Qstarz

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Qstarz International Co., Ltd. is based in Taipei, Taiwan and produces consumer GPS devices. The company also works as an OEM and ODM.

BT-Q818

Small bluetooth GPS mouse, reasonably priced at €85 (March 2007), excluding shipping.

BT-Q818

GPS unit: Qstarz BT-Q818

  • 85$
  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: 32 channels, ( WAAS; EGNOS, )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof

Pros:

  • Accuracy seems good enough for mapping streets in old city centers like, for example, Amsterdam and still get reasonable tracks.
  • The somewhat extreme battery-life of 32 hours
  • The auto-on/off function is nice; it goes to sleep when you don't use it (but, see bad, below)
  • Aside from the two charging solutions, it can be charged off a normal USB connection (if you have the correct cable, it requires normal USB to mini-usb)

Cons:

  • This one may not actually be a problem with the device. It seems the auto-on/off function may sometimes interfere with proper operation of the unit, apparently depending on what software you use. I experienced lost connections while using it with Mobile Trail Explorer, resulting in traces that stopped before I actually wanted to stop logging. So, not good, that. On the other hand, using nmea_info.py, this problem seemed to occur less often and, more importantly, when it happened the software would notice and simply reconnect.

Notes: Some specs as specified by the manufacturer:

  • Protocol: NMEA-0183 (v. 3.01)
  • Bluetooth: V1.2, 15 metres in open space
  • Sensitivity: -158 dBm
  • Auto on-off functionality
  • Comes with two chargers; one for normal outlets and one for car lighter sockets.

Might be the same device as Transystem i-Blue 747.




BT-Q1000

Similar to BT-Q1000P but can just store up to 100.000 waypoints.

GPS unit: Qstarz BT-Q1000

  • 100$
  • logger (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:2MB (external: )
  • GPS: 51 channels, ( WAAS; EGNOS, HDOP; VDOP; PDOP )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth; usb
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


BT-Q1000P

It's a bluetooth GPS logger based on the MTK chipset.

GPS unit: Qstarz BT-Q1000P

  • 100$
  • logger (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:4MB (external: )
  • GPS: 51 channels, ( WAAS; EGNOS, HDOP; VDOP; PDOP )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth; usb
  • Internal: Batteries: internal Nokia BL-5C LiIon
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Notes:

  • Sensitivity: -158 dBm
  • Support One Touch to turn On/Off LOG mode
  • Up to 200,000 records
  • WAAS+EGNOS+MSAS
  • Auto On-Off function in NAV Mode, always on in LOG Mode

The device can be set up and logs can be downloaded over bluetooth with the MTK GPS Datalogger Device Control Tool BT747 which can be used on Windows, Linux, Java Phones, PalmOS and WinCE. With this Software the Qstarz can be configured to log at up to 5 Hz!



BT-Q1000X

Bluetooth GPS logger based on the MTK II chipset. gpsbabel and mtkbabel work out-of-the-box with this device.

Successor to the BT-Q1000P. Mostly a clone of the i-Blue 747. Has a rubberized finish.


GPS unit: Qstarz BT-Q1000X

  • 100$
  • Website: [1], [2]
  • logger (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:4MB (external: )
  • GPS: 66 channels, ( WAAS; EGNOS; MSAS, HDOP; VDOP; PDOP )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth; usb
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



BT-Q1000eX

Version of the BT-Q1000x with double the memory and vibration sensor.


GPS unit: Qstarz BT-Q1000eX

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



BT-Q1200 Solar

This is also referred as Super 99 Bluetooth GPS Travel Recorder. The small solar panel on the front of the device helps to preserve the battery.

BT-Q1200 Solar

GPS unit: Qstarz BT-Q1200 Solar

  • 130€
  • logger (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:2MB (external: )
  • GPS: 51 channels, ( WAAS; EGNOS; MSAS, HDOP; VDOP; PDOP )
  • Display: , Connectivity: bluetooth; usb
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Notes: The good news is that this device is perfectly working with linux using the BT747 tool.

Note that this device has a smaller patch antenna than the BT-Q1000 models which may impact sensitivity. See the review at gpspassion



BT-Q1300

GPS unit: Qstarz BT-Q1300

Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof


Notes: BT747 is compatible with the BT-Q1300 too.