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Blumax Bluetooth GPS 4044 AGPS Data Logger Recorder Receiver Tracker with 66 Channels

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
  • Item model number: 50131
  • ASIN: B002B7L9UA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Greg on 28 Dec. 2009
My impression of this device so far, having had it for a couple of weeks.

It was smaller than I imagined when I un-boxed it, neither the description nor the picture made the size obvious (46.5 x 72.2 x 20 mm from the blu-max website). It slips in pocket easily enough, or into an outer pocket on a camera back.

The battery life hasn't been an issue for me yet, It seems to be excellent, but I use it for logging only, which means that I have the bluetooth switched off, which is presumably how they spec the "up to 32 hours" battery life.

It picks up a signal relatively quickly, and seems to hold on to it very effectively, even inside buildings (and that's gps, not agps, I haven't seen agps work yet, but as I understand it that is only available where the cell operators are kind enough to allow it without an account). So it seems to have better signal acquisition than any of the devices I have tried before (Tom Tom Go 300; N95; iPhone; another older Garmin I can't remember the model number of).

Negatives
Build quality is OK, but not great, a little plasticy and there was a little flash on the clip which to me is just an indicator of poor build quality. It also scratches very easily, I've only had mine for a couple of weeks but you wouldn't think that to look at it; the glossy upper surface has lots of little scratches, and in some spots seems to have lost it's gloss. OK it's slid off the dashboard a couple of times, but you'd think I'd been at it with sandpaper. The slider switch works fine but it's action is not very positive under thumb, which again feels like a poor quality switch has been used. I think I read another review commenting on that.

The biggest frustration has been the software.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Raymond Foulkes on 11 April 2011
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I bought this device for one purpose only, to record gpx tracks in a text file for use with Openstreetmap.org. It is possible to do that with the software but the documentation is almost fully devoted to photo tagging or loading tracks onto Google earth, neither of which is of interest to me. I am running the software on Windows XP on which I NEVER use Internet explorer so it as disabled as I can make it. Unfortunately this software does use Internet explorer to open Google earth with no way of turning it off that I can detect. The result is that I get lots of dialogs from IE asking for permission to do things (that I normally never let it do since I don't trust IE). Using IE with no means of disabling it I consider a very hostile thing to do.

Furthermore, the application crashes now and again (just vanishes, no errors reported). For my simple requirement (in fact exactly what the seller says it does - Data logger recorder receiver tracker) the software is tedious to use.

I believe that there is an open source facility for Linux that might work with this device which simply converts its logs into .gpx files without reference to phototagging or Google earth, but I have not yet got around to trying it.

(UPDATE June 2013) I now use it on Linux with mtkbabel to create .gpx files. This works with limitations. As long as there is only one track on the device, mtkbabel will download it. Be careful not to add 2 tracks since mtkbabel cannot identify them.
Sometimes reading the device fails the first time. Second time usually works.

All that being said, the receiver itself is small, easy to use and behaves as described.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Red Dolphin on 9 Jan. 2011
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The item is working perfectly. The AGPS also gives it an advantage against the previous model the 4043 and other competitor ones.
It is quite accurate. Indoors the signal is less accurate and it could result in tracking a bit faraway from where it actually is but it never loses the signal so it is a great device and competes very well with other similar AGPS. It will work in your bag as if it was in your hand. Don't worry about clothes or bags as the device will be very sensitive, I've tested it.
I extract the gpx file from the device using the application provided with the item, GPS Photo Tagger. If you only shoot in jpeg it will be quite a good and reliable application, also very easy to use. But if you shoot raw files (cr2 in my case) you will need one of the many free applications available, I use one called Geosetter to tag all kind of pictures supported by Exif tool.
Its built is not weather sealed but strong for all applications, bring a small saleable bag, like those you can buy in food stores or in diving specialized stores and bring it with you; in case you happen to be in estreme weather conditions it will be protected from getting wet.
Batteries can be found on Amazon for quite a cheap price and I'm sure I'll buy a second battery just for a peace of mind for when I'm travelling far and in remote places. The standard usb charging connector ensures that the battery can be recharged in many different ways, including solar.
I see the model 4043 is selling more times for the same price, buy the 4044 and don't be concerned about low rating, the 4044 is better than the 4043.
The seller was courteous, answering promptly to my messages when I didn't receive the item due to the snow storm which affected all UK. I will buy again with confidence.
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