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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tornado70, May 28, 2011.

  1. tornado70

    tornado70 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I'm looking at getting this phone, but notice lots of comments on the net about the gps not working.

    Is this still the case? how reliable is it now ?

    I see it's also mentioned in the faq, and that states it is still unreliable, but just want to check if that is still the case.

  2. KingsleyM

    KingsleyM Newbie

    I'm afraid so. Under good conditions (out in the open) it can be quite usable but in a city or on a bad day (how can GPS have a bad day?) it is useless. However the rest of the phone is excellent although it does use the battery quickly.
    I had a Palm before and so already had a Bluetooth GPS receiver which I use for navigation.
  3. robogo

    robogo Android Enthusiast

    Um... my SGS works unbelievably good with GPS, better than my Desire I used to have. Lock while driving approx 80 km/h takes some 30 seconds, tops.
  4. Denniizzz

    Denniizzz Newbie

    only the first connection with the gps satellite you have to be in the open. Inside your house it wont get connected.
    once you are connected it works fine! perhaps downtown in a very busy city the gps won't work 100% perfectly but i doubt any navigation system will do in such a situation
  5. tornado70

    tornado70 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the replys.

    Still unsure what issues this phone has, have just ordered one so I guess I will find out soon.

    Been asking on another forum and a few responses say it has no issues, so majority seem to think it's ok.

    Mabey the most recent updates will help out.
  6. snapper.fishes

    snapper.fishes Android Expert

    It seems to depend on the weather strangely enough. On a cloudless day I can connect up to 7 satellites. On a cloudy day I can only connect to one or two.
  7. Burgundy

    Burgundy Lurker

    I've noticed gps to be VERY inconsistent at best. Turning wireless networks off then back on seemed to work this morning.

    This phone has so many glitches, it's annoying. I'm finding some fixes, but it's a pain. I've had this phone for about 20 days now and I hate it. The desire kicked this phones butt hands down. It's sad.
  8. robogo

    robogo Android Enthusiast

    It did, if we're talking about stock, unmodded phones.

    When you modify them, however... :D
  9. tornado70

    tornado70 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Out of interest, what mods are you refering to ?
  10. droid416

    droid416 Member

    I have had many issues with GPS lately that I didn't have before. Sometimes it takes more than five minutes to find my location, whether I'm in the city or in the suburbs, and during that time I can't search for where I'm going. Sometimes I'm driving happily along and it will go to "searching for satellites" and never find them, today the whole phone froze up when that happened and I had to pull out my battery to reset it.

    Also, you'd think that it would pick the fastest routes, but it doesn't, and sometimes it gives just plain stupid directions. I know it's a free app, but Google has set such high standards, I expect way better from them.
  11. KingsleyM

    KingsleyM Newbie

    Since upgrading to Gingerbread (stock, 3 mobile, UK) I have noticed that the GPS appears better. It seems to be more sensitive and quicker in getting a lock.
    Apart from some USB weirdness Gingerbread seems excellent.

    @tornado70 - You made the right decision to buy a Galaxy
  12. tornado70

    tornado70 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Mine has still been working well, gps locks on within 20 seconds or so which is fine.
    Very happy with the phone, running Darky's 2.3 custom Rom.

    Only issue I now have is charging the battery. It charges to 100% but when you unplug the cable the battery drops instantly to anywhere between 40% and 80%.

    Anyone elese have this? Google finds many people with same issue on just about every make of phone, but no solution as such (that I have seen).
  13. antoeknee

    antoeknee Well-Known Member

    Might be worth running batteryu completly flat (until phone turns off) then recharge overnight. Repeat proces a coule of times.

    This is technique other users have reported as working.
  14. tornado70

    tornado70 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Cheers for that, but I actually did that during the battery calibration, as detailed on an other thread. Didn't help.
    Although the battery is certainly lasting longer now. With moderate use I get about 35 hours where as before would struggle to get 10 hours.
  15. KingsleyM

    KingsleyM Newbie

    I am getting 25% discharge a day with WiFi on, background data off (Exchange server still pushes my emails to Touchdown client).
  16. robogo

    robogo Android Enthusiast

    Lagfix alone did it for me.

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