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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Landcruiser262, Dec 20, 2015.
Is it possible to have stand alone GPS on an ipad air 2 as I have on my smartphone?
If you have a WiFi plus cellular iPad; GPS is built in, just like on a smartphone such as the iPhone.
Thanks for that, I have not got the iPad yet, it will be Tesco on vouchers. I read today about something called a Bad Elf attachment which sounds as though it gives you GPS, do you know of it?
I'm not familiar with that unit but there are various GPS units on the market that will connect to your iPad via Bluetooth and display the location info on your iPad screen. This requires a separate unit to work with your iPad and is not as convenient as an all in one unit like the WiFi plus cellular iPad.
The Bad Elf is one of many Bluetooth GPS receivers that will work with the iPad. There are some discussions on adding Bluetooth GPS elsewhere on these forums. You should be able to find them using the search function. (Top right corner of the screen).
Since you don't have an iPad yet, make sure you check out how much more a cellular version iPad will cost over the WiFi model. It may be that buying a WiFi only iPad and then buying an external GPS will cost you more than purchasing an iPad with the GPS already built in.
Don't just figure in the cost in dollars. There's also a cost in having to setup and pair a GPS reciever with the iPad, limitations on what apps are going to work with it, and other minor annoyances.
An external GPS would have to be ridiculously cheap and rarely used for me to consider using it. But you may feel differently.
Hold in mind the GPS in the cellular model will work without a carriere contract; though it may not be quite as accurate or fast. (But still faster than an external unit)
Thanks for that
According to an Apple store the Bad Elf App can be downloaded for free from Apple. Your tghoughts would be appreciated.
The APP is free. If you read the description on iTunes, you'll see you need HARDWARE.... The free app allows the Bad Elf GPS receiver (that you need to buy) to communicate with the iPad.
I just took a peek at Apple.com and see the WiFi+Cellular iPad 2 (with the built in GPS receiver) costs $130 more than the comparable WiFi only model (with no built in GPS receiver).
I took a peek on Amazon.com and see the basic Bad Elf GPS receiver goes for around $150.00
So, if you want GPS and purchase the WiFi only (non GPS) model, you'll need to also spend more money on an external GPS unit.
As mentioned, it costs an extra $130 to buy an iPad with a GPS receiver built in. The WiFi only (non GPS) iPad will cost you $130 less, but you'll need to spend around $150 to add the required Bad Elf iPad GPS receiver.
You lose $20 adding a Bad Elf GPS receiver to a WiFi only iPad
That is one of the most helpful replies I have ever had. I assume from that, that it would be free to use the GPS with other Apps which are available.
If you get the cellular modle with the bullt in GPS, then it will work with any iPad app that uses location data. That would be all the GPS and map apps avaialable for the iPad, plus quite a few more.
The elfGPS and it's app are unlikely to support as much, and you will be dependant on the elfGPS developers to keep up support for thier app.