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Old 05-14-2012, 04:27 PM   #21
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Having used an iPhone in the car for about an hour, I'm not enthused. The worst part is having to use reading glasses to decrypt all but the biggest highways. (Although my eyes are moving from 2.50 to 2.75.) The second-worst part is trying to change the scale with a multi-finger swipe resulting in the iPhone doing something completely unexpected, then not being able to "go back".

And that's just sitting in the passenger seat. I can't imagine doing it behind the wheel.
I haven't used an iPhone, but doesn't the app provide spoken directions? I rely on spoken directions mostly and only glance at the screen when it's convenient. Every one I've used has warned about upcoming turns well in advance (half to two miles usually) and then again once or twice when the turn/exit is close at hand. If I get confused I pull over and sort it out, but I realize that's not always possible. Looking at a paper map or Google map printed it out would be at least semi-dangerous distraction too (admittedly the iPhone screen is smaller), and they won't "speak to you." YMMV
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I sometimes run into areas where my GPS says that guidance is not available. When that happens I no longer get the voice guidance and have to rely on the turn by turn map. I have no idea what data may be missing to prevent the voice guidance.
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I haven't used an iPhone, but doesn't the app provide spoken directions?
Good question... I'll have to ask her.

I know that Siri quickly managed to annoy the heck out of both of us, and she does not do pidgin.
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Before I retired I was expected to have my BB with me 24/7 vacations included, and I just accepted it because it was novel at first (wow, I'm important!). It worked when I gave it employees BBs too, they loved "being important."
I was in that position also. But, I noticed that the really important people not only did not have a pager, but often did not have a computer. Just a phone, which they used to tell other people to type this, do that, or cancel their plans and come into work.

One guy was so entranced by his beeper that he bought his own charger and batteries for it so he would never run out of battery power and be unreachable. Was he important or just another iDiot?
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I was in that position also. But, I noticed that the really important people not only did not have a pager, but often did not have a computer. Just a phone, which they used to tell other people to type this, do that, or cancel their plans and come into work.

One guy was so entranced by his beeper that he bought his own charger and batteries for it so he would never run out of battery power and be unreachable. Was he important or just another iDiot?
It's hard to imagine anyone enjoying being on a leash.
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I sometimes run into areas where my GPS says that guidance is not available. When that happens I no longer get the voice guidance and have to rely on the turn by turn map. I have no idea what data may be missing to prevent the voice guidance.
That worries me with phones. Lose your data signal and you lose your map. I prefer a dedicated GPS for that reason. A decent alternative is to get Skobbler's Forevermap. You download a map for the area you are going to and then you are covered if you lose your signal.
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That worries me with phones. Lose your data signal and you lose your map. I prefer a dedicated GPS for that reason. A decent alternative is to get Skobbler's Forevermap. You download a map for the area you are going to and then you are covered if you lose your signal.
I am using a dedicated GPS and still lose the voice guidance. I always have the maps but using them sometimes requires taking my eyes off the road. The voice guidance is easier in high traffic areas.
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