Android Tablet For Navigating

 

My wife and I were traveling in my Ram 1500 pickup for a few hours both
Saturday and Sunday. I still use a Garmin DriveLuxe 51 as my primary navigator. She will often use her smartphone to supplement. She made the comment that she would often like to see a bigger picture when she looks at of our route. I have considered using Industrial
Strength Velcro to temporarily mount of of my Android tablets to use in the vehicle. Has anybody here mounted a tablet that way and, if so, how well did it work out for navigating?

It does just as well as a

It does just as well as a cellphone. Just make sure it has a built in gps. Some tablets don't.

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garmin glo gPS receiver

If a tablet does not have GPS or to upgrade the GPS to Garmin quality, get a Garmin Glo GPS receiver. This connects to a phone or tablet with bluetooth. It not only receives US satellites, but also Russian GLONASS satellites.

My Glo has been 100% reliable in finding a position. I use it with my phone for Android Auto.

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Just run Google Maps on the tablet. If it has no internet connection, download an offline map in advance for your travel area. The tablet will display where you are on the map and the (Google) route.

Google Maps can give you spoken and map directions to avoid traffic and road closures as long as the tablet or phone has a cellphone connection.

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Tablet Mount

The tablets weigh a lot, so use something sturdy. I use a 1/4 20 tablet mount connected to a heavy camera arm mounted to the floor,with a dash support to keep the vibration down. I never had much lock with Velcro.

RAM mounts also offer good heavy mounting solutions:

https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-407-201-C-TAB3U

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App to use.

Most tablets do not have cell service. So you need to consider the app you will be using. Waze will not work very well or at all. Google maps will work but you have to remember to download offline maps by wifi, before you go. Most of the apps that you have to pay for will work, because the map is downloaded onto the tablet. When you install it. I have seen it done by several folks on their motorcycles. So it does work.

There are

billybovine wrote:

Most tablets do not have cell service. So you need to consider the app you will be using. Waze will not work very well or at all. Google maps will work but you have to remember to download offline maps by wifi, before you go. Most of the apps that you have to pay for will work, because the map is downloaded onto the tablet. When you install it. I have seen it done by several folks on their motorcycles. So it does work.

There are a great many GPS apps for Android that come with a full set of maps available from the Google Play store.

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Off line maps

I have used Here Maps for years on my phone and tablet. You download all the maps to your device. They work off line and no internet needed. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.here.app.m...

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