Looking for a GPS solution to get me to Canada.
July 3, 2011 6:54 PM Subscribe
I will be traveling from Utah to British Columbia with my family and visiting the area for two weeks. I want to use a GPS and am not sure whether to get 1) a bluetooth GPS receiver, coupled to one of our idevices, 2) a cheap Android phone, or 3) a standalone automobile GPS.
posted by craniac to Travel & Transportation around Canada (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
1) A bluetooth GPS receiver would presumable work with one of our Apple products. My kids have iPod touches, and I have an iPad and a Macbook. Advantage: Cheap, long battery life. Would be fun to stick on my bike during longer rides. Disadvantage: might be clunky to use, and/or pair up with the devices.
2) If I get a cheap Android phone from Virgin Mobile, I can use their probably sluggish 3g network for only $25/month. However, I am assuming there is some trick to buying minutes for use in Canada. Still, I need a phone and they're only $150. Also, it could serve as a weak wifi hotspot for checking email, blogging the trip, etc.
3) A standalone GPS costs more than a bluetooth receiver, and less than a phone. We would probably use it after the trip. I am confused about whether I need to subscribe to map updates, etc.
4) A standalone GPS with bluetooth: would that let us pair our Apple devices and play with google maps, etc?
My goal for whatever I get is to let the kids (four of them) look up where we we are located, and to cut down on the unfolding of the giant paper map while I'm driving which my wife loves to do and drives me crazy. Also, I hope it will keep us from getting seriously lost. I don't care a lot about the Points of Interest data (should I?)
Thank you for helping me puzzle this out. Personal anecdotes are welcome.