Google maps on Droid inherently bad?
GPS and Google maps on Thunderbolt is very frustrating. Google maps on my Storm 1 was great, FAST and ACCURATE.
I have tried two "fixes" GPSfix and GPS Status - both were MARGINALLY better, but neither could pinpoint my house OR EVEN GET INSIDE MY 2 ACRE YARD.
And WHY SHOULD I NEED A "FIX"? Shouldn't Google maps work right out of the box?
I live in a solid 4G area and get a strong 4G signal PLUS I have WiFi. I have a lot of trees, but none covering a satellite view of my house.
On Thunderbolt (this is my first Droid so I don't know how it is on Droid's in general) it is very slow, has to hunt for a long time to find me - and is often times W-A-Y off the mark, sometimes up a a half mile off the mark!!!!
On my Storm 1, Google maps would track me from room to room in my HOUSE!
On my Thunderbolt, it can't even find it's way inside my YARD. It says I'm in my neighbors driveway 500 feet away.
Why the HUGE difference?
- 04-04-2011, 01:35 PM #2
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- 04-04-2011, 01:48 PM #8
Google maps v5.3 - just downloaded it.
Well Google maps has found my house!! It still takes a minute to get out of my neighbors yard. And it ALMOST follows me around my house like Google maps did on my BB....but still not as accurate. I suppose it's close enough, it just errks me that I have to settle for "good enough" on a phone that is 2 and a half years newer than my old phone.
- 04-04-2011, 08:12 PM #11
For whatever reason the GPS is just not as good on this Droid as it was on the Storm 1. Not only that, but I didn't have to DO anything to make it good - no special settings, no app "fixes", no rooting, etc.
I know some of the guys here are ga-ga over Droid (I am slowly getting used to this new phone - and I like it OK) but I buy a phone to USE, I don't buy a phone to have as a hobby and tinker with all the time.
- 04-04-2011, 08:41 PM #13
Mine is pretty much perfect now. Ran into issues with an early BAMF build but later realized I didn't have all of the options checked but it's flawless now. Heck, I'd take the abysmal performance of the Fascinate GPS on early builds before I'd even consider going back to a failberry.
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- 04-04-2011, 11:19 PM #20
A++++++=++ would buy again!!!11! (if it weren't free )
- 04-04-2011, 11:35 PM #21
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Your initial experience was probably bad because you weren’t able to obtain satellite link inside your house so the phone was reverting to the other methods of obtaining your location (wifi network or cell tower triangulation) which is much less accurate.
You need 3 or more satellites to triangulate your position. In general, the more satellites you are receiving data from the more accurate your device will be. When in a house your satellite signal will be weak and you may not be connecting to very many satellites, which would explain your minor inaccuracy.
Try obtaining results from different times of the day as the satellites are in different locations in the sky and may give you better results. You can monitor your satellite connection with the app mentioned above.
- 04-05-2011, 12:43 AM #22