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iPhone (3G) killer app will be...... (if it has GPS)...
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Mar 10, 2008, 01:02 PM
 
---> and it's a pretty BIG if....
If the new iPhone - 3G - has GPS, the KILLER app will be...

Drum roll......

Garmin like Car navigation software! I was just in Best buy, and saw all of
the models of Tom Toms, and Garmins etc, and saw the wide screens, and
the form factors, and couldn't help think.. the iPhone would make a
Perfect GPS device - with the right software!

Would/Could Garmin or Tom Tom simply port their software to run on the
new iPhone? or is My idea whack??

OK, let the flaming of newbie poster begin! LOL
     
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Mar 10, 2008, 01:19 PM
 
You forgot the </obvious> tag.

And this doesn't require 3G.
     
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Mar 10, 2008, 01:20 PM
 
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Mar 10, 2008, 01:30 PM
 
Oh Noooooo.

My idea was both Obvious and Sooooo Last year! LOL

heh heh... :-(
     
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Mar 10, 2008, 01:34 PM
 
Sorry.

But seriously, different people do post here every day, and have *at least* since the iPhone Maps application was demonstrated over a year ago...I think.

Although...Maybe they all just came aboard the forums last month with you...I...sometimes I get confused, it's so hard to remember the details.
     
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Mar 10, 2008, 02:06 PM
 
Thanks analogika,

I did do a search for GPS here before I posted.. got no results..
so I assumed.. DOH!!! (I probably misspelled GPS! LOL)

If it's already been talked about then, it will really push the iPhone even more!
A device that's a GPS navigator, iPod, Phone, etc etc..
Amazing!

I say, start buying Apple's stock now! It's only up from here!
( Last edited by sartor; Mar 10, 2008 at 02:07 PM. Reason: forgot something...)
     
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Mar 10, 2008, 05:20 PM
 
Sorry if I sounded a little testy there...

They've already demonstrated GPS on iPhone:
YouTube - CeBIT 2008: iGO 8 iPhone edition (no music)

Killer.
     
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Mar 10, 2008, 07:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by sartor View Post
Thanks analogika,

I did do a search for GPS here before I posted.. got no results..
so I assumed.. DOH!!! (I probably misspelled GPS! LOL)
The search engine doesn't do three-letter searches well, if at all, although I may be mistaken.
     
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Mar 11, 2008, 05:28 PM
 
Garmin wouldn't team up with Apple because they recently released (or maybe just announced) their "gPhone" or something like that that's a GPS first and phone second... doesn't look THAT great, although the GPS on the phone is still damn cool.
     
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Mar 11, 2008, 07:31 PM
 
It can't be a killer app for the iPhone since it's already available on so many other phones. I used to use the VZ Navigator on my Moto KRZR before I bought my iPhone...

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Mar 12, 2008, 11:18 AM
 




From Wired:

Garmin's Nuviphone promises to wed GPS and cellphone with finesse and flair.
The Nuvi will be a touchscreen slab-style handset with a 3.5" display and serious GPS-centered chops. Think of it as geolocation matured and properly integrated into the smartphone experience. A suite of software stocked with millions of interesting locations will be packaged with it, and WiFi, Bluetooth and a 3G modem (using the HSDPA standard) will keep the data flowing no matter where you are or what you're doing. Expect the browser to be desktop-caliber, with solid productivity apps and capable media playback.

Despite the beastly specs that must be under the hood, Garmin's keeping mum on the details. It won't be released until the fall, so it's not unreasonable to assume that development is still underway.

As shown, it lacks a few of the iPhone's distinctive features, such as multitouch and good design.

There'll be no SDK, which means third-party software will be either be corporate-approved or unlicensed hacks. But both phones have strikingly similar dimensions.

There's no word of price or carriers, either, though HSDPA means AT&T (or, conceivably, T-Mobile). Garmin might sell them unlocked, but will certainly aim for subsidies to take the bite out of what's going to be a chunky tag: it's too brutal and utilitarian to be a Prada-like fashion item.

If nothing else, the Nuviphone marks part two of an emergent trend: new players from outside the clique bringing their own beer. Apple brought the mobile industry's first pleasurable user interface and the genuine technological innovation that makes it work. Garmin hopes to bring GPS that's more than a disabled afterthought.
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Mar 12, 2008, 02:17 PM
 
Interesing posts all! The Nuviphone looks pretty cool!

I still think Apple can take a good chunk of business away from Garmin and Tom Tom if the new iPhone has GPS, and good Garmin like software is written for it!

GO APPLE!!!
     
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Mar 12, 2008, 03:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by sartor View Post
Interesing posts all! The Nuviphone looks pretty cool!

I still think Apple can take a good chunk of business away from Garmin and Tom Tom if the new iPhone has GPS, and good Garmin like software is written for it!

GO APPLE!!!
Not likely. It will be seen as an added benefit of a phone and not an alternative for someone looking for a Garmin. If the capability was added to the iPod Touch then I'd say you were right. But it will always be looked at as a cell phone first, and whatever else it does second.

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