Will This Location-Based App Work For Me?
The Bad Elf GPS accessory is compatible with all location-based apps available in the App Store. However, there are two important factors to consider when determining whether an app will perform up to expectations on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad:
- Network required? Some apps, like the default Google Maps app, require an internet connection to download map images for your current location and compute driving directions. Another example is location-tracking apps that upload your location continuously to the web. Unless your device has a continuous WiFi connection during use, these apps likely won't work very well, or in a very limited capacity, or even at all.
Look for apps that have an "offline" mode, include local map storage, and/or cache location data for uploading when you do have a Wi-Fi connection.
- iPod touch supported? It is up to the application developer to specify what platforms are supported for each application. Since iPod touch devices do not have an internal GPS receiver, some developers do not list it as a supported platform. Unfortunately, this means that iTunes and the App Store will not allow such applications to be downloaded or installed onto "unsupported" devices.
If your favorite location-based app does not list the iPod touch as a supported platform, ask the developers to include it in their next release so that you can use it with your Bad Elf GPS.
We started a list of free and paid apps with offline support that work great with the Bad Elf GPS for a variety of activities (navigation, geocaching, mapping, etc). Please let us know if your favorite app isn't on the list so we can add it!