All iPads iPad Air: Is Cellular Model A Must For Navigation Apps?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by NJRonbo, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Quick question....

    If I want to take advantage of GPS apps such as Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps or others....

    Will a WiFi iPad Air be fine or do I need a cellular version due to the GPS chip inside?
     
  2. joplinG5 macrumors member

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    If you want Google Maps to go into detail out in the field... then you'll want cellular. If you just need GPS coordinates or a broad map view of where you're at without detail updates... then wifi is fine. I think it's definitely worth the extra 100 bucks or so to go cellular. It comes in VERY handy!
     
  3. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I suppose I am going Cellular again.

    Thank You
     
  4. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

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    Doubly so if T-Mobile is still offering the free data for tablets (that they are not subsidizing).
     
  5. emjaycee18 macrumors regular

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    What do you have for a cell phone/data plan? You could always tether your phone to your iPad if your data plan lets you.
     
  6. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I do have a tethering plan with AT&T...

    ...but I don't want to be constantly tethering my entire trip towards the Great White North.

    I'll probably either buy the cellular iPad when it comes out in September/October -or- use Co-Pilot Premium which puts maps on the iPad so cellular connection is not needed.
     
  7. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

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    If you already had a WiFi only iPad, you could use an external GPS receiver like the ones made by Dual. I use one with an iPod touch. However, if you're buying new, the Cellular iPad makes more sense.
     
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Unlike tablets from other makers, the iPad does not come with GPS in the WiFi only model.
     

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