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Wintec G-Trender review | Handheld GPS operation

Published on: Wednesday, July 1st 2009                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Wintec G-Trender review

Wintec G-Trender monitor

A monitor is generally lacking on the cheaper and less advanced GPS Photo Locators. Personally I find that a monitor adds value to a GPS device, after all, it's a lot more fun to deal with a device that offers feedback right away. Whether it's the power of the signal, the altitude, the direction you're heading in; a monitor is able to give you all the information you want. This makes it annoying when you have to deal with a monitor that is not clearly visible in direct sunlight. I haven't been able to test the Wintec G-Tender's monitor in bright sunlight (Dutch cloudy skies) however; there was never a moment in which I couldn't read it properly. I think this is also due to the black&white version of the display which provides a big enough contrast.

 

Handheld GPS operation

Handheld GPS operation

Menu of the Wintec WSG-1000

Compared to similar GPS devices, the Wintec WSG-1000 has very few buttons. This has advantages and disadvantages - the operation itself works quite pleasantly although the three keys have more than one function depending on which menu you're in. You will have to look frequently at the buttons to know which function is displayed on the screen. In the beginning, this is rather confusing and you end up hitting the wrong button or you forget how to leave a menu. However, after awhile you will learn the different pictograms and menus, then the structure and operation will seem quite logical to you.

Wintec outdoor GPS receiver

Wintec outdoor GPS receiver

Wintec navigation menu

The Wintec GPS device's menu consists of nine main pages. These are: Calendar page, Speed page, Satellite page, Compass page, Altimeter page, Astronomy page, Navigation page, Training page and Information page. Additionally the GPS receiver features a Page list to gain quick and easy access to a main page or to deactivate it if you don't use it often. This is very handy since it prevents you from having to go through the pages that you don't use anyway.

 

Wintec GPS handheld

Wintec GPS handheld

Wintec GPS receiver

Wintec GPS receiver

 

Wintec setting menu

I n addition to the various main pages of Wintec G-Trender GPS, there are two menus hidden inside the device. By pressing the left button a bit longer, you will enter the 'setting' menu. You can adjust language, contrast of the monitor and the background light in this menu. By pressing the center button longer than usual, you can deactivate the GPS device and it lets you activate or deactivate the Bluetooth function, Log function, Auto Power Save and Pure Logger mode. This means you have a separate menu at your disposal which includes all the options for activating and deactivating all the GPS functions. A very convenient configuration.

Wintec G-Trender review

 
 
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