2006.07.21

Scoble (and others) ask, Do GPS’s work for you?

Well, I’ve got a Garmin eTrex and I use i mainly for hiking and biking, but occasionally also use it when driving (even though it is a handheld unit.)

So does it work? Yes… for what I currently use it for. Simple things. Mileage, speed, navigation, etc. The basics. Could it do more? Oh yes… Hopefully at some point, I’ll be able to attach the thing to my Mac to easily get data into and out of it. I can’t really do that yet, meaning I technically can get the data in and out, but it’s a pain. Garmin has never been to nice to the Mac platform, though that is (supposedly) changing.

I’ve been saying the geolocative services are just going to get bigger and bigger… and they are, but we really need the hardware folks to get on board with that, and give us the tools we need to make it happen.

Until then, I’ll be using about 25% of my GPS. Garmin, get on the ball, make me love what I can do with your product so I can blog about it all the time.

5 Responses to “My GPS Works (Sort of…)”

  1. Phil WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    In about ten days I’m going on honeymoon to Norway and travelling around the country. Worth getting a GPS device you think?

  2. Congrats, and yes, I think it would be worth it. I’d recommend spending time entering coords for points of interest before you leave, and of course you can mark points along the journey you think are interesting or meaningful to you.

  3. Phil WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    Cheers dude. In which case, any device recommendations? I reckon about I can spare a quick £80. Er, Google tells me that’s 147.71200 US$ in your funny money.

  4. All I’ve ever used is the eTrex, which was under USD $100. I figured I’d go with the cheapest to get started. If you’ve got more, you can go with a color unit or whatever, but £80 sounds like enough. Oh, and get rechargable batteries if you don’t already have some.

  5. Phil WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, I was just looking at the battery life, rechargables are definitely the way to go. I guess I’ll poke around on Amazon and epinions and stuff.

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