Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Newbury Park, CA
I use the Garmin Nuvi on the left and the cell phone on the right.
1) Garmin Nuvi - I buy it at Costco. When it craps out, I bring it back and they give me my money back. No Packaging, no time limit. They just refund the money!
2) Cell phone - I use either the built in map program or WAZE ap. WAZE is great here in SoCal because it give you real time traffic, cops, stuff on the road, cars stopped on the shoulder, and covers ALL the back roads as well as the highways. Once I'm out of town, I'll switch to the built in GPS Maps program because I don't need the traffic. The phone is Bluetooth-ed to my headset, so I can hear the directions, listen to music, and make/receive calls. I do pull over to have any kind of a real conversation, just for safety sake.
There are advantages to both the GPS and the PHONE. The GPS is more accurate, and can be programmed with a bunch of waypoints to make a long trip. The GPS traffic is OK, but doesn't have the back roads. The GPS database is static, until you upgrade it. The phone is much more robust when looking for a store, restaurant, etc. The phone needs cell reception, the GPS works all the time. So I use BOTH. What do I do when they disagree? Depends on the situation. If I think the difference might be the traffic, I'll go with the WAZE ap, otherwise I like the GPS rountings better. But they'll both get you there.
When it rains I stick them both in my pocket. I can still hear the instructions in the Bluetooth headset.
Only pain in the ass is having to remove both devices every time I stop. I would not want them stolen. (same with my helmet. I see guys leaving helmets sitting on their seats while they eat/shop, but I'm always worried about it not being there when I come back. Not only is it expensive, but I can't ride without it!! but that's a subject for a different day.)