cumulus
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Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:15 pm

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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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:21 pm



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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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:28 pm



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

Such as what?
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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:32 pm

For battery power purposes? No clue really, just a guess.
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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:55 pm



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.
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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:59 pm

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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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:11 pm



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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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:54 pm

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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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:34 pm



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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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:13 pm



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.
 
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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:14 pm

Battery life it is then!!!!
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RE: Question About Mobile Phone / GPS.

Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:38 pm

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