Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 Review
The superb, diminutive and bestselling original Freedom Keychain GPS receiver for Treo and Centro smartphones (below right) is now even better and smaller thanks to the release of the Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 model (pictured below left).
The new and improved Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 retains the title of “the world’s smallest, lightest and most compact GPS receiver” while also benefiting from a few significant changes.
For starters it now offers 51 Channels instead of 20 and an increased baud rate of 115,200 bps (up from 57,600) that both help to deliver improved GPS speed and accuracy.
To save size and weight the internal battery size has been reduced from 450mAh to 350mAh but without affecting the working time which remains unchanged at up to 9 hours.
Aside from these technical improvements the most visible and noticeable change is in the design of the unit itself (image above). The company has managed to shave an incredible 25% of the thickness and nearly 30% of the weight (to only 22 grams) on the GPS 2000.
Additionally, the Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 has now been coated in a rubberized black paint which feels great in your hands as well as benefiting from a minor update to the keychain itself which is now much more elegant.
Also, where the previous model had only one indicator light the new one (above) has been improved with four individual lights to clearly show the status for Bluetooth, GPS, Battery Life and Power – something which makes it considerably easier to understand when using the device.
Finally, I love the fact that the Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 uses a miniUSB charging connector and that the kit includes both a USB car charger and also USB charging cable to recharge your receiver at home or office via your PC (or wall outlet using a simple USB Wall Adapter).
The Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 package does not include any GPS navigation software but the receiver can actually be used with any of the most popular solutions available. I have been using it with my Palm Centro using Telenav and an iGrip Universal Fit Flexible Mount as well as testing it on my Treo 680 using TomTom Navigator and the iGrip Custom Fit Flexible Mount – they both work perfectly well and also compatible with Windows Mobile devices.
Overall there’s hardly anything not to like about the new Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 as it’s even more compact, light and better designed than its older sibling and now delivers even faster performance with an enhanced chipset – there’s no doubt that the Freedom GPS offers the best solution if you’re looking to always have a Treo or Centro GPS in your pocket.
Treonauts always demand total freedom…