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Feb 20 2012
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How well does the GPS on the Vita work?

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So for all you FEB owners I'd like to know how long it normally takes your vita to lock onto your location without assistance from an internet connection.

I own a tablet that already has a GPS function unfortunately it takes about half an hour to lock onto my location without the help of an internet connection so my final debate as to which version to get rests on this.

And for anyone wondering about why my tablet might be so damned slow with locking onto a signal it seems to be a widespread problem with other owners and some have fixed it some have not it was never a big deal for me still isn't a huge deal, but if the vita shows to have an improved lock on time then I may aswell dish out the extra 20 for the launch bundle since I'm getting a memory card anyways.

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Monster Hunter
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Feb 20, 2012

It only takes a few seconds to lock on. Maybe 5-10 seconds or so.

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Feb 20, 2012

And this is with 3G and your WiFi connection off yes?

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Feb 20, 2012

jeez. Half an hour to lock onto GPS? What tablet is this? Are you trying to get a lock from inside or are you outdoors with a clear view of the sky?

I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi only model, and even when WiFi is off it takes about 5 seconds to get a 10 meter lock, and about another 5 to 10 seconds after to get a 5 meter lock.

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Feb 20, 2012

Remember your device must "see" the sky to get a lock onto the satellites. I have a GPS running watch and it only takes 30 to 40 seconds to acquire a satellite.

Anyway WRT the Vita, I think it uses the carrier's 3G signal to figure out where I am because Maps works inside the mall.

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Feb 20, 2012

I think the confusing issue is that 3G probably needs to be on since the GPS (likely aGPS) chip is attached to the 3G radio.  The 3G radio/aGPS in the Vita is the same as what is in a HSPA/GSM iPhone, hence another reason Sony selected ATT as its 3G partner.

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I am indeed outside when I attempt to get a signal, I never bought it expecting a GPS function I just need a convenient way to check my email without hauling my ginormous laptop around school. I own an Acer Iconia a100, I've read several posts saying that I should return it until I get a unit that works good but again I didnt care that much and it was a best buy black friday deal and it does its job in terms of my student life and didnt cost me an arm and a leg to own.

I guess if the vita has a gps unit inside of it that does acctually work it won't hurt to fork over the extra 20 dollars for a few extra functions that while not imperative that I have can still be useful and give me more options anyways.

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Feb 20, 2012

Ignore my previous post.  I just turned off 3G Data on my iphone and the GPS still found me almost immediately (previously, I just turned on Airplane mode, which does turn GPS off along with all other networks).  Not sure it would have worked with the map if my location wasn't already in it's cache, though.

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Feb 20, 2012

This guy uses Google Maps. I don't know if it's 3G version he's using, I can't see. Still a cool feature.


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Feb 20, 2012

That's the 3G Vita with 3G turned off and wifi turned on.  He's still loading maps from the internet.

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