Hi all, I'm starting this thread so we can have a place to exchange ideas and tips about the GPS. How to make it faster, more accurate, etc.
I don't have a dataplan, so I am forced to use an offline GPS, and I need some precision because geocaching
is one of my hobbies. First, I use FasterFix
, it's an app that downloads NTP (network time protocol) data from the net. I can set it to specific North American servers for greater precision. The next app that I use is GPS Status
by EclipSim. From it's main screen, if you hit the menu key, tools, Manage A-GPS (assisted GPS) state, download, it will download A-GPS data from a server. I like to keep GPS Status running, then I switch to OSMand
for offline maps and routing.
I've gotten readings that are accurate to 5 meters. To give you some perspective, if you combine the accuracy of WAAS
(wide area augmentation system), GLONASS
(the Russian equivalent of GPS), and of course good ol' GPS itself, you get accuracy to within 3 meters
, only 2 meters better than what I got now.
Anyway, if you've got something to add, please do. How's your accuracy? What apps do you use with your GPS?