Do you remember the days when a cell
phone was just a cell phone? You pulled it out of your pocket
to make a call and that was about it. Now your cell phone
can take pictures, send text messages, play music, become
your personal organizer, play games, and even function as
I’m not talking about the GPS chip embedded
into all current cell phones. That GPS is only present to
help emergency crews locate you in the event of an emergency
(the same way that your landline will give away your location).
I’m talking about new Smart Phones that actually integrate
with new GPS devices, allowing you to receive voice guided
driving directions, trip planning, toll road avoidance, on
the fly off-course rerouting, and now even real time-traffic
information that will allow you to reroute to avoid heavy
congestion. And for the cell phone purist, these new phones
can even make and receive phone calls!
And just like other new GPS systems
you’ll have access to a huge database with points of interest.
Need to know the nearest gas station? No problem. You can
also find the nearest restaurant, movie theatre, and even
a parking garage – which is especially helpful if you’re in
an unfamiliar city. And if you happen to be somewhere where
you don’t have a detailed map – no problem – this isn’t just
a GPS unit, it’s a Smart Phone so you can download the map
you need. The new SmartPhone GPS devices can easily replace
your in-car navigation system.
Probably the most widely used device
for making your Smart Phone an advanced GPS is the TomTom
Mobile 5 http://www.gpsmaestro.com/tomtom/tomtommobile5).
It’s currently only available for a limited number of Smart
Phones (check TomTom’s site for a list of supported phones).
But for the phones it works with you’ll get an impressive
list of features and you’ll even be able to change the voice
of the navigator to something more entertaining (Darth Vader,
anyone?). If you happen to live in the UK, you can also get
access to real time safety camera information.
This is, of course, just the next step
in the ever evolving cell phone. Soon new cell phones will
have GPS navigation technology built in and probably more
features you’ve never even thought to ask for.
Gary Ruplinger is the webmaster and writer for GPS Maestro,
site offering tips, tools, and reviews for GPS Devices. To
learn more, please visit http://www.gpsmaestro.com.