I recently went on a hunt for a GPS instrument for my car.
Prior to this I have been using my mobile for GPS connection and thought of checking out the advantage of a dedicated machine. My obvious product choice to look at was MapMyIndia. Here was a product dedicated solely to Indian roads and Indian paths.
The two products I saw were in an honest opinion good. They provided good navigation and were quite useful in their own regard.
Unfortunately, they were not as feature rich in set as Google maps – the one I rely heavily on these days.
The biggest advantage dedicated GPS devices have over a phone is that they do not require a running internet connection like Google maps requires. Of course after the release of offline maps that need is gone as well.
The two other advantages I could see of the GPS instrument were
- Bigger screen than most phones so better view.
- If a phone call comes you are stranded between getting lost and not talking though while driving a person should not drive so that negates itself I guess.
I could not think of any other advantage of using a dedicated GPS instrument but these were compelling reasons to own one according to me until I heard the price.
Both the devices I enquired were priced in the INR 15k vicinity.
One can get a good android phone in this price range which will double up as a GPS instrument and what not, maybe even make tea for you if you asked politely [See this ].
If the price was maybe around Rs. 5K, it might become a viable option. Still with the advent of under 10K tablets which can have GPS, I am unable to see it being used unless it’s a taxi service or one has money to splurge.
I know, I should not have been that shocked but seeing that there are cheaper phones with GPS service and owing to Google maps not a half bad mapping service, I feel mapping instruments will or rather should go down the road that is being traversed by PMPs, handheld gaming devices, watches, alarm clocks, cameras, etc.
Of course, this opinion is a thought based one. I did not get the instrument so cannot comment how useful they are practically.
If there is anyone who has used both Google Maps and dedicated GPS instrument please share your experience with us.
Is there anyone out there who still thinks that dedicated GPS devices are worth buying?