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Turn your iPad into a GPS Navigation System

On our way to Greenville tonight Katy and I decided that we would stop in Columbia and eat at Fuddruckers on Bush River Road.  I fired up VZ Navigator on my Blackberry Storm 2 so that I could find the restaurant via the GPS app.  I searched and searched for Fuddruckers on VZ Navigator by Bing and it never found it.  Luckily for us, I have been to this restaurant on many occasions and I really did not need the GPS to begin with.  I had forgotten what the name of the road was but knew it was something with River in it.  When I saw the Bush River Road exit I knew that was the exit to take and then I knew where I was. 

While we were eating Katy told me “there must be an app for that” on your iPad.  When we stopped at the Murphy’s gas station in Columbia we saw an advertisement for their Murphy’s gas station locator app for iPad.  I think that is what reminded Katy to tell me this.  I downloaded an app called MotionX GPS for iPad.  The price for the app is 2.99 and there are several other apps on the iTunes store that cost 40.00 and 50.00 as well.  I figured I would try the 2.99 app first and see if I like it.  I downloaded it and after about 10 min of fiddling with it I was tracking our way to the Wingate by Wyndham hotel without a problem. 

iPadGPS (5)

This is the GPS location screen that gives you the address, latitude, longitude and your GPS strength levels.

iPadGPS (2)

This screen is a Map screen that shows you your location with a yellow triangle with headlights shining out in front of your location. 

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If you are a former Boy Scout and you know how to use a compass this app has one for you.  It works nicely too.

iPadGPS (1)

This screen shows you step by step instructions both visually and by voice commands.  When we arrived at our destination the female voice did not announce “you have arrived at your destination” with as much vigor as some GPS devices do.  I think they need to put  a little more emotion and excitement into those voices.  LOL.

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