Late last year, in the midst of a lot of traveling to California for some really fun work, I decided to try out the Garmin GPS App for the iPhone, so I would not have to carry around my standalone GPS receiver. I purchased the Garmin USA app (which downloads, rather than streams mapping data) and it has completely replaced my standalone GPS receiver.
- completely replaced standalone GPS
- faster, better, cheaper (it is running on the iPhone processor after all, and it is cheaper assuming you already have an iPhone)
- google local searching allows you to find anything fast
- has parts of Canada in it even though it is the USA version
- you always have it with you (you always carry your iPhone right?)
- superior GPS reception and aquisition times
And a few Cons:
- it keeps running in the background, so you should manually quit it when you are done with it
- you need to have charger handy, or only use it when it is plugged in
- the iPhone gets hot
- the app is not perfectly stable. It crashes sometimes.
I still have not found a good way of mounting it, although I have a cheap vent-mounting option on-order for the next leg of the trip. And if I had to do it again, I would purchase the slightly more expensive Garmin N. America version.
Get the Apps for yourself:
- Garmin U.S.A.
- Garmin N. America
Ready to navigate (Wisconsin, 2012)
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