I wasn't sure you'd still be around after a month. Quick turnaround!
>I assume it's supposed to be 48.415 and not 48415
Yes. One other possibility would be 4.8415, but your source might have a pattern of always using three decimal places.
You can enter "45.02126667,-63.80691667" if you prefer. North and East are positive, South and West are negative.
Google Maps shows it to be right by a cliff in Nova Scotia -- that's why the two roads don't connect. Use the satellite view. Whether you approach it from the top of the cliff or the bottom of the cliff is up to you.
On the other hand, OpenStreetMap shows that the roads do connect via a bridge (and housenumbers are identifiable there via interpolation). The data is from a government source, not from a known recent on-site survey; so no guarantee that the roads go through (or are maintained). So, it's more likely that what I thought was a cliff is actually a forest (woods) tree line/boundary.
Garmin, no. (as far as I know) For standalone navigation (no data access) I use Copilot Live. I recently played with MapFactor, which seems pretty good.
There's also TomTom, Sygic, and several others.
Oooh. I see what you're saying. Duh. Yes, you need a data path for Google Maps to fetch info as you move. Check out the HTC Thunderbolt, which has simultaneous voice and data. Available starting on the 17th.
Or get a second phone. One for Google Maps, the other for making you into a dangerous driver.
It's an app for iPhone and Android, not a standalone GPS unit, but CoPilot GPS will give you audible alarms if you go over the speed limit:
You can set it to warn when exceeding 5mph, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 mph over the speed limit (I'm sure there are similar options for kilometers). It can give visual warning or audible warning, or both.
Thanks to technology advancement, some invisible GPS trackers appear online. The typical functions of a GPS tracker include the recording of location history, the coordinates, addresses. Try the mobile trackers available online and make a comparison of the features to find the one which suits you the most.
I got the Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S refurbished via Amazon for $109. It's pretty damned good.
They don't really exist in that format, or if they do, they're extremely expensive and specialized. GPS is unidirectional, meaning a GPS device knows its own position, but can't transmit that position back to anything else without another component, typically a cell radio or something like that. While a GPS receiver around the size of a quarter is feasible , the data that such a receiver gathers is useless without some way of storing it (for later analysis) or sending it back to you (for real time analysis). Likewise, the power consumption of most GPS devices is far greater than what a quarter-sized battery could provide for a week. The transmitter part takes up quite a bit more space and a ton more battery life, which just compounds the issue.
Most GPS units are geared towards outdoor enthusiasts, and therefore aim to get as accurate track coverage as possible (thereby reducing battery life). If all you needed was a point location every couple hours or something, the battery life becomes less of an issue, but you'd still need the transmission component and to know how to connect them together to do what you want.
So, in short, relax your requirements for size, battery life, and portability and you may be able to piece something together (with a considerable degree of know-how, considering these things aren't just a single component).
Goome's GPS tracker is the most reliable and latest tech one in China. and there is a biiig deal for $1 to buy them on amazon! What a bargain there!
I like the Garmin nuvis. The suffix LM = lifetime maps (free map updates). LMT = lifetime maps & traffic.
Decide on a screen size and go to Garmin's site to compare models.
Don't forget you can save a LOT of money buying a refurb.
(I have the 2595-LMT)
Garmin nüvi 2597LMT 5-Inch Bluetooth Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps and Traffic (Certified Refurbished)
I live in Boston and had this unit for a few days works well with no problems. If you buy from a third party you won't way sales tax.
You're just tracking your walks (what route, how many miles, etc)? How about a simple logger? How about a Garmin Foot Pod?
You can try something like this:
It uses the cell phone network to communicate it's location via SMS and requires a sim card and a cell phone plan.
The nice thing about the SPOT tracker is that it relies on satellites instead of the cell network and will work in areas where there is no cell coverage.
Why not just get a decent Android tablet? My Nexus 7 has a great receiver in it. CoPilot Live is a great nav app. For amazing accuracy, (~3 ft.) I can use a GPS/GLO Bluetooth receiver with it.
It looks pretty solid, but generally when I buy things online I look at user reviews, and the Columbus doesn't have as good reviews on Amazon as BadElf (the GPS Pro one) http://www.amazon.com/Columbus-V-990-Logger-microSD-Recording/dp/B005ZKAXA2 vs http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Elf-2200-Black-silver/dp/B008VWNBBE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358337076&sr=1-1&keywords=badelf+gps+pro
For Android, try KidsTrack:
keeps history for a week
sends updates every 1-60 minutes
records tracks even when not connected to the Internet
See example of live map here
Right, Jon, certainly phones don't get time from GPS, it comes from the network of the provider. But my guess is that all providers coordinate their time with UCT. One can verify whether their phone's clock matches UCT by downloading an app that gives GPS readings, like GPS Status & Toolbox (free) and comparing that time to the displayed time on the phone. You can get a clock that shows seconds by a little searching in the app stores.