There’s a new GPS device for tracking your activities in town and it is from satsports. The two biggest highlights from this device is that it has WiFi connectivity and it is all Android based. This means it will be super easy to share your data with any other device but more importantly you’ll have access to all the GPS based applications at the Android Market so you’ll be free to use whatever app you fancy. It will come preloaded withAll Sports Maps, Satski New Versio, MyRide Feb 2012, and Pocket Caddy.
The hardware is built by Holux which is a pretty good name from Taiwan that’s been in the market for years. Satsports on the other hand is Canadian and they specialize in winter sports. They have a new online community at luvthesnow.com and with the All Sports GPS you can track your speed, distance, and all sorts of other data and share it with your friends instantly via twitter or facebook.
We don’t have a word on when this will be available or for how much but we’ll definitely keep you posted.
Like the first review, I did my first ride as a mountain ride with the HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro. I had some kinks to work out as I had not previously tested my mounting method. I did have issues as I mounted the unit on the bar, and not the stem. The GPS unit kept sliding around my bar every time I hit a bump. This was due to user error I must admit. At the time I did not realize the bracket was adaptable to both the bars and stem. Once I had remounted the GPS unit to the stem, I had no further problems regarding the mounting of the unit, or with the unit not staying put.
I tested HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro on some sections of tough singletrack trail in Sedona, Arizona. Aside from some user error from learning on the go, the unit did pretty well once I got the hang of the user interface. During this ride, I tried to use the unit with the speed sensor. Unfortunately, my bike’s chain stays are located too far from the wheel’s spokes to pick up the magnet and register the speed. However, I found the unit’s internal tracking to be sufficient and fairly accurate. If I had more time, I would have experimented to see if mounting the sensor on the front fork would have been sufficiently close to pick up the magnet. This is where I have mounted previous speed sensors before. The directions could be more informative in the mounting procedure regarding different bike types.
I also tested the heart rate monitor during my initial ride. The monitor worked quite well, but I found it to be quite hot after a couple of hours riding in the Arizona sun, and I shed it mid-ride. This isn’t unlike any other heart rate monitor I have worn before; it was just a warm day to have something around my chest. I felt that the unit worked well, and I was satisfied it was reporting accurately.
I wouldn’t recommend mounting the cadence sensor on a mountain bike, as the other reviewer stated. It is in a vulnerable spot on a mountain bike, the chainstay with the magnet on the crank arm. However, unless you are a road rider or serious cross country mountain bike racer, chances are that you don’t need to know your cadence. I think this position would be fine on a road bike, and the unit would be well-suited for the role.
I was surprised by the level of functionality of the unit. While riding, I used the unit in both plot and sport modes. I did find switching between the modes difficult to do while riding due to the sensitivity of the toggle button. Despite this however, the unit is quite capable. I was pleased to see how it plotted my track over the course of the 12 mile ride. When I compared it to Google Maps, which the software lets you do easily, the track was fairly accurate. Most of the error was induced by its point tracking every 6 seconds or so, and this was only noticed on switch backs or tight turns where the unit wasn’t tracking every data point. This is an acceptable error of course. I was quite pleased to see my plots of heart rate, elevation gain, distance, etc.
Overall, I found the software interface to be intuitive and functional. I liked how the tracks could be viewed easily in Google Earth. Since I lack any other GPS or GIS software on my computer, Google Earth is my primary tool.
In summary, HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro seems to be a good bang for the buck.
HOLUX GPSport 260 Pro Review
First off, this unit is decidedly made for road bikes, not mountain bikes. It will work for mountain riders, but it’s more risky. Since I am a mountain biker, I used it for my test ride (Desert Classic Trail in South Mountain park), and the GPS functioned quite well.
Two things make this unit unfriendly for mountain bikers
1)The mount to the stem and headset is built for a road bike frame (the piece is too narrow to fit on a wider mountain bike stem). You’ll have to get a different mount to place the GPS unit on the frame.
2)The location of the sensor on the pedal/chainstay is dangerous when going over rocky terrain and could easily break the GPS
Road cyclists should not have these concerns, though.
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OK guys; merry Christmas. We haven’t done any giveaways for a while. We have some GPS stuff we need to get rid of. It’s all yours for free. We’ll do this one by one. Oh yes, what are we giving away?
A GPS backtracker from GPS X Guider to help you find your path, or campsite etc. A Cobra XRS 9960G Radar/Safety Camera detector with GPS so you won’t get any speeding tickets (I hope). An Enzym SG-350 GPS navigation device with text to speech. Another GPS backtracker – GF Q900, this time from QSTARZ. A small pocket GPS receiver for outdoor activities; from Storyish. A 60beat Hearth Rate Monitor with chest strap that gives you the best workout analysis on your iPhone when used with their GPS enabled LogYourRun app. The new Bike GPSport 260pro from Holux with ANT+ wireless technology. And finally the latest GPS travel recorder from QSTARZ: BT-Q1000XT. Wait; that’s not all. We’re also giving away 5 promo codes for GPS Kit iPhone App (not pictured above).
OK, that’s a lot. Stay tuned (subscribing to our RSS feed should help) We’ll get the first one started shortly.
People at Holux just sent us the new GPSport 260pro. This is a multi function GPS device for many outdoor activities such as biking, running, hiking, etc. We could go on and on about its numerous features and setup screens but we need to be brief here. And if you’re really looking for certain feature you can always download the user manual and have a look.
But here are some of the highlights. The pro version that we have comes with a heart rate monitor that wraps around your chest, a speed sensor to read the speed from the wheel, cadence sensor, and connects all the pieces together 2.4G ANT+ wireless technology which is super low power.
The hardware itself is pretty sturdy. The buttons are easy to operate, screen is to read. GPSport 260 pro has a 1.5″ screen with nice light blueish back light. The rechargeable battery holds 1050mAh which should last you about 18 hours with the back light off. It has 4MB of internal memory which can hold up to 160K waypoints. It has a buzzer alarm that you can setup for certain things such as speed, distance, or heart rate.
That’s not all though. Device is IPX-7 waterproof, has a barometer for more accurate altimeter feature, an electronic e-compass, and supports multiple languages (took us a while to switch to English from Chinese).
There are numerous operating modes. In Sport mode it shows various screens displaying everything from time, distance, speed, cadence, heart rate, altitude, calories, etc. In plot mode you can view your track, show a graph speed vs distance, speed vs time, altitude vs distance, and altitude vs time. In follow course mode you can trace back a track you’ve saved or go to point you may have saved. In training mode you select various goals or ranges such as heart rate, cadence, time, etc. Other modes are the multiple finder, pedometer, e-compass, and history.
I know we haven’t covered every single feature but after a day of use we found the GPSport 260 to be very easy to use. It communicates with the wireless sensors without a problem, battery life is very decent, all the menus are easy to navigate. The only downside is the black and white screen with not so much resolution. We still would definitely recommend this device.
And finally: We’ll be giving away the Holux GPSport 260 pro to a lucky reader very soon. Keep following Navigadget.
Holux has a brand new handheld GPS receiver which they just announced at CompuTex 2010. It is called GPSport 260 and it looks quite stylish compared their older GPSport 245 which we reviewed a while ago and liked quite a bit.
The new Holux GPSport 260 has a 1.5″ screen and can act a GPS data logger that can store up to 160K waypoints. The screen will show you real time statistics about your activity which can be stored and viewed in plot or track view.
There’s even the Follow Course feature which lets you plan a trip before you get on your way and can be reversed for the route back to your tent.
Definitely a spanking new feature with Holux GPSport 260 is the ability to create QR code image for coordinates which helps you share waypoints in a whole different way.
Some other features include 3D compass, barometric altimeter, pedometer, 1050mAh rechargeable that can last up to 20 hours. GPSport 260 is IPX 7 waterproof which means it can be under water for up to 30 minutes at one meter depth.
We look forward to reviewing this handheld GPS receiver from Holux.
We’ve talked about TwoNav here before; the GPS people who like green color. Well they just announced a brand new handheld GPS device called TwoNav Sportiva. The device is co-manufactured with Holux, another name that has been in the GPS market for a while now.
Anyhow the device only measures 58x105x23mm, weighs 124 grams, fits IPX6 standards, has a 3D compass and a barometer, has a 3″ transflective touchscreen, 2GB internal memory, and a microSD card reader up to 32GB. GPS reception is by SiRF III, and the battery has 1050mAh capacity which should last up to hours.
Hey, maybe we should’ve talk about what the device is for before all those specs… TwoNav Sportiva is pretty much good for any kind of outdoor activity whether it is to keep track of where you are or your performance. Hiking, biking, geocaching or all valid options thanks to the capable software loaded on Sportiva.
You can bring your own maps with you in different formats, from topographic maps, satellite pictures, raster maps and urban maps to paper scanned maps (because some maps just don’t exist in digital format). You can convert them using CompeGPS Land free basic version and transfer them to your GPS. You can also get your free maps from TwoNav which cover Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Austria, Morocco, Sweden, Australia, Tunisia, and the USA.
TwoNav Sportiva will be released in about two weeks on March 1st and will cost 379 €.
As you know we closed our Holux M-1000C giveaway earlier this week, and now we’re ready to announce the winner (apologies for the delay).
The lucky winner – which we picked randomly from all the people who left comments – is mkss55442 (#26) who said:
I can use this!
Congratulations on your new Holux M-1000C. The email you left for us better work – we’ll be getting in touch with you very soon.
As usual our giveaways will continue. Stay tuned.
Remember the Holux M-1000C bluetooth GPS logger we talked about end of last year and reviewed back in Februray? No? It is OK. We’re still giving it away to a lucky reader – that is if you bother to leave a comment below. It only takes a few clicks – and no registration is required.
Visit the Holux M-1000C product page for more information.
We will ship this out to a U.S. address only. Sorry rest of the world. Also duplicate entries, emails, IP addresses will be disqualified.
We’ll close this article for comments a week from today and after that we’ll announce the winner.
It’s only got one button but it does the job. The Holux M-1000C Bluetooth GPS Logger allows you to trek around town or in the mountains and then show your adventures on Google Maps or Earth. The Holux M-1000C only has a power button so all the configuration is done via the included Holux ezTour software. You can configure the device for Car, Bike, Hike or running mode.
Overview & Features
- Built in MTK MT3329 Low power consumption GPS chipset.
- 66 parallel satellite-tracking channels for fast acquisition and reacquisition.
- Built-in WAAS/ EGNPS Demodulator without additional any hardware.
- Compatible with Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) completely.
- Small, sleek, and lightweight design easily fits in your hand.
- Built-in rechargeable and changeable Lithium-ion battery lasts for 20 hours
- Comes with Cigarette adapter and USB cable for charging/syncing.
- Auto Power Saving Mode
- Physical Size : 62.5 × 41 × 17.1 mm Weight： < 53 g
- LED Functions
- Orange: GPS status
- Blue: Indicate Bluetooth status
- Green/Red: Battery Status and Battery charging status.
The software is the same as another Holux device the GPSport 245 I reviewed back in January
To summarize, you can bring up your treks in the built-in Google Maps window. And with the Google Earth Plug-In you can view your voyage & pictures on Google Earth as well.
There are different screens that allow you to browse your pictures, movies or show you a summary of your Speed & Altitude for each journey.
As a lot of the current GPS Logger’s software allows you to do, the Holux M-1000C ezTour software lets you upload your pictures to your Flickr or Locr account.
The Holux M-1000C Software is easy to use, and with one button the device is pretty self explanatory. If you are using it for tracking photography trips, you can put a tie on one corner and attach to your camera or bag. There are definitely more complex devices out there that have the same features but for $40-$50 the M-1000C is a good option that as the size information above shows isn’t bulky.
-by Gautam Khattak