I don’t want to hear about any GPS system for the iPhone that doesn’t include offline maps.Â Hell, someone could release a free GPS navigation for the iPhone and I still wouldn’t use it if it didn’t include offline maps.Â This weekend I decided to take a nice little mini vacation and head to Tremblant for some rest and relaxation.Â Being Father’s Day on Sunday, I figured I’d head straight from Tremblant to Cornwall (My Parent’s Hometown).Â I mean I had Google maps and my iPhone clearly showed me the way.Â I made sure I had some information written down just in case things went south with my phone, and away we went.
As you can see by the Google maps attached below, I had two options. I could go through Montreal, or I could head to Hawksbury and then head south to Cornwall.Â It looked simple enough, and there was no reason why I couldn’t shave off an hour of time by taking the most direct route.
It looks simple enough right?Â Well, you see that nice bend in the road below? It was a disaster of epic proportions. Seconds after making the turn, I felt like I was in a rodeo. No exaggeration.Â Two ginormous pot holes on a dirt road.Â I felt like I had run over a dinosaur.Â They came at us out of nowhere. My immediate exclamation, “Fuck that!”Â There was no way I was embarking on a road that started off that way, so I figured I’d just find my way to the next closest town and readjust my directions.Â Oh, wait.Â No signal. Zero. Nada.Â I was stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no idea where the hell I was going to go next, or how long it would take me before I could find some service.Â It was a disaster.Â My two and a half hour trip turned into a four hour trip and there was nothing I could do about it, because my piece of crap map on my iPhone didn’t have any maps stored on the device.Â Lesson learned.
So, AT&T, and any other company out there thinking you can sell as a GPS application for ten bucks a month, without having access to offline maps, is seriously deluding themselves.Â It’s not worth it.Â Do the math. Approximately 120.00 dollars a year to access a GSP system that going to leave you high and dry when you need it the most.Â Sounds like a crappy idea to me.