12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2008 9:45 AM by clarkkent26
clarkkent26 Level 2 (355 points)
When my Gps is following me, it moves in stages and is not instant. Is anyone else's like this?

MACBOOK 4, Mac OS X (10.5.4), Leopard 2.1 GHZ 250 GB HDD 4GB RAM Iphone 1 and 3G
  • Keepbritaintidy Level 1 (10 points)
    Mine is. Think that's how it works on the maps utility. There are apps currently being developed (apparently) that will give 'turn by turn' information.
  • clarkkent26 Level 2 (355 points)
    Ok. Cool. I heard that Tom Tom is coming to iphone. Would have been nice to have instant gps.
  • Andrew J Level 3 (790 points)
    Yes, it's dependant on available satellites and the phone sending intermittent signal requests. And the higher the population with GPS devices, the greater the demand. The lag can be a few seconds to a minute.
  • clarkkent26 Level 2 (355 points)
    Andrew J wrote:
    Yes, it's dependant on available satellites and the phone sending intermittent signal requests. And the higher the population with GPS devices, the greater the demand. The lag can be a few seconds to a minute.


    Shouldn't the signals be constant? What is the point of GPS if it's not instant?
  • Andrew J Level 3 (790 points)
    The signal is constant but it's dependant on your location and line of sight (satellites don't cover every square inch of country) The iphone only asks for the signal intermittently to save on battery life.
  • barshnik Level 1 (85 points)
    My Nokia works perfectly running Symbian TomTom talking to a separate bluetooth GPS receiver (about the size of a 9V battery.)

    Has anyone tried pairing the iPhone to a bluetooth GPS receiver? I'd like to see if this might be a higher quality alternative to using the built-in GPS, at least for in-car navigation?
  • Andrew J Level 3 (790 points)
    iPhone bluetooth only syncs with selected bluetooth headsets and handsfree devices, not even stereo headsets.
  • clarkkent26 Level 2 (355 points)
    Andrew J wrote:
    iPhone bluetooth only syncs with selected bluetooth headsets and handsfree devices, not even stereo headsets.


    NEW PROBLEM. I am using the GPS at home now, but it's saying i am in a different road and not at home. What a load of ****.
  • Andrew J Level 3 (790 points)
    When you're indoors, the GPS won't work, it triangulates via closest phone towers. Walk out side and see if it locates you.
  • clarkkent26 Level 2 (355 points)
    Andrew J wrote:
    When you're indoors, the GPS won't work, it triangulates via closest phone towers. Walk out side and see if it locates you.

    Ok. Thanks
  • Suprcynic Level 1 (0 points)
    Are you seriously complaining that it won't find your exact location when you're in your house? Do you even know how GPS works.... like with satellites.... Like a roof might get in the way of your phone "seeing" a satellite?
  • clarkkent26 Level 2 (355 points)
    Suprcynic wrote:
    Are you seriously complaining that it won't find your exact location when you're in your house? Do you even know how GPS works.... like with satellites.... Like a roof might get in the way of your phone "seeing" a satellite?

    I do know how GPS works Mr 5 posts. AGPS works fine indoors as i have it on my Tom Tom. And i am using my wifi or 3G. SO it works fine. I have sorted the problem.