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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.

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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.

5 Best GPS Apps to Turn Your iPad Into a GPS Device where to eat

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Dolores sleutel

    I would like to get a gps app for my ipad . I don’t have 3G.

  2. E ‘vero che tutte le informazioni che otteniamo sulla rete non ci si può fidare sempre. Ma credo che quello che dici è più trsutworthy sull’argomento.

  3. Elizabeth says:
    at 7:32 pm
    Does anyone know an app in which I can type a coordinate in and it will show a Map of where it is? Please help!!!

    I use a iPhone 3gs. I have Google Earth app and I can press “search” and enter the coordinates. It shows you the exact place. GE also shows your coordinates of anywhere on earth you that you are looking. Mine shows up at the bottom of GE and my grandsons shows up on top. I don’t know if there’s a setting for that or we could be using different versions of GE. Hope this is helpful to you.

  4. Try the GPS unit for iPad, iPod and iPhone from Bad Elf: http://bad-elf.com/products/be-gps-1000/

    Combine it with the Navionics app and you have a great Marine GPS device without hidden charges.


  5. Interesting article, GPS Tracking is very useful!

  6. If an app mentions 3G then it is using triangulation from cell phone towers. This is NOT the same as a GPS. A true GPS receives signals from satellites in space. It works in the middle of the ocean and at the top of a mountain. It might have problems working where the sky is blocked (ie: in the city surrounded by huge buildings or under a thick canopy of trees), but everywhere else you should be good. I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think there is a phone or tablet made with the required antenna and processor to function as a true GPS. Buyers should be aware the difference.

    PS… A true GPS is free to operate after you buy the unit, while a 3G based system requires a paid service.

  7. Does anyone know an app in which I can type a coordinate in and it will show a Map of where it is? Please help!!!

  8. I have an iPad 2 I want to use for marine nav. I know dual makes a gps device to make my iPad wifi a gps. However I do not want to embark on a long trip out of cell phone tower range only to find out I have no gps far offshore. I have read conflicting info on this subject. What is the real scoop?

  9. can you slave a gps to an I pad

  10. I have Navigon and it works great.

  11. Has anyone used this app (iNavX) for a GPS Chartplotter on their boat??? Please email me at fraidknotiii@hotmail.com. Thanks!

  12. Motion X will still show the GPS location, but without a G3 network connection all the route calculating functions go away … kind of annoying. I’m still looking for a really good iPad GPS app. Motion X isn’t ‘the one.’ But I’ll try the others above.

  13. P. Shen: GPS Tracker is not a turn by turn GPS software. It’s a tracking software.

    Comment about the app:
    It says this is an iPad app, but it is not. It’s for the smaller size devices. At least the app behind the link.

  14. I like the GPS Tracker. You can’t beat a free app! I don’t need the fancy graphics. Just tell me where I am and need to go!
    Peter Shen, founder Koowie.com

  15. Will the GPS work outside of cell phone range?

  16. Hello,
    I have an application that I import gps coordinates into Garmin devices. The company that I created the website for now wants to do the same to Ipods. Is there a way to accomplish this similar to the Garmin device?
    Eddi Rae

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