Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Another Reason To Buy An iPhone

All Images courtesy of Fullpower MotionX.

Need another reason to buy an iPhone? How about because of its GPS capabilities?

I’ve been mulling over whether to buy and iPhone 3g or iPod Touch for surfing and emailing at wifi hotspots while travelling, and one reason that might swing me over to getting the iPhone instead of the Touch is because of its GPS capability. A GPS is only as good as its software and MotionX has been getting some good reviews. Here’s a pretty good review by Navigadget.


Note that there are no stored maps, so you’ll need to use it in conjunction with paper maps or prepared waypoint/destination coordinates that you can punch in. The downside is that the iPhone’s battery will only last about 4-5 hours, so your time with the GPS is limited, and probably only good for short trips or the odd emergency.

You can read more about it at the MotionX website or download the app at the Apple App Store. There is also a free version that you can try out, the MotionX Lite, but that comes without a Heading/Track Up display and will be less practical to navigate with. Personally, I’d just spring $2.99 for the full version.