In fact while testing a similar device in New York I found that the chipset took a long time to get a fix, and then it retained it well. When the signal was too weak the GPS didn't report a position. One of the competitor chipsets I was testing on the same day was telling me I was over 2 blocks away... I would rather have the accurate position than an bad approximation.
One unique feature of the GPS is that it talks to you. Yep, when you start it up it says: "Satellites positioning". When it gets a fix it says: "Satellites Fixed". this caused a bit of amusement wandering around London in and out of buildings and underground stations when my camera bag started talking to me...
Fitting into my digital workflow.
Everyone has their own way of working and has tailored a sequence of tasks to achieve that workflow. I have a Mac and use the Apple Aperture application as my main repository for my digital images. Aperture allows me to make adjustments to the image such as contrast, levels, colour saturation etc, as well as the typical cropping and rotation/alignment tools. The dilemma I face is how to get the images pre-processed before plugging them into PhotoTrackr to geotag them, and upload them to Picasa.
I actually do it the painful way. import the originals into Aperture, do my selection and photo finishing in Aperture/Photoshop, export the finished images, import them into PhotoTrackr this adds the location to the images, I then export the finals to Picasa and re-import them back into Aperture.
The other option I sometimes use is to import the originals into PhotoTrackr, Geotag them, then import the Geo-tagged images into Aperture, do my photo finishing in Aperture, export the finals back into PhotoTrackr, after deleting the originals.
Neither workflow is ideal, but I do end up with properly georeferenced images that I can use in a number of applications.
While I was testing the application I came across a number of issues/problems, most of these I have already mentioned, but will summarise here. I didn't regard any of these as critical.
1) Time synch of camera and images. This was my biggest problem, not a problem with the system but more a user error. Somehow my camera was an hour out when the daylight savings time ended. I had over 100 images with the "wrong" time on them. Fortunately I was able to re-analyse them and get the correct time synchronisation.
2) No basic edit features. A lot of my pictures are taken in portrait mode rather than landscape. This results in the image being 90 degrees out. There is no way to correct this other than pre-processing the images so that they are all the correct orientation before importing them into PhotoTrackr.
3) Backup of data. There is one critical file which contains the internal application database for some reason I managed to corrupt this file which meant I lost all my settings. Fortunately I was able to rebuild the important items such as the tracklogs and picture libraries, but it was somewhat inconvenient. GiSTEQ have taken this onboard and are considering a solution.
4) Limited organisation and search capabilities. As your image library builds up it will become increasingly more difficult to manage. I appreciate that PhotoTrackr is not an image library application, but it does mean that you cannot have a single application to manage all your image needs.
5) No Mac support!! I suppose it is not a big surprise that there is no Mac support, but the traditional Mac user has always been seen as "graphical". There is a huge market out here for this sort of Mac enabled application, maybe with direct plugins or integration to Aperture or iPhoto.
It is obvious from the system that this has been developed from a software system point of view rather than a hardware manufacturer adding some functionality with software add-ons. The whole system works very well, and is the best one I have tested to date.
There are a lot of well thought out features which integrate well to provide a very good solution. I would like to see some basic editing functions (especially picture rotation) built in to avoid having to preprocess images.
This is an innovative and embryonic application of GPS technology that I believe will develop dramatically over time. The integration into image sharing community sites is possibly one of the best aspects of this software, enabling Georeferenced Photo Blogging to be achieved with a minimum of fuss.