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Holux GR-231 Bluetooth GPS Review
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Dave
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 8:35 am    Post subject: Holux GR-231 Bluetooth GPS Review Reply with quote

Holux just released their new Bluetooth GPS Receiver. Based upon the technology built into the GR-230 that we already reviewed, Holux have re-engineered this and brought out what appears to be a slightly larger version of the GR-230 called the GR-231.

The full review is available here.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this is basically a GR-230 in a different box and different firmware, can I upgrade my GR-230 to be X-Trac enabled?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a different model, with internal differences. You won't be able to upgrade a GR-230 as it doesn't support user upgradable firmware.

The GR-231 is still using the SiRFIIe/LP chipset but it does without WAAS and has XT2.0.2 loaded to the chip
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great review.

When is the GR-231 going to be available?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:02 am    Post subject: it's available on eBay now Reply with quote

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5729681150&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT




When is the GR-231 going to be available?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2004 11:44 am    Post subject: GR231 - availability Reply with quote

Hi,

It appears that the GR231 will be available from holux.co.uk in the next couple of weeks.

Price 119.99 (incl VAT).

Cheers,
Gary
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2004 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will the 231 be as good when walking as the Fortuna Clip-On in XT mode?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're using the Fortuna in XTrac mode and it's XT1 then it will be better.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has it got a non-slip base for use on the dashboard....

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Is it an improvement on the technology used in the navman 4400 (which I currently use)...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes and Yes.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2004 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent..thanks for the reply...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the base being non-slip. I'm back home and can now verify this with the GR-231 in my hands. The base is plastic but there are two rubber feet on the base that stop it from sliding around the dashboard. They are small but I have never had the GR-231 slide across my dash.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2004 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that .... just wondering if it will slide with my wife driving :D

I am going to ring Holux and order one today...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know what the battery life's like, and is the battery a standard mobile phone model?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

forumhound wrote:
Thanks for that .... just wondering if it will slide with my wife driving :D

I am going to ring Holux and order one today...

The dashboard I have is fairly rubbery in a pimple style design so it does grip most things quite happily. There are only two rubber feet on the base and not three or four, but I still don't think this will be a problem on most dashboards. Even if you drive a Citreon C5 (I apologise now if anyone does drive a C5!).

wibbly wrote:
Anyone know what the battery life's like, and is the battery a standard mobile phone model?

W

I haven't produced any exhaustive tests, but have been getting at least 7 hours use out of them, Holux suggest 9 hours. I have usually gone to recharge the battery before the 9 hour stage because I tend to hate losing a battery, but I will do some battery tests.
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