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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 7" Tablet, one little issue..., April 22, 2012
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This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model (Personal Computers)
Like the first review, I wasn't planning on buying this today...but after playing with the Fire and Nook and being underwhelmed with their performance, I almost left Best Buy empty handed. We stumbled upon this, and I loved it. My main problem with the other two was that they seemed very sluggish (compared to the iPad2 my fiancé has). This on the other hand, is finally a quick and responsive 7" tablet at nearly the same price as Fire. Apps just launch, graphic intensive magazine pages flow, and the touch screen keyboard is easy to use with my relatively large hands. What's more is you aren't locked into anything, get a very accurate GPS, a smart remote, bluetooth, and a nice and bright screen. I'm sure I'll be adding more praises as time goes by.

Only issue I'm having is that the compass is always 90 degrees off, it always points West instead of North. Sounds like a software issue, but time will tell. When using the GPS enabled apps, North is dead on (as you'd expect). That's the only reason I gave it four stars (I'd actually rate it a 4.8 or something, but I had to point out the issue).
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Initial post: Apr 23, 2012 3:34:13 AM PDT
did you try to calibrate the compass?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 5:48:03 AM PDT
jmh918 says:
In addition to calibrating it, you must mind your surroundings. Often, even a calibrated smartphone or tablet will have North in the wrong direction while you are driving a vehicle, due to the large amount of metal in the engine compartment. This is always a factor.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 6:41:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2012 6:50:23 AM PDT
Strand says:
I have the same app on my Droid, works fine. Yes I have calibrated it several times, and no matter what it's always off by 90 degree. It indicates that the sun is setting to the North...:-)

I understand what metal does to a compass. There is no metal within 10 yardx and the Droid shows the right direction from the same location.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:49:33 PM PDT
Eric says:
This may be a dumb question..... but are you holding the tablet in Portrait or Landscape orientation when you are 90 degrees off?

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 8:35:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2012 8:36:12 PM PDT
Joel Tesler says:
I am having the same problem. I calibrated the compass and it didn't help. It seems to be pretty definitely pointing west all of the time regardless of orientation or surroundings.

Posted on May 7, 2012 10:33:26 PM PDT
Joel Tesler says:
Apparently this is a common problem in Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb tablets. Tablets default to landscape mode instead of portrait mode like phones, and the compass app needs to compensate. Most compass apps don't compensate, but if you install Swiss Army Knife, you will see that the compass is, in fact correct. Personally, I think that Google got it wrong here, by breaking all of the apps, but the problem is not with the tablet. I found this at http://www.transformerforums.com/forum/asus-transformer-help/4757-my-compass-bearing-out-90-deg-2.html which is about a completely different tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 10:50:34 PM PDT
Strand says:
Nice find. Swiss Army Knife's compass does work just fine. Hopefully the other app designers will make the necessary changes.

Thanks
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