Offline maps using Ipad 2 - confused

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  1. bel79

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    Hello - I hope you can help. I'm about to buy my first Ipad 2 and am planning to get a WiFi only version. However, I'm not sure how good it's going to be for offline maps as I know it doesn't have GPS capability. I'm doing a US road trip soon (Nashville to New Orleans to Memphis) and ideally would want some maps to help me when driving. They don't need to be turn-by-turn navigation (for which GPS is needed), but just a general A to B to C map (of the kind you might map out on mapquest/google maps and print out with directions). Are there any good Ipad map apps for this? (Note: ideally I don't want to prepare screen shots before and then look at them as photos. So it would be good to be able to download maps for all 4 states I'll be passing through on the trip, TN, AL, LA, MS, and then enter our chosen direction on the road - if that's possible!)
    Or should I just pay extra and buy the 3G version and then purchase something like MotionX GPS Drive? (I'm not likely to ever use the 3G version for anything else other than the GPS though).
    Thank you! :)
     
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    Get the 3G version if you are going to be using it for travel. You don't have to have a data plan, if you purchase an app like NAVIGON or TomTom that download maps onto your iPad, so you won't have data charges while you are traveling. GPS is handy for all apps that use location info, to find business, restaurants, gas stations, etc., while traveling. And, as there's a lot of construction of new roads and overpasses going on this time of year, it will be a god send, when you have to take a detour. They can even alert you to traffic jams ahead in many cities.
     
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    Thanks so much for this! Very useful. But how much can you actually use maps without 3G/GPS? Are there any good apps at all for this?
     
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    I think they will give you a reasonable general idea of where you are but of course that will only be any good if you have phone reception. The non GPS mapping works by referencing phone signal towers.
    For the price of what you pay for the TomTom App you could buy a brand new real TomTom GPS with a map loaded and have 100% accuracy.
     
  5. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    You don't need GPS to use the maps; it's just that the iPad won't be able to tell you where you are - so you'll be using the maps like a paper map and scrolling through them manually.

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    thanks! although i meant more how useful are the maps if you're actually offline and have no GPS!
     
  7. bel79

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    Thanks Tim. I think this answers it. I did understand that without GPS the iPad won't be able to tell me where I am, but I wasn't sure if you could use (pre-loaded) maps at all without GPS. It looks like you can. Although I'm not sure what 'manually' means - do you mean scrolling or are there search functions of any kind? sorry if they're daft questions, i'm a complete novice so no idea how any apps work!
     
  8. Tim SPRACKLEN

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    It depends which mapping app you go for. Some allow you to search for a location by latitude and longitude, some by zip or postal code, others by town name. If you look at the various apps that have been mentioned in the App Store, you'll get some idea of the facilities that each app offers.

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  9. bel79

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    Wondeful - thanks to everyone for your replies, I really appreciate it.
    It's more money but perhaps I sholud just fork out for the 3G one - you never know when I might need it and I might regret not getting it! :)
     
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    I know your original request was specifically for the US but, when you're back in the UK, I'd recommend 'UK Maps'. The app is reasonably priced but the best part is that you can then download any number of Ordnance Survey maps - at 1:25000 and/or 1:10000 absolutely free. The maps can be downloaded off-line and they're then stored on the iPad - they're the real, original and entirely legal OS maps in all their glory.

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