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Globalsat BT-338 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

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BT-338 contains a built-in SiRFIII Low Power Chipset for high sensitivity. It communicates with host platform (PDA, Laptop, and etc.) via Bluetooth Serial Port Profile. It also contains a replaceable battery with a large capacity (1700mAh), which enables BT-338 to run up to 17 hours. A slide battery lid makes it easy for battery removal. Petite and sophisticated design.

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      02.08.2006 20:04
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      Brilliant receiver, works in your pocket, reasonable battery life on one charge, Bluetooth.

      Hi, you want to know if it's any good yes? Well the story is; I have an HP 2210 running TomTom 5 and I had the in car Hard wired GPS aerial, you know, the funny diamond shaped TomTom one, and it was pretty good. One day I was driving down Guildford way, leafy Surrey, and that's the trouble with the TomTom Wired receiver, it's pants in trees. So I started looking around for a replacement. Obviously I couldn't easily get one to plug into the existing socket (it's TomTom) so I opted for this bluetooth receiver.

      What a difference! Whereas with TomTom I was getting maybe 1 or 2 bars in the trees, this gives me 4 or 5 (the works) all the time. I have had no trouble with it, other than the original charger packed up after 12 months or so, and I went into good old Maplins and got a new universal one for 9.99.

      My job takes me all over the South West and East and on one occasion I was in Brighton. I had to park some distance from the shop I wanted so I thought I'd put TomTom in "Walking" route mode and carry my bluetooth GPS. Well I ran out of hands and put the thing in my pocket and voila!! it still worked. Bear in mind it was a thin trouser pocket so I don't know how well satellite GPS signals propagate through lets say a Goretex Jacket, but it's worth a try, failing that get an Aquapac for it, you'd only need a small one unless you're putting the navigator in the same pouch, and they do allow signals to pass through.

      Now the technical bit, well it's the usual 12 satellites, Sirf III, WAAS enabled, blah blah, don't know about the 17 hour battery life, that may well be true on the newer ones. Mine gives me all day driving on one charge 8 to 10 hours. Set up was pretty simple as I recall, although you may need to update your TomTom files here http://www.tomtom.com/support/support.php?ID=3

      Would I buy another one, Yes
      Would I recommend it to a friend, Yes
      Is it the best receiver I've ever had, Yes

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    BT-338 contains a built-in SiRFIII Low Power Chipset for high sensitivity. It communicates with host platform (PDA, Laptop, and etc.) via Bluetooth Serial Port Profile. It also contains a replaceable battery with a large capacity (1700mAh), which enables BT-338 to run up to 17 hours. A slide battery lid makes it easy for battery removal. Petite and sophisticated design.