Re: Droid X
- From: John <jhy001@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 12:22:55 -0400
On 7/22/2010 11:13 AM, Thomas T. Veldhouse wrote:
John<jhy001@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:All Droids have a real GPS receiver built in. If it cannot find
enough of the satellites if reverts to cell towers for location
data, and those are very inaccurate.
That happens on our Droid Eris only when first booting up and
sometimes when indoors. The location is often a half mile or more
off. It displays a warning when that happens.
I have a Droid X on order but am curious about the GPS. My Garmin
handheld displays the +-feet it estimates on your current
position location. Does the Droid display this? My Garmin
often gets as good as +-14 feet. Can the Droid get this good
and also keep you apprised of how accurate its estimate is?
What I'm asking above is about the uncertainty in the GPS coordinate
pair of a site you mark with the device's GPS. The latitude and
longitude numbers themselves. I use GPS to mark sites of interest so
I and others can find them again. e.g. historical sites, including
grave stone sites. Not Geocaching, which I don't have interest in,
but that would be an excellent test for the accuracy of a Droid X.
So how accurate are such saved GPS coordinates, and does the device
have an app that will give you the +/-?
How do Geocachers consider the utility of a Droid X? (another way
to get at what I need to know).
I have been screwed by printed Google maps more times than I care to admit.
Mapquest is much better on accuracy and good directions [although their
algorithms are sometimes goofy]. Mapquest and Garmin use Navteq maps and they
result in far more accurate directions than Google. So, that is not a feature
I will be using on my phone; sticking with my Garmin.
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