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Old 07-02-2013, 03:41 PM   #50
sarathmenon
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SnowMule View Post
Just buy a real GPS.

It's about ease of use. To flag a waypoint along a route ... I don't even know how to do that on my phone, it takes so many menu, press-and-hold, click this, drag that operations. With my GPS, "Mark" button, "Enter" button to save the point. Don't even have to look at it.
I guess it's one of those cases where we'll have difference of opinions forever. These are my main reasons for not wanting a standalone GPS:
  1. Another thing to carry. A GPS isn't really heavy, but that's another thing to mount, another device to hot wire, and another thing that can break down.
  2. 600 frikking dollars for a decent one. Garmin's hardware is easily 2-3 generations behind current smartphone technology, and is on par with cell phones 6-7 years ago. The display is 240p, dim, and is not even a comparison at all with a Galaxy S3 which is last year's tech by now. The SIRF chip used for GPS is the same, and it comes with a measly 4gb storage (I am guessing). I'd still be willing to put up with this if they were priced accordingly, but Garmin wants 600 dollars for the outfit. I am all for paying good money for well engineered products, but this in my opinion is just ripping customers off because they can. Especially when the car GPSs start at less than 100 bucks.
  3. Did I mention old hardware? The CPU on most GPS' I've looked at are too slow. Searching POIs take forever, and is an exercise in frustration.
  4. Integration with my music. If I am on a long ride, I'd like to listen to music. I prefer my GPS to lower the music volume when it's relaying some instructions. I also like to listen to Spotify, streamed over 3g. I also like to switch between Spotify, Pandora, and my collection of lossless FLACs. No GPS does this.
  5. I don't take phone calls when riding, but I like to be alerted about them with a ring tone so that I can pull over and take an important call. I also like my music to be paused during the phone call and resumed afterwards. All without having to monkey around.
  6. This is a personal preference, but trying to input an address into a GPS has always been frustrating to me. I like the voice prompts of a phone, and vastly prefer the key pad on a phone to the GPS' keyboard.
I could go on with this topic, but I'd rather prefer a navigation app. The value add from Garmin and TomTom is due to their software, and there is no technical reason why an app cannot have the same or better feature sets compared to the standalone devices.


Quote:
Originally Posted by SnowMule View Post
The few times I've been in my truck and left my GPS at home, trying to find and navigate to an address takes for-fucking-ever on the phone. GPS is a little more difficult for data-entry, but a lot more forgiving than the tiny-ass touch screen keys on the phone. And the GPS doesn't try and auto-correct street or city names.



Right tool for the job n' shit.
It's true by and large for Google Maps. But Sygic, CoPilot and MapFactor are incredible and are almost on par with a GPS. I'd give it a couple more years before they fully catch up. Sadly, that doesn't help me because I needed some shit that works within this month.
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