What GPS Apps do you want to see?
With GPS looking likely to be included in the new iPhone, what kind of applications would you like to see?
There are so many interesting possibilities, here's one:
I'd like, when someone calls, to be able to transmit my location to the other person's phone (don't know if that would work w/ anything beside another iPhone).
- 05-30-2008, 07:59 PM #2
- 05-31-2008, 03:25 AM #3
I wonder if tomtom will be selling their software in the app store.
I enjoyed it on my treo 750. Would definetly look into getting it for the iPhone especially if you could load/buy certain maps in the app store so if you only wanted one state or a group of states it would cost less and not take up so much memory. Or you could buy them all and just load certain states through iTunes... Not sure that's possible but would be nice.
- 05-31-2008, 03:30 AM #4iPhone Newbie
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I think that Madpod's idea is kinda cool but it'll only work if the other person has an iPhone. Another thing im looking for is normal GPS for travelling, but also the option to download maps for all around the globe, since im traveling alot outside of America and Europe.
- 05-31-2008, 10:12 AM #6
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- 05-31-2008, 02:47 PM #9
Neolite, The only difference there is you have to download it as you go like Telenav or what ever at&t uses for blackberries and other smartphones. The downsides of that are one you are constantly downloading which you would need 3g to do so right there you are using your 3g radio as well as the gps which means you are losing alot of battery life. Another down side is Telenav costs $10 a month now I'm not saying there wont be anyone else that will make it a flat rate but right now there isnt. I would rather buy the maps and have them stored on my phone.
Also I seem to remeber reading something about how tomtom or one of those guys was saying that if you purchased their software for your blackberry you wouldnt have to pay for updates when they came out. That was however just for the life of your phone so it didnt move with you when you upgraded to a new phone.
If however you are just saying use google maps for turn by turn directions thats an entirely different thing. I would much rather have the voice prompts as well as the 3D views with arrows telling me to turn left in 100ft. That is one thing I really miss about my treo.
As far as geocaching I 100% agree and would love to see that!
- 06-01-2008, 11:51 AM #10
I think Madpod's original idea is a little too stalker-like, and kinda creepy. I do like the idea of Tom-Tom selling their software via the app store. Of course, can you imagine the battery drain if using it the same way a Tom-Tom is typically used? You would definitely need a car plug at that point, but turn-by-turn directions would be nice.
- 06-02-2008, 02:46 PM #11
So long as it works with the Maps application, I will be happy. I have never been big on turn by turn directions... Wait, let me rephrase... I have never been big on paying for turn by turn directions, so using the GPS to find my location and then use my location to get standard GMaps directions works for me. The GPS will still move along the "route" to let me know if I am approaching a turn, and I can just read the turn blurb as needed.
- 06-02-2008, 05:24 PM #12
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- 06-02-2008, 07:56 PM #18
If you are moving a large distance or at a pretty high speed, you are probably in a vehicle, and can probably plug your phone into the lighter to keep it charged.
- 06-02-2008, 07:59 PM #19
- 06-02-2008, 08:00 PM #20
There are no 3G BlackBerry devices for At&t at this time, yet the Curve offers the At&t Navigator service (TeleNav rebranded). 3G is not a requirement for GPS mapping programs at all. Yeah, it will make the map download faster, but it isn't required.
As for spoken directions. The iPhone is plenty capable of it and it has nothing to do with Apple. It depends on the app developer to implement it for use.
- 06-03-2008, 02:49 AM #21
I would like to see a program that would track my runs or bike rides and show it on google maps along with distance avg speed and time.
- 06-03-2008, 08:34 AM #22iPhone Beginner
- 55 Posts
I think a 'presence' feature would be really great. Basically it would show the location of all of your contacts on a map if they have this feature activated on their phone. I know it sounds a little "Big Brother"-ish, but you could easily turn this feature on and off as you wish. This would help greatly when planning a gathering of friends, or just to keep track of 1 or more people when out traveling.
Nokia had a similar feature on their phones a while back. It did not rely on GPS, but rather your contacts would type their location or status. Their status would automatically show up on your phone.
- 06-03-2008, 03:45 PM #24iPhone Newbie
- 47 Posts
I think Google will use your searches and web activity to highlight nearby businesses you may be interested in.
I also see a moving map deal where the map constantly updates as you travel, again eating battery life as mentioned in an earlier post.
Traveling to an unfamiliar place is one thing but imagine this:
Google and your iPhone knows the route you normally take (to work, to the store, to your mother's house, etc.) and if there is a traffic alert ahead of you it could warn you well before you find yourself parked on the interstate waiting for some accident to clear that you can't even see.
- 06-03-2008, 08:53 PM #25