I don't need GPS in my iPhone

Summary:The current iPhone can't do true GPS – which is fine with me. Many people put the popular navigation technology at the top of their iPhone wishlist but I think that 3G networking is much more important.

I donÂ’t need GPS in my iPhone

The current iPhone can't do true GPS – which is fine with me. Many people put the popular navigation technology at the top of their iPhone wishlist but I think that 3G networking is much more important.

iPhone's Google Maps application does pseudo-GPS by approximating your location using information from cell towers and Wi-Fi networks (via a partnership with Skyhook Wireless) but it's far from precise.

I have a Garmin nuvi GPS receiver in my car that I love and have come to rely on. It has a top-notch interface and it's a single-purpose, no compromises device. Every phone, PDA, watch/GPS hybrid that I've tried just doesn't measure up. I really don't need GPS technology in my iPhone, especially if it: a) adds heft, b) adds size, c) decreases battery life and/or d) increases costs.

JG Mason gives four reasons why he thinks that iPhone GPS is coming, but if there's a monthly charge for the service, count me out. Garmin doesn't charge me a monthly fee, I already paid for those government satellites in my taxes.

There's no questions that a true phone/GPS hybrid is feasible, Garmin's announcement of nuvifone on 31 January is evidence that a market exists. I think that there are better areas for Apple to focus their R&D resources on.

What about you?

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Topics: Mobility, Hardware, iPhone

About

Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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