Dave’s Ipaq – DeLorme Earthmate — A GPS Solution Designed From The Ground Up! @ Dave’s iPAQ
Form — Function — Fantastic!
You want a GPS that will function with your Bluetooth enabled iPAQ and a non-bluetooth laptop. There are a variety of choices out there, so what GPS device do you get? DeLorme has designed a device that has form, function and is utterly fantastic!
The new Earthmate GPS Receiver coupled with DeLorme’s Bluetooth Wireless Earthmate GPS PowerPack gives the iPAQ user the ability to use the Bluetooth capability of their device as well as the ability to use their non-bluetooth laptop with a USB cable. DeLorme’s Earthmate works so well that you might even decide to add a Bluetooth adapter to your laptop.
I was really impressed when I opened the package from Delorme. It is hard to believe that so much can be done with a device that is so small. About the size of a pocket watch and twice as thick, this device has the ability to guide you flawlessly wherever you want to go. If you choose to go wireless, the Bluetooth PowerPack can provide power to the GPS for use with your Pocket PC. What is really neat about the PowerPack is that two sources, a rechargeable battery or 4 AAA batteries can power it while you are on the road. This is a great feature if you are going to be away for several days without the ability to recharge your PowerPack. You just have to slip in 4 AAA batteries and you are good to go. DeLorme really gave some thought into providing multiple power sources…you always have a backup (as long as you keep a box of AAA batteries handy)!
Attaching the GPS unit to the PowerPack is quick and easy. They do have a different way of attaching it but it is designed so the GPS can’t mistakenly fall off. It is a very slick unit. An on/off switch, AC/DC power connection and the USB connection are all located in an easily accessible location in the front of the PowerPack. It is a well thought out design making it very easy for the user to get connected.