ASUS

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ASUS (Full name: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated) is based in Taipei, Taiwan and a big manufacturer of computers and consumer electronics. There are also some GPS devices available.

Mypal A636

GPS unit: Asus Mypal A636

  • pda (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:128MB (external: mmc; sd)
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( waas;egnos, )
  • Display: , Connectivity: wlan; irda; usb; activesync
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode Waterproof


Mypal A636n

GPS unit: Asus Mypal A636n

  • pda (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:64MB (external: mmc; sd)
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( waas; egnos, )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth; usb; irda; wlan
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode Waterproof


MyPal A696

MyPal A696

GPS unit: Asus MyPal A696

  • 240€ (05/2009)
  • pda (Navigation: )
  • CPU:Intel XScale, 416MHz (OS: Windows Mobile 6), Flash:256MB (external: mmc;sdhc)
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth;wlan;irda;usb;activesync;audio
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode Waterproof

Pros:

  • Long battery time
  • Delivered with all needed accessories, including USB data/charger cable for PC, AC charger, car charger cable, car mounting bracket (not very stable; the device often vibrates, which makes reading the display very difficult)

Cons:

  • Static navigation is activated by default. I used the SirfTech tool to deactivate it (just google for "SirfTech"). As already stated somewhere on this page, when the static navigation is activated, it is not possible to create usable tracks when moving slow, means with normal pedestrian speed (under 4-5 km/h) or slower - the GPS unit will just not update coordinates.
  • Data transfer is slow over all interfaces (WLAN and USB are slow on this device, and Bluetooth/IrDA are slow per definition).
  • When WLAN is activated, a blue LED is blinking; when Bluetooth is activated, an orange one is blinking. This is sometimes disturbing, especially at night or/and in the car. I found no way to deactivate these lights; tried some registry hacks from internet but they did not work.

Notes: I tested different GPS tracking software (OSMtracker, TGPS, NoniGPSPlot) as well as commercial navigation software (Navigon MN7) and everything worked well.


GPS-BT100

GPS-BT100

GPS unit: Asus GPS-BT100

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode Waterproof

Pros:

  • Small
  • Charged via mini USB connector
  • External GPS antenna connector

Cons:

  • Log format and frequency doesn't seem to be specified in the manual
  • Bluetooth requires re-pairing
  • No memory for standalone tracking