GPS is not too impressive

richardya

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I read the bug fix where, you need to turn off 3G then go to maps then back to settings and turn 3G back on, however it only SOMETIMES works and is a real pain.

Does anyone else have this issue? Is there a fix in the works? The whole map app seems poorly designed. It is hard to clear it (drop pins) and seems to not always go to the blue dot and sometimes just does the "old non-3g" gps where it gives you just a general area.

I understand there is an APP in development that will load golf courses and through the app+GPS you will be able to see your distance to the hole. The proximity does not seem to be accurate enough for that.
 

Voltaic Shock

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I don't have these issues with GPS on my iPhone.

Sometimes the phone might not have a connection to the satellites and that would make it give you the blue circle.
 

Quake97

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The GPS works very well for me as well. I've only had my 3G for a week though. As long as I'm not in a large building with multiple floors, I can get a signal.

Joe
 

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GPS has worked 99.9% of the time for me, and is within approx. 10-20 feet every time, which is HIGHLY accurate for such a simplified GPs tool. Great for getting yourself un-lost while on the go. It works quick, if in good 3G range. Still works adequately with Edge. (The handheld GPS units are pimp...the ones that locate you to the SPOT. I miss mine (broke it while camping years ago....long story, horrible end).
 

jarofclay73

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I read the bug fix where, you need to turn off 3G then go to maps then back to settings and turn 3G back on, however it only SOMETIMES works and is a real pain.

Does anyone else have this issue? Is there a fix in the works? The whole map app seems poorly designed. It is hard to clear it (drop pins) and seems to not always go to the blue dot and sometimes just does the "old non-3g" gps where it gives you just a general area.

I understand there is an APP in development that will load golf courses and through the app+GPS you will be able to see your distance to the hole. The proximity does not seem to be accurate enough for that.
1. I don't have that problem.

2. I rarely use Google Maps for real-time GPS. I have other programs like AirMe, Distance Meter, and Loopt. I also have turn-by-turn GPS in my car already.

3. The accuracy of the GPS can be skewed by tall buildings. You need a straight shot to the satellites. On a golf course, it's more likely that your GPS will be more accurate. Unless it's broken.
 

Lauting

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Give this a try....

I read if your outdoors and not getting a gps postion then turn off your location services then turn on wifi and then go into maps and then it will ask you do you want to turn location services on, so turn this on and bingo you get a gps postion.

This seems to work for me.
 

richardya

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Didn't realize the issue with tall buildings, thank you.

80% satisfied with it.
 

Owgasm

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works in the open 100% times for me.

Depending on building location, your location in the building and type of building will give you the "broad area" you are in.

But i'm happy with it. In a car, stop, check direction, memories it, drive there. :) then do it again if you forget. Be patient.
 

iksn

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It works excellent for me! Better than anything I had working on a Blackberry....
Am I an exception, or do we just hear from complainers?
 

markd97

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GPS is Horrible compared to other cell phones. Let's be honest. This is not the GPS I was waiting for. If my cheap little Samsung something or other can give me turn by turn audio navigation then what is Apple waiting for? iPhone III?
 

jarofclay73

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GPS is Horrible compared to other cell phones. Let's be honest. This is not the GPS I was waiting for. If my cheap little Samsung something or other can give me turn by turn audio navigation then what is Apple waiting for? iPhone III?
Turn by turn is coming. Is that your only complaint about the GPS? By the way, Apple NEVER promised turn-by-turn audio navigation. If you expected it, then that's your fault.
 

markd97

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Turn by turn is coming. Is that your only complaint about the GPS? By the way, Apple NEVER promised turn-by-turn audio navigation. If you expected it, then that's your fault.
No, how about 5 bars, 3G and the message, "Cannot connect to Internet to find current location". Maybe this is ATT but it is FRUSTRATING when you are use to other cell phone GPS devices that work ALL the time. "Apple NEVER promised turn-by-turn..." That comment is irrelevant since Apple didn't promise ANYTHING before the announcement of the 3G. When rumors fly and you hear that the new phone will have GPS you expect it to be the BEST GPS EVER. Instead you get a watered-down imitation of GPS. What I EXPECTED was cutting edge from Apple. This GPS is something you would have been AMAZED by 5 years ago when GPS was FIRST introduced. Apple users, and I am Mac all the way, come to expect a certain level of excellence and innovation. Apple dropped the ball on GPS. To defend an obviously inferior feature is to accept less than excellence and allow Apple to give their loyal customers lip service. When Apple doesn't deliver they need to be told. That is the only way Apple can remain the great company it is today. Blaming the messenger will not correct the problem.
 

iksn

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After reading your last post, I can see part of the reason you're so bitter about iPhone gps. I have never once, I repeat never, seen the message: "cannot connect to the Internet to find current location". I know I read a lot about problems like these and can see why someone that can't get their device to work properly would be pissed. I'd get a replacement that works so you'll be ready when a turn by turn is implemented.
Sorry, don't shoot the messenger.
 

OJsakila

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As far as the GPS showing my global position via satalite...It works prfectly. If I give it a minute to locate me and not expect it to show my positon in 2.3 seconds, it works with 100% accuracy....