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GlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS receiver
tcassidy
Bluetooth is the right way to go assuming your device is so equipped. However, that is just the first step. You may have the data then but you need a program to interact with it.

Terry
PixelRGB
When looking at the new packaged BU-353 USB GPS Receiver, is the FRONT (nose) of the receiver at the top of the box? This means the way it is packaged in the box, if you tip the box flat over, then the top of the box is the NOSE (Front) of the GPS antenna, also the wording is readable upside up, and the LED is on the Left upper portion, and the wire leaving the GPS Antenna is going out to the LEFT of the circular antenna. PLEASE VERIFY, PLEASE CONFIRM, PLEASE ANSWER. Thanks !!!
tcassidy
I don't think it matters which way the unit faces as long as the flat side is down and the domed side can see the sky!

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Hi PixelRGB, and welcome to the forum. Just as Terry says, the rotation of the unit makes no difference at all. Your GPS software will not know which way your car/truck/boat/aircraft is facing based on the way you place the GPS receiver/antenna. The only way the software finds it out is when you start moving (then the software is be able to calculate the direction of travel based on your different locations in different points in time).
SpadesFlush
I just received my new BU-353 S4 and I have not been able to any field testing just yet. But first impressions.

The box it comes in is a bit smaller than that for the S3. In fact it is quite "minimal" with no blister-pack or the usual marketing hype. While the box incorporates a loop for a peg-board display, the graphics are not exactly eye-catching and I would expect it to get lost visually in the typical retail environment. The contents are minimal, too, with the unit itself just in a plastic anti-static bag along with a suction cup for the cable. The only other thing is the mini-CD (a full-size CD would not fit in the box) containing the usual auto-install software and drivers as well as a 15-page PDF file User's Guide. The CD is not strictly necessary, however, as a driver is available at the company's website for download and it works. BTW, one driver seems to support the S3 and S4 versions. I think that means that if you are up-grading from a S3 to S4, you can use your old driver. The software the comes on the disc has not impressed me so far. A small program called GPSinfo.exe seems unable to detect the active Com Port, even though Streets and Trips does.

Using the S4 on my Viliv S5, I am immediately struck by how much more sensitive the BU-353 is. It picks up as many as 8 sats from my south-facing windowsill whereas the Viliv is lucky to get any at all. The other thing is that the TTFF is quick! But even more impressive is the fix-speed when resuming from Sleep mode: ~5 seconds. It takes me that long to put the car in gear.

That is all for now. Obviously, vendors are now shipping S4s so I will be interested to reading others' observations. And I will venture out to do some field-testing myself.
Boyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpadesFlush
While the box incorporates a loop for a peg-board display, the graphics are not exactly eye-catching and I would expect it to get lost visually in the typical retail environment.
I can't even remember the last time that I was in a "retail environment" that sold this kind of specialized thing. Amazon has pretty well wiped out all the retail stores that would carry something like this in my area. Basically, if Best Buy doesn't sell something in their store then I need to order it online. Kind of a shame really.
Marvin Hlavac
I just got home and found a FedEx package with my BU-353 S4 in it. Before I open the box, I want to take a photo of it. As SpadesFlush says, the S4 box is about the half size of the old S3 version. I'll play with it a bit later.
SpadesFlush
Well, if there is no 'retail environment' for this product and I am not disuputing that, then the packaging is grossly over-designed considering that it will live on shelves of dimmly-lit warehouses until well after the sale has been made.
tcassidy
Maybe it is an OEM package.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Terry, not an OEM, just a smaller one. It's still pretty though. And less packaging material is good for the environment.

The box shot is in the new thread: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/2599-globalsat-bu-353-s4-usb-gps-receiver
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