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post #5 of (permalink) Old 05-29-2017, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by kellymcdonald78 View Post
It's a matter of radio and antennae design. GPS units are optimized specifically for GPS constellation frequencies, whereas Smartphones have to be built to handle a much broader range of frequencies, not just on the cellular side, but WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth. Wind doesn't affect reception to any great degree and colder is generally better (less water in the air). Rain and heavy cloud is when you tend to see a big difference (and I have when comparing my iPhone 6 and Garmin)
Good to know. I usually carry my Magellan as a backup in case anyway for redundancy, so at least I now know where the failure may be if it can't lock a satellite.Thanks for the info.

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