Many motorbikers already use smartphones for communication or even navigation purposes. Various vendors offer equipment to attach the smartphone to the bike, some of them are even waterproof or include power supply.
CheckMyTour can be used with these mounting devices but these are not required.
Extensive tests proved that the CheckMyTour app works very well in the pocket of your biker jacket, in your tank bag or in the case attached to your bike. Even in the glove locker of a car GPS recording still works properly. As GPS signals can permeate only a few centimeters of material, the iPhone should be close to the outer shell of such cases. Thus, the iPhone is fully secured and protected from weather, does not distract the driver but still can record the route of your trip.
When using GPS-based services on a smartphone, this always results in an increased power consumption. Battery life is reduced. In our tests, we could easily track for 6 to 8 hours without having to recharge. With an iPhone 4, the results are better than with an iPhone 3GS due to the much improved battery.
Of course, the extensive use of telephone and online services further reduce battery life. We suggest to switch of WLAN and 3G to minimize battery consumption or to use a battery extender for longer tours.
If battery level drops below 20%, the CheckMyTour app switches off automatic GPS tracking but still allows manual waypoint markers as well as any other activities while on tour. This ensures you have your smartphone ready and working in case you need it in an urgent situation.
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Yet another navigation system?
CheckMyTour does not replace navigation systems. CheckMyTour is a data recorder, very much like a black box, which tracks your route, the weather and all your activities while on tour. Suggestions for nice tours can also be fetched from the CheckMyTour portal and loaded on your GPS-based navigation system. Even on the iPhone, numerous apps exist which may even be used in combination with CheckMyTour.
No smartphone (yet)?
The CheckMyTour portal also allows to upload GPS-based tour data from other sources, such as navigation systems or other GPS data recorders, or even to create a tour manually and connect it with your photos, recommendations and comments in a Tour Book which can then be published to the portal. All community features can also be used on a PC without a smartphone.