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Old Yesterday, 04:12 AM   #11
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I still use a samsung flip phone so its of no benefit to me.
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Old Yesterday, 06:31 AM   #12
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There are quite a few people who have gone the route of cheap android phones for nav. The quality of the maps is so much better than Garmin. I am using a low level Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 tablet and android phone for nav.

Same could be done with Gaia or another app and an iPhone as some on this forum do.

Linking with a HU would provide an excellent option.
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Old Yesterday, 08:00 AM   #13
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to be clear i am looking for a budget friendly, ez to install soluton

a brand & model number of what you are using would be super helpfull
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a link

this is a deep rabbit hole of tech which, for my needs maybe over kill

always good suggestions here, and i thank you for that

so if anyone has a link or brand/model number that would be awesome

thank you again in advance

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Crutchfield would be my go to recommendation as well. They will provide any necessary wiring harness and install instructions with purchase and they have excellent live customer support if needed along the way.
Iíd also highly consider upgrading your speakers while youíre at it, even though you donít consider yourself an audiophile, the stock speakers are crap and most likely have rotted out. You really donít have to spend a ton on decent direct replacements that will not sound like garbage when you do want to listen to music, podcast, or take a phone call.
Iíd also recommend Kenwood, Alpine or Pioneer, although it looks like a good number of units are out of stock at the moment.
Along with CarPlay, BT, camera inputs, another consideration is picking a unit that has a physical volume knob vs. having 2 tiny little +/- buttons, much easier to adjust while driving, although theyíre getting harder to find.
Youíll want to consider getting a unit with built in nav, it does add to the cost, but nice to have for sure when youíre out in the middle of nowhere with no service, I mostly use downloaded maps through Gaia for that, but there are times Iíve relied on or referenced my built in nav.
Thereís some value priced units like the Boss units that might give you what you need, I just donít know the quality, I might end up trying one out as a budget option in my project van.
Edit: I will take a look and see if I can find a unit through Crutchfield I can link for you.
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big THANK YOU for all the input

Huge rabbit hole of choices

Stop Gap: ordered a wireless cam that links to my iPhone @$50

Now to research the full choices and up my budget LOL

any links appreciated

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a BIG thank you for your input

My solution was EZ

Call Crutchfield customer support

they have a handy log in feature and the guy walked me thru exactly what i needed

Note:
for $25 they supply a custom harness for the rig
also
they only use ONE brand wirless BU cam
pricey, but it is the only one they stand behind

my parts:

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_104BE7...ss-BE7ACP.html

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_541CAM...r-CAM-WLP.html
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Personally i would forget about using a cell phone for navigation on anything but local drives. What happens when your youre in an unfamiliar location and you lose your cell signal?

Stick with a unit that uses Garmin Navigation. Personally i want the maps built in to the unit so even if i lose cell signal i still have navigation.

GPS is not dependent in internet or cell service.

https://www.onxmaps.com/hunt/blog/does-gps-work-without-data#:~:text=GPS%20tracking%20on%20your%20phone,ev en%20when%20you%20are%20offline.
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