12-01-2011 07:05 AM
12-01-2011 10:01 PM
Just got the Lenovo K1 tablet and I'm glad there's a forum where we could help each other out. Seems like a great tablet so far.
I already have a standalone GPS device but was curious to see if I could use the K1 as well.
In terms of the GPS on the K1, I just wanted to correct some misinformation that's out there.
- The Lenovo K1 uses the Broadcom BCM4751 Integrated Monolithic GPS Receiver.
- A-GPS as it's implied here is not a lesser form of GPS. If anything, it's a 'smarter' form of GPS by using additional information and network services. In any case, the K1 doesn't have a A-GPS chip.
So if you could download the maps on your device, theoretically this could function like a standalone GPS device. I'm still looking for a GPS app that has offline maps. If anyone knows of one, please let me know.
12-02-2011 06:20 AM - edited 12-02-2011 06:32 AM
Sygic is another one.
But someone has already tried them. Please let us know if they work now.
EDIT: Since it is a dedicated GPS then what could be the issue, programming ?
12-02-2011 06:45 AM
I took my tablet (K1_A301_12_12_111109_US) for an experiment. It did take longer to get a lock than I would have liked (anywhere from 13 seconds to over a minute), but it did get a lock. I was in my car, but with no mobile wifi, so the experiment was a test of getting a lock on the satellites without the aid of A-GPS. Google Maps worked without an internet connection, though I did cache the maps by bringing them up on the tablet while I was at home, before the experiment. Performance-wise, it acts a lot like the GPS II I have from Garmin which was made back in the '90s. Switching apps (from GPSTest to Google Maps) also seems to force it to hunt for a lock again. It is not great, but it is functional, at least for my purposes. It doesn't get a lock nearly as fast as my HTC Evo 4G. Hopefully this is can be improved by a software update.
12-02-2011 06:58 AM
12-02-2011 07:51 AM