Compass....not so good

hugoleveille

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Aug 26, 2009
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Is it me or the compass with google maps pretty much suck ? When I just look at the compass app, its seems pretty accurate and the arrow is fixed. But when I use it in google maps, Im almost always off and the map is turning itself very often.

Anyone have this issue ???
 

sn0warmy

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Mar 26, 2009
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Yeah I messed with my compass the first day I got my 3GS. I compared it with a real compass and it was noticeably off. Like enough to mislead you very far in the wrong direction.

It appears that Apple didn't even think to test it with a real compass before releasing it. It's a liability for Apple if you ask me. I could just picture someone trying to use it to get out of the woods and get lost/die because of it and then a family member sues Apple for advertising a faulty compass as a selling point which resulted in someones death.

A bit of a stretch I know, but crazier things have happened.
 
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Badfoot

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Sep 27, 2009
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London, UK
Isn't there something about calibrating the compass ? Moving it in a figure of 8 or something.

Mine is quite accurate.
 
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