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Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:48 pm
by chrishimself
Hey guys!

As an alternative to a proper navigation system (i.e. Garmin) Im looking for a cheap smartphone which only purpose is to function as a navigator (i.e. with OmAnd)

Can you recommend a smartphone for this use?
(big screen, cheap, decent battery, etc.)

Re: Cheap Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:12 pm
by StefAr
I would suggest that you buy a waterproof one. Battery doesn't really matters as long as you have a usb charger. I am using my old smartphone (it has a minor crack on the screen and the return button is damaged) deleted all photos and programs (except navigation app's) and it does the job done.

Re: Cheap Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:54 pm
by woodie1977
I use a samsung tab active, waterproof 8 inch tablet, with gps, gsm, and extra memory! Perfect roadview!!

Re: Cheap Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:18 am
by Didado
woodie1977 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:54 pm
I use a samsung tab active, waterproof 8 inch tablet, with gps, gsm, and extra memory! Perfect roadview!!
Me too. Don't want anything else!

Re: Cheap Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:17 am
by Navrix
Didado wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:18 am
woodie1977 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:54 pm
I use a samsung tab active, waterproof 8 inch tablet, with gps, gsm, and extra memory! Perfect roadview!!
Me too. Don't want anything else!
Hey guys. I am curious - how do you fix your 8' tablet on your bikes? Which holder do you use?

Re: Cheap Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:02 am
by Didado
RAM makes a RAM mount specifically for the Active Tab 2. Here's a short video of the Galaxy on my bike;


Re: Cheap Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:52 pm
by Glider
Didado,

I just received the Galaxy Tab Active 2 RAM cradle and I'm installing it on my bike, but neither the power connector nor the POGO pins seems to be waterproof.
Have yoy ever used it in wet/rainy conditions?

Re: Cheap Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:40 am
by Didado
Glider wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:52 pm
Didado,

I just received the Galaxy Tab Active 2 RAM cradle and I'm installing it on my bike, but neither the power connector nor the POGO pins seems to be waterproof.
Have yoy ever used it in wet/rainy conditions?
Use it in the rain all the time but not with the Pogo. I've never even tried the Pogo because every rider I spoke to, said it sucks at charging with all the vibrations. I use usb, also in the rain.

Re: Smartphone for Navigation

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:37 pm
by Glider
After few months and about 4.000 km I confirm what Didado said, almost impossible to power the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 with POGOs on my Husqvarna 701.

In the beginning I tried with a typical motorbike USB charger bought on Amazon.
The first time I used it I got a heavy rain, after 15/20 minutes on the Tab screen appeared a message that suggested to disconnect USB cable due humidity, after less than 3 hours the USB charger was fried despite a lot of connector blowing/cleaning/drying.

Then I tried with a 5A power supply connected to POGOs plug, but it never charged the Tab while riding, I could only charge it with engine turned off due vibrations.
No problem with water, at least when the bike was standstill.

I changed again and mounted a new USB charger that I'm still using without any problem in dry weather.
In rainy weather I disconnect the USB cable and protect the USB charger: on rainy days it is possible to reduce the screen brightness to save power and charging the tab with a small powerbank when I stop, it's enough to make a full riding day.

Just for information, the Tab requires about 1,5 A to charge while using it at full brightess with Locus and Osmand running.
Beside the powering problems, Galaxy Active Tab 2 + Locus off road + Osmand on road is great, bright enough to see it even in sunny days, easier to use compared to my Garmin Montana, light years ahead Montana and Tomtom Rider for GPX track management (download, upload, sharing, navigating, showing on screen), especially with Locus.

if you have better power supply solutions, please share.