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Wintec G-Trender review | Navigation & Software

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

Wintec handheld GPS test

Wintec handheld GPS test

Wrist band for the Wintec G-Trender

Once I was familiar with the GPS receiver’s operation, I took the device and the included wrist band and went on my way. The wrist band came off very quickly. I am not made for these things, it just feels too heavy and my wrist is not very big so I am left with a very long unused piece of wrist band. I prefer a belt clip to a wrist band, this time I just put the device in my pant pocket and pulled it out regularly to check the status of the device.

GPS navigation signal

GPS navigation signal

Wintec G-Trender signal power

The Wintec G-Trender WSG-1000 features a GPS IC ATR0625, which will not mean a thing to the majority of consumers, however; this IC baseband enables the connection to a maximum of 16 satellites. When travelling by bike and by foot, there is a permanent signal, both in city as well as in forested environments. The Wintec GPS receiver has more trouble to keeping up when travelling by car. During two 2 hour trips by car, there were large intervals in the signal. At high speeds, the Wintec GPS receiver is simply not usable. Question is whether you want to use it in these situations.

 

Wrist band

Wrist band

GPS software

GPS software

Wintec GPS battery

Wintec GPS battery

 

GPS receiver software

GPS receiver software

Wintec TimeMachine software

The included software CD enables the downloading of the TimeMachine X V2.6.8 software. You can also download a USB driver and a manual from the CD. Just like the GPS device itself, the TimeMachine software requires some time and effort to be able to understand its logic. The software is quite enhanced. A nice feature is that the easy display of the GPS data on Google within the software. And it only takes a few clicks to upload your picture to Locr, very handy to share your pictures with the rest of the world.

GPS Memory & Battery

GPS Memory & Battery

Memory, battery and USB compartment

Unfortunately, the Wintec G-Trender cannot use an external memory card. However, you can keep going for quite awhile using the existing storage capacity of 130,000 logs. I have no comments on the battery life either; you can easily carry on for a day without having to worry about the energy supply. I am slightly less pleased about the rubber USB cover; it is rather fragile and is bound to break down at one time or another. It won't cause that much of a problem though since the USB connector is placed slightly deeper into the housing and at the bottom.

 
 
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