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    Bluetooth or USB GPS receiver?

    I'm looking to get a GPS receiver, but I'm torn between getting a BT one or an USB one. It seems like the USB ones are much cheaper, while they do the same thing. The benefit of BT would be wireless and can easily be used for other devices (PDA's etc) too.

    Is there any other benefits of having a BT one that I'm missing.

    I'm basically looking at the BU-303 for USB or the GR-236 for BT. This GPS will only be used for my carputer, nothing else. So what would you guys recommend?

    Please help. Thanks!

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    well i just bought a holux gr-211, which is a really small usb gps mouse. i decided against BT cuz you gotta keep the battery charged all the time and its just another frequency that could be interfered with. the wired take more time to install obviously if u want to make it look clean, but the longterm ease of not having to charge it all the time is better IMO.

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    The simpler it is, the fewer things can go wrong with it, so I'd recommend a plain simple GPS mouse.

    Having said that, I do currently use the 236. It is connected to the USB of my PC. It does behave as a "normal" mouse, meaning when I start the pc, the 236 wakes up (no need to turn its power button on), and when the computer is turned off, even the "mouse" looses its power and goes off. Very infrequently I remove the 236 from my setup, and I am able to use it for walking, for example, with my PDA Phone via its Bluetooth connection.

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    BlueTooth seems like an overcomplication for GPS mouse
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    I have the BT-338 for my PDA.. A bit of a different setup, but 17 hours of operation time from the battery...... I haven't charged it in 2 weeks, still going strong.

    Why is BT over complicating the matter, I can take it from car to car, and i'm not locked to one setup.. Turns its self off after 10 mins of no BT signal..

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    You still have to charge it after a while..
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    Quote Originally Posted by F6 UTE
    I have the BT-338 for my PDA.. A bit of a different setup, but 17 hours of operation time from the battery...... I haven't charged it in 2 weeks, still going strong.

    Why is BT over complicating the matter, I can take it from car to car, and i'm not locked to one setup.. Turns its self off after 10 mins of no BT signal..
    Because for a device that is constantly on, you will constantly need to keep it charged. For most people, GPS mice sit in one place all the time and never move. For some, they are moved once in a blue moon. It just seems more logical to me to have a device such as this usb and keep the blue tooth for something where it might be more appropriate, like a cell phone or something.
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    the only thing I don't like about my BT gps is that it wont survive a suspend/hibernate without having the softwre reconnect, but i hear that is a problem with other gps devices as well. I also have to figure out how to wire it to constant power, but with some protection so it wont drain my car battery if i forget to turn it off if i am out of town for a couple weeks.

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    Fair points, but ummm, who needs their GPS switched on every time they drive, the whole time they drive?? I do about 60k's a year, and I use it once to get to a new place, maybe once a day, then if I have to go to the place again, I remember how I got their before?? Even if the thing goes flat, I would just plug it in and keep it on power, in the car and carry on my journey....

    Z-Pilot, mine shuts off after 10 mins without a BT signal, and constant power isn't a problem if you want to hard wire it, or just plug it in with the supplied 12V adapter.

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    gps is just cool if you got no videos to watch. i dont move mine around to other cars. so wired works for me.

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