NaviGPS BT Review

NaviGPS BT Review

THe device is also called: NaviGPS Amarillo BGT-11 Features needed for OSM:
  • SD Card slot is protected against dust and water.
  • 2GB SD Cards are recognized
  • Saves in raw nmea format. You can choose NMEA Tags and intervall.
    Intervalls: off,1,5,10,30,60,120,240 sec.
    Valid NMEA Tags are:
    • GGA: lat,lon,2D-/3D-fix,#sats,hdop,alt,
    • GLL: time,lat,lon
    • GSA: id(sat1..12),pdop,hdop,vdop,
    • GSV: sat in view,SNR(sat), az(sat),ele(sat)
    • RMC: time,date,lat,lon,speed,
    • VTG: speed knots, speed Km/h
    • ZDA: time, date, localtime, local timezone
  • easy to charge; usb plug, 12V adapter and 110/220V adapter included
  • Auto power mode. Switches on if 12V Car Power is on. Switches off as soon as you turn off your car.
Features nice for OSM:
  • Saving and naming of Waypoints. (But not on SD-Card)
  • In Bluetooth mode you can log and use it for navigation the same time. I managed to get it connected to a mac with bluetooth and to a Celular Phone with Bluetooth.
Could be better
  • Only SD-Cards with 2.8 Volts are supported. SD-Cards wich only work with 3V or 3.3V will produce random errors. Maybe it helps using SD-Cards from SanDisk.
  • No external Antenna
  • GPS signal strength is not overwhelming
  • Reception Bar diagramm shows only 0..40
  • In the reception-bar-Display you cannot see wether you have a lock or not
  • SD Card needs to be formatted with FAT16 without partitioning. Some cards seem to be recognized if partitioned and then Formatted.
Would have been nice to have
  • 4GB SD Cards are not recognized
Short Description:
  • Can be used vie USB like a normal USB-GSP-Mouse
  • Can be used as normal Bluetooth-GPS-Bluetooth (BT Version only)
  • Saves to a SD Karte (Max 2GB a 40,- Euro) this results in 1 Month of Tracks.
  • Builtin LiIo-Akku for 10-32 hours of operation
  • The LCD Display shows things like Speed, lat/lon, Height, ... Min,Max
  • Some more to play:
    • Alarm for narrowing, max speed, max height, ...
    • track backward
  • Was natürlich NICHT geht: Landkarten direkt ins Gerät laden, direkt Track Anzeige, ...
Price (aproximately):
  • without Bluetooth: £64.99 (65 Britisches Pfund ~ 94 Euro)
  • with Bluetooth: £76.38 (77 Britisches Pfund ~ 112 Euro)
  • Versand wird sowas um die 15,-
More links: So I got a set of these for use with OSM.

A set of NaviGPS for germany users to borrow: