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i-gotU GPS travel logger review | GPS receiver

Published on: Friday, September 18th 2009                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

i-gotU navigation system

i-gotU navigation system

LED lights

Without monitor and featuring only one operating element, it is difficult to pack many functions onto the device. And if a manufacturer does equip a device like this with many functions, it is still questionable if this comes at the cost of the user-friendliness. To have the device offer some feedback, the i-gotU GPS receiver uses two LED lights, a red and a blue one. These lights indicate whether or not the GPS receiver is activated, tracking the route and storing data. You have to read the digital manual to find out what the meaning is of the various ways in which the lights light up in relation to each other. The two LED lights together specify some 12 status indications.

i-gotU GPS receiver

i-gotU GPS receiver

Operation of the GPS travel logger

Personally I prefer viewing the main information in one glance, on a monitor for example. Or at least to have an on/off button at my disposal. However, this is not the case for the i-gotU; pressing the navigation button once shows whether or not the GPS receiver is activated by a blue or red light blinking. Pressing once again, you are able to see if the route is actually getting tracked. Or in other words, whether the receiver is connected to sufficient satellites. The lights also blink when data is stored and when the memory is nearly filled up completely, (16,000 coordinates can be stored here) or when the battery is running low of energy.

 

i-gotU test in practise

i-gotU test in practise

i-gotU GPS receive in practise

As soon as I was able to operate the device, which took me a rather long time despite the fact it only contains one button, I could set off. The i-gotU GPS receiver is compatible with all digital cameras and camera phones. The i-gotU GT-100 is small enough to carry around in your pocket, however, this is not advisable because the device needs to connect to satellites, so it would be better to attach it to your clothes. Unfortunately, no cord or anything else is included which means you have to purchase something yourself.

GPS receiver charger

GPS receiver charger

Signal power of the GPS travel logger

The i-gotU GPS travel logger features a built-in SiRF StarIII low-power chipset and a built-in GPS patch antenna. These are technical specifications that probably don't mean a lot to the average consumer, they have to do with the power of the signal. And we are very satisfied with the latter; the i-gotU worked excellently during the whole route, as we established afterwards. While walking, I sometimes pressed the operating element to see if the device was still on and working, although this is not always clearly visible in bright sunshine.

 
 
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