GPS Units

The following GPS units have been owned and used by Hans Sundgren.

Garmin nüvi® 1390T
Garmin nüvi® 1390T Garmin nüvi® screen

Image courtesy: Garmin

Technical data
  • Display: 480 x 272 pixels, 11 cm
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • Almost unlimited positions
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Batteries: Built-in rechargeable LiIon, up to 4 hours
  • Dimensions: 122 ×75×16 mm
  • Weight: 162 g
Documents

pdf, restricted Quick start manual

pdf, restricted Owner's manual

July 2010

Going on a holiday to Wales, Hans needed some navigation support in the rented car.

This one seem to be the best one from Garmin, after rejecting the new 3790T because of its glossy screen and less robustness. The unit was bought one day before leaving Sweden.

Good

+ Good display.
+ Quite sensitive, fast positioning.

Bad

– A little bit difficult to extract the GPX-files because they are stored in single archive files, containing many tracks.
– No warning when you are leaving the suction cup mount in the rented vehicle :-).

First track:

Garmin nüvi® 1390T track

Fantech GT-750F/L-Lite
Fantech GT-750F

Settings:

GPS Photo Tracker screen dump

Technical data
  • Display: No
  • Memory card: No
  • 2 MB internal memory for up to 250,000 positions
  • Sensitivity -160dBm
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Batteries: Exchangeable, rechargeable LiIon 1000 mAh, 10 h tracking
  • Dimensions: 44×74×21 mm
  • Weight: 60 g
Documents

pdf, restricted User's manual

pdf, restricted Data sheet

July 2009

In May Hans got an offer via email: "Get 2 issues of the magazine Aktiv Träning and a GPS-logger – all for only 39:90 + postage". Was it possible to get a GPS logger, including 2 issues of a training magazine for only SEK 60? Two months after Hans had accepted the offer the unit arrived by mail. Later he ordered a second one and both units were given away to friends to be used in radio-orienteering tracking.

The unit, which is an ODM/OEM business product, has a USB-connection and an on/off button. The package contained the unit, USB-cable and a CD with the program GPS Photo Tagger and instruction manuals.

Good

+ The reachargeable battery can be replaced.
+ Easy to use, only one button, no display.

Bad

– The GPS track files must be extracted with the program GPS Photo Tagger.
– Needs to be strapped on the upper arm to get proper positions.

Garmin Forerunner® 405
Garmin Forerunner 405

Image courtesy: Garmin

Technical data
  • Display: 124 x 95 pixels, 27 mm
  • Memory card: No
  • Up to 18,000 positions
  • Interface: Wireless 2.4 GHz, Dynastream ANT
  • Batteries: Built-in rechargeable LiIon 300 mAh
  • Dimensions: 48×71×16 mm
  • Weight: 60 g
Documents

pdf Press release

pdf, restricted Quick reference guide

pdf, restricted Owner's manual

pdf, restricted Heart rate monitor guide

March 2009

Even though the eTrex worked well tracking the path in the forest, it was a little tricky to fasten it to the Letro battery carrier, and most of all, running with the carrier.

So a lighter tracking-GPS with good sensitivity was required. Hans selected the fairly new Forerunner 405 due to its small size. SEK 3474 at Outdoorexperten, Västerås 2009-03-13.

Good

+ Very good sensitivity.
+ Garmin Connect shows nice diagrams.

Bad

– The built-in battery cannot be replaced.
– Computer connection requires USB-stick transceiver (no USB cable).

Garmin eTrex Venture® Cx
Garmin eTrex Venture® Cx

Image courtesy: Garmin

Technical data
  • Display: 124 x 95 pixels, 27 mm
  • Display: 176 x 220 pixels
  • Memory card: microSD™
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Batteries: 2×AA
Documents

pdf Brochure

pdf, restricted Quick reference guide

pdf, restricted Owner's manual

January 2007

Hans got this GPS as a 50-years birthday present from his radio-orienteering friends.

Good

+ microSD™ card for storing tracks.
+ Long battery life.

Bad

– Requires some minutes for the first position.
– None.

GlobalSat BT-338

GlobalSat BT-338

Technical data
  • Display: 124 x 95 pixels, 27 mm
  • Display: No
  • Memory card: No
  • Internal memory: No
  • Sensitivity -159dBm
  • Interface: Bluetooth V1.2
  • Batteries: Exchangeable, rechargeable 3.7 V, 1700 mAh
  • Dimensions: 40×72×26 mm
  • Weight: 75 g
Documents

pdf, restricted User manual

September 2006

This was the cheapest way Hans could get a GPS system. The unit communicated via Bluetooth with Hans' palm computer loaded with Sverigekartan.

Later, in 2009, Hans used the GPS with his new HP mini PC which had a Bluetooth interface. This was a perfect solution for navigation. SEK 732.

Good

+ Easy to connect to Bluetooth units.
+ Long battery life with rechargeable battery.

Bad

– No possibility to store tracks internally.
– A little bit heavy.