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    iPad And GPS When Traveling

    Has anyone here actually used their iPad for a GPS when traveling? Was just wondering if it eats up a good portion of data being that it is running continuously when you're on the road. Seems like it would. As always, feedback is greatly appreciated!

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    Moved this off-topic post from the news section. It's a valid question worth exploring - just needs its own thread. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodles118
    Has anyone here actually used their iPad for a GPS when traveling? Was just wondering if it eats up a good portion of data being that it is running continuously when you're on the road. Seems like it would. As always, feedback is greatly appreciated!
    It's not so much the memory usage,but the battery issue that's the problem.GPS apps are one of the biggest battery draining activities you can do with your iPad.
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    Which is where car chargers come in. Make sure to get a 10W charger.

    If you use the standard map instead of the satellite or hybrid view the data usage should be quite small.

    Or use one of the nav apps that has built in maps. You wouldn't even need a data connection.

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    Love it! Mine doesn't eat any data as I have maps loaded on the iPad and the GPS signal is free. If you have a Wifi-only iPad then you need to by an GPS receiver that connects to the iPad via blu-tooth (best option, IMO). If you have a 3/4G iPad, then the GPS chip is included. You could use the Maps app that comes on the iPad, but it requires us have a cellular connection and that will eat your data, though I don't know how it impacts data use because I NEVER do that. I bought Navigon which has it's own maps. There are other options for navigation beside Navigon but I have not used them and probably never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC
    Love it! Mine doesn't eat any data as I have maps loaded on the iPad and the GPS signal is free. If you have a Wifi-only iPad then you need to by an GPS receiver that connects to the iPad via blu-tooth (best option, IMO). If you have a 3/4G iPad, then the GPS chip is included. You could use the Maps app that comes on the iPad, but it requires us have a cellular connection and that will eat your data, though I don't know how it impacts data use because I NEVER do that. I bought Navigon which has it's own maps. There are other options for navigation beside Navigon but I have not used them and probably never will.
    Thanks for the feedback, AQ. I have the newest version of the iPad , 64 3/4G + Wi-Fi. Since I am mostly in a Wi-Fi environment when at home. work, or Hot Spot, I had the intention to activate the cellular network only when traveling on the road on family vacations, etc. In the days of my iPad 2, I had downloaded an app called GPS Motion Drive X, which I believe uses maps from Bing. Seems like a pretty good navigation app, and there is a way to pre-plan and save routes (as you mentioned), although I need to get into the details of that portion of the app more to see how to pull up saved routes. Is the app you use called NAVIGATION? I 'll have to look that up in the app store and maybe use that as an alternate GPS app. Once again, thanks for the tip. I always appreciate tips, feedback, and advice on this forum from fellow "Ipadians". 8O€>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodles118
    "Ipadians"
    I haven't heard that term before,I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57

    I haven't heard that term before,I love it!
    LOL.... it was either "Ipadians" or "Appolites" - depends upon what side of the iPad you're standing on! LOL

    Hmmm... I knew there was a one-liner in there somewhere just dying to get out in the open! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodles118 View Post
    Thanks for the feedback, AQ. I have the newest version of the iPad , 64 3/4G + Wi-Fi. Since I am mostly in a Wi-Fi environment when at home. work, or Hot Spot, I had the intention to activate the cellular network only when traveling on the road on family vacations, etc. In the days of my iPad 2, I had downloaded an app called GPS Motion Drive X, which I believe uses maps from Bing. Seems like a pretty good navigation app, and there is a way to pre-plan and save routes (as you mentioned), although I need to get into the details of that portion of the app more to see how to pull up saved routes. Is the app you use called NAVIGATION? I 'll have to look that up in the app store and maybe use that as an alternate GPS app. Once again, thanks for the tip. I always appreciate tips, feedback, and advice on this forum from fellow "Ipadians". 8O€>
    The app I have is Navigon USA. It is taking a beating in the app store because it was bought up by Garmin and they are trying nickel and dime folks to death on upgrades and map updates. This may not be the app to get now.
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    CoPilot Live Premium is one of the cheaper map-included navigation apps. I won't say it is the best, because I haven't really tried any of the others; but it's good enough for me. My only gripe is that clearing an active route is not as obvious as it should be.

    I also have MotionX GPS Drive HD. You used to be able to choose your map source, Bing or Google, but that seems to have changed. I don't know what source it uses now. It does not keep a complete set of maps, instead it has a buffer (user adjustable up to 2GB) that stores your most recently used maps and routes. Fine, as long as you have an internet connection or remember to set up the trip before losing going offline.

    Lots relatively new features here, including a membership ID and voice navigation. I have not tried any of it out.

    I don't know of NavFree has been mentioned here yet, but it's free. Not a great app according to the reviews, but it does have offline maps (after you download them).


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