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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2013
I purchased the GNS 2000 to sort out my satnav and a couple of gliding applications running on my IOS 6 iphone 3GS. I was a little nervous, as I could find no reviews that mentioned iphones and was aware that IOS 6 has a bug that makes external bluetooth GPS operation difficult. However, I received excellent support from GNS and after a bit of fiddling, it works very well.

On the iphone the system changes smoothly between the internal and external systems as you switch the 2000 off and on. I have found that it is best to let the 2000 auto connect and settle down with all lights on before running your navigation app, but a quick switch off and back on of the 2000 clears things if it stays on internal. A good app’ for checking the operation is GPS Status.

I have also tried it with Windows 7 Home Premium and a couple of windows mobile 6.5 units. They all worked in the end but I had to reset the input settings for one WM 6.5 app’ (SeeYou Mobile). This is because the 2000 outputs a full house of standard sentences and some apps object.

The logger download software (available from their site) conflicts with Norton and you have to disconnect wi-fi and virus protection to get it to work. This is why it is rated at 4 rather than 5.

Lastly, a couple of general (in terms of operation) points :-

a) It is aimed at the aviation and sat nav markets so it, rightly, has static navigation switched on. Worked OK for me when walking, but geocaching may be a problem.

b) Android :- Not tested as I discovered that my Kindle Fire HD will not work with any external GPS as the function is deliberately inhibited in the operating system. Again, GNS Support supplied a lot of good input for Android users.

Best of luck, not straightforward on IOS 6 but works well when you crack it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2015
Had this unit for a few days now and, as advertised, it pairs up on blue tooth with my IPad in an instant. It’s primary function is to receive GPS signals and deliver to your IPad to use with whatever application you choose. With CoPilot it provides a good steady Satnav function and I’m more than pleased with it.

The manufactures make a lot about it being fully compatible with the Apple IPad (and as I’ve said it really works well). They also describe in great detail the second major function of the unit, that of track logging.

Now the daft part. To read the track log, or to delete log files on the unit you need to download GNS’s software free from their website. And guess what? It only runs on windows! It is totally incompatible with Apple computers.

So after all the trumpeting about their special Apple approvals etc, 50% of the units function is totally useless to Mac users.

Unbelievable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
Switched on an paired instantly with ipad.
Tried it out on a drive using view ranger mapping app and it recorded the journey with pinpoint accuracy
Highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2014
Brought this to use on my wifi only ipad mini so i can use my ipad as a navigation when needed. Works brilliantly.
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on 21 April 2015
Its difficult to rate this product without bias as it ultimately proved unsuitable for my purposes despite the description stating that it can be used for walking. In the end I gave it two stars because it appears well built and sync'd easily enough with the bluetooth communication software, even if it then didn't play that nice with track recording software.

Having taken receipt of the item, I found its tracking did not live up to its stated 1 GPS position transmission per second, well at least not in my use case. Following research and correspondence with the manufacturer I've discovered the current generation of the GNS 2000 uses software which in the words of the manufacturer " holds the GPS position for around 20 m when the speed drops under the minimal speed of 3,5 km/h" this severly compromises its usefulness if you want to capture tracking information at slow walking speeds i.e. trying to ascertain directions etc.

Its also worth pointing out that the 1 GPS position transmission per second is slow if you want to use it for motorsport or similiarly fast pursuits. For walking that speed would have been fine if it didn't stop altogether at slow speeds.

I've returned the item and will have to keep looking.

The positives:

- the device seems well built
- includes in-car adapter
- includes small suction cup
- once I'd downloaded the correct bluetooth app, enabled my phones developer mode (android) to enable Mock GPS the GNS 2000 synced quickly with the bluetooth software.

Negatives:

- Caches position below speeds of 3,5kph
- Didn't play nice with either My Tracks or Viewranger track recording software

The device may well work for your particular requirements but you will want to investigate thoroughly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2015
Bought this earlier in the year but not having used it, sold it to a sailing friend for use in connection with his iPad Air on his boat. He reported that there was a problem in compatibility and did some research online to discover that there was a glitch in using the GPS with iOS 8.3 but that iOS 8.4 would fix the problem, so he waited for the later software, which became available last week. He tells me that it now runs perfectly with iOS 8.4! So if any of you are having compatibility problems with your iPads, I hope the above is of help!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2015
Excellent does all it says. Allows me to use my Ipad as a chart plotter. Only a minor comment. The sucker cup which is meant to be used to stick the Receiver to a flat surface is useless. It does not stick to the receiver (too big) or flat surfaces. Some other type of holder would be useful as their is no way of stopping the receiver from sliding about and ending up on the floor/deck.
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on 4 December 2014
I recently bought a cheap. large (6.5 inch) android phone from china, which all went well except the built in gps which is awful. So I looked around and this GNS unit does everything I need it to. hooks up via bluetooth (and bluetooth only). locks on quickly enough, and comes with a natty little twin suction cup mount, which works fine in my car (it has a glass roof) it linked to my phones bluetooth straightaway, but needed to download a free app to get android apps like waze and xcsoar to recognise the gps signal. but with this extra software it works like a charm!

great signal, battery has lasted me a week so far on one charge.

the instructions also suggest it does its own logging too, but I havent used it for that.
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Looks good and works on wifi but GPS doesn't work with our ipad. Because, as GNS told me when contacted:
"At present the current Apple iOS 8.3 does not work with all external Bluetooth GPS receiver.
It seems that the Apple Location service of current Apple iOS 8.3 doesn't transmit the received GPS data from the GNS GPS receiver to the navigation app. Apple Inc.knows this iOS bug (Bug report number 20509976) and promises a solution ASAP. I hope that this problem will be solved in the next days"

So far, Apple has not delivered a solution. A pity GNS didn't tell me this before I bought it!
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on 27 August 2013
Basically a good unit but two gripes. One is that it is sometimes very difficult to get he GNS 2000 to connect to IOS devices via Bluetooth. Sometimes repeated on/offs actions of both the GNS and the IOS device are required (even to turning the IOS completely off). This makes connection unreliable. I am not sure if it is an IOS issue or down to the GNS. Also, the suction attachment provided is, in practice, close to useless as the cup is too wide for the GNS 2000 and it fails to stay attached.
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