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Old 09-08-2007, 12:17 PM   #71
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Another great feature easy to use

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If it had GPS capabilities, and the ability to pull up google maps or something equally useful while on the road I would buy it in a flash. Of course, most of the time when we're wandering and wondering where we're at, there's no cell coverage, so it might not help anyway.
The mapping functions work great. And yes it is Google including satelite image (not real time of course). There is a "Maps" icon, just touch and you are in Google maps, no set up required, so intuitive "a caveman could do it".

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Old 09-08-2007, 12:29 PM   #72
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I'm definitly going to have to go take a look at one of these in person
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:42 PM   #73
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The mapping functions work great...
If you know where you are to begin with and at all times. Until it can automatically put your location on the map real-time, it is, in my opinion, of limited usefulness for navigation.
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Old 09-08-2007, 02:04 PM   #74
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you have a point

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If you know where you are to begin with and at all times. Until it can automatically put your location on the map real-time, it is, in my opinion, of limited usefulness for navigation.
Limited usefulness is true, but how limited, it is not a GPS, its a PHONE with additional features. Unless you are driving on unmarked roads and don't have an odometer, one should know their approximate location, and such, the google map function will help guide you to your desired destination with all of the details necessary, including turn by turn directions. Certainly not as good as a talking GPS, but then again try accessing the internet, your e-mail or calling someone from the most expensive GPS available.

Yes I am a fan, but some things work for some and not for others.

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Old 09-08-2007, 03:53 PM   #75
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As far as GPS is concerned I am test driving a Dash.net device and one of the things I like about it is that on top of GPS it also has WiFi and GPRS so I can use Yahoo (sorry, not Google) for searches. It's not a browser though, just a live search function. It has some other cool features too.
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:55 PM   #76
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Finding places with Google maps on iPhone...

We found it very easy to locate particular stores, like TJ Maxx, or particular types of stores, like pizza places, by simply googling the name and location.

Something like "pizza goodyear arizona" will identify all the pizza joints in town. You can click on each location pin to identify the particular place and then touch the right-facing arrow to bring up address and phone number info. Then, if you like, just touch the phone number to place a call for a take-out order. Simple, effective integration is what makes the iPhone such a well-conceived and executed gadget.
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Old 09-08-2007, 06:25 PM   #77
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We found it very easy to locate particular stores, like TJ Maxx, or particular types of stores, like pizza places, by simply googling the name and location.

Something like "pizza goodyear arizona" will identify all the pizza joints in town. You can click on each location pin to identify the particular place and then touch the right-facing arrow to bring up address and phone number info. Then, if you like, just touch the phone number to place a call for a take-out order. Simple, effective integration is what makes the iPhone such a well-conceived and executed gadget.
Hi Mike! This would have come in handy for finding the Barstow Walmart on the way to 29Palms.
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So Mike, what did you decide. We like Papa John's and I think you have one in Goodyear...
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So Mike, what did you decide. We like Papa John's and I think you have one in Goodyear...
Just got back from having our standard Saturday evening fare: pizza. We ate at Oh! Formaggio, an organic pizza joint in the New York style. There's even a detailed map of the NYC area painted on the floor.

With just 2 small slices each and a side salad, we were quite sated. We highly recommend Oh!
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Hi Mike! This would have come in handy for finding the Barstow Walmart on the way to 29Palms.
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Hi, Steve,

Yes, it works exceptionally well on chain retail stores. As could be expected, the smaller stores aren't as well represented. Our new-found organic pizza place, Oh! Formaggio, wasn't listed, for example. We did find it simply by googling it in the browser, however.
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Just came back from a three night campout in the Colorado high country, but somewhere that had a cell signal. The iPhone was a perfect camping companion. Here are my top 10 uses while dry camping this weekend:

1) Check the weather and radar
2) Lookup satellite flyby times at Heavens-Above and set my iPhones alarm to signal when the satellite were about to come over the horizion
3) Look up football scores for my friend
4) Look up radio station frequency for another football game
5) Used iPod functions to listen to a large collection of Car Talk podcasts
6) Used iPod functions to catch up on past VAP podcasts
7) Reply to a urgent work email, while sipping my cold beer
8) Used it to lookup phone number and directions for the local hot springs
9) Saw in RSS feed that Steve Jobs was going to give me $100 back towards my iPhone
10) Used it as an expensive flashlight to see my way around the trailer and not wake up the baby.

I LOVE my iPhone.
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