GPS Software

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by stockcerts, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. stockcerts macrumors 65816

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    I'm still waiting for turn by turn software. I know, it may not be coming any time soon, but quite honestly the GPS chip in my new phone is useless until the software becomes available.
     
  2. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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  4. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

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    Before I get an iPhone 3G...

    Are you able to plot a route, then track your location with the route already there?

    If that's the case, then that's all I need (as heavily as I depend on my GPS, I don't require the turn by turn directions...just route and live tracking)
     
  5. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    yes, quite well.
     
  6. hawkryger macrumors newbie

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    I'm still waiting for telepathy to become commonplace. That way, the forums will be much more concise. Without telepathy, our mind chips are pretty well useless...
     
  7. stockcerts thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hmmmm. I was just stating some frustration. Thanks for your thoughtful replies. :eek:
     
  8. cenetti macrumors 6502

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    if you're in the passenger seat giving directions to the driver, it's as useful as a regular gps device BUT trying to get directions and drive at the same time, it's harder to use because the map doesn't follow you. You have to move the map with your fingers. Since you need to zoom in to see the street names and such, it gets quite troublesome.....

    but again I wouldn't say useless, it's just harder to use...that's all...
     
  9. i-John macrumors 6502a

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    If turn by turn is all you're worried about, then your imagination is very limited. Turn by turn is nice, but I have never been that lost that I didn't know you where I was going.

    I love location aware apps.
     
  10. mdragoni1 macrumors newbie

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    Unless your referring to the arrow keys, you don't have to use your fingers to zoom in. You just have to make sure the location button is blue. It'll follow you till the end of the earth as long as that bugger stays blue. Of course you still have to hit the arrows. Your best to tap the arrow for your next turn and then tap on the location button so it goes back to you. Once you can see the little purple turn radius on the map you know that's your turn. Its still a pain and I agree that we need software but there are some pluses to Google Maps that I feel haven't been mentioned.

    Pros:
    The location software is much better than it was with the GPS
    With Google you don't have to pay for annual updates like other GPS software
    Live traffic

    I won't bother with the cons since we all know them. Its something to keep in mind though, while it lacks some basic GPS features we're not paying the hundred dollar fee that Garmin charges for new maps. Its likely that any GPS software that is released may offer similar fees.
     
  11. CKtoph macrumors 6502

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    This is a no. You can plan your route, and it will give you the same turn by turn directions as if you printed it out on google maps.

    As for TRACKING, the blue dot will track your progress, but it will not automatically forward you to the next step in your directions once you've reached that point. You need to press the right arrow button in order to see the next instruction. Also, it will not adjust your route if you were to travel off the plotted course, the blue dot will only track your position and leave you to figure out how to get back on course.

    At least this has been my experience so far with the GPS google maps system.
     

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