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Bluetooth GPS Comparisons Date 2003

Article by Dave Burrows

 

The following is a collection of Bluetooth Statistics acquired from Manufacturer specifications. Please note that the battery time is not what the manufacturer states, but what we have experienced in our reviews.

 

 

Emtac

BTGPS

Socket

BTGPS

CoPilot

BTGPS

TomTom

9821x

SOC

0FE3

RoyalTek

RBT3000

Chipset
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
Satellites in View
12
12
12
12
12
12
SBAS (WAAS/EGNOS)
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Serial Port Profile
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Low Power/Trickle Mode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RTC Backup Battery
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Main Battery Length
6.5h
6.5h
6.5h
6h
7.75h
8h
NMEA 0183 Support
v2.2
v2.2
v2.2
v2.2
Cold Start
45s
45s
45s
45s
45s
45s
Warm Start
38s
38s
38s
38s
38s
38s
Hot Start
8s
8s
8s
8s
8s
8s
Reacquisition Start
0.1s
0.1s
0.1s
0.1s
0.1s
0.1s
Altitude (max)

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

Velocity (max)

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

Acceleration (max)
<4G
<4G
<4G
<4G
<4G
Antenna Type
Patch
Patch
Patch
Patch
Patch
Patch
External Antenna Type
MCX
MCX
MCX
MMCX
MMCX
MCX
Operating Temperature
-20 to +60C
-20 to +60C
Storage Temperature
Dimensions

84mm

47mm

18mm

108.3mm

52.8mm

23.8mm

Weight
76g
LEDS
3
3
3
2
3
3
Datalogger
No
No
No
No
No

30000

Records

Charger Type

iPAQ

5v 2A

650mAh

iPAQ

5v 2A

650mAh

iPAQ

5v

800mAh

iPAQ

5v 2A

600mAh

iPAQ

5v 2A

RoyalTek

5v

500mAh

Free Accessories
UK Mains Charger
Yes
No
Yes
Euro Mains Charger
Yes
No
Yes
US Mains Charger
Yes
No
Yes
12v Car Charger
No
Yes
Carry Case/Pouch
Yes
Yes
No
Spare Battery
No
No
No
No
No
No
Batteries Included
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Integrated Battery

Li-Ion

600mAh

Li-Ion

600mAh

Yes

Li-Ion

600mAh

Yes
Yes
External Antenna
No
No
No
No
No
No
LanYard
No
No
No
No
No
No
Wrist Strap
No
No
No
No
No
No
Windscreen Mount
No
No
No
No
No
No
Passkey
0183
0183
0183
0000
n/a
0000
 
Supported Operating Systems

 

 

 

 

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GlobalSat

BT308

Holux

GR230

Navman

4400

Fortuna

GPSmart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipset
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
SiRF IIe/LP
Satellites in View
12
12
12
12
SBAS (WAAS/EGNOS)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Serial Port Profile
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Low Power/Trickle Mode
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
RTC Backup Battery
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Main Battery Length
8h
6h
NMEA 0183 Support
v2.2
v2.2
Cold Start
45s
45s
45s
45s
Warm Start
38s
38s
38s
38s
Hot Start
8s
8s
8s
8s
Reacquisition Start
0.1s
0.1s
0.1s
0.1s
Altitude (max)

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

18000m

60000ft

Velocity (max)

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

515m/s

700knts

Acceleration (max)
<4G
4G
<4G
<4G
Antenna Type
Patch
Patch
Patch
External Antenna Type
MCX
MCX
Operating Temperature
-20 to +80C
-10 to +60C
Storage Temperature
-30 to +85C
-20 to +85
Dimensions

84mm

47mm

27nn

66mm

51mm

22.5mm

Weight
<100g
LEDS
3
3
3
Datalogger
No
No
No
Charger Type

iPAQ

5v 2A

900mAh

Holux

5V 1A

Free Accessories
Yes
UK Mains Charger
Yes
Euro Mains Charger
Yes
US Mains Charger
Yes
12v Car Charger
Yes
Yes
Carry Case/Pouch
Yes
No
Spare Battery
No
No
N/A
Batteries Included
N/A
N/A
3xAAA
Integrated Battery
Yes
Yes
N/A
External Antenna
No
No
No
LanYard
No
No
Yes
Wrist Strap
No
No
Yes
Windscreen Mount
No
No
Yes
Passkey
 
Supported Operating Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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