Join Date:Joined: Dec 2010
Samsung Galaxy 10.1 vs Asus TF GPS
I've been following this thread, but might have missed comparatives. So here is something I've tried, hopefully new to the thread.
I've had 2 Acer A500 tablets before, returned both only because of the microphone. My wife has a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, so I decided to compare her GPS performance to that of my new TFP.
To the point where I began the comparison, I had not been able to get mine to work (see GPS satellites, except 1 or 2 sporadically, and not lock at all).
I had discovered GPS Test, GPS Status, GPS Essentials, GPS Doctor, and they were on both machines. No satellites on my TFP visible, but the Tab was seeing 7-11, locking on 6-9. All this inside a second story bedroom. The Tab was operating the way I remember my A500s did. The signals on the Tab were strong (green).
Oddity: Just after I locked in with the Tab, I noticed that for some reason, the TFP was now seeing satellites, and locking. The signals were all weaker, yellow, but it was locking on to some and giving GPS lock. I also noticed that after getting a lock on 5-6, it would seem to reset back to seeing nothing and work its way back up again (GPS reset problem?).
Thought I was not going to have to return it, but I can't reproduce the behavior on my TFP anymore. Now, even after hard reset, no lock. I've tried many combinations of airplane mode, GPS on, test, wifi on, test, hard reset and even one factory reset. My gut feeling is that either (1) GPS antenna isn't feeding a decent signal to chip, or (2) there is some sporadic GPS reset problem on my TFP.
I would like to be able to navigate with my TFP in the car, wifi or not, so expect GPS to work.
So I guess, unless this is magically fixed by a software update soon, I will have to work with Asus / Best Buy to repair/replace/return this. Frustrating, and that Tab of my wife's is now on sale at Costco for $430, with ICS update just around the corner. Asus bleeding edge, bah.