1. Due to the recent site upgrade, the iPadForums (iPF) App will no longer work. The new iPadForums.net website has been designed from the ground up to work perfectly from any mobile, tablet, or desktop computer using the built in internet browser. Create a shortcut to iPadForums.net on your home screen by following these steps: Create an icon for iPadForums.net

Gps ?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Vettecor, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Vettecor
    Offline

    Vettecor iPF Novice

    Joined:
    May 12, 2012
    Messages:
    35
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Northwest Florida
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I was reading a post in the forums from other users of Ipads regarding GPS. Is it true that if you have wifi only Ipad you can not use GPS ?

    My friend has a Samsung Galaxy with wifi only and he using GPS all the time.

    I want to get my daughter an Ipad 2 or 3 but she wants GPS.


    Thanks
  2. NoNoBadDog
    Offline

    NoNoBadDog iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2010
    Messages:
    52
    Thanks Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Pearl City, Hawaii
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0
  3. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    19,843
    Thanks Received:
    1,871
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,043 / 1
    You'll have to get your daughter a wifi + 3G/cellular iPad if you want GPS.
  4. sjleworthy
    Offline

    sjleworthy Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2011
    Messages:
    2,004
    Thanks Received:
    56
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    Ratings:
    +56 / 0
    Ive an ipad 2 with wifi and 3g, but i dont subscribe to the 3g service. Mine has gps :)
  5. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    19,843
    Thanks Received:
    1,871
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,043 / 1
    Correct,you don't need a data plan for your iPad to use GPS.It shares some of the circuitry as the 3G system,but they operate independently from each other.
  6. Bosvaark
    Offline

    Bosvaark iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2012
    Messages:
    388
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Ratings:
    +10 / 0
    The Gps , will work with wireless and 3G disabled, it is slightly slower and will speed up if the 3G is on ,but will use data bandwidth quickly, however it does work well if the navigation applet is a genuine mapping GPS. IE: maps are on the device unlike google maps which needs an Internet connection to function.
  7. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    19,843
    Thanks Received:
    1,871
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,043 / 1
    The GPS will not function properly if you disable both the wireless and 3G accuracy will be severely degraded.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2012
  8. Bosvaark
    Offline

    Bosvaark iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2012
    Messages:
    388
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Ratings:
    +10 / 0
    Hi, I tend to disagree, have used it many times to navigate without wifi or 3G, as mentioned you need the correct software with on board maps (offline maps).
    As for accuracy , it may not be as accurate as a Garmin GPS, but it still finds address locations and routes fine to me.
    I use iGo Primo, and NavFree for vehicle routing, I have also walked outside now and turned both wifi and 3G off and it located my GPS coordinates in less than a minute, I tested using 2 apps, iGps, and GPS Toolbox.
  9. AQ_OC
    Offline

    AQ_OC Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    6,418
    Thanks Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SC
    Ratings:
    +430 / 0
    Get a nav app like Navigon, which has its own maps that are stored on the iPad. You don't need cellular or WIFI for the GPS to work *if* you have maps on your device. The GPS function is fully enabled.

    I think paying extra for the 3g/4g model is a good deal because you get GPS and you have the option to use cellcular if you should ever want to.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2012
  10. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    19,843
    Thanks Received:
    1,871
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,043 / 1
    I have Navigon and if I go into airplane mode the accuracy decreases.If stay in airplane mode and turn on wifi,the accuracy goes up even though there's no available wifi signal.This is with no sim card installed.The GPS must make use of the cellular and wifi antennas and turning them off is not a good idea.
  11. Bosvaark
    Offline

    Bosvaark iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2012
    Messages:
    388
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Ratings:
    +10 / 0
    The trick is not to turn airplane mode on, I turn the wireless and 3G off in the network setting , we discovered this by accident while navigating In Rural areas with no coverage what so ever and the device was still navigating to my delight, I then bought more software apps as I realized the potential.
    The trick with nav software is to make sure they don't use google or open maps otherwise you will then need the assisted 3G to navigate.
  12. michaelw83
    Offline

    michaelw83 iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    I am looking for a GPS app that gives talking directions but does not require an annual subscription fee. Do you know of any apps like that?
  13. AQ_OC
    Offline

    AQ_OC Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    6,418
    Thanks Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SC
    Ratings:
    +430 / 0
    That's not true. If you get a WIFI iPad and a GPS receiver, which I had before I got the iPad 3, then you will not have either wifi or cellular out on the road, just a gps signal from the receiver. The accuracy is fine. GPS does not use cellular or wifi.

    BTW, the same is true for Android tablets, most of which don't have cellular at all and certainly won't have wifi out on the road. And there is no way it can use a wifi antenna out on the road in the middle of nowhere.
  14. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    19,843
    Thanks Received:
    1,871
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,043 / 1
    What does the GPS on an iPad use for an antenna,then.As far as I know,there are only two antennas on a wifi+ 3G iPad.
  15. AQ_OC
    Offline

    AQ_OC Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    6,418
    Thanks Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SC
    Ratings:
    +430 / 0
    There is a gps antenna included too.
  16. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    19,843
    Thanks Received:
    1,871
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,043 / 1
    Thanks.
Similar Threads
  1. Bfreesun
    Replies:
    6
    Views:
    5,430
  2. SCCAguy
    Replies:
    13
    Views:
    2,503
  3. jantee
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    529
  4. fdbob
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    481
  5. fdbob
    Replies:
    4
    Views:
    665
Loading...

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

ipad 2 with wifi navigon