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7 responses to “A $20 USB Widget Could Save Surface”

  1. Jake

    Seems like you’re saying that iPads don’t come with GPS, and that simply isn’t true: they all do.

    1. Christopher Price

      Jake, you’re totally incorrect. Only iPads with cellular data have GPS. The Wi-Fi-only versions of iPad merely include Wi-Fi geolocation, which is not a viable alternative for the purposes of specific location tracking, such as with turn-by-turn navigation.

  2. hoytler

    And now it’s time for: A GIANT DOSE REALITY!

    What good does a dedicated GPS chip do with a wifi only tablet? No LTE, no use for GPS other than checking-in at your current location (via wifi).

    Pretty bad attempt at making any relevant points. And to state it would “save” ANY tablet is just complete hyperbole. Do yourself a favor and get a clue about sensors are used in REAL life, not on a spec sheet.

    This is not even in defense of Surface, this is just a post pointing out how terribly irrelevant this article is.

    1. Zed

      GPS without LTE can still capture data. You can still capture your Hiking trail paths, mountain bike routes or any other trek that you so desire. This can be saved to a real file system in windows as a .gpx file for example and then loaded into any decent mapping viewer to display your track.
      Photos can still be geotagged without LTE connection. and loaded to flickr etc when back to a wifi connection.
      Mapping applications such as HERE work offline, the mapping data is loaded onto the device, and can provide realtime directions using a GPS connection without LTE. Like those dedicated in car GPS devices such as TomTom that do not connect to the internet while you are driving.
      In work environments asset capture can be done out in the field with GPS connection then loaded back to the corporate servers when back in office with wifi.
      GPS does NOT need internet to be useful.
      I think you need look a bit deeper into what a GPS can actually achieve as they have been around and used in enteprise environments without internet connection long before a tablet letting you “checking-in at your current location”.

    2. Christopher Price

      As Zed pointed out above, GPS is very useful when combined with offline maps. Use a free app like CoPilot on just about any Android phone in Airplane Mode.

      * Some older smartphones require Airplane Mode to be turned off for GPS to work, but GPS will still function properly without a cellular signal on those older devices too.

  3. Joe

    Useless article, if I want the gps function I will go and buy a gps device, who would carry or mount a 10″ tablet as a GPS??

    1. Bill

      Very simple to answer, there is no reason to spend the money and have the hassle of two devices when one device can serve multiple uses.

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