iPhone App - GPS Kit

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 09:49
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Wonder if anyone has tried out the new iPhone App 'GPS Kit'? Have just downloaded and will try out over the weekend.

It seems to allow you to save Google Maps so you can access them without mobile/data connection and also allows you to use the iPhone GPS without mobile/data connection.

You can plot in waypoints and also save tracks and waypoints as you go. Then allows you to email the tracks.

Adz
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 12:40

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 12:40
Be very carefull if you use your iPhone as a GPS in NSW, Victoria or Queensland.

The prime intended use of an iPhone is that it is a Mobile Phone, any secondary use is irrelevant in the eye's of the law (well in NSW, Vic and QLD).



Click here for article regarding iPhone

and

Click here for a Queensland version

Now I personally don't care if its right or wrong in peoples eyes, but I am sure that if your iPhone is clipped in the holder and is set to GPS and that is used solely for that it is unlikely that you will get pinged. (Especially if you have your bluetooth ear piece in).

There again I am not a policeman!

The warning when a GPS is first set up the first time or in some turned on, is that they should not be touched while driving

The argument by iPhone users I have seen are:

Well you can use a CB -
A UHF CB is exempt in NSW and I think most states as it is a point to point short range communication device. The use is different and the incoming message is a voice not a ring and "hmm, I wonder who that is" or even "thats I wonder what they want" or a text that "needs" to be read.

What if I was using an iPod -
An iPod is not capable of making or receivng a call or texting, its a music device not a phone.

What about a CD player or tuning a radio. - they are not mobile phones and don't ring...

The prime thing is that a phone is a phone first. So be careful.


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Follow Up By: Twinkles - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 13:17

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 13:17
I understood that if the mobile phone is in a commercially produced cradle then you can use it in the car. I have Belkin unit that tunes into my fm, also puts the phone through the speakers and has a built in mike. It is called a hands free, but of course you have to touch it to answer and call.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 19:09

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 19:09
Twinkles you are correct.

The item above is not solely about use of a mobile phone.
It is about using a phone as a GPS.

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Reply By: Adz70 - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 13:45

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 13:45
The laws are pretty clear. I was referring to the GPS functionality that gives you pretty much what a more expensive unit offers for just $10.
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Reply By: Member - Carl- Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 16:40

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 16:40
Try some of the boating forums. Things like "my boat".

There are better programs there that use Iphone.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 16:50

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 16:50
How about a link to the software so we can try it as well


Thanks
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Follow Up By: Adz70 - Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 10:45

Monday, Mar 29, 2010 at 10:45
ITunes App Store
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Reply By: Secret Mens Business - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 19:54

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 19:54
Moton X GPS is the best app for the Iphone in terms of navigating off road. GPS Kit has some nice features however Motion X GPS is now in version 10 and they really seem to have put together a fabulous product.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 22:36

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 22:36
The new memory map app uses the topo maps for the standard memory map pc application and doesn't need a data connection.
Mike
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