Recently, Gamma asked about my experience using the GPS bluetooth receiver with my E65. I have found it to be extremely convenient, particularly because the GPS receiver I am using is so small it fits well on a key chain. I have it mostly in my car which is where i usually need to use the GPS features. One flick of the switch, open Google Maps and in minutes I can see where I am and find out how to get to where i need to be.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The GPS is also a useful way of finding out random things like which direction you are facing (of course you could rely on the sun but who does that?) and what the nearest pizza place is. With Google maps packing street view, and the ability to broadcast your location to a group of close friends, I believe having a GPS feature is essential to the enjoyment of a smart phone.
If you are budget conscious and went for the non-GPS Nokia E63, you can buy the freedom keychain GPS for much less than is required to get a Nokia E71. Some other GPS applications available from Nokia for free include Nokia Sports Tracker, Nokia Maps and these are discussed here.
If you are interested in getting a brand new Freedom Keychain for less than this, email me. I have two available because I got them pretty cheap recently.
Do you need internet to use the GPS?
No, not if you are using Nokia Maps and you have your local map installed on your phone. You will not need internet for Nokia Sports Tracker either.
Yes, You will need internet connection on your phone (even if its wireless) if you want to use:
- Google Maps for Mobile
- Google Latitude (broadcasts your location to friends)
- Amaze maps and voice navigation mobile software.