No GPS?

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  1. darkmatter

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    MOTODEV > Products > Compare Motorola Products

    Bottom of the page, there is no stand alone gps for the Bionic. Not sure exactly what it means, but if its what I'm thinking that would put it in the un-buyable category for me. I work in the desert and mountains, often with very weak or no cell signal. I very much use the gps on my phone (its always faster than the Garmin they issue us)
     
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    A possible flagship phone without GPS?!?!?

    Verizon and Moto have combined for some pretty dumb $#!% ideas, but that ain't one of em.
     
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    I believe it has simultaneous GPS which I read another person saying was better than stand alone GPS. I don't know a whole lot about it but he was saying it was capable of doing more things simultaneously, hence the name.

    I have no idea if he's right so take it for what's it worth but I'd have a hard time believing the Bionic wouldn't have a decent GPS.

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    I guess my question would be...can it give me a location (grid) without any cell signal at all?

    I notice the photon show stand alone and simultaneous.
     
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    Again, that page shows the name as xt865, we should probably wait to panic and/or rejoice until we know for sure what the specs are. We can't 100% trust this page since the model number is different.

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    Hmm I don't know. I tried to look it up but I couldn't fund an answer to what the difference was.

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    A stand alone is not as good as an assisted. We use tracking GPS units that have SIM cards running cellular as well to assist the GPS. We can put these things under the center of a vehicle facing the pavement and be within feet of accuracy.
     
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    Are assisted GPS and simultaneous GPS the same thing?

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    According to that page, all the devices have assisted gps. Its the lack of stand alone gps that concerns me.
     
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    Assisted GPS, generally abbreviated as A-GPS or aGPS, is a system which can, under certain conditions, improve the start up performance, or time-to-first-fix (TTFF) of a GPS satellite-based positioning system. It is used extensively with GPS-capable cellular phones as its development was accelerated by the U.S. FCC's 911 mandate making the location of a cell phone available to emergency call dispatchers.
     
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    Those are not the full specs that is why the Bionic was removed from the site. The only reason why it is still coming on your page is because of the cache. Do not believe it!!
     
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    I did a little wiki research when I saw the spec sheet and in my mind it would have the gps radio still, but would share the antenna with the radio. Older type equates to a gps radio with its own antenna, the simultaneous spec looks to be a shared antenna. This would not concern me terribly if true, as Moto does know radios, gps and antennas. Just like it seems Samsung knows screens and cameras.

    For a phone of this caliber, I cannot imagine the GPS would not work without a data connection. That would be huge step backwards. Still if this spec is what is actually released and published, I will not buy one until this is confirned:)

    Craig
     
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