Qstarz BT-Q2000 GPS Sports Recorder Explore 2000 - Qstarz BT-Q2000

By James Morris


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Once you have imported a number of tracks over an extended time period, the Statistics page can be called into play to show your activities on a daily basis. The software supports multiple users, so different people can use the Explorer 2000 to track their exercises, then import them as separate entries within the app. QSports can also export the GPS data in various formats, including HTML, Google Earth KML and KMZ, as well as tracks in GPX, NMEA and basic CSV formats. When exporting to KML or KMZ, you have the option to open the results in Google Earth directly, if you have it installed.

The other main app included, Travel Recorder V4, can also import tracks from the Qstarz and export these to the same formats. Its main addition is the ability to import photos as well and geotag these, then export the whole thing to Google Maps/Earth, Flickr or Locr. When you import photos, the time and date stamps on them are matched with the times and dates of your route. Any photos which correlate are added to the route display, and you can then write the geotagging information directly into the photo. If the camera times were set wrongly, you can offset these in Travel Recorder too. So although sports analysis is the Qstarz's core function, it has a handy little sideline helping you document your journeys with your photography.


Considering that you can get a basic sat-nav for a similar amount of money, the Qstarz BT-Q2000 Explore 2000 looks a little expensive. However, entry-level Garmin devices like the Forerunner sports watches and Foretrex wrist GPS cost a similar amount, and can't record anywhere near as much tracking information. Garmin's more fully-featured Forerunner 405 costs about twice as much, too. So if your sports activities are serious enough to warrant detailed analysis, the Qstarz could be a real training boost.

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January 26, 2009, 5:37 pm

Anyone using a GPS device to track running or cycling is best to use Sport Tracks. It's a cracking piece of free software. I use it instead of Garmin Training Centre which came with my new Forerunner 305.

iain coghill

January 26, 2009, 7:27 pm

Can this device display location in other coordinate systems and map datums, such as Ordnance Survey? Not doing so will limit it's usefulness for hiking etc IMHO.

James Morris

January 26, 2009, 8:47 pm

Unfortunately, it's only latitude, longitude and elevation. So, yes, it will have hiking limitations.


January 26, 2009, 9:04 pm

It only uses Lat/Long and WGS84 I'm afraid, which therefore limits its use to speed/distance calculations, and if no good for hiking. For hiking Garmin units are far better, which offer much more functionality for the same price. I often have to use obscure grid and map datum combinations when working/hiking abroad (usually involves lots of GR logging) as I still need to use the old fashioned map/compass method and find them to be more accurate than other units when I need to locate to within 10m on a large scale map and triangulation is difficult for whatever reason. Signal is a problem with many a GPS unit I have tried and the price of the unit does not seem to reflect an increase in performance in that respect; expensive units usually just come with bloated software and pre-installed maps which for me is useless.

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