Using Ipad 2 as GPS?

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  1. csllanna
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    Good day, today I did this test... and it is fun.

    Using the Ipad 2 as GPS and it did show your move instantly.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtfOJAxLBEA]YouTube - (Ipad 2 Review - SL, Malaysia, part 2) Using Ipad 2 as GPS![/ame]
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    I've used GPS on iPad starting with iPad 1's debut, but I find it less useful than a dedicated GPS in most instances. I've been using a Garmin for years and just bought a replacement.
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    Kind of the point of a GPS . . . .. Show where you are:D

    GPS functions were the number 1 reason I bought a Ipad. I use it when flying, I'm a pilot. I also use it when I off road with my jeep.
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    Thank you, Kaykaykay.

    Actually I seldom need GPS, but sometimes I need the map to show me the examination site. ^_^
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    Thank you, Rudinater, (or should I call you Captain?),

    Just wonder, you can use the Ipad 2 during flying?
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    For driving directions, I prefer my dedicated Garmin than my iPad.
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    Thank you, Stefx.

    Actually, I don't know much about GPS, because I seldom use it.

    I am just wondering what is the different between Ipad 2 with other GPS? Anyone?
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    Dianna

    So what do you suggest I use for gaps? I didn't get 3G I have a droidx
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    Buy a Garmin, it keeps me employed :) if you don't have 3G you can try the bad elf gps receiver, check it out on amazon, it has some pretty good reviews but it's a bit pricey at 99.99
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    This is why I bought the 3g iPad2. What app do you use when you don't have cell coverage? I'd love to find a good one that lets you store google satellite images. MotionX GPS lets you store topo maps, but I'd love to have satellite views for when I get lost in Moab...
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    I have yet to find a app that will store satellite images, they are just to large and the general public does not see the use of it.

    I use the MotionX GPS and a Gamin 296 that I download Topo maps on to.

    FYI Im loading up my jeep and will be heading out to Logan UT for the next 6 months or so. Might run into you in Moab or some other place.
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    Moab's great. I didn't find much need for a GPS there, though.
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    Garmin overcharges for annual map upgrades ($50) and the new models are needlessly annoying. I prefer my old one to my new one, but wasn't able to find the same model any more. The ads on the new one are really annoying, and the interface is worse.

    I'll keep buying standalone GPS devices, but probably will not get Garmin in the future. I recommend that others steer clear of the brand, too.
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    Gotta say that, while I do own and often use my dedicated Garmin outdoor device, I would switch to any other brand if it were for sale here. I am most disgusted with Garmins horrible support, lack of decent 'device to iMac and vice versa' support, the slow chips and the most loveable of all features: when you load any new map, we will overwrite all others.

    Having switched from 1 windoze PC to an iMac AND a macbook, I find myself not being able to use as I please on both my computers my very expensive official maps. Bah. I am no fan of Garmin at all.

    There is no better alternative yet though.

    *rant over*

    On the topic of GPS on iPad, I use Waze (which I also use on my phone) when driving, for reasonably up to date traffic info and a little fun and banter. When I actually need directions though, I will use the Garmin, for it's far superior maps. The Garmin will not come with me everyday though, so every now and then I do take directions from Waze and it works out rather well. My only gripe is that the map is not up to date, as is in fact the case with most nav systems I know. I live in a completely newly built area, and my street does simply not (yet) exist on most maps. It does show on Waze, but has no street name attached and I cannot navigate to it.

    Oh well, one day.....

    Waze suits me well for my everyday needs, and iPad offers me the nice large display, so that now I can read the messages when they appear!
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    NEVER pay for Garmin GPS maps. You can download FREE maps at GPSFileDepot They have up to date street maps, trail maps marine maps, and topo maps. If you have a Garmin GPS and do not want to pay garmin's overpriced fee for maps check them out.

    Rudys tip of the day:D
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    Thanks for the tip. I might check it out.

    I've not bought any Garmin maps, and don't plan to, because they're overpriced.
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    Many current Garmin (and other brand) GPS units come with free lifetime map updates, and many for less than $150. What do you mean by "new models are needlessly annoying"? There's no reason anymore to buy a standalone GPS that doesn't have free map updates. BTW, I have 2 TomTom units so I'm in no way connected to Garmin - just commenting.

    Mark
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    Mapupdates all good and well, but do you have the whole world on your map? I sure don't, nor do I have topo maps, watermaps or any of the other goodies I use packaged with the device. Just Europe roads NT.

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    LOL all gps companies charge for map updates, and most of the garmin units come with free lifetime map updates, also the ads go along with you're free traffic, if you don't like the ads turn the traffic off pretty simple. I suggest what people steer clear of is you're information, but to each his own I guess.

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    I have a Garmin from before free map updates. That's why I referred to it as my old Garmin. It retailed for $250-350 at the time. (I received it as a gift.) I actually prefer it to my new Garmin, which came with free map updates. I bought a second because I have cars in two states.

    The new Garmin is needlessly annoying because it has ads, for instance, and if the suggestion from Garmin is to turn off traffic to avoid ads, it's yet another reason to avoid Garmin. The new Garmin's interface also is laid out differently, and the interface makes it easy to hit the wrong button now.

    Garmin will probably die anyway, because of increasing alternatives, including tablet and cell GPS. If they offer bad service on top of everything else, good riddance.

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