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 youâ€™d see two NHL teams battling over on the ice, but we were expecting something, wellâ€¦ bigger.
Lucky for us good things come in small packages.
Obviously, the first major plus to USGlobalSatâ€™s BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Navigation Receiver is its relatively miniscule size. Itâ€™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, itâ€™s actually so discreet that you might be a little more concerned about misplacing it rather than trekking it around.
Good thing then that the BT-359 is designed to give you its location at all times. As youâ€™ve seen before on BlackBerry Cool, sometimes getting a Bluetooth device to work with your BlackBerry can be quite a pain. Not so with USGlobalSatâ€™s puck: itâ€™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 â€“ whether youâ€™re using the aforementioned Maps or BlackBerry Cool favorite Chronicle Road.
This is mostly because of USGlobalSatâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 youâ€™ll probably charge the BT-359 less than your BlackBerry.
The only remaining question to the BT-359 lies in its price. However, at 120 USD on Amazon.com, USGlobalSatâ€™s GPS puck is too big of a steal to pass up. If youâ€™re a serious GPS user, or just someone whoâ€™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
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