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Do You Use GPS Devices?

My iPhone 3G was the first GPS device that I've owned since I don't have a car; since then, I've become dependent on the technology, requesting it if I ever rent a car, and whipping it out of my pocket when I don't know where I am (and even when I do). Something I once thought I didn't need has become the ultimate traveling convenience, trumping my confident sense of direction and navigation.

But of course, we're all familiar with the hilarity of what happens when GPS goes wrong (and unfortunately, the unfunny accidents) — but that doesn't negate its usefulness or increasing presence in new devices on the market, like cameras. Tell me, do you use any GPS devices?


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EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Yep, iPhone.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 8 years
Gah - that last post didn't work! What I said was: I heart my Garmin. So much better than my iPhone when I'm driving.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 8 years
I <3 my Garmin. So much better than my iPhone when driving.
missgnav missgnav 8 years
I have one in my car, but I don't use it too often. I still much prefer Google Maps. I consider myself excellent at navigation though. ;) I love how my GPS tells me which side of the road that my destination is located on though.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I have one on my phone, but it is pretty hard to look at when driving. My dad has a TomTom that I use from time to time. I love that thing.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
I want one sooo much. I have an iPhone which helps but you can't look @ it while you are driving.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I use the one on my Blackberry but I don't really like it. I REALLY need one for my car because I have the worst sense of direction ever..
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 8 years
My car has one built in- this has saved me a TON of headaches!!
danizzle danizzle 8 years
I LOVE MY GPS! my parents bought it for me as a chrismukkah gift my freshman year of college (i live 4 hours from home) and now i cant live without it! i wish my G1 had an accurate turn by turn gps now
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
speed time= speed limit
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
i agree geek--this was something i didnt think i needed until i had one. now that i have my garmin im obsessed--i have it on even when i know the way, just to see my arrival time or the speed time--its addicting! i just didnt understand the phenomenon before!
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
I dont drive but when I when i do rent a car i use my Iphone. even when i get on the bus on the train for a new destination i use the iphone i hate to be lost.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
I bought a garmin last christmas for myself and it really helps around Miami for me. I have my iPhone, but its distracting when I am the only one driving. I love having GPS.
misogi misogi 8 years
I have a Garmin, and I absolutely love it. I don't use it all the time, but when I need it it's so helpful. I'm horrible with maps and streets, and looking at a piece of paper (instead of the road) or relying on someone who gives late directions is NOT how I like to get somewhere. :)
danixk danixk 8 years
Googlemaps should have been an option. I wanted a Garmin but now I have a Blackberry that does the trick. I use the Googlemap before I leave and use the berry for back u.
Katie-Kat398180 Katie-Kat398180 8 years
I don't use a GPS device, but I do use Google Maps and MapQuest on a fairly regular basis.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Yes, there is a gps device for the car (cannot remember which company made it.) When my current cell phone contract ends (in a year) I plan to buy an iPhone. I need GPS, since I am horrible with maps and new locations.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I have a Garmin I bought for my car, I like my iphone gps so much better. I wish I could put it in full Nav mode and stick it on my dash at times. The Garmin does an OK job for the most part though. I like the Nav that's in my husbands Acura way better though.
eafolsom eafolsom 8 years
The few times I've used a GPS it has gone the way of disaster. It either takes 10 min+ to figure out where you are (by that time you have navigated yourself), tells you that you are in the middle of a corn field when you are OBVIOUSLY on a high way, or shouts "recalculating" instructions at you when you are overwhelmed by 100 exits hitting you at once. I've decided that I like plain 'ol maps in lew of GPS.
Anne26 Anne26 8 years
I use the gps from my blackberry.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
Not only do I not use a GPS I can't STAND them! My dad bought me one before moving to Chicago (important fact I didn't and still don't have a car) and the thing didn't work very well at all. It keep loosing the signal if it ever found it to begin with. If you live in a city with less tall buildings and have a car then maybe it works better for for my uses not so much.
syako syako 8 years
My husband used to be the most anti-GPSer. Then, at his holiday party this year, we won a GPS for the car. We've been using it for weekend trips and for a vacation to upstate New York. Let me just say, he's a complete convert. It's sooooo convenient. But we still keep an Atlas in the car, just in case. :)
JaeB JaeB 8 years
I don't have a GPS device. I look at maps online in advance of my excursions, and from there I go on handwritten notes or memory. If I ever got into too much of a jam, I usually have my laptop with me with some map downloaded, but I haven't needed to pull it out, yet. Confidence is good, and hey, if you get a little off track, call it an adventure. :) That said, when I'm out with my sis we do sometimes rely on her iPhone Google Maps for a little direction, usually to find a new route to someplace we already know one or two ways to.
Al-Pavangkanan Al-Pavangkanan 8 years
My Nokia N82 handles all my GPS needs. Turn by turn voice directions, geotagged photos, trip logger. I love it.
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