iPad GPS

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Sonny Burnett, May 1, 2010.

  1. Sonny Burnett

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    How good of a GPS would the iPad make for your car.

    Is it really feasible to use it as one since you are depending on a cell phone signal for accuracy.

    Has anyone tried this yet with their 3G iPad?
     
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  3. Sonny Burnett

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    Then the iPad 3G has some type of GPS hardware built into it where the WiFi only doesn't.

    Just another reason for them to drop the WiFi only all together.
     
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    Maybe when they can get a sub $500 price point on the 3G's.
     
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    Better to have both. Some regions don't have 3G, some don't even have basic cell! Other places are too deep underground. But you can set up wifi anywhere. Just sayin'...
     
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    Eventually they will go with 3 WiFi + 3G models and drop the WiFi only all together. Next iteration we should see 32GB 64GB and 128GB. Remember Solid-state drives are getting cheaper and by next year they will be at least 30% less than now. There is also talk that iPad 2.0 will have an OLED screen which will allow Apple to make the device much thinner.
     
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    Well the next iteration should be 4G with 3G backwards compatibility. My concern is the 4G radios will be expensive at first. With all the tethering and portable wifi thats available these days the wifi only may not go away all together. Plus their profit on the wifi only will only get higher as hardware gets cheaper. You'll probably see the lower memory versions go away though and just have one wifi only option.
     
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    Next iteration should be priced at 399.00 499.00 and 599.00 all with 3G and many more features.
     
  9. Tucker

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    The 3G iPad has GPS. If you look at the specs, it shows assisted GPS or A-GPS. Which means a regular GPS chip but with assistance from the cell network in finding the satellites when you first turn the GPS on. Just as accurate as your garmen or tom-tom but with a faster startup time.
     
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    This is the one point that always gets overlooked (especially during April when so many people bought the WiFi only model):

    If you have the 3G model, and you don't subscribe to a data plan, you still have GPS. That's really the huge difference between the two models regardless of whether you opt into a cellular plan or not.
     

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