Droid X means no more stand alone GPS navigation system

The Droid X we talked about last week has since been officially announced by Motorola and Verizon. Here is what we think: If Droid X won’t replace the stand alone GPS navigation system in your vehicle then we don’t know what will. Motorola must know this too so they even announced a car mount for the Droid X right away.

With the Android OS you get Google Maps Navigation for free; or if you choose you can pay for onboard maps such as the one from CoPilot. Either way any GPS navigation software with 3D graphics should work just fine on the Droid X thanks to its 1Ghz processor. To make things even better the mount automatically triggers a dashboard app that gives you quick access to your music, internet radio, and of course GPS navigation app. It can connect to your car aux via the 3.5mm cable and keep your phone charged.

Droid X has a 4.3″ touch screen display with 854×480 resolution, a camera with dual LED flash, auto focus that can capture 8MP photos and 720p videos. It has a 1540mAh battery, 8GB on board memory, and needless to say: aGPS, stand alone GPS, and electronic compass. It runs on Android 2.1 right now but will be upgraded to Android 2.2 to support flash format as well.

2 Responses to “Droid X means no more stand alone GPS navigation system”

  1. Hasib Says:

    Wondering if Droid X will work as a GPS device without any phone service from Verizon. I am planning the get the Verizon service for 1 year then plan to switch provider after the contract expires. Would be nice if the GPS continues to work.

  2. David Says:

    You can set the GPS mode to either GPS, using only satellite signals, or aGPS using cellular networks, satellite and wifi connections to calculate a position.
    The GPS uses a lot more battery and is slower to acquire the first fix, but is far more accurate and will work without a data service.
    The aGPS is fast, low battery consumption but is very inaccurate and requires a data connection and services.
    My new phone will arrive in 3 days, this was the deciding factor…

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