Advantages Easy to use,Reliable and flexible
Disadvantages An extra item to carry around
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~~~~Introduction~~~~The following review is for a separate GPS receiver unit that connects to portable devices via Bluetooth and allows you to run satellite navigation software (satnav for short and to save me time typing).I will give an overview of the technology behind the product and then a review on my experience with using the product.GPS is a technology that I am a big fan of and it has a wide range of applications and uses in everyday life and is easily affordable for even the tightest of budgets.
~~~~What is GPS? ~~~~GPS (Global Positioning Satellites) is a network of 24 satellites which orbit the planet and were originally launched in the mid 80's by the US department of defence. It was meant for military use but civilian access was granted and allowed for the development of satnav as we know it.
~~~~Product Overview~~~~This product is an external GPS receiver that connects via Bluetooth to any product that can run satnav software for example a mobile phone, laptop or PDA.With technology moves along at an amazing rate you can easily obtain a mobile phone that has satnav and a GPS receiver built in, so why would you want a separate receiver.
~~~~Performance~~~~The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery that will hold a charge for up to 20hrs continuous use, i also purchased a car charger for mine so I can charge whilst on the move. It takes less than an hour to fully charge the unit and you are supplied with a mains adapter to allow you to use the unit from initial purchase. This unit is a 16 channel unit and is excellent at receiving and keeping the GPS signal in both open and closed areas (some units can lose the signal in built up areas and places like valleys).I have used this in alot of different locations and have hardly ever lost the signal, even when I did it quickly got the signal back.
~~~~Specifications~~~~GPS channels- 16(for faster signal pick up)
Charge Time- Less than an hour to charge fullyAccessories available- Connection available for external aerial in poor signal conditions. Car chargers and solar chargers available for keeping the unit powered on the move. Leather carry case with belt clip for ease of storage. Spare batteries to increase usage time.
~~~~Summary~~~~A fantastic unit that performs well in all terrains and has excellent usage times up to 20 hrs.Setup is simple and you are supplied with a well written simple to follow instruction booklet. With no problems in connecting to a wide range of different devices this is a flexible and reliable product that will last for years. With prices ranging from £30-£65 it is worth looking around for the best deals,i bought mine new from ebay for £35 including postage(absolute bargain).I would highly recommend this product, so throw away your tatty map book and jump on the SATNAV express.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review and please feel free to give constructive feedback. Paul
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