Bluetooth gps navigation
Bluetooth gps navigation is now quite popular, What could be better than using your pocket pc, palm pda or bluetooth mobile phone for navigation? For the mobile phone navigation, you need a bluetooth nokia 6600 series phone like the nokia 6600, 6630, 6670 and 6680 while the requirement for the pda is for it to be bluetooth enabled.
Essentially all you need for your complete mobile satellite navigation is your pda or mobile phone, a bluetooth gps receiver, the satellite navigation software which usually comes in or with a memory card also containing the digital maps of your chosen country or region, a car charger for the pda or phone (you don't want to run out of power in the middle of nowhere) and finally a pda or phone holder to hold your precious phone/pda in place while driving. when it comes to the navigation software, the best i have used so far is the TomTom Navigation software. A lot of people ask if you require a subscription, the short answer is NO except if you want to take up a traffic subscription, once you have purchased the software that is it.
Incar dedicated navigation systems can be very expensive, with most starting from £1000 hence if you have a compatible mobile phone or pda, buying a bluetooth gps receiver and navigation software can be a cheaper alternative. There are other advantages like being able to move it from one vehicle to another, a good example being if you are renting a car. They can can also be used for navigation while walking.
A very affordable yet popular bluetooth gps receiver is the bt77, also known in some cases as itrex, but the better ones are the sirf 3 ones which are
very sensitive. They are so sensitive that they can work indoors. The best Sirf 3 bluetooth receiver I have used is the holux GPSlim 236, a very compact unit and my favourite til this day. My choice of navigation software remains Tomtom 5 for the pda and tomtom 5 mobile for the mobile phone because they are so easy to use with a very user friendly interface, I guess I am being biased.
One of the purposes of this website has been to create a definitive guide for configuring your bluetooth gps receiver to work your bluetooth enabled pda or mobile phone with your navigation software and therefore enhance a stress free bluetooth gps navigation