[Merged] XRoad G-Map -- Turn-by-Turn Navigation Available Via the App Store

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by streetkid, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. streetkid macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone got any experience of this app. There are no reviews in the app store and can't find much online. Is this turn by turn directions for the iPhone, is this the one?? The full map according to their own website is over 5GB, flip that would be alot of an 8GB iPhone!:eek:

    This is the one app I am dying to see, turn by turn. Come on Apple make it possible - even if you have to drop Google for it (legal?) turn gps could change the game!?
     
  2. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    There is nothing in the app's description that indicates that it includes turn by turn directions so I very much doubt that it does as that would be a MAJOR selling point especially as it would indicate some sort of special deal with Apple to get around the common SDK restrictions.

    I'd say it is just that large as it stores all it's maps and other data locally.
     
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  4. fabian9 macrumors 65816

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    i don't get the whole fuzz about needing turn-by-turn navigation. the iphone shows you the map and the road you're supposed to be on, it's not that hard to make sure you get the right exits etc to follow the blue line which shows you the way...

    the only thing that would be good to have are locally stored maps to allow for traveling outside the home country (ie not needing to stream maps through a damn expensive roaming connection!). So this app looks very promising in terms of that.

    really don't know why people need turn-by-turn though when it's just as easy follow the way the device is showing (as it is now...).
     
  5. bluelondon macrumors regular

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    umm i'd rather buy a cheap tomtom than give up 5GB of my iphone space for an app i would use only sometimes.
     
  6. fabian9 macrumors 65816

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    it's 5GB for the whole of the US. When they release the european version I hope they'll split it up into different countries as I really only need the UK and Germany versions.

    You can get the US one in three versions, all of US, west coast and east cost. the west and east coast ones come in at about 1.5GB each...
     
  7. Ding.Dong macrumors regular

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    I agree. Everyone's complaining that there's no turn-by-turn, some even go so far as to say the GPS is worthless without it. I think the GPS is great the way it is. I certainly don't want some voice telling me "turn here", "turn there". I'm perfecly capable of seeing the map on the screen and seeing where to turn without some annoying voice telling me.
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you obviously have not used a garmin device.....

    if anything, the turn prompts while you are driving keep you from looking at the device which is loads safer than looking at the iphone while driving
     
  9. fabian9 macrumors 65816

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    I have used a garmin device. yes it's helpful, but people depend way too much on it and forget to use their common sense! This is especially dangerous when the damn things tells them to turn left on an intersection which now has a round about where everybody is supposed to go around counter clockwise! :D

    i usually place my iphone on my dashboard so it covers the rev-meter and is right next to my speed indicator. this way every time i check my speed i can check if i'm still following the blue line. don't think this is a lot more dangerous than just checking my speed every now and then which surely you should be doing anyways...
     
  10. streetkid thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is a matter of opinion. Which is fine. But I do want turn by turn, I don't find it easy to follow a blue dot on a small google map whilst driving. It would result in me crashing!

    At the end of day if you are happy with it as it, you won't buy it. Those who would like it will!
     
  11. needthephone macrumors 6502a

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    YES YES YEEESSSS this is finally it.
    The website description looks great-this I would pay $50 plus for.


    Turn By Turn is essential as
    1) It is very useful
    2) Every low end Nokia etc has it-

    I have tried to use the current Google maps offering to navigate to a place in Sydney and its a complete non starter, really a map is far better as i discovered. I was even teh passenger stubbonly trying to use the iphone whilst my wife was driving. She was very smug when we ended up overshooting a vital turn as the maps couldn't keep up (THE biggest limitation as I often seem to be driving through houses) . I then ditched it for a Sydway Paper directory. There is nothing wrong with the GPS accuracy as people have said its just that its extremely difficult to download a map fast enough to show your REAL position)

    For this reason onboard maps are essential(also it would cost a fortune in download costs if you were going a few hours) Also what do you do when there is no 3G-get lost I suppose?

    This is getting me very excited-I LOVE the fact that I will not have to use 3G to download the stupid (OK they aren't stupid but in the context of Turn by Turn they are stupid) google maps. I would gladly give up 5gig


    From the website

    Stand-alone electronic map that needs no internet connection
    Unfettered location search in the mountains, on the ocean, or the middle of nowhere, even when on the move
    Large-capacity map data enables easy search of desired location and route
    Real 3D View of intricate major intersections and highway junctions
    Smart location search powered by a search engine similar to internet search engines, using keyword search
    Detailed information on restaurants, hotels, and leisure destinations provided with Premium POI
    POI editing and memo capability for personalized POI
    Route preview provides optimal route to destination
    Search by phone number and latitude/longitude
    Phone number dial by POI (for iPhone)

    THE KILLER IPHONE APP- FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. LiveForever macrumors 6502

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    Yes it looks like real turn by turn GPS

    BUT and its a serious BUT

    I can't see anywhere about voice prompts.

    This is essential as its not practical to watch a tiny screen.

    GPS to be effective MUST have voice prompts.

    Hopefully it will open the floodgates though and someone will produce a voice one.
     
  13. needthephone macrumors 6502a

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    Umm..

    Yes your'e right.

    It mentions so many brilliant features but not voice guided directions.

    Yes a serious limitation I totally agree.

    Maybe they haven't listed all the features but not to mention that seems like it isn't even in.

    Dam oh well I'll wait for Garmin or TomTom to produce one then.

    Why did they leave out the essential feature and put in stuff like phone number directions!!
     
  14. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    Uhm where in that description does it mention anything about turn by turn directions? It sounds like it does the same thing as Google Maps but just offline so it doesn't need to download the maps/data with the addition of a "Real 3D View of intricate major intersections and highway junctions", whatever that means...
     
  15. Ashyukun macrumors 6502

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    Watching the demo on the website linked, it looks like it tracks where you are and then provides information based on where you are- which depending on how exactly they implemented it sounds a lot like turn-by-turn. They don't have any videos of it actually in operation that I can see though, just the 'route preview'.

    I'll have to keep an eye out for this... if nothing else, the auto-orientation of the maps is something I've always missed in the native maps app, and the fact the maps are local (albeit potentially large enough to require dropping some videos/songs) is a nice plus when in areas with spotty cell network coverage.
     
  16. DigMe macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone seen anything about how much it will cost?
     
  17. Ding.Dong macrumors regular

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    removed from app store?

    It looks like the app has been removed from the app store, since the link doesn't work anymore and a search turns up nothing.
     
  18. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    Did I imagine my Palm OS Treo 650 and Windows Mobile Treo 750 both having TomTom with turn by turn voice spoken directions? If not then how is such a GPS Navigation app a killer app?
     
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  20. DigMe macrumors 6502

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    The website indicates that the app isn't coming until early November.
     
  21. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    It was live on the App store hence the link I provided and seems to have been pulled since.
     
  22. vandy1997 macrumors regular

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    It's pretty clear that it doesn't have voice-guided directions. Otherwise it would be listed. That makes the app pretty useless. It is useful only where you won't have access to Google Maps. Otherwise, you will still be looking at the screen (while swerving down the street/highway) to try to determine where you need to turn!! It looks like a great way to get into an accident!!

     
  23. DigMe macrumors 6502

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    Do you recall what the price was when you saw it before they pulled it?
     
  24. jaseone macrumors 65816

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  25. needthephone macrumors 6502a

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    XRoad iphone app( REAL GPS naviagtion) Out Next Week apparently

    I have been waiting for the Xroad GPS navigation app to come out ever snce it was announced.

    The website still says early November.

    I emailed them to see when it would be released and this is the reply I had (I think it is a standard reply)-I don't think they will mind me posting this either.

    I hope it is released as it looks good. Interesting on no voice prompting though.

    Dear Customer,

    Thanks for your interesting in our Gmap application.

    It'll be available to download from next week.

    With current version any voice prompted turn by turn instruction won't be available based on APPLE's rule.

    Best regards,


    http://www.xroadgps.com/Maps/GMapforiPhone/tabid/2463/Default.aspx
     

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