Please Clarify Xoom GPS
My first Android-related post!
I recently sold my WiFi+3G iPad with the intention of switching to an Android device. And I decided that the Xoom was the best choice.
I'm clear on everything except GPS.
I've been using a Verizon Fivespot for mobile WiFi access for my laptop. I also used it with my iPad to get GPS with the Motion-X app. Essentially, I purchased a WiFi+3G iPad but never signed up with a 3G service.
With the iPad (or iPad2) you have to purchase a WiFi+3G model for GPS, even if you never plan to use 3G. Always seemed like a waste of money!
By contrast, I see that the WiFi-only Xoom comes with a GPS chip. Great!
OK, but does the WiFi-only Xoom have GPS capabilities equal to the 3G version?
I'm hoping to keep using my Fivespot for WiFi access, along with the Xoom.
I've done some searching, but I can't seem to find a straight answer.
- 03-20-2011, 12:04 AM #2
Thanks for your post! I was looking at the specs for the WiFi-only Xoom on Amazon and I see that it comes with an "Onboard GPS for navigation and location services." That seems clear on the surface, but I have unfortunately learned to never assume anything about specs!
If you're saying that it has the same GPS quality of the 3G version, that would be a hopeful sign. Of course, I never tried the 3G version either, but I hear it's good.
- 03-20-2011, 12:19 AM #4
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- 03-20-2011, 01:40 AM #6
Am I correct in assuming my Fivespot will get me the GPS/location same functionality?
I really appreciate the responses here.
- 03-20-2011, 09:23 AM #8
I would imagine you would still need a data connection for loading maps...with you hotspot..
But I thought there was an interview with someone that said you will be able to cache cities or states. Does anyone know anything about that?
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- 03-20-2011, 02:29 PM #10
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Here is google's explanation of how Google Maps 5 works offline (look at the bottom of the page with "offline reliability" and "offline rerouting")
Under the hood of Google Maps 5.0 for Android - Official Google Mobile Blog
Also the difference you are going to see between the wifi-only Xoom and the 3g/4g Xoom is going to be the time that it takes to lock your gps signal. The way aGPS works is it get's an approximate location based on cell tower locations but it can get this really fast since it's already connected to the cell towers. Normal GPS takes awhile longer to lock onto enough satellites to give you an accurate position. So with the 3g/4g Xoom you will get a lock on your location a lot faster but it won't be as accurate as normal GPS but once the GPS gets a lock on the satellites with either device you will receive the same accuracy between the wifi-only and 3g/4g Xoom and you won't notice a difference. The GPS satellite lock could take anywhere from 10 seconds to a couple minutes depending on the environment (e.g. cloud cover, tall buildings). Personally I don't see this as a big enough problem to justify the cost on any of these data plans.
Hopefully this helps.
Excellent, yes, nice reply! Thank you.
I don't mind if the initial "lock" takes a bit of time. My concern is whether the system has the up-to-date turn information once I get going.
When I read the specs for the WiFi-only Xoom, I was very excited to see that GPS was included. This discussion has made me feel that I don't need 3G/4G data plans to take advantage of GPS through a WiFi-only model.
As I said, my Verizon MiFi is a great little device that has allowed me to create a mobile hotspot for my laptops, or other devices.
I must say, I really like what I'm seeing with the Xoom and I'd like an opportunity to get my hands on the WiFi-only model.
Now I need to think about which GPS service to look at! The built-in Google Maps Navigation looks nice.
- 03-20-2011, 06:45 PM #12
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The Google navigation will for you better than any of the systems I've seen out there. With it tethered to a wifi hot spot it will give you turn by turn, reroute if needed, I believe it is even traffic capable and when you get near your address it will switch to street view and show you your destination.
- 03-20-2011, 07:01 PM #14
- 03-21-2011, 06:11 AM #15
I'm glad I ditched my iPad and made the switch (*) to Android. Something always told me it was a better concept, but this discussion (and some other ones) is proving it to me.
(*) Technically speaking, I haven't physically switched yet. I've sold my iPad, but don't own an Android device yet!
- 03-23-2011, 08:30 AM #17
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- 04-25-2011, 02:54 PM #23
With my xoom wifi I can enter a destination with google navigation and it will give turn by turn and maps as long as I don't turn it off. If I turn it off and on without an internet connection the maps are gone. I bought copilot Live for $4.99 from android market and it downloads maps to the micro sd card. Now I have gps turn by turn and maps with or without internet connection. Just make sure you have a memory card in when you purchase the copilot live app. Good Luck