Lose cell service and those apps you on are worthless
Incorrect - Google allows you to download your map/route. Sygic allows you to download individual states and avoid freeways and motorways implying more scenic back road trip. There is also a program called Scenic. It starts with the premise that you are traveling by motorcycle and you that you want to take the scenic route. I haven't purchased Scenic but it doesn't cost much and neither does Sygic ($10-15 for lifetime license with updates). I believe better and better Navigation apps will continue to be developed. Nice when your Navigation alerts you to speed limit changes, hidden camera's and traffic.
Again, I haven't used Scenic but believe if you're near a city/area but want to know if there is good riding nearby it may create a loop that has twists and turns and perhaps less traveled. Pretty cool when you are visiting friends or family and have time for a ride, why not make it a good one.
I have had Android phones for years. I wouldn't have ever considered an Apple product. I have known that I got more bang for my buck avoiding Apple computers, phones and other devices. I repair Window's for a living and I work on Apple too. I know they make a good product, I just believe they are pricey.
When the 2018 Gold Wing was announced and I became aware of features I budgeted in helmets and headsets. I had never used Apple phones, never used headsets, and I had never experienced using Apple Car Play or Android Auto - but when I read about it I knew I needed an Apple phone. Crap! I didn't want to learn how to transfer my stuff, I didn't want to learn a new phone, an overpriced Apple iPhone.
Its worth every cent - Apple Car Play is the only game, and if Google didn't want to get in the game for 2018 or 2019, I am doubtful that they will want to anytime soon. Further, refusing to buy Apple would have been a HUGE mistake for me as it allows me to use some really great features - features not available in my 2015 LOADED pickup truck. I wished Android Auto had been available but it isn't and I wouldn't count on it either. With an Apple iPhone, the number of application / program choices will continue to grow and improve. NO COMPLAINTS - this bike ROCKS!
Someone said he paid $30,000 for a bike and he shouldn't have to spend anymore money on a phone. You think the built in Navigation is lacking? The problem isn't the bike, the problem is you wanted the $30,500 model but you only purchased the $30,000 model. Rather than blame Honda, reconsider getting the equipment Honda said you'd need if you wanted the features you want. They didn't spring this on anyone - it was clear what you needed an Apple phone and headset to take advantage of the many features including improvement over the base navigation system that is included with the bike. If you didn't know, or you choose not to take action, its all on you.
Get the Apple phone, quit with the bitching that only reveals your lack of understanding, your unwillingness to part with the additional money or just your determined stubbornness/ ignorance refusal to do what is needed and explained before you made your purchase. It was clear before Honda sold you your bike and nothing has changed. If you want a great Navigation program, you need a headset and an Apple iPhone. Also you will need to buy a pack of 6" USB cables for your new iPhone on Amazon. They go bad sometimes. And then enjoy your fine motorcycle and Apple Car Play - This is the best time to be alive. My Navigation choices are awesome and continue to get better.