Purchasing a stand alone GPS or a tablet.

July 13, 2016 at 15:15:24
Specs: Windows 7
I have a basic cell phone with Tracfone service. I do not want a smart phone, but I have a really old GPS. I was wondering if there is available a tablet that would function as a GPS and do other functions?

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July 13, 2016 at 15:29:37
An iPhone/iPad can... But they do require an active data account to be really effective. Also these apps run down the battery within an hour or so...

I would go for a stand alone GPS unit; they're not so expensive these days... Like i-devices they don't usually have a very long battery life, unless you get one designed for hiking etc., rather than one designed for car use.

Which having said, I'd still get a GPS device; and I do have both iPhone and an iPad...

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July 14, 2016 at 00:35:38
I use my Microsoft Windows phone as a GPS. It is excellent for this purpose and the battery easily lasts long enough to cover a 3-hour journey. (I haven't tried longer.)

Most Android phones or tablets will function as a GPS and are appreciably cheaper than "i" devices.

But if all you want is GPS a standalone unit will be better value and provide more options.

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July 14, 2016 at 09:23:27
If you're just planning on using the tablet as a GPS device, you'll have to figure out what's more expensive. The GPS + annual map updates, or tablet + cellular data plan. The tablet does give you Google Maps, which seems to be the quickest to update and it has traffic conditions, which is nice.

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July 14, 2016 at 20:52:46
AN android phone or tablet (or an iPhone/tablet) can run Waze which is an app that is in my opinion the best GPS device for getting places. It is better than Google Maps (even though Google purchased it I think last year), is continuously updated, gives you real time traffic (from other Waze'ers, not just broadcasts), gives you real time road hazard warnings, real time police spotting, and learns your preferred routes and short cuts around traffic problems from both maps and others ahead of you who already have gotten around the problem areas. It does use up battery fast but in a car you can just keep a charge cord plugged in while using it so when you get to your destination, you still have charge left for a full day. You do need cell/data service but it might not be that much more than your current plan with the right deal. You do not need a $600.00 phone to use it, a bargain android if reasonably current (2 or 3 generations old) works just fine.

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