3GS GPS work as good as my Garmin?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by coolwater, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. coolwater macrumors 6502a

    coolwater

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    #1
    I wonder if 3GS GPS will work as good as my Garmin nuvi in an actual drive.

    If yes, I will have to return my Garmin and go for 3GS.

    Any thoughts or guesses?
     
  2. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

    Revelation78

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2008
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #2
    That you'll have to wait for some hands on tests. I'm sure same gadget site will have portable GPS units, 3G and 3GS iPhone for comparison.

    I personally think with the addition of the compass the GPS will be stellar; only time will tell.
     
  3. vilasgn macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    #3
    Has anyone ever felt that the GPS on 3G iPhone is inadequate for turn-by-turn directions?

    I have always felt that the GPS on my 3G iphone is not "accurate/consistent" enough to use for turn-by-turn directions.

    I always wondered, after Apple decided to put GPS on iPhone, why it put less powered GPS. (correct me if I am wrong on this).

    Many time I have seen that the iPhone 3G gps accuracy is not good at all and tries to do the catchup with your actual position.

    I am not sure whether Apple has put better a GPS hardware in 3GS phone.

    On a side note, the GPS app that tomtom has demoed, does it need external GPS hardware or it uses the iPhone's internal GPS hardware?
     
  4. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

    Revelation78

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2008
    Location:
    North Carolina
  5. Chris Welch macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 28, 2007
    Location:
    New York
    #5
    Well, we know that TomTom will be building hardware that assists the iPhone's GPS into their cradle/dash mount, so what does that tell you?

    On it's on, it's decently reliable. But it won't replace your in-car unit by itself.

    For daily activities, walking around, etc., the compass will certainly help out quite a bit.
     
  6. dmaxdmax macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    #6
    But will it be good enough that I can avoid buying a Garmin? I'd love to apply the GPS "budget" to an iPhone.
     
  7. vilasgn macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    #7
    To answer your question, it won't replace Garmin GPS but the tom-tom GPS app + iPhone 3GS + Tomtom kit accessory for 3GS will avoid you buying Garmin but then again you will have to pay for tomtom app + accessory kit.
     
  8. MTI macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    #8
    The Garmin-Asus Android based "Nuviphone" will probably be the device for those wanting a full featured GPS device.
     
  9. coolwater thread starter macrumors 6502a

    coolwater

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    #9
    Hmm...


    Well, if tom-tom GPS app + tom-tom accessory kit total is less than $50, and it really works as good as my Garmin nuvi does, I will consider returning my Garmin.
     

Share This Page