I remember the first GPS device I ever owned. It was eight years ago, weighed as much as a ‘mobile’ phone used to in the late Eighties and all it did was told you where you were. I used it for hiking and biking – in fact I’ve still got it and it’s still going strong.
But things have moved on since having to find a clearing in the woods to pick up a decent satellite fix. Nowadays GPS systems are ten a penny, with full-colour maps, route-planning and traffic avoidance all built in.
The trouble is, GPS systems are now so widespread and numerous that it’s becoming tough to decide what to buy. Do you go all-in-one, get navigation on your smartphone, or buy a PDA and receiver? If you plump for the latter then which software, receiver and connection method do you want? And what about traffic information systems? It’s enough to give even the most techno-savvy GPS geek a headache.
Adapt’s AD-750, however, presents no such dilemma. If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth GPS receiver to go with your PDA navigation software, look no further. It’s not something I usually say so early in a review, but in a world that is, ironically, quite difficult to find your way around, this product is a bright shining light.
Why is it so good? It’s certainly not down to its looks – the AD-750 is an unassuming black lump of plastic just a couple of LEDs for decoration and the company’s not-particularly stylish hoop logo.
The price, on the other hand is something worth giving the once over. A quick search on Froogle, Kelkoo and a number of other price comparison websites failed to turn up anything significantly cheaper than at the same specification. The AD-750 has the very latest 20-channel SiRFstar III chipset on board and just £46 is only around £16 more expensive than the cheapest 12-channel Bluetooth receiver I could find. It’s not as if costs have been cut elsewhere either. The AD-750 comes with the full complement of charging options: a USB cable for charging via your notebook, a mains adaptor and a car lighter socket adaptor too.