Treo GPS - Freedom Keychain GPS Review
Two years ago I had already written a post entitled “Traveling With A Treo GPS In My Pocket” but to be honest I can’t say that I really had a GPS solution in my pocket until I got my new Freedom Keychain GPS receiver – a product which has rapidly become the #1 bestselling option in our store.
As you can appreciate from the picture above, this Freedom Treo GPS (also works as Centro GPS) unit is the smallest and lightest (only 1.06oz or 30 grams) receiver that I have come across to date – the company actually claims that this is the most compact GPS receiver in the world. To emphasize its diminutive size the manufacturer smartly decided to add a keychain ring so that you can even more easily ensure that you always have this GPS unit in your pocket and ready to be used anywhere while on the go.
Beautifully designed with a dark gunmetal grey matt plastic housing, rounded curves and easy to access sliding On/Off button on the left side the Freedom GPS is definitely a very elegant unit that people can proudly display.
Having said this, the Freedom GPS receiver is not only an elegant and compact unit but it also delivers excellent performance. It uses the top SiRF Star III chipset tracking up to 20 satellite channels simultaneously and connects wirelessly to your Treo or Centro via Bluetooth 2.0 with up to a 10 meter range.
Additionally, with a 450mAh Lithium Polymer battery the Freedom GPS receiver provides up to 9 hours of working time on a single charge. I also particularly like the fact that the unit uses a mini USB charging connector and the kit conveniently includes both a USB cable to charge the GPS at your PC (or wall outlet using a simple USB Wall Adapter) as well as an ultralight car charger cable (image below).
The Freedom Keychain GPS package does not include a bundled GPS navigation software but the receiver can actually be used with any of the most popular solutions available including my favourite TomTom Navigator as well as the AA, Active Pilot, BlackBerry Maps, CoPilot Live 6, Destinator 6, Gate 5, Google Maps, Mapquest, Memory Map, Navigation Mobile, Navman, Nokia/Smart2Go, Navicor, Route 66, Spot, Telenav and Wayfinder.
Overall I haven’t found a single thing not to like about the Freedom Keychain GPS – it’s ultracompact and ultralight, extremely well designed, delivers excellent performance and includes a great charging kit. Until Palm decide to build a GPS receiver directly in my Treo or Centro there is no doubt that the Freedom GPS currently makes for the best alternative to always have a Treo GPS in your pocket and ensure that you always find the fastest path to your destination.
Treonauts always want to roam freely…