem if you decide to change your route and your in an area with no service. I have AT&T and when I tried to use the IPhone maps app this caused me problems a couple of times.

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Scout. It's by far my favorite gps app on the market.

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I use the app that came with the phone.

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I usually use Waze. If not that, then Google Maps. The only problem is both of these apps require Internet access to download maps while you are riding. I like the idea of the Garmin app because the maps are stored locally, negating the need for an active Internet connection while riding. I may have to check this out further.

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Oh iphone...remember the days when it was still had google maps integration? Those were the days. I have a $400 Garmin GPS and my google Nav app blows it away. Garmin collects dust. Between the built in nav app, google maps, and google earth Droid has all your navigational needs on lock down.

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Originally Posted by TheBigBK View Post
Oh iphone...remember the days when it was still had google maps integration? Those were the days. I have a $400 Garmin GPS and my google Nav app blows it away. Garmin collects dust. Between the built in nav app, google maps, and google earth Droid has all your navigational needs on lock down.
Google maps is available for iPhone. In needs to be downloaded from the app stope.

I have gps copilot it stores the maps on the phone so no cell service is needed. You can plan trips but its a pain. I would love to find an app. That I can plot out a route on my Mac/Pc the download it to my iPhone for some reason that seems to be hard to do. It seem to me it should be easy to make your own route. I know I could do it with a garmin 660 but I don't want to spend a ton of money just for that.

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