HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF A PHONE’S GPS

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIY SPECIAL - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

Yes your phone may get out­dated when a new operating sys­tem is launched. Or you sim­ply want to up­grade to a newer

model. What do you do with the old phone? We sug­gest you

use it as a nav­i­ga­tion de­vice. Since 2007-2008, smart­phones have been com­ing armed with GPS for pin­point lo­ca­tion de­ter­mi­na­tion with the aid of a satel­lite sys­tem. In con­junc­tion with on­board maps, this tech­nol­ogy can be used to chart out routes or lo­cate ad­dresses. The tech­nol­ogy was up­graded with As­sisted-GPS, which used the cell-phone net­work along with the satel­lites to de­ter­mine the po­si­tion. The big­gest ad­van­tage smart­phones have over stand-alone GPS de­vices is the ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play.

NO SIM: First re­mem­ber that it would be a good idea to use the phone on off­line (or air­plane) mode to avoid block­age of a SIM card and monthly data ex­penses.

WORK OFF­LINE: Down­load third-party soft­ware like Map­myIn­dia and SatGuide to en­able your phone to work off­line. Nokia Maps now work off­line and don’t need any ad­di­tional data. How­ever, Google maps on An­droid as well as those on Black­Berry and iPhone need data con­nec­tiv­ity.

MOUNT IT: You can in­vest in a car mount or a car charger so that you don’t end up car­ry­ing your phone ev­ery­where you go.

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