11-03-2011 01:02 AM
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  1. jamor's Avatar
    Samsung has bad rep with GPS as many know.

    HTC GPS is absolutely amazing for me.

    Will the Samsung Galaxy Nexus have the GPS fix?
    10-24-2011 04:55 PM
  2. kharrigan's Avatar
    Can anyone describe the problem for new Android users - or at least what to watch out for?
    10-24-2011 05:00 PM
  3. borgey401's Avatar
    I don't think anybody will be able to answer the OPs question since nobody except tester have used the device as a daily driver yet. I am sure GPS will be fine, Samsung has come a long way with their devices since they started. Not too sure but I don't think I have heard any issues about the SGS2 having GPS issues like the SGS did. Anyway again not too sure if the issue was hardware or software related but this device will be AOSP and all the other devices that had issues were TouchWiz so maybe this will come into play also. I wouldn't worry about it Google and Samsung have put a lot into this device. After all this device is pretty much the holy grail of Android!!!! Everybody who's into Android wants a Nexus and if they tell you otherwise they're lying!
    10-24-2011 05:09 PM
  4. CynicX's Avatar
    I believe Samsung fixed a GPS issue they had with the SGS with the SGII. If it doesn't work right I'll return the thing but I'm nearly positive this will not be an issue. I couldn't imagine Google to allow a piece of junk to roll out...
    10-24-2011 05:18 PM
  5. edoublediz's Avatar
    how in the heck would anybody be able to answer this?
    10-24-2011 05:19 PM
  6. ragnarokx's Avatar
    No GPS problems on my Samsung Nexus S
    10-24-2011 06:17 PM
  7. Officerpolabear's Avatar
    Why does everyone give Samsung a bad rep about the GPS? As far as I know, the only Samsung phones that had GPS issues (aside from the defective SGS2 units) were the SGS and family (except for half of the Epics).
    10-24-2011 06:25 PM
  8. EggoEspada's Avatar
    I believe they fixed that issue a long time ago. No longer a concern.

    Sent from my ADR6400L
    10-24-2011 06:58 PM
  9. edoublediz's Avatar
    I am pretty sure it is just me, but man, I can't stand a question like this one. I just get so irritated by it.
    its not just you, it drives me nuts!!!
    10-24-2011 07:06 PM
  10. philly's Avatar
    its a legit question.

    galaxy S had terrible GPS.. and the software updates didnt fully fix the issues.

    not everyone has already upgraded from a galaxy S or knows the entire history of samsungs GPS improvements since then, or whether or not they even have made any changes.

    I for one was curious as to whether or not they improved it by now.. so this thread was useful for me.
    10-24-2011 07:20 PM
  11. rabaker07's Avatar
    If it doesn't work right I'll return the thing but I'm nearly positive this will not be an issue. I couldn't imagine Google to allow a piece of junk to roll out...
    Imagine this:

    Nexus One Complaints Mount, Honeymoon is Over | PCWorld Business Center

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...ustomers-sour/

    http://digitaljournal.com/article/285497
    10-24-2011 07:24 PM
  12. CynicX's Avatar
    10-24-2011 07:54 PM
  13. Minacious's Avatar
    An impossible question to answer, since no one can predict the future, nor does anyone know if that future will be a device with GPS issues.

    A more appropriate question would have been, "Do you think there's a chance the Galaxy Nexus could be plagued with the same GPS issues some Samsung devices had in the past?"
    10-24-2011 08:14 PM
  14. mlb2305's Avatar
    The GPS on my Charge sucks. My DX was dead nuts accurate. If the GPS is accurate on the Nexus it is my next phone.....if not I will be going for the RAZR.
    10-24-2011 10:32 PM
  15. SpaceHippie's Avatar
    The GPS on my Charge sucks. My DX was dead nuts accurate. If the GPS is accurate on the Nexus it is my next phone.....if not I will be going for the RAZR.
    Then make sure you play with a dummy before you buy.
    10-24-2011 10:38 PM
  16. milan03's Avatar
    On my Infuse 4G GPS works just fine, on SGS2 International version works perfectly fine. I'm not sure what issue you were talking about, but I think Samsung has been making their products pretty damn perfect if you ask me.
    On the other hand my HTC Thunderbolt had some ridiculous issues with Froyo + GPS, way more than any issue I've seen on any Samsung phone.
    10-24-2011 10:43 PM
  17. stevozip's Avatar
    Don't forget that the G-Nexus has the barometric pressure sensor, which will make predicting GPS location even more accurate.
    10-24-2011 11:51 PM
  18. scottmporter's Avatar
    I had a Samsung Droid Charge for two weeks in late August -- I would launch Runkeeper, enable GPS and then start running -- the GPS lock would take anywhere from 2-4 minutes. On my current Bionic I launch Runkeeper, get taken to the enable GPS screen and by the time I check the box and go back to Runkeeper the GPS has locked on and is ready to go.

    I hope to get the Galaxy Nexus on launch day -- I hope that it doesn't have the GPS issues that the Charge had.
    10-25-2011 02:09 AM
  19. Officerpolabear's Avatar
    It really seems like Samsung has a bad rep with GPS. You heard things like:
    I'm gonna get the SGS2 but I hope it doesn't have a bad GPS like the SGS!
    And look what we have here, we got a perfectly functioning GPS on it.

    Yet you don't hear things like:
    I'm gonna get the HTC Holiday but I hope it doesn't have a bad GPS like the Inspire!
    And the Holiday will most likely have good GPS as bad GPSes aren't much of a common problem for high end phones.

    The point is that I wouldn't base my judgement of a phone off the older version because, well, that's why they make a newer version in the first place: to improve on issues that the last generation had.
    10-25-2011 06:27 PM
  20. Jdm4292's Avatar
    It really seems like Samsung has a bad rep with GPS. You heard things like:
    I'm gonna get the SGS2 but I hope it doesn't have a bad GPS like the SGS!
    And look what we have here, we got a perfectly functioning GPS on it.

    Yet you don't hear things like:
    I'm gonna get the HTC Holiday but I hope it doesn't have a bad GPS like the Inspire!
    And the Holiday will most likely have good GPS as bad GPSes aren't much of a common problem for high end phones.

    The point is that I wouldn't base my judgement of a phone off the older version because, well, that's why they make a newer version in the first place: to improve on issues that the last generation had.
    A well stated point. Perhaps so conclusive, this thread can be closed. As much as I rely on GPS for mountain biking, Google latitude and other events, it really doesn't do us any good guessing. We'll just have to wait until somewhere someone posts a video or a review of the GPS, likely not until the device is announced.

    Sent from my ADR6400L
    10-25-2011 10:34 PM
  21. JediJesus95's Avatar
    My wife's Charge has a real hard time getting a GPS lock so hopefully it's all fixed. Maybe the barometer helps.
    10-25-2011 11:56 PM
  22. nvelez's Avatar
    I used to use my Nexus One's GPS for driving purposes and hand my Galaxy S to the kids in the back. They got a kick out of watching me drive through lakes, rivers, and houses. The best was once when I turned right and it had me driving 2 more blocks straight.
    My Nexus S GPS is OK. Not as quick to lock on as my N1 but much better then my Captivate.

    Bad GPS is an absolute deal breaker for me. I'm paying full price for the Nexus so it better do everything my Nexus One did and then alot more seeing as its 2 years newer.
    10-26-2011 12:10 AM
  23. Adrynalyne's Avatar
    Nexus has more things going for it, GPS wise.


    Obviously, it has aGPS for quicker locks.

    However, it also has a barometer which (I've read) will allow for quicker GPS locks as well.
    10-26-2011 10:30 AM
  24. jamor's Avatar
    Good discussion. I think it will be a hit or miss but will definitely be a deal breaker.
    10-27-2011 11:32 AM
  25. ottscay's Avatar
    However, it also has a barometer which (I've read) will allow for quicker GPS locks as well.
    That's exactly what it's for.

    Basically, a GPS lock requires the calculation of 3 different location dimensions (plus time) from satellite vectors (Lat, Long, and altitude). By supplying an independent starting point for altitude, the barometer can greatly speed up the calculation process.

    So to answer the OP's question, the Galaxy Nexus should have one of the fastest and most precise GPS results on a phone, although obviously we'll have to see that in practice (and reviews) to know for sure.
    lembowski likes this.
    10-27-2011 12:47 PM
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