MapSource still lets us enter and edit the comment, but not the description, so that is where the data will stay. There is no standard practice in this area. Having the two fields was, I believe, a nod to other vendors who called their extra data "description."
Perhaps putting the description in both <desc> and <cmmt> would work better for everyone?
It sounds like you're saying I should find every route waypoint in the waypoints? If so and I can remove these duplicates, that would cut down the size considerably.
Please let us know how the Droid works out on the road.
Having read a bit on this, I am starting out trying to conserve battery life. There is a power widget that I have put on the desktop
. So I normally leave the gps, blue tooth, and wifi off and turn the desired feature on with one tap. The 3G is always on. In that mode, I can get a couple days out of it in standby mode. Less than my previous cell phone, but respectable.
I don't plan to keep it on all the time. We'll probably use my brother's cell phone for the telephone and leave mine as the portable computer. I plan to buy a spare battery so that I have emergency backup. As we will be going during the height of hurricane season and we're trying to coordinate seeing the final shuttle launch, the Droid will be more a browser for the space center and weather channel. Of course there are also the neat apps like the google sky so we can star gaze.
Of course there is email and such. I'm not sure how much of that I will use. I set up my main google account and a separate account that I share with my brother specifically for this trip, but none of my comcast, yahoo, etc accounts. I currently haul the laptop I bought in 2006 around for that stuff.
As an aside I really like the Arkel laptop bag. I pack the widescreen laptop, papers, sometimes a couple external hard drives etc in to the thing. It has to go on the front rack and I need to be careful about the wheel turning and toppling the bike over but it works pretty well. I considered getting Verizon mifi and bringing the laptop, but decided it was much too heavy.
I think the battery life will be better than my garmin unit. It is an Etrex Vista from about 10 years ago. That unit uses 2 AA batteries and lasts about 10 hours. I took that on the TransAm and only used it when needed. The Droid definitely last longer than that with GPS on and locks many more satellites and much quicker.
The navigation is 1/2 planned assistance and 1/2 toy. We are buying a new set of AC maps that will provide the main navigation. The google / mapping comes in if/when we are off route either on purpose or because of detours or some such thing. For example if we go off route to visit Charleston, using the google maps and droid navigation should help get back on route the best way.
Based on usage, I will most likely pack the Droid. I used the Arkel large handlebar bag on the TA route, but found my hands were killing me. Since then I have taken the handlebar bag off and put on Profile Aerstryke bars. That makes life a lot more comfortable when my hands start hurting but obviously is a loss when off the bike. Probably like most, I used the handlebar bag as a pocketbook with cellphones, wallets, journals, cameras,etc. So losing that would be a loss. I have a lot of external pockets on my panniers so the Droid is likely to go there during good weather.