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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by blonkster, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. blonkster

    blonkster Member
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    Before I get my SGS swapped due to wobbly GPS, I tried again today with patchy clouds in the UK and the GPS was jumping between 30m and 10m according to GPS test, with an occasional 5m.

    This seems better than before, but I wondered how good I can expect it to be.

    Is 5m as good as it gets? If so how often do you all get this, is it variable with weather, location, tall buildings etc?

    I'm indoors now and cannot get any of the 9 satellites in view to lock on (stength from 12-20).

    I've seen others say they get locks indoors - how do you all find it?

    Am I expecting too much and is my OCD is kicking in? ;-)



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  2. larryccf

    larryccf Well-Known Member

    i've had some question about how accurate the GPS Test program's reporting is - even when it's shown 21 ft accuracy i know it'd demonstrating better - i was out in front of the house - there's another street that "T's into my street and google maps if zoomed would show me exactly where i was standing, ie, center of the T or to one side of the street, exactly where i was standing, when i'd zoom in
  3. blonkster

    blonkster Member
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    I've read that Google Maps will 'snap' to roads- probably for car sat nav.

    Have you tried the same away form a junciton - maybe near a landmark?
  4. larryccf

    larryccf Well-Known Member

    that doesn't explain when i move to the side of the road, literally on the edge, that that is where it shows me

    if i stand in the center of the road coming into mine, just shy of the path of cars on my street, that's where it shows me

    if i walk to the back edge of my property where it backs up to another road it literally shows me exactly where i'm standing

    when it's working - when it's not, it's two or three lots off (1000 - 1500 feet)
  5. winchuff

    winchuff Lurker

    Google Navigator snaps to roads.

    Google maps does not
  6. blonkster

    blonkster Member
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    I see, thanks.

    Do you know if the accuracy of the device can beter than 5m?

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