iPod touch 1st gen as sat nav?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by ri0ku, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. ri0ku macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2009
    Is it possible to use the 1st gen iPod touch as a sat nav in the car with one of those mifi devices?
  2. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    There's no built-in GPS nor Bluetooth to connect to a BT GPS unit so...

    If your idea of a sat nav is Google Maps, you would have to rely on the Skyhook triangulation, which would not work very well unless you only need to 'navigate' in a very densely populated area. Besides there are no voice directions (and no built in speaker on the iPod).

    Just buy a dedicated TomTom or Garmin. I can find new units for around $100. Most have 4.3" screens which is considerably bigger than the iPod's 3.5" screen and does make a difference in navigation.

    Sure you could buy the $129 TomTom kit but you would have to buy the maps separately, so when you can buy a whole unit with a bigger screen (with the maps included!) for $30 less... why bother?

    If you insist on using an iPod, buy a cheap 2G unit off Craigslist or eBay, jailbreak it, buy+install roqybt from Cydia, buy a compatible Bluetooth GPS device (there's a list on compatible devices on the roqybt site), and buy+install the maps on the device itself (TomTom/Navigon/etc). No need for a MiFi. But this set up would cost more than $99 for sure (iPod+BT GPS unit+roqyBT+maps).

    The separate Garmin/TomTom unit would be the cheapest and your best bet. And it won't drain your iPod's battery (unless you buy a car charger...).

    Hope this helps?

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