My GPS scenario & Bluetooth quest.
As I embark in the next chapter of in-car computing, I find myself diving into one of the most useful applications for the car - GPS.
I already did the software research, and it was a close toss-up between Destinator 3 and iGuidance 2.0, but after a day's worth of reading on here and other 3rd-site reviews, I chose the latter. My decision on this was mostly due to-
price: iGuidance is cheaper
software: iGuidance comes with both PC and PPC software
features: iGuidance has better info for US users, and D3 seems better for European users
bonus: 3d view in iGuidance shows street names
As for hardware, I'm still in a pickle. I guess the easy way is to just go with a usb connected gps device. Iguidance even sells a package to include one. It came out to be around $90 for the Royaltek gps device alone. Then I realized I might want to look into a GPS unit that I could use with both my carPuter, and my Dell Axim x30h PPC. (this was a major reason I decided on iGuidance - yes, I know about mapmonkey). At times, I ride in my girlfriend's car or go on road trips in other people's "non-gps/pc" cars (ugh), so it's nice if I can still utilize my GPS w/my PPC hehe.
I looked around on ebay and found some that were in the $100-$150 (shipped) range. This was only slightly more then the Royaltek Sapphire usb one that came with the iGuidance package, so I figured I might as well go bluetooth. Once I decided on the fairest priced units, I went around searching for reviews on the web, as well as if any mp3car users had any.
I've narrowed it down to two units: the Rikaline GPS-6031-X7 and the HOLUX GR-231. The Rikaline is a tad bit cheaper and I think has a longer battery life. The Holux had some reviews that stated it had faster hot/warm/cold boot times. I'm still undecided, and may spend a few more days investigating these two as well as any other units I come across.
My question is, has anybody had any serious issues with bluetooth GPS receivers? I know it's still an early development for them, so I'm always concerned with new technology still being too infantile. Does anybody have experience with slowness in compared to a "wired" GPS receiver? I want my setup to just allow me to get straight to GPS and have it ready when I touch that button on the screen. I'm willing to sacrifice the whole bluetooth/gps setup if it's too complex. Lastly, does anybody have recommendations on bluetooth GPS receivers they are currently using and are very happy with or planning to buy and why? Speed? Battery life? Satellite signals? Accuracy?
Thanks much for any feedback.