1. pavejon's Avatar
    Looking at the specs the mini doesn't appear to have onboard GPS, is that confirmed? It would make a nice car/boating naviagtion system.
    10-25-2012 12:11 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Looking at the specs the mini doesn't appear to have onboard GPS, is that confirmed? It would make a nice car/boating naviagtion system.
    Wifi ones do not have onboard GPS. As is the case with every iPad since the iPad1. Cellular ones will have GPS, because that's a part of the cellular radios.

    If you have a wifi iPad now, or will get a wifi Mini... all you need is a bluetooth GPS puck, and you'll have all the functionality of a stand-alone GPSr as long as you have an app with full maps on the device.

    Here's one: Bad Elf GPS Pro for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad (High-performance Bluetooth WAAS GPS Receiver and Datalogger) - Bad Elf
    10-25-2012 12:15 PM
  3. pavejon's Avatar
    Buying an external GPS receiver kind of defeats the purpose of having a compact portable tablet. For the price a GPS chip could have been included, even the most basic (read cheap) Smartphone has GPS.
    10-28-2012 09:18 AM
  4. kch50428's Avatar
    the GPS receivers in phones are built in to the phone radio chipset... and the FCC requires GPS in phones. A stand alone GPSr in a wifi iPad would have design implications and cost factors. After all, one could not put a crap GPSr chipset into an iPad, and give end users crappy performance now could you?

    Bottom line: it is what it is. Deal with it. But don't go out and buy a wifi iPad and kvetch about it not having a GPSr in it.
    10-28-2012 09:40 AM
  5. Eileen89's Avatar
    If you need to have GPS in the iPad Mini, buy the "Cellular" version, as that one does include GPS.
    10-28-2012 11:09 AM
  6. Shilohcane's Avatar
    Buying an external GPS receiver kind of defeats the purpose of having a compact portable tablet. For the price a GPS chip could have been included, even the most basic (read cheap) Smartphone has GPS.

    You can get a Nexus 7 that has a GPS with 16GB for $199 and has Google maps.


    Nexus 7 with 32GB and 3G Cell Modem for $299.

    iPad Mini Wi-Fi version lacks GPS found in similar tablets | Apple - CNET News
    Last edited by Shilohcane; 10-29-2012 at 03:07 PM.
    10-28-2012 12:38 PM
  7. kch50428's Avatar
    You can get a Nexus 7 that has a GPS with 16GB for $199 and has Google maps.
    Do you get paid to pimp the Nexus 7 ?? Seems like that's all you do here - is talk about anything BUT iOS devices.
    10-28-2012 12:46 PM
  8. Shilohcane's Avatar
    Do you get paid to pimp the Nexus 7 ?? Seems like that's all you do here - is talk about anything BUT iOS devices.
    No I am retired computer programer and I have Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Are you paid to pimp bluetooth GPS puck since I just gave out information the same as you did?.
    10-28-2012 12:51 PM
  9. kch50428's Avatar
    No I am retired computer programer and I have Apple iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Are you paid to pimp bluetooth GPS puck since I just gave out information the same as you did?.
    No... I'm just a satisfied customer of BadElf. Nothing more. Or less. Your entire posting history has been to promote the Nexus7 - it begged the question.
    10-28-2012 12:57 PM
  10. pavejon's Avatar
    I have a used Blackberry Playbook that I got off ebay for $90 that I currently use for offline mapping/navigation. I was hoping that the ipad mini would at least compete with the Playbook spec wise but it doesn't look like it. I'll take a look at the Nexus.
    10-28-2012 02:20 PM

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