X going to replace portable GPS?

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    Hey guys, 1st post. Ok, I do a lot of driving for work. So naturally I have a GPS (and V1 radar detector). I have a 4.3" TomTom I got in late '08. I've had my X for about 1 week now. I didn't buy any accessories b/c I wasn't sure how I was going to use it just yet. But has anyone actually made the big leap and sold their portable GPS and bought some sort of windshield mount for their X? Naturally I'll need a car charger, which is the same one from my BB9630 I just came from. But How reliable and accurate is this thing? I've mapped a few locations and it's spot on. I would LOVE to carry one less portable electronic device from car to car.

    My next issue is if I am going to make this my GPS, what kind case/holster do I get. I've been searching and seen belt clips for the phone naked, with a skin and with a real rugged skin. None of these skins will allow the use of a Windshield mount (verizon/Motorola). I like the idea of some kind of skin for fall impact protection. I like carrying my phones on my belt clip or pocket. But I'll need some kind of universal windshield mount.


    Then I have connectivity. Both my personal and company car have standard 3.5mm Aux input jacks. No bluetooth. My thoughts are I need some kind of Bluetooth device that runs on 12V power and plugs into the Aux. This would allow me to play my music and listen to GPS directions and have speaker phone in the car correct? What modes/units are available for this function?

    Last but not least I think I am still interested in a Blutooth earpiece. Shopping in the store, or if I don't feel like hooking up the whole blutooth broadcast gimic.

    Opinions?
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    Answers in red.
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    Wow.... so if I'm out in BFE with no cell signal the GPS quits working? That's not going to work at all. I thought it used GPS & Cell towers.
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    The maps arent stored on your phone without some hacks (at least not if you're using the Google service), so if you lose cell service, you lose the ability to download your map or re-route.

    GPS still works, but the app has no way of tying your Lat/Long to a position on a map, because it doesnt have the map.
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    The next g maps update will have a way to cache maps and routes to your sd iirc

    tappin and a talkin
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    Yeah, and there's a hack for it, and there are 3rd party options. It depends on what the OP wants.
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    I want reliable, accurate Garmin/TomTom type GPS navigation for driving ANYWHERE in the US.
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    So unless you want to buy a 3rd party piece of software, the phone probably wont work for you as a GPS solution.
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    10-4. What kind of software do I need to buy?
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    Actually, if you want to pay for a 3rd party solution, you can have the exact same solution you have with you Garmin.

    For BT solutions (both earpiece and speakerphone) I really like my Blueant products.

    I have the Motorola X Car Dock. and it works well. Only issue is that you have to remove any cases in order for it to fit in the dock.
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    You'll need a piece of software that stores the maps on your SD card, rather than downloads them on the fly. I think Navigon does this.... Others have more experience than I.
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    $60 for navigon.
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    I just upgraded to the X on the 1st, and I got the car mount for the X. You can apply it to either the dashboard or the windshield. Also comes with a cable that lets you connect the phone to an auxiliary port to play your music in the car.
    When you bought your X, did they offer to bundle any accessories for you? I have a Magellan GPS, and it never gets used ever since I bought the OG Droid last year. The Google Nav is really spot on. IMHO.
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    Do you have the extended battery? I do and I couldn't find a case to fit in the car dock b/c of the extended battery, so I got a Zagg skin. There are cases that will fit if you don't have the extended battery. I really love the car dock, and the google navigation has totally replaced my Tom Tom. One of the things that used to annoy me the most about my tom tom was that it would constantly fall off of the windshield - I've had the car dock for months and it hasn't fallen off once.
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    I thought I would be able to do the same thing - Stock, the phone isn't quite able to pull this off. I bought the car mount and use my phone exactly the way you describe. When I lose data and the map won't update (it's hard to explain exactly what happens you will have to see it first) then I just pop out my Garmin if I need it.

    Depends on how often you are out of Verizon coverage area.

    Keep your GPS device -
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    I actually checked in a Best Buy to see what it would cost to hardwire this into my Aux and 12V ports. I am still deciding if the $100 is worth not having the wires hang down over my dash. My buddy said he run the wires in about an hour for me.

    Should be fun.
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    I need mobility to jump from one car to another. From what I researched the reason the droids and Iphones will not work on GPS navigation out of cell coverage is b/c the maps are not downloaded to the phone. There seems to be a few aftermarket apps you pay for which download the maps to your SD card. Co-Pilot seems to be top dog in that class for $30. I am probly going to purchase this app and carry my Tomtom as backup for a while until I feel comfortable that the Co-Pilot app will work out in BFE.


    Does anyone know if Co-Pilot is the best/most like Garmin or Tomtom app for our phones?
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    Buying the app will give you what you are after.

    :)

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    From what I've read, as of Google Maps 5.0 for Android release in December, it now has offline mode where it will cache map data several layers deep for your most visited places. And at the same time they announced offline rerouting for Google Nav - I'm not sure if that has been rolled out yet. You'll still need a connection to begin navigating, but it will then download your entire route ahead of time, along with adjacent areas so if you lose signal you can still get turn-by-turn navigation (up to some certain distance away from your original route, I suppose). 5.0 also introduced 3d buildings. My X picked up Maps 5.1.0 today... something about some enhancements for Latitude...

    The satellite view & street view navigation is way cool, but my Garmin 755 is really more useful for my purposes. It will automatically reroute to avoid traffic, which kind of sorta actually works out well sometimes, and it allows multi-point navigation which Google doesn't. This is really useful when I want to make sure I get the twisty route on the bike, not the one that's either shortest or fastest.

    But then I found an app that pushed the Garmin back into the glove box and the X up on the windshield... DailyRoads Voyager, which basically turns your Droid into a dash-cam. This hit home with me, because just 3 weeks ago a lady turned left in front of me, broke my ankle and totaled my car. She did the right thing and accepted responsibility, but it occurred to me the hassle I could have been in if she had claimed to have the left turn arrow or something... A video showing my green light and her actions would have been very valuable... So anyway, of course that opens up more complications on the whole body glove vs windshield mount thing, when the phone now has to be oriented to look directly ahead through the windshield with nothing blocking the camera.
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