GPS/traveling with this phone sucksSupport


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  1. carnivalrejectq

    carnivalrejectq Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok. I've learned a lot in the past 2 weeks about the moment and android in general but I used to be a blackberry user outside of my venture with the palm pre and web os. I LOVE android so far. But I am noticing that this phone is horrible for gps and traveling regardless of what settings I mess with or what rom or kernel I have. I think its due in part to sprints shotty service but it can't be all sprints fault. The phone freezes,stalls,or generally takes forever to load data or gps while on the road. Its a shame cuz I love everything else about this phone. My BB (tour and a couple curves) did everything perfect including gps and with the exception of the web browser. People hate on RIMs outdated os but it does what its supposed to do and does it well (at least in my expirience). Anyway enough about blackberry. My point is, is there anything I can do about this crap? Or should I try a newer android? For data and gps the phone only seems to work good when I'm stationary and becomes completley inoperable otherwise and that sucks......what shall I do?I currently am using the froyo rom.....is there ne roms that focused on fixing this problem?
     

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  2. ovrrdrive

    ovrrdrive Well-Known Member

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    My gps worked great when the phone was still on 1.5 but the newer roms are so much better I'm just learning to live without gps. It's sad really but what else can you do when the hardware and software don't work together?
     
  3. pastafarian

    pastafarian Pâtes avec votre foie Moderator

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    GPS reception and radio lockup issues are this phones Achilles heel. Unfortunately, the problem is hardware and cannot be fixed. A few people have reported acceptable gps performance, so getting the phone swapped for a better one might be in order. The general consensus seems to be that the gps sucks and Samsungs poor design is the culprit. I've played with several Moments and all exibited the same generally poor gps reception.
     
  4. Stoney62

    Stoney62 Well-Known Member

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    But like OP said, the GPS worked pretty good for me through CL14. It
    s been after 2.1 tht the GPS has gotten pretty bad though mine does seem to work better after a full day on the interceptor ROM.
     
  5. carnivalrejectq

    carnivalrejectq Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Damn this really sucks. IDK i enjoy the phone too much to get rid of it for that i guess. It has the best speakers ive had on any phone so far and my tours speakers were nice. At least I can get regular text maps through the google map lol .I just wish there was a copy and paste feature in the app so i dont have to keep the app open and running just to view text.
     
  6. maylea

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    Has to be a hardware issue because my GPS works fine. However, I do open GPS Test first if the phone has been off or reset as it seems to help the phone lock in faster. Other than that it tracks fine for me. Even inside the house it shows me that I am in my house. I have never had it show me in another state or country like some people report or on another street. Sprint Nav works fine as well. Oh, I do have the "use wireless networks" option turned off under location settings.
     
  7. mattbatt

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    Are you using the google Navigation app (that's still in beta) or the Sprint Navigation app? I've noticed much better performance with the Sprint app.
     
  8. ColdStart

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    I'm using the Sprint Navagation app and it has worked quite well for me. It has never shown me in another state or country. It does not seem to track me inside of my house like my Magellan GPS does, but when I step outside & get in the car it has no problem finding me. Maybe it's the reception area that I live in. I have not been out of the state since I've had this phone, so I don't know how it will work in other areas of the country. There is sometimes a lag of a few seconds when I turn onto another street for it to catch up. This is after 2.1. Actually, I don't recall it being any different with 1.5 or CL14.

    For me, I have more of a problem with the weather channel widget updating. That seem to take forever when I first power the phone on & have it set to follow me.
     
  9. carnivalrejectq

    carnivalrejectq Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I've tried using both. I like the sprint app better as it used to work amazingly well for me on the other devices but even it tottaly fails even with use mobile networks off. I was hoping that fixed the problem but it just didn't.
     
  10. mrmojoz

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    I've seen most of the common problems (data lock, airplane mode) with this phone but the GPS has been rock solid every time I've ever used it. Odd.
     
  11. zr0hero

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    I just used Google Nav for the first time other day, and it worked perfectly. Even better when you have the car adapter (google maps/nav eats the battery).
     
  12. hotani

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    Samsung's GPS chip in the Moment fails to lock onto any satellites at times, others it is too slow to be of any use.

    Also, the same issue is being reported with the Galaxy S phones (Captivate, Vibrant).

    Samsung hasn't learned anything.
     
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  13. pastafarian

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    I am already leery of Samsung because of their overall lackluster product support, but I was still looking closely at the Epic to replace the Moment in 4 months. The 2 criteria that I had to see improved/fixed were the gps and the radio lockup issue. If the Epic has the same gps performance as the Moment, it is out o my consideration! I'm not an Evo fan because of size and battery life and if the Epic is out, I'll sit tight with the Moment till a better alternative comes along.
     
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    Are there any non-Samsung phones, whether 3G or 4G, that also have a physical keyboard? I'm still not sold on an all-touch environment, but when the time comes to upgrade, I'd like a non-Samsung option.
     
  15. mattbatt

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    I've found that the GPS works better if you enable wireless networks as well as GPS.
     
  16. jasonacg

    jasonacg Well-Known Member

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    When trying to use my GPS for navigation yesterday, I noticed that it would start to give me directions, then stop working. I stopped the navigation app, started it again, and it would stop again. I tried both the Google Nav and Sprint's app...same thing.

    Went into the "GPS Status" app, and saw the GPS get a lock on satellites, but no updates after the initial fix. A reboot was the only remedy.
     
  17. SoulTerror

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    My phone refuses to get a GPS signal, no matter what app I use. Sprint Navigation, Google Maps, Navigation, Where, GeoCache. None of them will connect. Yes I have GPS on as well, and that's sitting outside with no trees around and clear skies.
     
  18. HeadlessPonch

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    Some others, including myself, have found the opposite. I guess it's whatever works for each individual phone when it comes to the Moment. :rolleyes:
     
  19. SoulTerror

    SoulTerror Well-Known Member

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    My Moment will no longer get a GPS signal. Both rooted with Radioactive Froyo and stock 2.1. Sprint is sending me a new Moment :)
     

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