1. saalnaz's Avatar
    im not clear on the GPS issue..

    i have the poynt/mapsapps etc on my PB but none of them work like m car builtin GPS program would..

    is it because those apps come without the maps? maps in my car are pre-installed i assume...is that why the apps are pretty much useless where you have ot have wifi connection or connected through my BB handset??!!

    if thats the case, and the PB supposedly has a built in GPS system..why cant local maps which can be used without wifi/BB handset be sold by PB???

    please correct me in my assumption if im wrong...

    GPS systems should be similar to the ones offeredby tomtom/garmin etc...

    is the best solution hat actual maps are sold on the pb?
    07-04-11 06:33 AM
  2. Motorcycle Mama's Avatar
    The PlayBook has GPS, but it needs an active data connection for the maps.

    (Note that maps and GPS functionality are two different things.)

    Garmin and TomTom GPS units have the maps installed in the device memory. The PlayBook does not.
    07-04-11 07:41 AM
  3. saalnaz's Avatar
    The PlayBook has GPS, but it needs an active data connection for the maps.

    (Note that maps and GPS functionality are two different things.)

    Garmin and TomTom GPS units have the maps installed in the device memory. The PlayBook does not.
    so if maps are sold on app store in the future, it could become like a garmin?!!
    07-04-11 08:18 AM
  4. webadpro's Avatar
    Right. Just like tomTom for iphone works. We simply need someone to release a Map app.
    07-04-11 09:09 AM
  5. Motorcycle Mama's Avatar
    Yes, although from my experience, the GPS receiver in the PlayBook (while accurate) is not nearly as strong as the receiver in my dedicated Garmin GPS units.
    07-04-11 09:51 AM
  6. mandony's Avatar
    Perhaps there two ways that this matter can be resolved:

    The map set is installed in PB memory.
    or
    The PB map app is bridged to a BB phone's BB map app or Google maps.

    Regarding PB GPS accuracy, I have had mixed results. Rarely it is dead on. More often it is ten miles off.
    Last edited by mandony; 07-04-11 at 10:12 AM.
    07-04-11 10:08 AM
  7. mandony's Avatar
    Right. Just like tomTom for iphone works. We simply need someone to release a Map app.
    I am not familiar with the Iphone app. Does it get the GPS location from phone tower location and or the GPS sat.? Then, does it use the TomTom maps thru phone like the Garmin apps for BB phones?
    07-04-11 10:19 AM
  8. bbquincar's Avatar
    All i want is offical google maps like everyone eles is that to much to ask.
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    07-04-11 01:04 PM
  9. saalnaz's Avatar
    something like in the following link....
    Garmin StreetPilot app does turn-by-turn on the iPhone and iPad for $40 -- Engadget

    why cant we have that???!!
    07-04-11 01:35 PM
  10. Motorcycle Mama's Avatar
    Patience, grasshopper. Patience.
    07-04-11 03:48 PM
  11. mandony's Avatar
    Garmin StreetPilot app does turn-by-turn on the iPhone and iPad for $40 -- Engadget

    why cant we have that???!!
    From a practical standpoint, in the US dedicated GPS are very reasonabily priced and do a better job than tablet loaded apps.
    This is not to say in other countries the tablet alternative is better.

    I agree, a map set loaded on a tablet is more efficient than a network based app.
    But, the maps are more expensive to produce and take lots of memory.
    07-06-11 02:32 AM
  12. saalnaz's Avatar
    mandony,

    i actually found the free trial garmin app for my 9700...

    but ofcourse its designed for US markets..lol..

    i guess to see something designed for our region will take ages...
    07-06-11 04:01 AM
  13. mikey_jones's Avatar
    App world for blackberry has orange maps as a free download at the minute with turn by turn direction dont no if thats any good
    07-06-11 04:30 AM
  14. Motorcycle Mama's Avatar
    Get a dedicated GPS unit. It's a much better solution.
    07-06-11 07:40 AM
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