5 Best GPS Apps to Turn Your iPad Into a GPS Device
The Apple iPad is one of the most versatile gadgets to ever be released. There are nearly limitless uses for it with the introduction of new apps every day. With all the buzz about the newly revealed Apple iPad Tablet PC, We think it would be appropriate to make a list of GPS Apps to Turn Your iPad Into a GPS Device.The models with the 3G antenna give you access to internet, e-mail, and other features while on the go.
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One of the best features that takes advantage of this is the ability to transform you iPad into a GPS device. This allows your tablet pc to calculate your exact position on earth by analyzing the positions of satellites in space. It’s now in your hands and you’ve just begun experimenting with it, right?Well, now is the time to start taking full advantage of what is arguably the biggest selling point of the iPad: the Apple App Store. Although native iPad applications, at the time we wrote this, numbered only in the thousands.
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CoPilot Live HD North America – iPad GPS App
Price: $29.99 – Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
CoPilot Live HD unites full-featured, turn-by-turn voice navigation with sensational hi-resolution graphics for the ultimate in-car guidance experience. CoPilot Live HD North America features the latest Q1 2010 maps of the U.S. and Canada. The app will work in landscape of portrait mode, making it car mountable either way. Maps are stored directly on your iPad for fast access. Some programs download the maps as you travel which can kill your battery and run up the usage of your data plan.
Where to Eat? – iPad GPS App
Price: $2.99 – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Where to Eat is a fun little program that can give restaurant recommendations in your immediate vicinity by checking your location via GPS. This is especially useful if you travel a lot and aren’t familiar with the restaurants in the area. This program is just a link to Google Maps. If you can type “Italian Restaurant” then you don’t need this program and save your $3.
GPS Tracker – iPad GPS App
Price: Free – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.0 or later.
GPS Tracker is a free real-time GPS tracking service. Use it to track an iPhone online, share your location with friends and family, and record tracks for later analysis.
Free registration is required. See http://www.instamapper.com/iphone for more details.
- Track your phone on Google Maps from the Internet. Positions are updated as often as every 5 seconds.
- Record up to 100,000 positions per device.
- Embed a map with your current location on a web page, blog, or your Facebook profile page.
- Export position data in CSV and KML formats.
- Access data programmatically via an API
MotionX GPS Drive – iPad GPS App
Price: $2.99 – Compatible with iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
MotionX-GPS Drive HD turns any iPad 3G into the next-generation car and pedestrian navigation solution. Superior to any personal navigation device, MotionX-GPS Drive HD re-defines the category. It also makes use of its 3G connectivity for live search and other live services. Be sure to select the GPS Drive version for turn-by-turn directions.
iNavX Marine Navigation – iPad GPS App
Price: $49.99 – Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
Official NOAA RNC raster US waters marine charts for iPad. This color chartplotter supports waypoints and routes, GPX import and export, and supports instrument data display. With iNavX™ you can use the built in location services (i.e. GPS, cell tower, WiFi) to plot your position in real-time on the multi-touch scrolling and zooming and rotating marine chart.
Using the iPhone’s and iPad’s and iPod touch’s WiFi connection, iNavX™ can act as a repeater for popular marine navigation software that supports NMEA data over TCP/IP such as MacENC or Coastal Explorer. This includes GPS, AIS receivers & transponders, and Instruments (Depth, Speed, Wind, etc.)
In addition to real-time chart plotting, iNavX supports waypoints & routes including KML (Google Earth) and GPX import/export, track log, measuring bearing/distance, GRIB weather forecast, tides/currents, anchor alarm and port/navaid search.