what is wrong with the GPS?

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    I see everyone has been talking about how wonderful the Droid GPS is. However, I am kinda pissed off by this Moto Droid GPS... I think the google map is fine, but why this Droid GPS always asks me to take a different (obviously wrong )direction/road in certain areas that I am family with? This area is not new and even my old Garmin Nuvi350 with 2004 map source can show the correct direction. Anyone has an idea? thanks! Merry X-mas!
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    Ya. Mine does the same. It eventually gets me there, but it's not the most direct or easiest route. I'm not sure what it's thinking.

    Sorry I can't help you more.
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    I probably depends on where you are. I live in PA and I was surprised that the Google Navigation actually finds the "local" routes, (non Interstates). more than my Garmin Nuvi did.
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    I live in PA, too. It was finding local routes, but I didn't think the local route it was giving me was that good. It was really odd.

    Oh, and on a side note, I was driving through Butler and it wanted me to take the exit towards 'Butter.' I found this hilarious!
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    It must have something to do with it being beta, working with maps.google and translating it into a google navigation.. something something...

    the same thing happened to me recently, where it wanted to take me past the destination (the long way around). when i turned the "right" (short) way, it tried to revert me back to its directions.

    remember that navigation is still in beta, and the first time that you start it up, the agreement clearly states that not all directions may be accurate.
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    Sometimes I am unable to get the GPS signal. It says, "locating GPS" or something like that. Also, during navigation I will lose the GPS signal sometimes. I live in the city too...
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    I just tried to get directions from maps.google.com, which are exactly the same as I got from this Moto Droid GPS. I tried mapquest, obviously, it gives me the correct routes which are the same as what i can get via my old Garmin... Therefore, I assume it is not a problem from satellite signal. How come the so-said "amazing google map" can not beat mapquest for this specific area?
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    Pretty much ALL Google software is beta. Sorry, everyone wants to give them a pass for this. Gmail has been a beta version since it was released YEARS ago.

    Not to mention they use this as a MAJOR selling point for the phone and their OS.

    They have issues with their mapping algorithms. They have for years. They need to fix them. They have not for years.

    With that said, I love my Droid and I love Maps. Just wish they'd fix it.
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    I have not found a nav gps that is correct where I live. We have tried GM (OnStar), TomTom, Garmin and Google. NONE of them are correct. I have been told that there are only two companies in the U.S. and they supply the mapping info to all the GPS companies. They both have my area (Southern Utah) wrong.
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    navteq is the #1 supplier of gps mapping.
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    I live in Los Angeles and the GPS has been stellar. I'm not sure what causes the discrepancies in different areas of the country.

    Some people swear by it others (such as yourself) have some issues.

    It's free though so I wouldn't complain too much : )
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    Mine has worked flawlessly, and I have used it for about 200 mile so far. D-town. Just hit the map button before you navigate sillies. Then you can actually see it the route works for ya....cool.
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    I don't use it a ton, but it works better than my $500 Mio standalone Nav system.
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    Exactly, mine did the same. It does this on the exit for my home.
    It shows previous exit. Then I continue to go on the next exit
    and it recalculates to take me back on the highway, showing
    wrong exit.

    It only corrects it if I choose "alternate route".
    Pretty stupid! I handle this since it is near my house
    but if I am going some place, I'm sure it will make me
    go round and round.
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    Today was the first I had an issue with the Nav app. It took a long time to find me on the map and then it lost signal several times before my destination. I am sure they will fix this in the near future. I won't complain too much since it is a free app and better than the iphone apps on their first try.
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    I am not sure it's a navigation issue or not, when I put my droid in the dock ,I selected view map. I had some music running in the background and the droid went to sleep in ten minutes. So I am wondering is that normal for it to go to sleep when you're not in the navigation mode? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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    I've gotten screwy direction before. Mapquest took me past the place I wanted to go to for another 1/4 mile and then go into a labyrinth of residential streets. As my car has built in GPS, I'm not depending on Google maps to get me there.It's good for in my wife's car or it's something that isn't in the car's GPS.
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