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 [TOPIC] iPhone - List of GPS apps (non-routing)

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Boyd Posted - 14 août 2008 : 15:11:29
Apple's store has recently listed several new programs which use the iPhone 3g's internal GPS. I just got an iPhone but haven't tried any of these yet. Judging from the reviews posted at the app store however, there are some issues like battery drain and heat buildup if used continuously.

As of today the app store lists 47 programs in the Navigation category. Here are a few that look interesting. Still nothing like a full featured GPS for auto navigation yet:


Path Tracker:

Insta Mapper GPS Tracker:

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gpspassion Posted - 04 sept. 2012 : 18:43:16
Here's a simple app to memorize spots on the map and also gives the Lat/Long (only free app I know of that does that) : GPSNote :

gpspassion Posted - 15 mars 2012 : 19:36:05
Just came across a nifty GPS app that displays real time maps in 3D, pretty impressive :

gpspassion Posted - 26 mai 2011 : 09:12:37
Wasn't sure where to post this ;-)
Anyway the Nike+GPS is free today :
gpspassion Posted - 24 déc. 2010 : 11:37:10
It's been a while but there is now a great new app called iNomad, more details here :
gpspassion Posted - 15 juin 2010 : 12:54:12
Originally posted by gpspassion

Google Earth now available for free :

Too many GPS apps to keep count these days, but Google Earth has just been upgraded to v3.00. Nothing very new, but it certainly works better on my 3Gs than v1 did on my 3G (kept closing itself)!
navxguy Posted - 08 févr. 2010 : 20:17:27
A new iPhone 3GS 'GPS Tester' app ... based on provided screen shots, not sure what's new or not available in other apps, but another GPS app ...
gpspassion Posted - 05 févr. 2010 : 04:07:37
A new weather app, "21degrees", that gives you the weather based on your position, not sure that was available in the past, interesting, useful if you're not sure where you are I suppose :
gpspassion Posted - 02 févr. 2010 : 13:30:49
Just bumped into Gowalla looks like good fun ;-)
gpspassion Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 14:29:00
Ah that's what the circle is, good old GPRS, vs the E for Edge and the 3G, well for 3G ;-) That's what I'd figured but had never bothered to look it up. I rarely see it. However I have problems uploading in E and 3G too...might be my carrier.

Bluetooth still works in Airplane mode, so if you have a jailbroken phone you can use RoqyGPS. I was meaning to start a topic about it, now's the time ->
planetbob99 Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 14:09:58
I have a Freeloader Pro with the extra solar panel. So that should be enough to power iPhone and my camera's (I hope!)

Only seem to have trouble with GPSed uploading if its on a 2G network (the small circle next to carriers name) but it is happy to track even it it can't upload.

Just wish the GPS would work in Airplane mode! Can switch off 3G and EDGE to save power, but need GSM to receive the GPS. Not good!
gpspassion Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 12:02:20
Indeed, what are you doing for power, battery packs, solar charger ? One thing I'm finding with many of these apps (GPSies, TrailGuru, etc...) is that they have problems uploading tracks when not connected over WiFi, not sure why.
planetbob99 Posted - 20 janv. 2010 : 02:56:08
Been using GPSed to track my journeys and it works wonders. It will upload the trail to their website and you an share it out on Facebook etc. But you don't need to have data connection, you can configure it to upload only when you tell it or at varying intervals. It also alows for pictures and waypoints to be added.

I am planning to use in a trip across the Sahara next month! Should be fun!!
gpspassion Posted - 29 déc. 2009 : 00:29:26
A nifty app I've been using lately to update my position in FireEagle : Yofe !
gpspassion Posted - 01 déc. 2009 : 15:02:43
Anyone here using GPSies ? It still launches on my iPhone 3GS with FW3.1.2 b and displays the speed but the timer just won't start and nothing gets recorded!

UPDATE - nevermind, uninstalled, reinstalled and it works again.
gpspassion Posted - 23 juil. 2009 : 19:19:45
Non-routing GPS software topic here ;-) There is a "road software" mini-guide here ;-)

Actually Navigon does make good use of multitouch for map scrolling, it has other issues though as discussed here
wco81 Posted - 23 juil. 2009 : 02:12:46
Navigon is out. The North America edition is $99 normally but $70 until August 15 and requires over 1 GB of storage space.

The Europe edition is $140!

Well, I'm not that impressed with the Navteq maps for Europe on my Nuvi 670, particularly the POI.

Guess we'll have to see what TomTom does, especially with their accessory bundle.

Someone needs to do a beanbag mount though, not a windshield mount only.

It sounds like from the PR that they replicated the UI of their PNDs. Garmin Nuvi UI blows, especially for adding and then later editing Favorites.

Hopefully someone does a better job of the UI, making use of multitouch on the iPhone, instead of trying to mimic the PND. Not only mutitouch capabilities but you have a faster application processor than most PNDs.

They should be able to do more with the UI than just try to mimic. Of course, that takes expensive development and they have to be convinced the sales will be there.

Hmm, wouldn't it be cool if this changes the business models of the PND makers?
gpspassion Posted - 14 juil. 2009 : 19:40:45
Not exactly a "GPS app" in the sense that it helps you navigate, but quite an amazing story on how to track down a stolen iphone !


MobileMe is pretty expensive at $100/year though, there must be small apps that can do that too.
gpspassion Posted - 28 mai 2009 : 22:32:21
Looks nice yes, a little bird told me to get ready for some real GPS action, so I'm gearing up, installed the powered Carcomm holder on a brodit mount in my car.

way Posted - 04 mai 2009 : 01:57:00
Re-post in appropriate topic.

Interesting preview of what we might see in June timeframe here:

The interface looks a little laggy in places, but I think it looks quite promising. UI has interesting preview box for upcoming highway exits.

gpspassion Posted - 24 avr. 2009 : 01:20:21
Good point, you can now turn off data roaming when you're abroad so there's no risk in trying. If memory serves, the "flight" mode turns off the GPS module too, I'll try that tomorrow.
wco81 Posted - 24 avr. 2009 : 01:15:46
Can any of these work without a data connection?

I didn't even try to use Motion-X GPSLite when I was in Italy a couple of weeks ago because I knew I didn't have international data roaming.

I got tracks for geotagging my photos and also tracks for Google Earth from the logger.

But these apps. would have been useful for logging the distances covered and the compass.

I know there's an issue with location services in the iPhone SDK. But these free apps. also stream advertising so perhaps that's another reason they want a data connection?
gpspassion Posted - 23 avr. 2009 : 20:44:33
Welcome to the forums. Good to see GPSies in the news again, I'll dowbload it, not sure it will stay free though as there is a question in their FAQ that goes "Why is GPSies not free?"
palova Posted - 22 avr. 2009 : 21:00:33
Have a look at the iPhone application at It is a simple but free logger for the iPhone with nice UI (my view) and good coverage for the basic GPS logging use cases.
gpspassion Posted - 29 mars 2009 : 23:16:16
Yes, it's an excellent app, does the job and it has a very elaborate yet functional UI. One thing I got stuck with though the other day is finding an easy way to review the pictures I had taken during my outing.
uocooper Posted - 29 mars 2009 : 23:13:07
I've been using MotionX-GPS on my hikes lately and I'm very happy with it. It logs data every three seconds and the tracks and elevation profiles it creates have been excellent so far. It's hard to believe it's only $2.99.
way Posted - 18 déc. 2008 : 18:46:37
Originally posted by wco81

Is it again an issue of power consumption and having to run processes all the time in order to log this data stream?

I suspect that this has to do with the fact that the iPhone 3G does not yet support background processes, thus forcing all applications to run in the foreground. What would make sense to me in the future is some form of OS background process - accessible through the iPhone SDK - that would allow applications to read NMEA sentences and respond in real time. Background processing would also allow an application to respond to upcoming map intersections etc. that facilitate TBT.
gpspassion Posted - 18 déc. 2008 : 18:41:54
Possibly, only Apple would know for sure though...
wco81 Posted - 18 déc. 2008 : 18:20:03
Is it again an issue of power consumption and having to run processes all the time in order to log this data stream?
gpspassion Posted - 18 déc. 2008 : 14:57:01
No the chip is the Globallocate Hammerhead v2 and it's perfectly capable of outputting a NMEA stream, it comes down to the software architecture or at least the way Apple have opened it so far via the SDK. It sure looks like Google Maps is using a constant GPS Data stream.
way Posted - 18 déc. 2008 : 14:52:41
I am curious about polling vs NMEA stream; is this an iPhone 3G GPS chip design (selection) issue or an operating system "feature"?
way Posted - 17 déc. 2008 : 19:52:39
Thanks gpspassion, happy to participate. I really don't know if this application is a hyped up Google Maps or something different; I like Google Maps on the iPhone - good for general navigation, especially when you're walking - but was hoping for more features like TTS etc. I think that it will take some time for the iPhone to have more usable GPS functions and am interested in what this application can do i.e. does it go beyond Google Maps. If a Canadian version were available, I would purchase it just to see what it can do.

Hopefully some of the West Coasters can let us know what they think.
gpspassion Posted - 17 déc. 2008 : 19:16:10
Welcome to the forums, is it really out though ? Also it seems it's a "local" Google Maps with some "bells and whistles", like the Junction View (see below) and optimized start time, but it doesn't provide live visual and voice guidance, likely due to the fact that the iPhone's GPS module can only be polled for a position, it doesn't provide a NMEA stream like dedicated GPS devices.

way Posted - 17 déc. 2008 : 17:22:13
XROAD recently released G-Map for iPhone; at present (12/17), only US West map is available in AppStore. Map size is 933MB, so should be easily accomodated on most iPhone 3G models. Interested to know any practical feedback on this new application.
wco81 Posted - 07 déc. 2008 : 01:40:34
I thought BT747 was the Java software?

Is BT 747 also the name of a GPS logger model?

I see iBlue 747 is a model.

gpspassion Posted - 07 déc. 2008 : 01:14:23
Yes, not to mention run at all times since it can't run in the background. Best way to lose your log. You won't regret getting a logger like the BT 747.
wco81 Posted - 07 déc. 2008 : 01:10:24
OK, so it's some kind of a HW limitation, not a lack of the software app. to log the data more frequently?

Or maybe an app. could let you manually touch a button each time you take a picture. Then later, desktop software should be able to match up the logged data points with the time code on the pics?

I was considering getting the Nikon P6000, which has the GPS integrated. But it's getting tepid reviews for the digicam performance.

It would be nice if an app. could make the iPhone reproduce the functionality of a $100 GPS logger but I guess battery life would be an issue. Also would have to be able to use it overseas without connecting at all to the mobile network, to avoid international roaming, both for voice and data, which can get prohibitively expensive.
gpspassion Posted - 07 déc. 2008 : 00:56:10
Yes, you can record a track but it's generally a bit clumsy because you have to upload it to their site and then download it on your computer. Keep in mind the iPhone doesn't stream NMEA data like the other GPS systems out there so you won't be getting one point every second. For geotagging you're probably better off getting a cheap standalone datalogger, like [url="]these[/url].
wco81 Posted - 07 déc. 2008 : 00:42:10
Does GPS Tracker or Every Trail log data so you can use it with digicams instead of just the camera built into the iPhone 3G?

Do these apps. for the iPhone generally display data only on the iPhone or can the data they log be exported to a computer?

IOW, can it produce data which can be used on a Mac to embed the data for use in iPhoto, Google Earth, etc.?

Boyd Posted - 20 nov. 2008 : 20:59:24
This looks like a cool application:

I don't need marine navigation myself, but I like the concept of downloading raster maps for storage on the phone such that they can be used without a cell phone connection. Hopefully someone will expand this approach to USGS topo maps and satellite images!

gpspassion Posted - 16 nov. 2008 : 23:50:01
I was looking forward to reading Zeroing In on Great GPS Apps for the iPhone after getting notified via Google News, but I'd say they missed their "target" ;-)
gpspassion Posted - 05 nov. 2008 : 21:27:20
Good to hear, I'll try rebooting my iPhone before using it to see if I'm having memory related issues.

Forgot to mention a great tracking application yesterday, it's - unfortunately it requires a jailbroken phone as the Appstore apparently has restrictions on that type of feature. It's pretty amazing because it works in the background by sending a position every X minutes and you can control the iPhone from their server (the iPhone connects every X minutes to the server to poll for messages or new settings). It works in the background unlike other apps like instamapper. It lacks track recording though. There is a 7 days trial period and then it's €5 per year, very reasonable if you need that type of
Boyd Posted - 05 nov. 2008 : 21:21:59
I have only played with Google Earth 4 or 5 times so far. But I probably spent somewhere between 5 to 20 minutes each time and have not yet seen a crash. My browsing has all been within something like a 200 mile radius of my home however.
gpspassion Posted - 05 nov. 2008 : 01:18:24
True ! How stable are you finding it though? It exits after a few minutes on my iPhone and one of my friend's has the same problem, no real pattern I could find.

A few new free GPS apps that have popped up on the appstore :

1. Everytrail from that lets you log and upload tracks and pictures online

2. MotionX GPSLite : some people are saying it's like having a Garmin in your iPhone ;-) It's certainly quite impressive but this version is limited to 3 waypoints, which is obviously not enough, a for pay version is coming apparently.
Boyd Posted - 05 nov. 2008 : 00:50:10
I have been playing with Google Earth on my iPhone for the past few days and must say that I'm really impressed. The user interface is great - the multi-touch screen is a natural for this application - even easier to navigate around than on the full computer version. I have not had any real stability issues myself, although others have reported some problems in the app store reviews.

Looks like this is going to let most of the air out of Earthscape's paid iPhone app. But Earthscape does have a few additional features, including your own personal web space which is now included with the purchase. I think the Google interface is a little better than Earthscape's - for one thing, you can't control the tilt angle in Earthscape, it's either 2d or 3d. But I still like it, primarily because Google switched data providers in my area (New Jersey). They now have lower resolution imagery which has some real issues - there's a big "stripe" across the state that makes it look like the pictures were taken half at night! Earthscape is using the imagery which was previously on Google and was provided by the state.

Anyway, the iPhone version of Google Earth is a real winner, and it's hard to argue with the price also
gpspassion Posted - 27 oct. 2008 : 19:10:05
Google Earth now available for free :

gpspassion Posted - 15 août 2008 : 11:11:33
We already had a topic for GPS on the iPhone, but why not have a summary topic with all the GPS apps that is kept up to date ;-)

I've been using GPS Tracker and it works quite well, they mention 5 second updates but so far I haven't managed to do better than 30 seconds, still pretty good.

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