I was doing some work at the warehouse the other day and needed to go to pick up some shelving. So i took out my droid and brought up google maps. said my location within 3 meters. This makes me laugh because we spend $3-4,000 on trimble units here at work because we need to be accurate within 3 meters... Should just buy a bunch of droids, lol
What I am missing compared to dedicated GPS units like the Garmin is the speed tracking. That is one of the things I use a lot. You get that with the GPS widgets but not in maps that I can tell. Just does not seem like many options for info overlay of Google Maps like the GPS units or the ability to switch modes easily to do so.
The Motorola car mount works well on my bike. I have used Garmin on the bike for several years. The Droid mounts up well on the tank in front of my tank bag. Does not have the glove friendly touch but it does work and does the Bluetooth stereo music as well. I have stereo helmet sound system from Chatterbox and they work well together similar to by BB Curve I had before.
Anyone know of a speedometer app that would overlay the maps and have big numbers?
It seems to know where I am fairly accurately but when navigating to a location, it seems to be off by about 1/4 to 1/2 mile. I't happened to me twice in the past 2 days, once in Western NY ansd then the next Day in Scottsdale Az.
Also, the routes don't seem to make sense sometimes. While navigating to an address in Ct yesterday, it had me drive 1/2 mile out of my way and then circle back. Good thing I noticed before I followed those directions.
I just read in another post that if you travel in an airplane with the phone shut off, the GPS can develop a type of jet lag where it can take several days for the accuray to return as new maps are downloaded. This might have been the problem since I've been flying quite a bit lately. I'll have to try the GPS status tuning suggestion in one of the earlier threads to see if that helps.
I am fairly convinced that we are dealing with a technology that is still in its infancy. And I mean all phones with gps chips, not just the android phones. There are times when it is as accurate as can be and times when it has my location off by 1000 miles. Hopefully the gps units in phones will get better in the future.....But for now it is still pretty cool that it works most of the time.
Also, I have noticed a big drop in gps performance since this thread was started back in the winter. I think that it is due to the foliage on the trees.
Does the Droid X have the same GPS technology in it? Any improvements that anyone knows of?
I've had my Droid X since launch and GPS has been pretty hit and miss. Sometimes it's right on the money, other times it places me about a mile away (always in the same spot too). Part of my problem at home is probably the metal roof, but I've lost GPS outdoors too. Rebooting the phone usually fixes it. The X has been a bit buggy, but I still love it...I'm used to the vagaries of Linux and I accept them. I'm still beyond pissed at Moto over the whole efuse thing however.
That said, I've certainly had several incidents with the Droid's GPS receiver not being able to get a fix and it didn't have anything to do with signal as reactivating seemed to get it going in each instance. That, and GPS Status indicated that it was picking up plenty of satellite with plenty of signal from each -- just that it wasn't getting a fix for whatever reason.
Watch for the GPS icon in the notification bar. If it's steady it has a fix. If it's flashing, it doesn't. If it's not there then the app isn't even trying to use it.
GPS Status or similar apps can be helpful in troubleshooting GPS issues. The app can show you exactly how many satellites are picked up, signal strength and whether or not a fix has been obtained. As I said earlier in this reply, each of my issues with GPS has not been due to a lack of signal.
It's quite common to confuse the GPS receiver and the GPS app but they're entirely separate. Your GPS receiver doesn't care about maps. Maps are handled by your GPS app -- not the receiver itself. Download of maps is irrelevant to the receiver.
Last edited by takeshi; 07-22-2010 at 09:01 AM.
My Droid sometimes takes 5 or 10 minutes to get a lock, even though the GPS is left on, when I use GPS Status or the map function. I just got a car mount and have been experimenting with the navigator in LA traffic. Updates are not nearly as smooth as my TomTom and it looses the lock now and then. I also notice that the phone gets very hot, the battery temp runs over 50C.