I had the opposite experience. Google told me the correct location while Garmin was off several times.I think the GPS is very accurate. The problem with the Google Navigation is the map data.
Google maps are no where near the Navteq used on the Garmins.
On many occasions the Google Maps showed an address in the wrong spot, while the Garmin pointed to the right place.
I think once Google gets there map data more accurate the navigation will improve.
I have to say nothing beats the traffic on the Google maps. It is pretty amazing and even works on main streets.
Thanks for all of the responses.
Do any of you notice that the droids gps seems to have good days and bad days? Sometimes it has me perfectly throughout the day , other times it doesn't have my location at all. ( or thinks I am in Quebec , which I am not )
Very good. No problems in the country or in the city (not sure why it should matter for GPS though it might affect data availability). Never had the "location temporarily unavailable" issue. I'm using the Droid.- 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?
If it's a mile off it's not using your GPS receiver.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).
Inability to obtain a fix (not due to signal issues) is also a fairly common occurrence, going on posts here and my personal experience.Yes, metal and water are the worst obstacles for GPS signals.
I disagree. I never had problems with the GPS receiver in my Blackberry 8310. I relied on it (and Telenav) for thousands of miles without any issues. However, it only operated in standalone mode. The Droid is assisted and should fall back to standalone, if needed.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.
Again, if you're off by a large margin like that then your GPS receiver isn't being used. It's falling back to triangulating or using another (non-GPS) method of determining your location.There are times when it is as accurate as can be and times when it has my location off by 1000 miles.
Link? This sounds like dubious information. Your GPS receiver needs to know where to find the satellites. Standalone mode units determine this on their own. Assisted units, like the Droid, pull data from assistance servers (hence the "assisted" in "assisted GPS"/aGPS) to obtain a faster initial fix so it shouldn't be an issue.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.