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    Default Which phone has the best GPS??

    I want to buy a new phone and GPS is really important cause I travel a lot, I also want it with great performance. 300-350$ max, I was thinking HTC one max, HTC one mini, GS3..
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    Default Re: Which phone has the best GPS??

    GPS is fairly accurate, no matter who manufactures it. Standard GPS accuracy is 15 meters, and in the US, it is about 8 meters.

    Cell phones also combine GPS accuracy with cell and wifi signals to help get a more precise location.

    Global Positioning System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    GPS.gov: GPS Accuracy
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    Hey, thanks for your reply. This site says otherwise: Best GPS 22 Cell Phones

    They ranked the SIII with a score of 46% GPS signal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikecookies665 View Post
    Hey, thanks for your reply. This site says otherwise: Best GPS 22 Cell Phones

    They ranked the SIII with a score of 46% GPS signal.
    I wouldn't trust it. If you live in the U.S. and travel a lot though, I would suggest Motorola Android devices. Motorola makes some of the best cell phone radios as they have been in the cell phone business for years. I owned two Motorola devices and they both had very reliable GPS, and data signals. When navigating, your GPS signal, and cell phone signal work in tandem to get a very reliable accuracy of where you are and with the new Google Maps version it gives you lane assist.

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    Problem with Motorola is that their not battery removable which is very important. Are there any Motorola brand that are battery removable??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikecookies665 View Post
    Problem with Motorola is that their not battery removable which is very important. Are there any Motorola brand that are battery removable??
    No. Though the Droid Maxx has the longest lasting battery of most smartphones. It can handle hours of navigation no problem. Why is a removable battery so important? I would rather have long battery life, with a non removable battery than short battery life and removable battery.

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    Maybe, but it's not gonna last forever. If the battery's life ends, is it changeable??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikecookies665 View Post
    Maybe, but it's not gonna last forever. If the battery's life ends, is it changeable??
    You would rather charge 2 or more batteries than have one phone with one battery that can last just as long as the 2? Removals batteries don't last forever either. More often than not, phones with removable batteries has shorter battery life. If your navigating in a vehicle at that, a car charger would be ideal in the first place.

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    Saw Golfdriver97's post on the GPS all being the same but like many different other products manufactured by varying manufacturers they all have varying quality. I currently have a samsung galaxy gio that is dreadful on GPS and is a particular model that is known for it when searching various forums. It would be useful to have a guide on the various models and their performance of GPS as this will be a criteria for my next mobile purchase coming up soon. Are there any out there?
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    I would also suggest Motorola. I bought Moto G 4G LTE (1st Gen.) The GPS is very good, works always indoors in house and usually with 5 meters accuracy. While walking in forest variation between two traces was 2 meters at best and 10 at worst. And I just found it at top of list: reviewgist.com/best-cell-phone-gps

    Even some new Glonass phones can't locate you indoors or at forest so there really is differences between devices.
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    My Note 3s have never had a problem with the GPS hardware or software (GPS Status, Maps, etc.) GPS Accuracy? If you aren't using some method of enhancing the accuracy of the GPS (carrier phase tracking, millimeter GPS, etc.) the accuracy is only as good as the atmospherics. GPS measures the time it takes the GPS signal to get from the satellite to the receiver. While it's true that the signal travels at the speed of light, that speed varies depending on the medium. (Light travels slower - by a very tiny amount, but enough that GPS has to account for it) near the planet than it does in free space. (A masscon "bends" the signal more, making the path longer, for instance.) So unless you're looking at the HDOP (the horizontal dilution of precision), you can't tell whether you're dead on or a few meters off in any given direction. That difference can be greater than the difference between a phone with a "good" GPS and a "bad" one. (And if the phone doesn't have eGPS, you probably won't get a reading indoors. Conversely, if it does, the indoor reading will be a lot less accurate than when it's actually reading signals from a few satellites.)

    If you want accurate GPS, get a GPS receiver that uses ground stations for correction. (The ground station knows precisely where it is and broadcasts that location, so the GPS can see how far off its calculations are. The system [with a few other enhancements] is so good that locations can be determined within a millimeter. You can know where the edge of your property is plus/minus the size of a grain of dirt.)
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    deleted i go primo app in my car android screen.. And it was preinstalled when i bought it .. Now I can't find the path for it .. And I can't re install a new one ... Im new user with android .. Please help me
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    With the zerolemon 7Ah battery, my S3 can go over two days without running out. No internal batteries come close to that many joules.

    The other advantage of replaceable batteries is that if you are in an area with spotty coverage, your battery can go dead from your phone pinging towers, without your knowing it, and leave you with no cellphone at all. If you can replace the battery, then you have a simple backup.

    While all GPS have similar accuracy, not all phones have the same sensitivity in the GPS radio receiver. My S3 sucks if the sky is cloudy, and in some cars it simply doesn't work where my girlfriend's garmin does just fine.
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    I used Uber's iPhone4 for three months, no problems with GPS signal loss. Decided to buy my own smartphone - researched everything I could find. Went with an LG Vista. It's acquisition and retention of a GPS signal was fine initially but in the 6 months since it's degraded to the point that it doesn't have a signal about 90% of the time, so I'm not even going out to drive Uber anymore. My daughter's Motorola Droid Maxx is awesome - side by side real-time GPS signal comparison - The Droid Maxx wins hands down.

    All Phones are not GPS equal.
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    Unfortunately all of the android phones I ever used work with GPS worse then any iphone even if it is older then android phone
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    This reminds me of my old iPhone those first iphones
    I tried the gps and its telling me to jump off the bridge lol

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    They all seem to work pretty well.
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    I have had horrible experiences with the GPS on the LG G2 VS980 (Verizon). That is with Android KitKat and Lollipop. When I first got the phone, the location indicator would be off the road and pointed in a direction different than my car was moving! The LG G2 was and extreme disappointment.One way I can see how screwy the GPS is, is to use an app like Google Sky Map or GPS Status. When I use either, the location randomly jumps from place-to-place. I have seen many other owners with the same problem. I would not by another LG phone because of this. [D13H4RD2L1V3: I would be interested to hear your experiences with the LG G3 and G4]

    My HTC Evo was the opposite: The GPS was great and that was my expectation. That phone would be dead on with GPS whether it was on the dashboard or in my hand on the center console.

    I am looking to upgrade and I would love to find a site that actually tests the things that matter to me in my mobile phone:

    Phone capability and functionality
    Bluetooth phone capability
    Voice command and dial capability
    GPS functionality
    For the first and last, it would be great to have some quantitative measure of capability for comparison. For example, GPS sensitivity and accuracy. If anyone knows of a site, please post a link in this thread. I disagree with Golfdriver97 and I think this would be a valuable ranking for phones.
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    having Nexus5, no problem with GPS at all, accurate, reliable
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    Hello,
    My HTC One M9 work very well, it get satellite very quickly.
    (More quickly than the MOTO E of my wife)
    Bye
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    Of the phones I've owned... S3, Nexus 5 & 6, LG g3, the Nexus 6 has been the quickest to get locked on and then hold it.
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    I also believe that GPS from all major manufactures is mostly accurate. You should choose one which has better battery backup so you can use GPS for longer duration with any Data Connection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Achint Jain View Post
    I also believe that GPS from all major manufactures is mostly accurate. You should choose one which has better battery backup so you can use GPS for longer duration with any Data Connection.
    I didn't have any issues with accuracy on the other phones... once they established satellite lock, they were all pretty much as spot on. My issues were always related to how quickly they could get that lock and how tenacious they were in holding on to it. I use Waze on my commute and with the SIII and Nexus 5, it would take a little bit of time to finally get position, and it would drop out on my drive... the Nexus 5, in particular, would lose lock and I'd have to hold the phone up to the window a bit to get it back. The SIII was often unreliable as well... The G3 wasn't too bad... but the Nexus 6 has been the best performer.

    The Nexus 6, it would get lock pretty much as soon as the Waze app would finish initializing and it would hold it steady while sitting there on the passenger's seat. And it also does a pretty good job of getting a lock even in conditions where GPS often has issues, such as indoors. I can only assume that to mean the GPS receiver is a lot more sensitive than the other phones.
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    The battery is removable from any phone...but why would you want to do that. It won't work without it.
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    although many people go for Samsung while choosing on GPS basis
    but Microsoft ( Nokia ) phones do better while using gps
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