August 22nd, 2013, 01:40 PM
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Join Date: May 2011
Device(s): Samsung Galaxy S4, Motorola Xoom (wi-fi)
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Compass wildly inaccurate
The compass on my S4 is wildly inaccurate.
First of all, if the phone isn't absolutely level, the compass reading is almost random and I can make the needle rotate through 360 degrees just by tilting the phone.
If the phone is level, the needle might eventually settle in approximately the right direction but if I then slowly rotate the phone 360 degrees, it can easily end up with the needle pointing more than 100 degrees out. I just tried it now and quickly rotating the phone 90 degrees resulted in the needle pointing due E rather than N.
I'm a keen walker and I sometimes use my phone for navigation. The GPS works really well but the compass is so inaccurate as to be completely worthless.
Is this just my phone?