- 06-04-2008, 01:34 PM #26
After reading about some of the features that the Dash Express in-car GPS system has, I would love to be able to highlight an address in Outlook, Safari, Firefox, etc. and have it be able to send it to the GPS application in real time, over the air. I doubt Apple would be willing to write and release a bunch of plugins to enable this, however.
There is one application that has me drooling just thinking about it: a geocaching application. Having real-time updates, never having to plug in a GPS receiver to the computer, being able to log finds while out in the field . . . the iPhone could end up being the best geocaching tool ever devised.
- 06-04-2008, 03:44 PM #27
I'm a fan of GPS on my phone - my Tilt and Blackjack 2 have internal GPS, and it works great. I travel frequently for business, so having GPS is a great tool when I'm in an unfamiliar city. I'm not a fan of data-required apps that download maps OTA as you progress like the carrier navigation software such as TeleNav. I'm hoping for TomTom or similar to be released that I can load onto the internal memory so I don't have to rely on the network to download maps.
- 06-04-2008, 03:51 PM #28
You said you don't like downloading maps over-the-air as you go. But Google Maps on the iPhone is free (other than the $20 a month for data). Purchasing maps for GPS receivers (on DVD or SD card) usually cost over $100, they only get updated once per year, and you have to pay every year to upgrade. Having free, continuously updated maps from Google is incredibly useful and a great value!
- 06-04-2008, 03:56 PM #29
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- 06-08-2008, 12:03 PM #32
I don't know how exact the GPS will be but if it could know where you are down to the foot or so, then I would love to be able to use it to navigate malls or even larger stores, like Target or Lowes.
There are so many times when I'm only looking to go and buy on thing at a large store but I have to walk around the whole store just to find it.
- 06-08-2008, 12:56 PM #33
- 06-08-2008, 12:57 PM #34
I wonder if the iPhone is going to be able to display points of interest instead of just GPS directions. I have a plain portable GPS system that only carries several hundred thousand points of interest, hardly worth it. I would like the GPS app to point to all the local favorites (food, hotel, gas, etc.).
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- 06-08-2008, 02:47 PM #43
I tend to think there won't be stored databases. Google doesn't go that way with its apps (usually), and the on-board memory isn't, technically, entirely perfect for that.
When I said HSDPA, remember it falls back to Edge when necessary, and that works too.
As an experiment, though, I just wrote a dopey little program that lets me take pre-stored coordinates and pop them up on the google maps app. So third parties could add this sort of thing (but you'd have to go to the main screen, click on the third party program, and say "show me something," at which point it would fire up the google maps application.
- 06-08-2008, 10:53 PM #44
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- 06-09-2008, 11:12 AM #49
Reason I bring it up is that, theoretically, it could be further subclassed to use any third party mapping software that's available via the web. In other words, the third party presents the interface, but the web provides the actual map. (Third party can superimpose stuff over it).
Ideally, however, the already-existing application would be modified to allow more third-party interactivity, much like the existing google-maps api that works on the web.