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ottawastones

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Why are my apps inaccurate?
« on: July 23, 2015, 15:14:08 »
When we go caching as a family, we take a Garmin GPSr, an iphone and an Android tablet, both of which have the official geocaching app installed.
The GPSr is reliable - accurate and predictable.
the iphone is ok when it "works", but sometimes it's inaccurate, jumpy and unpredictable.
the Android tablet is hopeless.  seems to work, seems to know where it's going, but is usually way off.

Am I doing anything wrong?  Can I improve the performance of the apps?

BlackRose67

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Re: Why are my apps inaccurate?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2015, 08:22:51 »
It's not the apps that are inaccurate, it's the capability of the GPS chips in them.

Phones/tablets with GPS and GLONASS chips will be much more accurate than with just a GPS chip.

What brand/model is your tablet?


ottawastones

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Re: Why are my apps inaccurate?
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2015, 14:28:37 »
the Phone is the Apple iPhone 4... and it's not bad.  But the tablet - a Google Nexus 7 - is so badly all over the place that it's totally useless.
Thanks for helping.

BlackRose67

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Re: Why are my apps inaccurate?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2015, 12:18:05 »
The Nexus 7 (original and 2013 versions) apparently is known for having GPS issues.

There was supposedly a software update issued for the Nexus 7's GPS problem quite some time ago.

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Re: Why are my apps inaccurate?
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2015, 14:33:22 »
See http://www.canadascapitalcachers.ca/forum/index.php?topic=1311.0 for a discussion on this matter.....

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ottawastones

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Re: Why are my apps inaccurate?
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2015, 19:24:09 »
Thx for the answers, guys.  My tablet has all the updates installed... is there anything else I can check or download?