1. dfb8085's Avatar
    went ona road trip today and for the first time i used the gps on the phone for directions. Hooked it up to the usb port in the car for charging really and then i discovered i was able to play music through the car radio like i do from my usb stick. all of a sudden a voice came over the radio with instructions to turn. Didn't realize it at the time but the phone was playing it gps directions through the car audio connection. wow what a surprise. i loved it
    05-18-2013 08:01 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    went ona road trip today and for the first time i used the gps on the phone for directions. Hooked it up to the usb port in the car for charging really and then i discovered i was able to play music through the car radio like i do from my usb stick. all of a sudden a voice came over the radio with instructions to turn. Didn't realize it at the time but the phone was playing it gps directions through the car audio connection. wow what a surprise. i loved it
    Nice. I now take it you'll be using the iPhone 5 more for playing music in your car than via your USB stick...
    05-18-2013 08:17 PM
  3. dfb8085's Avatar
    not only that I may be selling my garmin gps
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    05-18-2013 08:25 PM
  4. kch50428's Avatar
    not only that I may be selling my garmin gps
    Hang on to it for a back-up... or if you find yourself in a place where you have no data available, and you run out of cached data keeping the map going... yes, that can happen, depending on if the Map app you're using.
    05-18-2013 08:51 PM
  5. dfb8085's Avatar
    U mean the GPS uses data? I thought it was independent of the data plan. Holy crap no telling how much data I used today if that's the case. I thought it worked like a stand alone unit
    05-18-2013 09:36 PM
  6. dfb8085's Avatar
    I was using apple maps
    05-18-2013 09:36 PM
  7. noaim's Avatar
    I was using apple maps
    Apple maps uses data to download the maps! GPS itself uses no data! I have the Tom Tom USA purchased off the App Store which loads all maps onto the device so no data usage happens!


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    05-19-2013 12:21 AM
  8. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    Maps in any fashion (both Apple and Google) have pretty much eliminated my need for an actual GPS unit. With every phone I get, I make sure the first accessory I purchase is a car charger/mount. I have a Garmin GPS that I don't think I've even touched in at least two years, maybe longer.
    05-19-2013 08:48 AM
  9. kch50428's Avatar
    U mean the GPS uses data? I thought it was independent of the data plan. Holy crap no telling how much data I used today if that's the case. I thought it worked like a stand alone unit
    Map apps use data if they do not store full map data on the device... they cache what's needed... and if you are in an area where you have no signal, you can run out of cached data for your app.
    05-19-2013 09:08 AM
  10. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Apple Maps use vector based maps which are fairly small in data usage because it doesn't need to download another map when you zoom in or out. Unless its changed recently, Google Maps uses bitmaps which require downloading another bitmap depending on your zoom level.
    05-19-2013 09:32 AM
  11. _X_'s Avatar
    U mean the GPS uses data? I thought it was independent of the data plan. Holy crap no telling how much data I used today if that's the case. I thought it worked like a stand alone unit
    LOL! No they pull data down but it's not that much, it's in the order of megabytes.

    With Google maps you can cache maps in a region so it does not require a live connection, the bad part is it will eat up your local disk space.

    Unless its changed recently, Google Maps uses bitmaps which require downloading another bitmap depending on your zoom level.
    Only if you call 2yrs recently. Google has had vector drawn maps for more than two years. What is bitmaps is the satellite view.
    05-19-2013 11:38 AM
  12. Loony4Fruit's Avatar
    If you're afraid of data usage when using a navigation app, just get one of the many navigation apps in the app store that have maps stored offline. But, I agree, even if you do go with Apple Maps (or the Google Maps app), data usage isn't a huge deal.
    05-19-2013 06:57 PM

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