Proporta's new GPS receiver, which claimed to be the smallest GPS receiver
available as of today?
Well, today I've received a review sample, thanks to Proporta and it's indeed
pretty small. Well, it's not as small as I thought (or better hoped) but
nevertheless, it's definitely an interesting GPS receiver for most Windows
Mobile Standard/Smartphone users, since Windows Mobile Standard smartphones
doesn't features GPS receivers yet as well as an interesting addition for Pocket
PC Phone users like HTC Touch/HTC Touch Dual owners.
The Proporta Freedom Keychain GPS Receiver features a
chip which supports up to 20 simultaneous satellite channel
connections as well as the Bluetooth 2.0 SPP serial port profile which works
within a range of 10 m. While the Proporta GPS receiver is quite small, the
rechargeable 420 mAh Lithium Polymer battery is promised to provide a solid
working time of up to 9 hours at a weight of 30 g only! So this GPS receiver
fits perfectly into your pocket and can be easily carried as a keyring pendant.
The sales pack includes everything you need to start including the GPS
receiver itself, a USB to mini USB cable charger which charges the GPS receiver
from any Notebook or PC as well as a car charger.
The GPS receiver is indeed small and sports two LEDs (an orange and a blue
one) on top which indicates the GPS, battery and charging as well as Bluetooth
status. On the left, the receiver sports the power switch:
The receiver is charged via a mini USB jack which is protected by a flap:
In action, the Proporta Freedom Keychain GPS SiRF III Receiver looks like
this and even if I made this photos within my office, 3 meters away from the
window, the receiver was able to hold contact to 4 - 7 satellites which means it
even works indoors, as long as you have a line of sight to the sky:
On the photo above, the Proporta Keychain GPS Receiver connected to a O2 Xda
star which is running Google Maps for Windows Mobile.
I haven't tested the exact work time yet but one is for sure - the rest keeps
the promises Proporta made with its initial announcement. It's incredible small
and the size of all my other GPS receivers was one reason why I never had a GPS
receiver with me when I was in need. Now, since the GPS receiver is attached to
my keychain, I'm quite sure that I will have it with me 99 % of the time which
makes sense. I always have my keychain and my mobile phone with me and this is
the perfect combination.
As initially mentioned, the Proporta Keychain GPS Receiver is the perfect
addition for Windows Mobile Smartphone users since most (Windows Mobile
Standard) Smartphones lacks GPS functionalities today and also many popular
Pocket PC Phones, like the HTC Touch and Touch Dual lacks GPS as well. And GPS
can become handy, even if you don't use routing software, if you use the freely
available Google Maps for Windows Mobile or Windows Live Search. Both works
perfectly on your Windows Mobile device and can show you your current location
as well as guide you to your destination, which is very handy in foreign cities
The Proporta Keychain GPS Receiver is available from Porporta for 99.95
Euro/US$ 129.95 and a valuable accessory for travelers and commuters.
Cheers ~ Arne