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Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.  
User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2390 times:

I have the new HTC Touch HD and think it's fabulous.

However, it has a built in GPS reciever which is common place in a lot of phones now which can be used in conjunction with Google Maps etc which can be very useful.

However, there is a option to "Turn GPS Off" when running Google Maps and your position is determined by your proximity to whichever Cellular transmitter you are being paired with. This now gives my position "Accurate to 2800 Meters" - great!

With the GPS on it is accurate to 10 (sometimes 5) meters, so why give a option to turn it off - certainly when there is no data charge to use the GPS receiver?


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2389 times:



Quoting Cumulus (Thread starter):
With the GPS on it is accurate to 10 (sometimes 5) meters, so why give a option to turn it off - certainly when there is no data charge to use the GPS receiver?

So other commercial applications won't be able to locate your exact position. But keep in mind, it will still be active for emergency services purposes (if so-equipped in your area).



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User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2388 times:



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 1):
won't be able to locate your exact position

Such as what?



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User currently offlineDragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

For battery power purposes? No clue really, just a guess.


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2374 times:



Quoting Cumulus (Reply 2):
Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 1):
won't be able to locate your exact position

Such as what?

"Nearest" functions (ATMs, restaurants, etc), traffic warnings, things like that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Location_Based_Services pretty much sums it up.



"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

Hang on, I'm getting confused here. As per my original point, why would I want to turn it off in the first place?!


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2356 times:



Quoting Cumulus (Reply 5):
Hang on, I'm getting confused here. As per my original point, why would I want to turn it off in the first place?!

I'm sure some people would prefer to opt out of the location-based advertising feature it can also provide...Or to help quell the fears of the conspiracy theorists in the bunch.  Wink



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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

I have the HTC Touch Pro. I was running a GPS tracking program on it, but it significantly reduced battery life. By significant, I mean 10-20% of not using it. It was also using a setting that turned on the GPS sensor to get current position, then turning off. The receiver is defiantly more accurate than 5-10 meters.


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User currently offlineCasInterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4669 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2313 times:



Quoting Cumulus (Thread starter):
With the GPS on it is accurate to 10 (sometimes 5) meters, so why give a option to turn it off - certainly when there is no data charge to use the GPS receiver?

I have to go with a lot of other folks on here, the battery life goes quickly.
I ran into this with the IPHONE while driving in the Mountains, with the IPOD going and the 3G towers as well.



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9524 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2302 times:



Quoting Dragon6172 (Reply 3):
For battery power purposes?

That would be my bet.

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 7):
I was running a GPS tracking program on it, but it significantly reduced battery life.

Bingo.


User currently offlineCumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

Battery life it is then!!!!


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

I use the Nokia 6110 & the GPS is very accurate.
The Battery life is excellent too.
regds
MEL.



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