I can't stop thinking about this GPS stuff. I really think that GE is phenomenal, in it's ability to let you navigate through real photos of the lands you are in. It's wild when I take out the GPS on my laptop and drive around the island, and with my app running, it lets me see exactly where I am. Especially if you add a little "tilt" option. It would be fascinating for navigating to places you've never been.
[Incidentally, I found on some website a KML file with all these coordinates of high-resolution photos of wild animals in Africa that GE captured. It's amazing to be able to see an actual seal on the beach in Africa.. Although it strikes me as funny that random pictures in Africa are higher resolution than my home back in the States.]
I have an older Garmin GPSV or whatever, that does auto-routing, etc. It was phenomenal when I had it auto-route from southern Louisiana to mid Wisconsin. It charted a near perfect route. The only problems I had were sometimes it would say "merge on I-XX for 129 miles" or whatever, and the directions weren't entirely clear what I should do, and I made a few wrong terms, but they were due to my misinterpretation of the directions. With GE's real life images, you don't have that problem. You can see the actual highways coming up on the screen, and get a better idea of where it is. It allows you to better anticipate where you will be going and what turns you will make.
Of course, the problem with GE at this time is the massive size of the photos (i.e., BugByte cached 2 gigs of pictures from GE and it wasn't enough for a 450 mile [724 kilometer] journey.... My journey to Wisconsin was like 1150 miles) Add that to the fact that most of us probably can't access the internet in the car, and it makes it start to suck. It just makes me wonder what the future will bring in these terms.. Should we could get Google to allow us to create a larger cache, but still, it would never really be enough. Or perhaps to be able to purchase or download the pictures in "sections", like download all of south-east Texas, or the whole state of Rhode Island, or whatever.
Until that's really feasible, I think RouteBuddy has the most potential for getting us a GPS App that we can really use. Although, without Auto-Routing and a decent in-car interface, it's still not that useful to us. And it's a bit expensive at $100 + maps. I dunno.