Google Earth - I don't get it.

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    other than being able to rotate the map.....can someone please tell me what this thing does?
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    pinch zoom! you can zoom in to anywhere on the planet.. the closer you get, the more things that pop up. mostly wiki articles i think... anyway, you can go scope out area 51 if you want!
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    Jack Bauer swears by Google Earth.
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    It would be cool if they integrated BUZZ with this!!
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    menu key, my location = it zooms in to where you are

    In the car (keep your eye on the road!) it tracks where you are.

    "Look around" lets you tilt-n-pan to view the horizon. Again, if moving you now zip along almost like in a moving street view.

    This all means you can run around in the middle of the night or during a total eclipse and see where you are going. Except those cars likely aren't still there.
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    lol such bad advise.. ;) sounds fun though!
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    They need to use it for navigation...that would make it more useful.
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    I don't know about being useful or not but it is one marvelous piece of technology.
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    The only downside to using it currently is that it uses a lot of juice from the battery and uses a lot of CPU power. Your droid can then turn into a hand warmer for us that live in the colder regions. I wouldn't say that it's usable right now for navigation. LOL

    I think it's more useful for presentations and such, except we haven't figured out how to have the Droid be used with a projector.
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    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who doesn't get the big deal about Google Earth.
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    its just fun to be able to explore the world on your phone.
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    It would be interesting if it had a layer for one of those "where are my friends" type apps. I could picture some weird game of tag where everyone is running around where a huge black pillow case so they only can see/navigate with their droid.
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    Well, I guess technically it can be used with an overhead projector. I mean the ones used in schools and universities. I remember my Calculus professor using a projector when he showed something to us with his TI graphing calculator. He would set the graphing calculator down on the projector and zoom in with the overhead lens and it would project.

    So technically, there is a use for students who have the Droid and Google Earth if they have a project or presentation to show the class that requires the use of those.
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    I think it's cool. It's like a Globe but one in which you can zoom and zoom and zoom in on.

    I found my house and where I grew up - it's neat.
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    Its fun to explore your surroundings as well, like escape routes :icon_ devil:
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    its really the same as google maps with satellite view though... not much difference other than the "curvature of the earth"
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    I think it's neat, but it sure is taking up a lot of internal ram. I've temporarily uninstalled it until they come out with a way to install apps to the sd card.
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    It's a virtual globe. If you don't get it don't use it. I mean, are you going to dedicate a thread for every single app that you don't get? Seems tedious...

    Not everyone will find every app useful. That's just the way it is.
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    OH ..... TILT!

    I get it....this is actually really really cool.
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    Yeah thats what it seems like to me. Just maps with satelite view and some other layers turned on. But you can change your angle of view so that it sorta looks like you are flying (navigator does this though).

    Other than that I agree, I don't see what makes it much different than maps.

    Its maps wrapped around a manipulatable ball.