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About GPS navigation: new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (WiFi version) Vs Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi version)?


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Initial post: Oct 22, 2013 12:35:47 PM PDT
Osiris.Xu says:
I'm debating about buying the Nexus 7 2nd gen or New Kindle Fire HDX since their prices are the same, $229 (16GB).

While Nexus 7 (WiFi version) does seem to support GPS without buying any 4G plan, and provides GPS navigation support even without WiFi signal. Is this true?

The question here is that although there is no problem for Nexus to locate own position - a coordinate, but it need to load the neiboring map using wifi. How can we do that if we are driving and there is no WiFi signal?
One solution to work through this might be to download *offline maps*. Any app that provide free offline maps?

For the new kindle, I'm talking about the one with cpu: Quad-Core 2.2 GHz.

From the product description here,
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers
it seems that GPS support is only possible for the 4G version, not for the WiFi version. Can anyone please confirm this?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2013 12:38:12 PM PDT
That is correct. You must have the data package (and coverage, for that matter) for the GPS to work on the Fire.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 12:41:05 PM PDT
Yes, the Nexus 7 has GPS. Yes, the Kindle Fire HDX has GPS. It has nothing to do with the 4G, really, it is just that that model only has GPS, and not the other models. Unless the chipset has GPS on the same chip as the 4G stuff. Hard to know.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 7:22:12 PM PST
AugustFalcon says:
If you are going to be using the GPS to navigate then you will need some sort of over-the-air connection (e.g. 3G, 4G,LTE or whatever your device will support) to update the maps as you move around unless you are able to download maps to the unit and save them for offline use.
No connection is required to receive the GPS satellite signals. They come through the built in antenna.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 11:02:00 AM PST
We have an original Nexus 7, wifi only and can make maps available for offline and use it to navigate fine. I am ALSO considering getting a Kindle Fire HDX, wifi only and wondering the same question: if Navigation will work offline just as well. This at least requires the ability to download needed sections of the map. Anyone know if this is possible on the new Fire HDX?

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 11:04:15 AM PST
That is going to depend on what app you are using with the GPS.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2014 2:57:00 PM PDT
GPS will only work with the 4G version!
I have been trying different things and working with engineers to get the GPS to work on my HDX.
Only get the HDX if you have another Android tablet and are a Prime member, there are many things I do like about the HDX but not as an only tablet.
You do not need WiFi to use the GPS on the Nexus or any other Android tablet

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 10:22:20 AM PDT
Sonoma says:
I was disappointed to find that the GPS function is purely for those who subscribe to a cell phone company. What a kick to the teeth.
What would it take to include that small, one dollar GPS chip in every kindle?? For a one dollar or less Amazon could have a GPS-Chip in every device. Yet Amazon chooses to funnel customers into expensive cell phone plans instead. Disappointment is an understatement. Add to this that the kindle has no USB inputs for a external GPS receiver one starts to get angry.
Add to that that there is *NO* Bluetooth GPS device on the market...I am so mad at this company I am now NOT going to holiday shop using Amazon this year.

Bottom line: If you want a good, versatile tablet then buy something other than a Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 10:37:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2014 10:38:09 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
That was a *great* Cheney impersonation! Arrogant, uninformed, tone-deaf, illogical. Bravo!

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 11:16:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2014 11:17:12 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
I program microcontrollers. Please tell me where these GPS chips for $1 are sold.

And I am shocked, shocked, that a tablet sold by an ebook seller is not a GPS unit!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 12:35:48 PM PDT
And I am both shocked and appalled that someone would buy a device without first determining if it could actually do what the buyer wants a device to do!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 12:55:08 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Why would you be disappointed? All it takes is a little research before you buy a device to know what features are available. Before I buy any electronics I fully research the products and I also watch a video review or 2 if they are available on YouTube. I have yet to be disappointed in any of my purchases.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 1:16:14 PM PDT
Hey, why don't you just brick, I mean, hack a 3G Kindle Keyboard to get free real-time GPS?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 2:26:05 PM PDT
Dittie, I hope you are trying to be funny, since GPS is not equal to 3G.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2014 2:27:29 PM PDT
Yes, I do know the difference between 3G and GPS. Thanks, though.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 11:27:46 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
Hello?

Still needing the source for those $1 GPS chips...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2014 12:50:53 PM PDT
I get mine from Sam's Club. Garlic-Parmesian-SeaSalt... MMMMmmmmm
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