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Cool iPhone Discovery

Quite by chance, I just discovered that my iPhone Speaks! Without earphones, that is. Now, I realize that this is completely inappropriate in many public situations; however, I dislike earphones, but do like to listen to an e-book when, say, grooming the dog. This means that now all I will have to do to continue my enjoyable listening to Master and Commander is to put my darling little gadget in my pocket!

Coolness.

Oh, and it has GPS, too. I shan't need to worry about getting lost when in Venice.

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owlfish
Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I hope it helps in Venice. I've had mixed luck with maps there. They're useful for finding the big picture stuff, but harder in the detail, of which there can be a great deal there. GoogleMaps wasn't even very good when I was checking on some specific streets. (I turned back to the ever-reliable Calle, Campi, e Campielli, which is certainly more comprehensive than you will ever need!)

I find the easiest way to navigate the city is to learn your local landmarks by sight - and then just follow the yellow or white signs which point to the five or six major touristic hubs of the city - S. Marco, the Accademia, the Rialto, the Ferrovia, and Piazzale Roma. If you can get to S. Marco, you'll be able to get home.

In other words, I'll be very interested in hearing the ways in which GPS *is* useful for you in Venice. I'm not saying it won't be - I'm interesting in knowing for what reasons it *is.*
intertext
Jun. 4th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that it may be helpful in finding my way from where I am to somewhere I might know the address of (if that makes any sense at all). Particularly if I don't know where I am. I often find that's the most tricky thing in places with windy streets and dubious signage - just knowing where you ARE in the first place. I tested my GPS today and it pinpointed my location on the walkway on the waterfront here very clearly.

I've got the Moleskine city book for Venice, with big very clear maps in it, and I found the equivalent Paris one mostly helped me find my way about, but I did get turned around sometimes.

I'm very good at navigating by landmarks - that was extremely necessary in China, where I couldn't understand the signs at all ;-)

I'll let you know how it all works out when I see you!

handyhunter
Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
We've found that my friend's iPhone's GPS system is more accurate than mapquest, googlemaps and the GPS in my car (Garmin brand). I'm not sure why that is.

Have fun in Venice!
intertext
Jun. 4th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Thanks :-) I'm looking forward to it (if you can't tell *grin*)
lidocafe
Jun. 4th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
I could have told you about the talking--they're talking on the bus all the time! :)

Keep pushing buttons. Maybe it has a cloaking device. Maybe it can beam you up!.
wendymc
Jun. 4th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Those iphones are pretty darn cool....
intertext
Jun. 4th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
They really are. They are like geek porn. I've been lusting after one since they were first introduced and finally took the plunge so that I'd have a cell phone that worked in Europe.
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