Compass....not so good

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by hugoleveille, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. hugoleveille macrumors member

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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 ???
     
  2. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    I don't have a 3GS so I cant compare but have you tried testing it with a real compass?
     
  3. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, I'd say mine is off by about 45 degrees at all times. I just pretend that there is no compass so it doesn't piss me off.
     
  4. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  5. Badfoot macrumors 6502

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    Isn't there something about calibrating the compass ? Moving it in a figure of 8 or something.

    Mine is quite accurate.
     
  6. hugoleveille thread starter macrumors member

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    Mine is accurate in the compass apps, but on google maps it just sucks....
     
  7. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Make sure your not near anything magnetic because it's effected just like a real compass....
     
  8. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    You might want to try calibrating your compass. Mine's pretty accurate in Maps.
     
  9. Acronym macrumors 68000

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    yup the maps app will even tell you to re-calibrate your compass in a figure 8 motion
     
  10. a27 macrumors regular

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    A real compass???
    That is so 4th century BC!
     

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