05-15-2011 04:06 PM
If you're still having trouble with GPS, make sure you give it adequate time to download ephemeris data from the satellites, especially if you haven't used it for a few days or if you've changed locations much since the last time you used it. This process appears to take well over a minute, in some cases several minutes.
Also critical, perhaps, is that the GPS antenna appears to be located in the lower right corner of the device. If you're holding it fairly tightly in your right hand, or otherwise blocking that corner much, you could be significantly affecting the readings.
07-30-2011 02:03 PM
08-02-2011 02:21 PM
08-02-2011 02:27 PM
I have done this with both Bing Maps and Magellan Compass. I get a strong reading, but the location comes up as Chapel Hill, NC when I'm at work and logged into the office suites hotspot. When at home on home wifi and, I would assume, logged into other Wi-Fi networks, I get an accurate reading, FYI- I'm in Richmond, VA
08-02-2011 02:40 PM
The GPS doesn't give locations as city/state, so I can't quite say what that all may mean.
Try this instead:
1. Download the Compass app.
2. Run it and wait for it to stabilize... since you can't trust its "accuracy" reading, try waiting for a few minutes and possibly watch until only the last few digits of the lat/long coordinates are changing regularly.
3. Plug those coordinates into Google Maps and see where you are according to it.
By the way, you can do this test with and without WiFi enabled, as the GPS does NOT itself need WiFi to get your position. It does, however, need the PlayBook to have line-of-sight visibility of four or more satellites, not much atmospheric humidity, no tall structures nearby that may reflect the signals and confuse the receiver, and perhaps most importantly not have your hand or anything covering the lower-right corner where the GPS antenna seems to be.