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    Default Re: gs3 gps sucks. 3rd phone same problem

    Or a fascinate

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    Default Re: gs3 gps sucks. 3rd phone same problem

    Quote Originally Posted by piizzadude View Post
    Or a fascinate
    Yeah, the Fascinate (Verizon) and Captivate (At&T) were basically the same phone, along with the Epic (Sprint) and Vibrant (T-Mobile). US variants of the original Galaxy S. And they all had GPSs in them that were closer to non-functional than they were to being bad. The biggest reason I chose Android over iPhone was for the turn-by-turn navigation...which was completely worthless on the Captivate. I felt ripped off.
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    Default Re: gs3 gps sucks. 3rd phone same problem

    yeah i know they were but it shows it was fact GPS and not the network.
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    Default Re: gs3 gps sucks. 3rd phone same problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Kearns View Post
    Samsungs have a GPS flaw?? No they don't. I only buy Samsung, won't take something else for free and have only bought Samsung for years now, I've never had a GPS problem with one single phone.
    You must have never owned one or the original Galaxy S variants ... Every one of them plaigued with GPS issues that never really got resolved to most people's satisfaction.



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    sure they did, they moved most people to another phone...lol

    i remember the mass exodus from the fascinate in the forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by piizzadude View Post
    sure they did, they moved most people to another phone...lol

    i remember the mass exodus from the fascinate in the forums
    Yep and a new batch every time a new software update happened that didn't improve the gps and in general made the phone worse. If I had wanted I could have gotten a free update.to the Charge or one of several other phones if I had wanted.

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    Default Re: gs3 gps sucks. 3rd phone same problem

    Yeah i went from fascinate to the charge to the rezound to the SGS3
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    Quote Originally Posted by KreepyKen View Post
    You clearly never owned a Captivate. Beautiful form factor, but you're more likely to get better GPS reception from a loaf of bread than from the phone. The GPS in my GS3 is spot on all the time.
    I just upgraded my Captivate to my S3. If my Captivate was ever different than my Garmin GPS, the Captivate was correct. Also my GPS would locate my phone to the exact coordinates, not the general area.

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    never had an issue with my S3 GPS. I sue it all of the time with my Endomondo app and it hasn't failed yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Kearns View Post
    I just upgraded my Captivate to my S3. If my Captivate was ever different than my Garmin GPS, the Captivate was correct. Also my GPS would locate my phone to the exact coordinates, not the general area.

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    Well then you were lucky. Research the forums and you will see tons of GPS complaints about the Captivate, Fascinate, and all of the other GS I series phones.

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    So jelly bean really improved my gps situation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanicenicolle View Post
    So jelly bean really improved my gps situation
    Really an OS update helped the gps?

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    Usually it isn't just an Os update. The modems and kernels are updated as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapfrog View Post
    Really an OS update helped the gps?

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    Yea I was pretty surprised too but it's a lot better.
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    I have never had an issue with GPS. Works better than my wife's TomTom actually.

    In fact, if I am in Google Maps or Earth, it not only pinpoints my house, but shows me in proper corner of my house. Pretty accurate.

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    I don't know about the use of GPS for hiking/geocaching, but it wells really well for driving. I use a Telenav GPS and it has yet to give me a wrong direction or turn command. Only thing is we have had a lot of roadwork in the past year to two so the roads don't match in those areas.
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    I chimed in a bit ago about my problem. Got s replacement & my GPS locked on in a second. Upgraded to jelly bean and now I connect to all the satellites in view as opposed to a little over half before.

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    Hi Guys...

    Well, guess what, 4th phone, never rooted, stock rom... SAME ISSUE!!!! BUT.... I found the fix.

    I use map my run almost nightly. I started taking notes about the GPS trail that it was leaving. After about 2 weeks, the trail was getting really choppy, like my GPS was jumping around. Pretty soon, I was back to the same issue. GPS kept disconnecting, showingan accuracy of 1300 meters at best, putting me in my city center (Which tells me it was calculating off of cellular satelites alone.)

    4th phone tells me that this is a settings issue, that, perhaps is really evident in my area, so I...

    1. Factory Reset
    2. After re-setting up my phone, I went into my VZ Navgator application settings, and disabled it. Been two weeks, and it's working flawlessly. Fingers crossed it had something to do with my area (Out in the country) and the Verizon BLoatware....

    Screw you verizon for creating the atrocity called VZNAV! You have pissed me off!

    Thanks for the help everyone!
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    Interestingly enough after crowing about how good the GPS is in the S3 mine began faultering today. Yep, I was cursing up a storm especially given the fact I had full signal. But I also noticed a few apps were giving me some bad issues as well, trying to launch and crashing. One was Beautiful Widgets which kept popping up the cloud animation no matter what I was trying to do and another was a theme which kept trying to start and crashed. Removed offending apps, reinstalled BW, viola! No more forced cloud animations and so far no more GPS disconnects...we'll see what happens next. Although like the above poster I did disable ATT's navigator.
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    I know I'm late to this discussion but I wanted to say that this is my only big compaint with my Samsung SGH-i997. Thinking about upgrading to the s3 but the GPS problems worry me. I see so many complaints about Samsung GPS that I think there must be a problem. My own phone loses GPS regulary in truly impossible places... from middle of remote interstate highways to downtown in major cities. The only thing that helps is and app called GPSFIX (i even bought the $$ upgrade to GPSFIX Deluxe) and it will *usually* pull in a GPS signal for me. The fact that even THAT wont get a signal sometimes tells me the phone's GPS is the problem.

    Other problem is crap battery life, but I bought 4 aftermarket replacement batteries for about $10 each so i always have a full one around.
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    Downtown, surrounded by tall buildings, almost every GPS, even stand-alone units, struggle. The unit needs to get a consistent lock on a minimum of 3 satellites to get a 2D fix, and 4 to get altitude. Tall buildings tend to block the signals and prevent the GPS from getting a consistent lock on enough satellites as you move around.

    I've had no issues with the GPS in my Sprint S3. It sometimes takes a while to get the initial fix when it's in a car, with a metal roof, but once it locates where it is I've never had an issue with it losing my position.
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    I use mine with Endomondo when I run and rarely lose lock
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