I'm curious of others experiences with using the gps droid x overseas (specifically non cdma networks). currently i am in barcelona. before i left for my trip, i set up many offline maps using maverick pro and atlas creator. for those of you who don't know, barcelona is 100% gsm network.... no cdma at all. my original thought was that i could take my phone, turn on gps and everything would be okay (since it's supposed to have "true" gps). that turns out not the case.
for the first day, i could not get a lock to any gps satellite with maverick pro. only after fiddling around with some stuff was i able to make gps work. i downloaded an app called gpstest. turned it on, no locks on satellites. turned on wifi put the droid x near the window of the hotel room and all of the sudden gps test found a bunch of satellites. Turned on maverick pro and it found my location. Hmm.... I guess there needs to be an initial lock via wifi or cdma (if you are in a country like japan).
once i got this initial lock, maverick pro and gps test worked like a charm. heck, i could even turn my phone off and then back on and both apps still worked great. once i swapped my battery, only then i lost my satellite locks. i can walk around the city all day and open and close both apps numerous times, and i can still find satellite locks. again, if i swap my battery, that is when i lose my gps capabilities. i have to connect to wifi again, and then run gps test to find a lock and then disconnect from wifi. luckily in barcelona, there are enough free public wifi networks.
i guess i have muliple questions. first off why do i have to get an initial lock for gps to work? do you think this is a mis-representation of being able to call your product of having gps (more like assisted gps)? why do i keep my gps connection when i restart my phone, but lose it when i swap out the battery?