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USB GPS or Bluetooth GPS with netbook?
Burak
İ just got a Hewlett-Packard 8.9 ınch, dot netbook with 1 GB RAM and 160 GB hdd. I was planing to buy a navigation system for my car, then I saw some PDA which uses Windows CE system can be hackable. (What I mean by hackable ıs you can ınstall every map program to thıs PDA.)

Then I saw USB GPS and Bluetooth GPS. I want to use navigation only ın my car. I read this forum for a while and what I understand ıs some USB GPS, ıf the USB cable ıs long, they can cause some problems. Is thıs true?

And if I buy a Bluetooth GPS what problems are waiting for me? In the end I want to know what is the best for me? A Bluetooth GPS or a USB with a cable GPS? What are your opinıons? What do u advise me?

Thanks
Burak
by the way i live in turkey. if i buy a bt gps, can i use it with any program i want?
Marvin Hlavac
Hi Burak,

Greetings to Turkey, and welcome to Laptop GPS World.

Unsure if you want Bluetooth or USB? One solution is to but a unit that can do both, USB and Bluetooth. That's what I did a few years ago, I bought a GPS receiver by Holux. The model was GPSlim236. It still is available, but for some reason it is priced higher that other in its class.

But there are others. Here's one I would likely consider buying today: Qstarz BT-Q818X Bluetooth GPS Receiver (66 ch MTK2, 42hrs, 5Hz Hardware Switch, Dual USB/Bluetooth. (Sensitivity: -165dBm tracking, Battery Life : Operating time 42 hours.)

Regarding the length of USB cable: yes, if you need too long cable , you may need powered USB hub.

Which software do you plan on using this with?
Burak
i am very new to thıs gps stuff. i have a nokıa n79 and i use nokıa maps with it . can i use nokıa maps with the bt gps or usb gps with my netbook? i will only download nokıa maps to my netbook. ıs that all ı have to do? want to use the best map for turkey. antalya
Burak
i am plannıng to put the usb gps or the bt gps in front of the car, between the front window and surface, inside the car of course, so just 1 mt of cable ıs enough for me i think. or 50 cm.
Ken in Regina
I don't think there are any GPS programs for laptops (and netbooks) that will use Nokia maps.

Nokia has just announced they will be selling their own netbook soon. Perhaps they will have their navigation program and maps available for it but they did not say.

The length of cable for a USB GPS receiver depends on where you want to put the netbook. If you can mount the netbook near the dash, 1 metre should be a good length and that is also a safe length for good performance.

Marvin's suggestion to get a GPS receiver that does both Bluetooth and also can be connected with a cable is a good idea. I have an i.Trek M7 that can connect with Bluetooth wireless or with a USB cable. So if I forget to keep the battery charged I can still use it with a USB cable while it's also charging the battery.

You can use a Bluetooth GPS receiver anywhere in the world as long as your netbook is equipped for Bluetooth. The only potential problem with Bluetooth GPS receivers is to forget to charge the battery. Most of them have enough battery life to go at least one or two days of driving before they need to be charged.

You should look at which GPS manufacturers have maps of the countries you want to travel in before worrying about the features of the navigation programs. Garmin has maps available for most of the world, so you could look at Garmin's Mobile PC program with maps for Europe. It can be purchased with either a USB receiver or a Bluetooth receiver. Both are very good.

Microsoft Mappoint Europe has maps for Europe but it is quite expensive and probably has many features you do not need.

I'm not sure which other programs can be purchased with maps of Europe.

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
I just quickly checked the review of the current 2009 version of Microsoft MapPoint 2009, but there is no street level coverage for Turkey in this version.

I only have the North American version of Garmin Mobile PC. Perhaps someone who has Garmin Mobile PC Europe can tell us if Turkey is covered (or if there is Turkey map available for Garmin Mobile PC).
Ken in Regina
Here is a link to Garmin's City Navigator Europe product page. If you click on the "VIEW MAP" tab it will take you to an online map viewer and you can browse around the map to see what the coverage is like for the countries you are interested in.

...ken...
Burak
so, i am confused again. then which map should i use? i live in turkey. the cıty is antalya.
by the way, yesterday nıght ı read about car pc's. that was so cool. you just put an old lapton under te seat and that ıs connected to a 7 ınc touchscreen in dash. and on dash you can choose everythın u want wşth the touch screen. ıt turns to a dvd, radi or gps system anythıng u want. even wit a wireless of the laptop u can even surf in fornt of starbucks? ) or you can put a analog tv card to usb to laptop and then u have tv on dash.... u can do everythıng u want, it is up to your imagınatıon.
Ken in Regina
Hello Burak,

Only you can decide which map will be the best for you. I have no experience in your part of the world so I cannot tell whether the maps are accurate and include information you need. That's why we included the links so you can look at the maps to see. You can also search the internet for "Turkey Garmin compatible map" and "Turkey GPS map" to see what you can find. I think it will not be so easy to find good maps for eastern Europe.

...ken...
Burak
thank you all
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