Wifi iPad doesn't have GPS, what's the solution?

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  1. MattDell macrumors 6502

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    How do people get around not having GPS for maps on iPad?

    I'm thinking of buying an iPad 2 for my upcoming trip to Australia and my upcoming move to London. I will be relying heavily on maps to get around and only the 3G iPad has the GPS module, but I don't really see the need for data, especially since I will be out of the country and it won't be cheap.

    What do you current iPad 1 owners do about this?
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I get by just fine with my iPhone 4 as my GPS.

    Also, much easier to hold and navigate than an iPad.
     
  3. GeekLawyer macrumors demi-god

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    This probably isn't a helpful answer, but if I need a map, I'm likely mobile. The best solution is to look at Maps on my iPhone 4. The iPad would be a little unwieldy in the car or even on foot.
     
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    If you get the ATT 3G version you can use a British SIM for when you are in London and likewise for Australia.
     
  5. MattDell thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Right, but I probably won't have an iPhone for a while. The iPad I'm thinking would be perfect to slide into my messenger bag and use on public transport, etc. and on planes, airports, train stations, etc.
     
  6. GeekLawyer macrumors demi-god

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    In that case, yes, sounds like you'll want a 3G GSM version.
     
  7. tgcken macrumors member

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    There are a few 3rd party GPS adapters for the ipod touch which I believe would also work with the ipad. They're anywhere from $80-100, though. For that price, I'd just pay the 3G ipad price and make it all one device.

    There's a Garmin built into our car, so I wasn't too concerned with the gps functionality. In a pinch, though, you could always download mapquest or full offline maps to your ipad. It's not turn by turn directing, but it sure beats trying to get a real map folded up again.
     
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I meant get the ATT 3G iPad 2.
     
  9. MattDell thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yep, I was referring to the person above you. Your post wasn't there when I posted so I didn't quote. ;)


    It does make the most sense to just get the 3G, but an extra $100 is hard to swallow when I'm already barely justifying the WiFi version. Hmm... something to mull over before Friday.
     
  10. GeekLawyer macrumors demi-god

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    My first iPad was wifi-only. That was fine, but there were times when I wished I'd had real GPS or, of course, 3G internet.

    This time I'll buy a 3G model, perhaps in a lower capacity, if I can't reconcile the higher price. But likely I'll stick with 32GB and 3G. I'm not 100% sure myself quite yet.
     
  11. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

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    Once it's jailbroken you can use something like roqyBT or btstack from Cydia to hook your iPad to an external GPS receiver of your choice. I used use my iPod Touch with a Nokia phone and it worked very well.
     
  12. Euki macrumors newbie

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    You could use this http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motionx-gps-hd/id370488535?mt=8 to cache your maps of Australia and London while you have an internet connection. It stores them so you'll be able to access them offline.
     
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, the 3G version makes the most sense.
     
  14. MarioB macrumors member

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    So if I jailbreak it alongside with my IP4 I can use my phone to give my wifi only ipad2 internet and gps?
     
  15. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

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    Your iPad2 should be able to use most external receivers that supports bluetooth. However I'm not sure if there's an utility that turns your iPhone 4 into a GPS receiver as I don't have an iPhone. Anyone?
     
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    This is my biggest issue. I got the wifi version figuring I would just use a mifi if I needed Internet. I really regret not getting the 3G one. I will only use the 3G maybe once every year or so for vacation but I really wish I had the gps. I plan on downloading navigon so I don't need to use data.

    Now I am just going to need to find a way to mount it in my car without having to remove my stereo and stuff.
     
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    Plus 2
     

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