Friday, July 15, 2005
Slim is In: The Holux GPSlim 236 Reviewed
Posted by Steve Sharp in "HARDWARE" @ 09:00 AM
Holux GPSlim 236 is a reliable, compact unit that performs as it is designed to perform. I was pleased with the performance, particularly when used in conjunction with Pocket Streets 2005. On the down side, if you do not already own any third-party mapping software, the stand alone unit is fairly useless in a car. Another minus, for those who are interested in buying a GPS receiver for hiking or hunting, the unit seemed to have a bit of trouble updating direction and distance data at very slow speeds of travel.
The unit specifications say that it will work at up to about 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) of elevation and that it is accurate to between 3 and 20 meters or 10 to 65 feet. I have been told that the accuracy can be narrowed even further with the built-in WAAS feature engaged, but I could not confirm this. From a standpoint of features, you could probably buy a GPS receiver that is nearly as small as the Holux GPSlim 236, or you could buy a cheaper GPS receiver, but I doubt that you could find both in one unit. As such, the size and price of the unit make it practical and competitive in this growing market of Bluetooth GPS units for the Pocket PC. I owe a big thanks the guys at GPS Passion for their help in providing information about the ins and outs of GPS receivers and software.
Steven Sharp is a system analyst by day and a freelance writer by night. He is a 38-year-old native and lifelong resident of Huntsville, Alabama. His first book, The Art of Managing Everyday Conflict was published in May 2004.