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Cheap and Basic but it does work
on 26 September 2014
My wife and I have been taking fairly long walks regularly and I just wanted something to tell us how far we had walked, how far away the car was and at what direction it was, so that we could see when we should start back. It sounds silly, but sometimes you can lose your sense of direction when you are in the woods or somewhere you are not familiar with.
I also thought that if one of us can't continue, we could call for help and give our co-ordinates over the mobile phone. Be prepared for the worst you see.
This cheap and basic device seems to do the job.
It seems pretty robust with a strong coated plastic case and tactile surface. It is fairly easy to read the display, although some of the information is in rather small characters. I can read the stuff that I am interested in without glasses.
The controls are a bit fiddly to operate and not altogether intuitive. But I was able to use the basic features without any real difficulty.
I think it is fair to say that, while the instructions are not pidgin English, they clearly have not been written by someone with full command of the language. e.g. "Its high-sensitive direction indication guide user to go back original departure position...". Still, you can get the gist of it. The manual is a single sheet, but it is fairly comprehensive and all in English, sort of.
The lithium battery seems to hold it's charge for many hours.
Setting the time is rather strange. The manual says that it comes set to Beijing time plus 8 hours The instructions then say that you set it to GMT plus or minus what is appropriate. I found that I had to set it to plus 13 hours to get the right time. You can select miles or Km for distance and input geographic coordinates manually, although it does seem a rather fiddly process.
So it is a bit flaky, but it does the job and it is quite cheap compared to many other GPS devices.
In case anyone thinks otherwise I am neither a Vendor of this nor a competitive device.