Updated February 12th, 2008 Lest we should forget with the flurry of AIOs and GPS PDAPhones, Bluetooth GPS receivers are still as useful as they were 5 years ago, the difference is that their price has been divided by 5 and that they have more features. Case in point, Semsons' latest iTrek model, the iTrek M7 that offers an adjustable update rate (1/5Hz) for the $50 introductory price (normal price is $65 and you can get 10% off via the GpsPasSion Club)
The M7 takes after the successful iBlue 737 that premiered the MTK chipset in late 2006, runs the v2 firmware and has a new USB mode for use with a PC and configuration of the update rate. More comments and pictures in this topic of the "GPS Receivers for PDAs and PCs" forums.
Updated July 1st, 2005 - Semsons have just put up their new branded i.Trek M3 Bluetooth GPS receiver and i.Trek S3 "mouse" receivers. After the Globalsat SiRFstarII mouse GPS and the Holux GM-270 CF GPS in 2003 and the Nemerix based iTrek Bluetooth GPS in 2004, they now have a SiRFstarIII Bluetooth GPS that appears to be a customized version of the very successful Globalsat BT-338...
... with its 17+ hour battery life and auto-off feature. Based on my "count", the S3 is the first SiRFstarIII based "mouse" GPS receiver to become available !
Excellent price too at $122 (including the 10% discount for GpsPasSion Club members) for the M3 and $90 for the S3. You can use this thread in the forums to discuss.
Updated 11/04 Testing has begun in earnest, with battery life being the first in line and coming in it at a whopping 23+ hours with an impressive number of satellites in the fix too so the Nemerix chipset...... is "looking good"!
Stay tuned for more and if you have any questions or comments, you can use this thread in the forums
Posted 11/03 With the arrival of the iTrek BT GPS, it's hard to believe how far we've come since 2002, when the first Bluetooth GPS receiver
(...) (Emtac CruxII) was released for about $300. Semsons are offering it pre-order for $109, so with the GpsPasSion Club discount that's less than $100!
Specs of note are : - Nemerix 16 channel chipset - 45mA power use (80mA+ on the current SiRF receivers) - 20 hour battery life! 10- hours on current SiRF receivers - Removable 850mAh battery
I just received a test sample and GPS performance appears to be on par with SiRF based Bluetooth receivers. Battery life tests are ongoing and it will be put to the "GpsPasSion Sensitivity Test" tomorrow. If you have any questions or comments, you can use this thread in the forums.