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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsPDA Jun 18th, 2019 - 10:01 AM EST
    Nexian HandyGPS Visor Module
    Author: Tom Solinap
    Date Posted: June 14th, 2001
    Rating: 7.5/10 SystemLogistics
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    Pros

    Despite a few minor flaws, the HandyGPS is a solid product. It has a truck load of features to make it more than just any ordinary GPS device. The device is as accurate as advertised, maybe even more accurate. The price tag of $149.99 is good for what you get, especially considering the higher price of the competition. You pretty much have a portable navigation system at your fingertips. You'll never get lost in the woods again, or fail to find that old camping spot you always come back to. The UbiGo mapping software has some good helpful functions. You can search for points of interests, streets, and even record your travels. The HandyGPS software allows you to create way points, record your navigation, and create routes. It's a great addition to your Visor if you do a lot of hiking or traveling. It's definitely an affordable add-on.

    Cons

    A few things that I found lacking was the mapping software, the little annoyances in the GUI, the hard to open battery door, and a few other minor gripes. They could have made it more user friendly and added more functions to it. If you want to take advantage of all the features, you pretty much have to spend some time learning each of them. This isn't a toy, and you have to know what you're doing. The maps could have also been better consolidated instead of broken up. it would be much easier when loading. Not to mention that all your maps could easily take up half your Visor's memory. Although it's not really that big, I think they could have made it a bit smaller. Also if the power saving function is not enabled, the HandyGPS can really eat up your batteries rather quickly. The first time satellite acquisition was a bit long, so it would have been nice if they found a way to shorten it a bit. The restriction that the module had to be in open sky is expected, but I wish I could at least use it in a car. That's about it for cons that I could think of. Nothing else really bothered me.

    Conclusion

    Like I said before, the HandyGPS is a solid performer, although it does have it's flaws. I would have liked to be able to use it in the car without holding it out the window. I think the mapping software could have been more intuitive or user friendly. Most of the flaws are minor usability type things, but usability is an important aspect of any product. Over-all though, the HandyGPS does what it was advertised to do and that is give Visor users the power of GPS in the palm of their hand. GPS devices might not be for everyone, but those who are interested will definitely appreciate what this module can do. I'm a gadget freak myself, and this gadget is definitely a good addition to anyone's collection. The only other GPS module for the Visor out there is the Geode, which I have heard good things about but never really tried. So, if you're in the market for a GPS module, the HandyGPS is worth a look.

    Rating: 7.5/10 SystemLogistics

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