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Hands-On Review QSTARZ BT-Q1000 GPS and Data Logger

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QSTARZ BT-Q1000 GPS and Data Logger

Already a while ago we got the opportunity to review the new Qstarz BT-Q1000 GPS and Data Logger. Benelux importer DigiTrading was kind enough to send me one for that review. Due to circumstances the review was not written until today.

The review was not very technical, but for all very practical. I am a long time and heavy user and wanted to know how easy it was to use or not, and how to get data from the GPS into the computer and work/play with it.

We took the BT-Q1000 for a spin. A local round and an abroad round (on the way to Frankfurt am Main (FFM)/ Germany, about 1200 km back and forth, in August) were the ideal ways to try some things out.

BOXING

When you see the box, you get the idea to buy something real nice. The black box with white letters and the folding front with a little window that shows the GPS.

QSTARZ BT-Q1000 GPS and Data Logger boxQSTARZ BT-Q1000 GPS and Data Logger box


When you open the box you can see that the gear is very complete:

  • 110-240V adapter
  • usb cable
  • 12v car adapter
  • mini-cd with drivers and Travel Recorder PC Utility program
  • quick start sheet
  • manual booklet
  • little neoprene pouch to put GPS in

I like it when you don’t have to think of how to get a car adapter. It is in the little things, like this little neoprene pouch, so you can put the GPS in your pocket to have it stay there to do it’s work. My bluetooth GPS mouse is in my pocket always. In fact you could use the pouch to put the GPS to your key chain! ;-)

QSTARZ BT-Q1000 GPS and Data Logger accessories

The 110/220 power- and the 12V car adapter have a great length to be very practical. The usb cable is a bit on the short side, I think.

(manuals and pouch are not on the picture)

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October 14th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in reviews
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On the move with CacheMate

CacheMate

I have been using CacheMate (Palm version!) and it’s acompanying navigation software CacheNav for a little more than 3 years now. Brian Smith did a nice job I must say.

As a starting geocacher I was looking for software that could help me to have all information I wanted in my Palm instead of carrying piles of printed sheets around that were old the following day. The Netherlands is not a very big country as you might know, but it is stuffed ( and I mean really stuffed) with geocaches, the west of the country (the South Wing of the Randstad) in particular.

The program comes with cmconvert that converts the gpx-files you get from geocaching.com to a Palm database used by CacheMate. From then you can carry all information: cache description, but also logs from others that were there before you and (still coded, but with one button decoding build in!) hints and a page to write down your own logging.

For only 8 US$ you are ready to go on your way. With, or without a handheld GPS, because CacheNav can show you the way too! With a cable or bluetooth connected gps connected to your Palm. Try it if you are into Palm OS!

There has been Pocket PC (PPC) version for almost a year now. (I have tried, but never liked PPC.)

(Brian, I did borrow you animated gif, without asking. I hope you don’t mind ;-) )

May 23rd, 2007 | 1 Comment | Posted in reviews, software