Smartphones are sold as replacing that just as they are sold as replacing your mp3p layer. they are perfectly capable of doing it . they can do it better in fact wiht screens that are really nice (like the Pre) and instead of the one to four million POI, a billion, and instead of traffic over an FM service, much more accurate traffic (and free) over a connected service.
Originally Posted by Minsc
The treo pro picture at palm shows the GPS.
TReo Pre pictures touted its music playback capability (as your ipod replacement)
You already have in your smartphone a processor more powerful than your GPS, with bigger screens a screen the same or bigger, the advantage of connected data when connected, and other items people don't consider like navigating right to anyone on your contact list (which only the super premium dedicated GPS do and not eaisly), or Googled address with one touch.
Also if you take a trip abroad, with wifi smartphone almost all your handset's features work. Your camera works, your pda works, your songs work, your movies and video clips work, you can find a wifi hotspot and update your facebook, check you email, look up restaurants on google maps, get up on the corporate site, work your documents, etc etc., If the standalone GPS is not disabled you can also do a nice walking tour of Tokyo, or drive and find a church in Tuscany or a beach in the Philippines.
The central point is the if the device has aGPS then there are only very few reasons why it would not have standalone GPS also:
-Inadequate processing power: not the case
-A stupid programming error
-Intentional disabling to drive more people to premium services such as those Sprint and Verizon offer
So if it missing, it didn't have to be and someone is playing you.
No other reasons