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    GPS - accuracy, performance, availability ?

    Hi everybody,

    A friend and I are putting together an app that uses the GPS. We've noticed, more often than we would like, that our Droids (motorolas) don't have a current fix on our location. So I thought I would put out a question to you all, a survey if you will.

    The questions are these:

    - How well do you rate the phones gps? In a rural area? In the city? How accurate is the position shown on the map? How often is your "location temporarily unavailable"? Which Android phone do you have?

    -For those of you with experience with other hand held GPS devices (Garmin,Magellan,Delorme) , how does the androids gps hardware compare?

    -For those of you with both android and iphone experience, do you notice a difference?

    Thanks in advance for the responses and the help.

    -Eli
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    Quote Originally Posted by eliwellis View Post
    Hi everybody,

    A friend and I are putting together an app that uses the GPS. We've noticed, more often than we would like, that our Droids (motorolas) don't have a current fix on our location. So I thought I would put out a question to you all, a survey if you will.

    The questions are these:

    - How well do you rate the phones gps? In a rural area? In the city? How accurate is the position shown on the map? How often is your "location temporarily unavailable"? Which Android phone do you have?
    i would give it a 9/10 its very accurate in my area (tampa/ft lauderdale). if i have it on and then walk around in my yard it will be accurate within about 10 feet. i can also walk around inside of a building and it will show my location within that building.

    -For those of you with experience with other hand held GPS devices (Garmin,Magellan,Delorme) , how does the androids gps hardware compare?
    i have a Garmin Nuvi Handheld and its more accurate then that and it even has the updated maps. Then i have my cars (audi) navigation and the car navi seems to re-route faster but both are pretty close

    -For those of you with both android and iphone experience, do you notice a difference?
    The iphone GPS in my personal experience isnt accurate at all. this was using a 3GS. When i used my iphone it would always be off by about 100-300 feet.

    Thanks in advance for the responses and the help.

    -Eli


    comments in red.... hope this helps.
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    In my opinion it works better than a Garmin 255 , it shows my location and has satellite lock in areas where Garmin loses signal . I have around 4-5 signal losses per week , and they last for 10-20 seconds till I drive in another area .
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    the beauty of this system- and the reason no one will be able to compete with it- is it's integration with google maps.
    google maps is amazing on the computer and great on this phone.
    the navigation is 9/10.
    compared to a stand alone unit it is better because of google maps.
    i can't compare to an iphone because i never had one.

    the gps is accurate if you delete aps that interfere with it.

    I had several news apps that used location and messed up my gps- deleted those & now it's perfect within 10-20ft.
    Last edited by CBLJazz; 02-19-2010 at 07:33 PM.
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    Droid, iPhone, Garmin, etc. probably all use the same GPS chipset.
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    the gps on my droid sucked until i read the calibration method in the faq. now it is extremely accurate.
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    At my house, no GPS gets a good fix. Outside and so far everywhere else it's been just as good if not better then my Standalone GPS unit. Droid has a better GPS then my last phone. (Omnia with the GPS fixed)

    Don't forget, the droid has two forms of GPS. Actual GPS and aGPS which is where it uses the cell towers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sroach23 View Post
    the gps on my droid sucked until i read the calibration method in the faq. now it is extremely accurate.
    link to this?


    My GPS works great when it has a fix. I sometimes have difficulty getting a fix but turning GPS off and back on fixes that problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sroach23 View Post
    the gps on my droid sucked until i read the calibration method in the faq. now it is extremely accurate.
    HOW TO: Calibrate your GPS for Google Maps for more accurate location
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    I live in Northwest Iowa and the GPS is a little flaky in some rural areas. Once the GPS has a signal for at least 10 seconds though it seems to keep the signal.

    I haven't actually compared the Droid side by side against my Navigon and Tom Tom to see how the signal strength is in the "dead zones" but I like the Google Maps interface a lot better. Probably because it has so many features like always up to date POIs and voice recognition.
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