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I am comparing the behavior of "Compass" program from Smart Tools and the "natural" old-fashion physical compass and see the former is not working correctly. Is this a manufacturing defect or by design behavior?

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Have you calibrated it? Normally you have to wave the device around in a figure 8 pattern or some other silly motion. –  Matthew Read May 15 '12 at 15:47
    
Should I run some program at the same time? –  Suzan Cioc May 15 '12 at 15:54
    
I would assume the Compass app would have an option for this, but I'm not familiar with the Tab unfortunately. –  Matthew Read May 15 '12 at 15:58
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