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.
- 03-19-2011, 11:04 PM #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.
- 03-19-2011, 11:19 PM #4
- 03-20-2011, 12:10 AM #5
- 03-20-2011, 12:40 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, 08:23 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, 01:29 PM #10
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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, 05:45 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, 06:01 PM #14
- 03-21-2011, 05:11 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, 07:30 AM #17
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- 04-25-2011, 01:54 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