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Hi,

Just got a c550 on the £99 deal and want to buy a GPS device for it to work with TomTom mobile. My mate recommended the GLOBALSAT BT-338 which is based on the SiRFSTAR III chipset however looking at ebay there is also the Holox BT-321 which reckons its better than the Sirf III chipset (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5844519784&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1). This is namely more channels, 32 over 20, its quicker to start up and lock on and its cheaper.

Does anybody have any experience of using the Holox with the C550 or TomTom?

Cheers

Rob

PS : I'm a newbie to the C550, GPS and TomTom

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The GPS receiver that comes with the TomTom software is excellent and negates any pairing issues you may have.

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Hi,

Just got a c550 on the £99 deal and want to buy a GPS device for it to work with TomTom mobile. My mate recommended the GLOBALSAT BT-338 which is based on the SiRFSTAR III chipset however looking at ebay there is also the Holox BT-321 which reckons its better than the Sirf III chipset (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5844519784&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1). This is namely more channels, 32 over 20, its quicker to start up and lock on and its cheaper.

Does anybody have any experience of using the Holox with the C550 or TomTom?

Cheers

Rob

PS : I'm a newbie to the C550, GPS and TomTom

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My £45 off of e-bay cheapie seems to work well enough, after going through the hatfield tunnel the signal was re-aquired within about 5 seconds and it paired with TomTom easily. Think it's a silverstar.

Carl.

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If you are new to TomTom what is wrong with the TomTom GPS unit you got with TomTom?

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If you are new to TomTom what is wrong with the TomTom GPS unit you got with TomTom?

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Haven't got TomTom yet, I assumed you could just buy the software? Is this not the case? Does anyone know how the TomTom GPS device compares to the ones mentioned above?

Rob

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The TomTom GPS unit is hard to beat, it costs slightly more but it is worth it and as mentioned above you can only buy the software with the GPS unit anyway.

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..looking at ebay there is also the Holox BT-321 which reckons its better than the Sirf III chipset

I did some research on this before Christmas and from my reading the RFMD chipset used by Holox isn't quite as sensitive as the Sirf III one. However it is quicker at TTF from a cold start (not that useful unless you are planning to travel by plane / train long distances with the thing switched off). The Auto switch on/off feature looks useful, BUT how comfortable would you feel with leaving a GPS unit on display in an unattended car?

However it's imaterial if you are planning to buy a legitimate version of TTM5 as you'll get a decent GPS unit in the box. For use with other software ;) I'd be tempted to go with the Holux for the cheaper price and *similar* performance.

HTH - Rufus.

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I did some research on this before Christmas and from my reading the RFMD chipset used by Holox isn't quite as sensitive as the Sirf III one. However it is quicker at TTF from a cold start (not that useful unless you are planning to travel by plane / train long distances with the thing switched off). The Auto switch on/off feature looks useful, BUT how comfortable would you feel with leaving a GPS unit on display in an unattended car?

However it's imaterial if you are planning to buy a legitimate version of TTM5 as you'll get a decent GPS unit in the box. For use with other software ;) I'd be tempted to go with the Holux for the cheaper price and *similar* performance.

HTH - Rufus.

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I couldn't find the Holox BT-231 on their website so I emailed them this: the reply follows:

-----Original Message-----

From: x

Sent: 19 January 2006 16:04

To: [email protected]

Subject: Holux BT-231 or Holux GPSlim236 question

Hi

Can you clarify whether you produce the Holux BT-231 model. I read somewhere that this is one of your products - couldn't find it on your website though.

It uses the RFMD chipset which is meant to be better than SIRF III. Is this correct?

I was only able to find this link:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HOLOX-Bluetooth-GPS-...8QQcmdZViewItem

Your comments would be much appreciated.

Their reply:

Thank you for your enquiry, the item you have referred to in your link, is not a Holux GPS unit, if you look at the spelling of the product, it is a 'Holox' which is absolutely nothing to do with us. Our bluetooth receiver models are the GR230, GR231 and the GR236.

We only use the SiRF chipset, as we believe this to be superior.

I hope this helps you, should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Tesney

Holux UK Limited - Shop

Tel: +44 (0) 870 321 6929

Fax: +44 (0) 870 321 4029

Web: www.holux-uk.com

Holux Navigation Aids...... 'Get There'!!!!

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Hi,

I eventually got a Qstarz BT-Q880 as the Holox is trying to be another brand, Qstarz have a website (http://www.qstarz.com/) and it uses this new RFMD chipset. The pairing went ok once I understood I had to press the menu button under the bluetooth config on the C550 to add a new device. However TomTom couldn't use it with the "No GPS Device" message on the screen. I eventually got it to work by selecting "Other Bluetooth GPS" in the tomtom GPS config (from main menu 5->6->6->6->1="Show GPS Status"-> Configure then select "Other Bluetooth GPS"). I then had to rename the bluetooth pairing as "Other Bluetooth GPS" using that exact case and it works !!!

Hope this helps somebody.

Rob

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Hi,

Just got a c550 on the £99 deal and want to buy a GPS device for it to work with TomTom mobile. My mate recommended the GLOBALSAT BT-338 which is based on the SiRFSTAR III chipset however looking at ebay there is also the Holox BT-321 which reckons its better than the Sirf III chipset (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5844519784&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1). This is namely more channels, 32 over 20, its quicker to start up and lock on and its cheaper.

Does anybody have any experience of using the Holox with the C550 or TomTom?

Cheers

Rob

PS : I'm a newbie to the C550, GPS and TomTom

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Hi

I bought the Holox BT 321 from Ebay and cannot get it to work with my XDA exec!!! Ive tried every site available including Tom Tom, and the Holox website states that it is 'under construction' so offers no help.

I would avoid this reciever like the plague as it seems poor quality and any manufacturer that offers NO support must be very poor indeed.

In addition, the lack of advice available from resellers on ebay has convinced me never to buy technical goods from there as they seem only intent on shipping the goods and recieving the payment.

My advice would be to find someone running Tom Tom on your device and buy the same reciever that they are using....just not from EBAY.

Cheers

Smudger

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