Smartphone GPS

My first experience with a GPS was with the Pharos Pocket PC Navigator back in 2000, for which I wrote a review for Club Pocket PC. (The Internet Archive is awesome!) One of my personal phobias is getting lost, so when I discovered GPS, I was hooked. I have been using GPS with the various Pocket PCs and mobile phones that I have owned ever since.

I now own a dedicated GPS that mounts nicely in my car, but I don’t feel the need to keep the GPS continually mounted. Consequently, I really appreciate the GPS and the Google Navigation software on my T-Mobile myTouch 3G, because I am always carrying the phone. During December and January I spent a lot of time in Colorado and used Google Navigation exclusively, and I have to say I am very impressed with the software. I like the convenience of not having to copy map files to my phone and I find Google Navigation easy to operate. In my experience I did not have a problem obtaining maps due to a bad Internet connection.

Of course, Google’s software is just one of many GPS navigation products available. Engadget recently did a Smartphone GPS shootout of Google Navgation, Verizon’s VZ Navigator, and Nokia’s Ovi Maps. Personally, I prefer a dedicated GPS for long trips, but I think phone software without pre-installed maps like Google Navigation and Verizon VZ Navigator work well for ad hoc trips.