By Brandon Miniman | January 23, 2009 12:34 AM
It was Navman that first brought Geotagging to consumers back in 2005 with the debut of the iCN 750 which we reviewed. The idea is that once you take a picture of where you are, the device will associate GPS coordinates to the picture. That way, you can flip through the pictures, and say “Oh, there’s that ice cream store with the awesome Vanilla. I want to go back there” and the GPS guidance starts.
We haven’t seen much of this in cell phone land, until now. The new HTC Touch Cruise has a new TouchFLO panel called Footprints that does geotagging, but with a twist. Once you take a picture in Footprints mode, not only are the GPS coordinates and name of location associated to the image, but you can also add a voice or text note. The video above from Engadget demos this.
I have to ask – is this a novelty, or a seriously breakthrough feature that will be used by many? The only time I’d consider using Footprints is when traveling as a tourist, or when trying a new restaurant that is buried within a large city. Any other time, I can remember where the ice cream store is that has that yummy Vanilla. If I had to choose between the Touch Diamond and Cruise, this new feature wouldn’t be enough to sway me away from the Diamond. What do you think of Footprints?