BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Puck Reviewed

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USGlobalSat GPS Puck

When the fine folks at USGlobalSat said they were sending us some Bluetooth GPS pucks, we were a little concerned. Maybe it was our Canadian heritage and the fact that most GPS devices are around the size of something you’d see two NHL teams battling over on the ice, but we were expecting something, well… bigger.

Lucky for us good things come in small packages.

Obviously, the first major plus to USGlobalSat’s BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Navigation Receiver is its relatively miniscule size. It’s as thin as a BlackBerry Pearl, but not as wide or long, allowing you to easily carry it on your person or the dashboard of your car without it being a burden. Small enough to slide into any pocket, it’s actually so discreet that you might be a little more concerned about misplacing it rather than trekking it around.

Chronicle RoadGood thing then that the BT-359 is designed to give you its location at all times. As you’ve seen before on BlackBerry Cool, sometimes getting a Bluetooth device to work with your BlackBerry can be quite a pain. Not so with USGlobalSat’s puck: it’s more or less as simple as turning it on and syncing with your BlackBerry. Now granted, there are a few things you should know about GPS devices in general and quite a few things you should know about using it with BlackBerry Maps, but we have a handy guide right here to take care of that. Most importantly, the BT-359 works as well as a GPS device can with your BlackBerry – whether you’re using the aforementioned Maps or BlackBerry Cool favorite Chronicle Road.

This is mostly because of USGlobalSat’s attention to detail and an elegant design that goes beyond its small size. USGlobalSat wisely chose to power the BT-359 through a mini-USB port, meaning less cables and the ability to charge it anywhere you can charge your BlackBerry. Also, the BT-359 will shut down if it doesn’t detect a Bluetooth connection after 10 minutes, preventing your absentmindedness (a serious problem around BBCool HQ) from resulting in an ill-advised right turn at Albuquerque due to a lack of GPS support. This feature, coupled with an 11 hour maximum operation time means that you’ll probably charge the BT-359 less than your BlackBerry.

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The only remaining question to the BT-359 lies in its price. However, at 120 USD on Amazon.com, USGlobalSat’s GPS puck is too big of a steal to pass up. If you’re a serious GPS user, or just someone who’s interested in seeing what the fuss over LBS (location-based services) is all about, then the BT-359 is a quality, low-cost solution.

BlackBerry Cool Rating: A

Go here to buy USGlobalSat’s BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

  • http://www.myspace.com/rock_my_socks_5988 Andrew

    Im in the navy and the majority of the time i would use this is in the middle of the pacific! would it still operate properly???

    Im looking for a way of racking my exact routes as a kind of journal, you know?

    Im hoping this will work.

  • http://www.myspace.com/rock_my_socks_5988 Andrew

    Im in the navy and the majority of the time i would use this is in the middle of the pacific! would it still operate properly???

    Im looking for a way of racking my exact routes as a kind of journal, you know?

    Im hoping this will work.

  • http://almost18.com/ Johnny Obvious

    Does GPS work over the water?? You’re in the NAVY??

  • http://almost18.com Johnny Obvious

    Does GPS work over the water?? You’re in the NAVY??

  • Nate

    Johnny…..Andrew has a legitimate question. Most GPS services for PDA’s require a Data connection for the map downloads. Read the fine print.

  • Nate

    Johnny…..Andrew has a legitimate question. Most GPS services for PDA’s require a Data connection for the map downloads. Read the fine print.

  • Nate

    Johnny…..Andrew has a legitimate question. Most GPS services for PDA’s require a Data connection for the map downloads. Read the fine print.