04-20-2012 12:40 PM
I am getting an iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G. I know it has a GPS feature, and from what I hear it's pretty good at pinpointing your location.
I do not plan on using the 3G except in emergencies (like, for instance, if an ice storm wiped out power for a week or so like it did last year in my area.) So, I won't have an active subscription most of the time.
I know that the GPS works even without being connected to wi-fi or through a subscription.
What I don't know is how effective it will be if you don't have some kind of map data pre-installed on your iPad. Does the iPad come with map data preinstalled? If not, can you buy it (something kind of like a Mac version of Streets and Trips?)
Also, if you can buy maps, do they have topographical maps you can use?
04-23-2012 07:23 AM
I also had this question not too long ago.
The iPad does not come with map data pre-installed, as you may already know, it uses Google Maps to download the map data; you cannot buy Google Maps data because Google refuses to work with partners that will not release their source codes (Apple, because Apple innovators are **bleep**take mushrooms). On Android devices, there are pre-installed maps, but they still require a internet connection to view specific street names and small cities.
I'm sure theres an app somewhere for topographical maps in the app store. If you have an Android device, it is more likely that their app's will be more accurate in positioning and map layouts because they ARE Google.