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Old 12-05-2006, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, this is a mini review of the GPS feature of the Blackberry 8100.

I got my Bluetooth GPS by mail. It's a 32 channel but I am questioning if it really is a 32 channels though. I have a feeling he just slap a sticker on it to say 32 channels. But I am not here to complain about that, I am here to give you my review.

For a cheap GPS device, I will say it's good but I think I rather have the real GPS device though. What I found is on the 8100, the device is somewhat slow in loading up the maps but most of the time, it load quickly. Now if you set up for directions than the map loading is quite quick because it already pre-load the maps into the phone.

The way it gives you directions is, it highlight the route you need to take. That's it. It doesn't give you directions which to turn to make. But than again, I may not have set it up correctly though. I will try again and see if I can make it give me directions.

I don't don't know if it is the GPS device or the phone but I find that sometimes it is slow in telling you where you are currently at. Most of the time, it should tell you where you are at.

Is it worth it? For a simple and cheap GPS, I say it's worth it but you may find that you want to pay more and get the real GPS device for your car.
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How much? From where? I also have been looking.
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How much? From where? I also have been looking.
I got it from Ebay.

Since there's so many Bluetooth GPS there, you can get it fairly cheap. I got mine for $49.99. You should not have to spend no more than $60. So if you get outbid, just bid on another one.
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Please share more details about this device and its operability. Sound like low cost and why not try type of device that lacks the speed and bells and whistles but no monthly fee and a cheap price?
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There are a bunch on buy GPS Now, Global Positioning System, Navigation Products for Pocket PC PDA, Dell Axim, HP, iPAQ. A couple are under $60.
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Please share more details about this device and its operability. Sound like low cost and why not try type of device that lacks the speed and bells and whistles but no monthly fee and a cheap price?
It's not the bluetooth receiver that charges the monthly fee. It's the type of software that you use. For example, Telenav charges $9.99 a month. That's software, not hardware.
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What software do you use?
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I don't use it that often, but I'm fine with the BBMaps. I also tried the Wayfinder trial, which is pretty good because it has voice guidance. Wayfinder only costs $99 one time and no monthly fee.
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The one that is under $60 (59.99) is preorder. Wonder if you can't order yet, how come people were able to review it. It has 15 eviews & all of them are positive. I am little suspicious.Return policy sucks:15% restocking fee will be charged for refund. Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable. No exchange is allowed after 15 days!

I will wait for something I can buy in store (eg Fry's) try it out and return if not satisfied without hassel.
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The one that is under $60 (59.99) is preorder. Wonder if you can't order yet, how come people were able to review it. It has 15 eviews & all of them are positive. I am little suspicious.Return policy sucks:15% restocking fee will be charged for refund. Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable. No exchange is allowed after 15 days!

I will wait for something I can buy in store (eg Fry's) try it out and return if not satisfied without hassel.
Which one did you look at? There are 2 of them. This one is in stock:

Emtac BTGPS III Bluetooth GPS Receiver(Free Arkon Vent Mount)
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Which one did you look at? There are 2 of them. This one is in stock:

Emtac BTGPS III Bluetooth GPS Receiver(Free Arkon Vent Mount)
Thanks for pointing.

It says 4 aaa cells. So what would the 12V DC Charger be for?
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It says 4 aaa cells. So what would the 12V DC Charger be for?
My guess is that you have the option of using batteries or the charger. Or, if you use re-chargeable batteries, then it may charge them.
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I got my Bluetooth GPS by mail. It's a 32 channel but I am questioning if it really is a 32 channels though. I have a feeling he just slap a sticker on it to say 32 channels.
Highly unlikely. Even if it was 32 channels, that feature would be useless as you can only see 12 satellites from any point on Earth at any given time.
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