iPhones 3GS, 4GS and Beyond, GPS Applications and other iPhone Topics

 

Hey,
Apple App Store had been releasing several GPS applications as well as other useful location based applications. This discussion is to enlighten you, myself and others about features and benefits that exists out there in this new era of smart-phone GPS software, and maybe it will help you to make a smarter decision when you shop for your new GPS...!. The market prediction is, GPS standalone units like (Garmin, Magellan,..) will be diminishing in the few next years..

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Thanx BiLL Solomon
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IPHONE and Mapquest

Ok Im a little slow but I just got an Iphone and was wondering if anyone else has tried the app by mapquest which is free and seems to give me turn by turn gps function's and did I mention free! How is the Navigon better?.. Not trying to be a smart a-- just wondering.

By the way I went the cheap route and got a 3gs from Radio Shack for 50 buck they have an old electronic trade in program so I handed over my old phone and ending up paying 30 bucks for my Iphone.

flip

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Flip Garmin Street P.330 Garmin 255WT Garmin LM50

Haven't Heard from Lately

Any Good stuff, please share..

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Thanx BiLL Solomon

Mapquest

Have used Waze, but find Mapquest to be far more superior. Try It, it's free.

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Alan-Garmin c340

And some other possibilities

FWIW--it's very rare I can contribute to an iPhone thread (I went the Android route, as I pretty much despise both AT&T AND Verizon and found Android easier to use).

That said--I do have a friend who uses an iPhone, and she's reassured me that functionality of CoPilot Live 8 is similar to that with the Android version (complete with being able to add custom POIs, which is supposedly NOT supported).

Another known option for iPhone is the new version of Sygic Aura (v11.2) available on the App Store which DOES have custom POI functionality--it's a bit funky to convert them but (in what is probably a first to my knowledge) once the POIs are converted to Sygic format they can be DIRECTLY imported via iTunes (http://www.poi-factory.com/node/34103).

Mapquest

Mapquest on the iPhone is pretty good. It's the only free one I can recall finding that does turn by turn audio, and it does it very well. When I've had both the GPS unit and Mapquest running on the phone while driving, they usually gave the same routing, too.

I find Mapquest's iPhone traffic feature far superior to Garmin's traffic on my 1490T.

But, as with most phone based navs, you need signal coverage to get the maps.

Used the Mapquest app from

Used the Mapquest app from suggestions here and works well for me

Not for me

perpster wrote:

Map
But, as with most phone based navs, you need signal coverage to get the maps.

Not with TomTom and I'm sure there are more that don't need a signal (other than a GPS signal) to navigate.

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If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

Yup, there's "on the phone" apps a-plenty for iPhone

Last Mrk wrote:
perpster wrote:

Map
But, as with most phone based navs, you need signal coverage to get the maps.

Not with TomTom and I'm sure there are more that don't need a signal (other than a GPS signal) to navigate.

TomTom doesn't require phone signal, just GPS.

Same goes for Garmin for iPhone; iGO for iPhone (a port of a VERY good and extremely tweakable GPS tool that originally came out for WinMo); CoPilot Live for iPhone (yes, it actually works); Sygic Aura for iPhone (possibly THE easiest of them all for iPhone users--just convert and then upload via iTunes!); Navigon for iPhone...

Pretty much all the "major" smartphone "Real GPS Apps" (and I don't really consider Google Maps or MapQuest or any tool which doesn't have downloadable maps to be a "real GPS App") available for other platforms are available for iPhone (there are even a few options--notably Garmin and iGO--that are available for purchase in the App Store that are OEM-only for Android). And yes, all of them have downloadable maps that live on the phone. grin

Usually, if these apps use the phone's data connection at all, it's not for GPS maps but for things like traffic info--and this isn't a NECESSARY thing, just a feature some of the "real GPS" programs use.

Garmin moves way too slowly...

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/21/tomtom-for-ios-gains-ipa...

another missed opportunity for Garmin to be expanding their market...

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I know there is something from Garmin...

http://www.appshopper.com/navigation/garmin-usa

but it's currently $39.99...... anyone have experience with this and can compare to stand alone unit?

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Thanks. I'm going to

Thanks. I'm going to download it now and try it out in the next few days.

im going to look into it

im going to look into it

TomTom iPad App

Did anyone compare standalone units like Garmin vs iphone (TomTom, Navigon and similar apps..)?

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Thanx BiLL Solomon

TomTom iPad App

Did anyone compare standalone units like Garmin vs iphone (TomTom, Navigon and similar apps..)?

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Thanx BiLL Solomon

Garmin acquiring rival Navigon

schmidwr wrote:

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/21/tomtom-for-ios-gains-ipa...

another missed opportunity for Garmin to be expanding their market...

Read all about it
http://www.tuaw.com/2011/06/14/garmin-acquiring-rival-navigo...

and the wheel is still spinning..

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Thanx BiLL Solomon

A Little bit

I have and occasionally use Navigon, MotionX GPS, and the venerable Google Maps app. This is on an iPhone.

They are all pretty good. Navigon is the closest to my Garmin GPSMAP60CSx, which is still the benchmark.

It's impossible to do a feature by feature comparison and reach an irrefutable conclusion. There's nothing about any of them that would make me say I dislike any of them. Google Maps is great for directions, I just used it yesterday while I was out and about. The Navigon is a full featured GPS offering and will enable the iPhone to function independently of the cell phone system.

BillSolomon wrote:

Did anyone compare standalone units like Garmin vs iphone (TomTom, Navigon and similar apps..)?

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone 12, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

i agree

i agree

Anyone have 2012 reviews of new GPS apps?

Recently got an iPhone 4S.
Yesterday tried to use their preloaded map program to find a location, but it didn't work as well as I expected. There was no verbal commands which made it hard to follow (I couldn't look at the phone and drive).
Eventually areas looked familiar, and I found where I needed to go.

If you had to pick one app that works much like a GPS with verbal commands which would it be & why?
Thanks!

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What I've learned

TomTom USA, Garmin USA & Navigon USA all are capable GPS apps and load the maps to the iPhone so neither a cell tower signal or a data plan is needed. They all give you voice directions too. They are all priced around $50.

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If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

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CherylMASS wrote:

If you had to pick one app that works much like a GPS with verbal commands which would it be & why?
Thanks!

Navigon is closest to my end-user experience using a Nuvi 765.

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

Like the original..

App, app, app, app. That's all these cell providers like to do. Charge you for every app to make this app so much better. Just get stick with a stand alone gps unit and you'll be fine.

Really??

allbizz wrote:

App, app, app, app. That's all these cell providers like to do. Charge you for every app to make this app so much better. Just get stick with a stand alone gps unit and you'll be fine.

Do we have to hear this on every thread discussing smart phones???

If you don't want to use one as a PND - FINE. DON'T... and allow those who do a chance to discuss making better use of our smartphones to have ongoing discussions without all these (expletives deleted) distractions. SMH...

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*Keith* MacBook Pro *wifi iPad(2012) w/BadElf GPS & iPhone6 + Navigon*

TomTom APP

CherylMASS wrote:

Recently got an iPhone 4S.
Yesterday tried to use their preloaded map program to find a location, but it didn't work as well as I expected. There was no verbal commands which made it hard to follow (I couldn't look at the phone and drive).
Eventually areas looked familiar, and I found where I needed to go.

If you had to pick one app that works much like a GPS with verbal commands which would it be & why?
Thanks!

I have a 4S as well with the TomTom APP loaded. I used it in conjunction with my regular TT on my recent trip up to your neighborhood - Worcester, MA. While I relied primarily on my TT unit, I did look at the iPhone occasionally to compare the 2. The maps were identical as were the sounds. My only disappointment is that I haven't discovered a way to load any POI's onto the phone yet.

I chose the TomTom APP because that's what I'm comfortable and most familiar with. Now I know that should the 'real' GPS unit ever crap out the iPhone with the TT APP loaded will do just fine as a substitute.

ML

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Thanks for all the useful tips!

Thanks for all the info and for sticking up for those of us who enjoy our gadgets enough to want to make the most of them.

I do prefer my GPS, but also would like to option of being able to use my iPhone should I be in a friend's car w/o a GPS.

ML - yup Worcester is my neck of the woods,but wouldn't want to live there.

A couple of fun facts:
The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Massachusetts holds the two largest cites in New England, Boston, the largest, and Worcester.

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