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When taking a step back from the fast growing mobile devices industry, we can see that technology has progressed far beyond what we initially expected. Mobile phones as we knew them are now a thing of the past as they now pack more than just telephony features. Most mobile handsets now come with many modern standards in terms of features; high quality photo capture and video recording capabilities, turn-by-turn navigation, connectivity choices from Bluetooth to sharing online, and web browsing technologies emulating the desktop experience.

As technology in mobile phones has progressed, the power consumption of these devices has relatively increased, and with manufacturers focusing more on power optimisations to keep the size of the device as compact as possible, handsets tend to run out of fuel easily when using these built in features. This is why today I would like to take a look back and commend the Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W. More and more people are turning to their mobile phones to access maps, and Nokia’s recent free navigation announcement is only expected to increase this trend.

Although the Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W may not directly extend your battery life, it will allow the battery of your phone to last longer when using it for drive and walk navigation.

In The Box

  • Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W
  • Nokia In-Car Mobile Charger DC-4
  • Branded Belt Clip
  • Branded Suction Cup
  • Branded Carabiner Keyring
  • Nokia LD-4W User Manual

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Tests

We decided to do a few quick tests to see how it fairs against the built in GPS module of the Nokia X6. Check out the results below. Note that the General Profile was selected and all Internet connections were disabled on the X6.

Navigating using only the Nokia X6 and its built in GPS module:

  • Nokia X6 Battery lasted for around 2 hrs 20 mins (cut out during my journey)
  • Outdoor GPS fix took 14 secs using A-GPS and 2 mins 50 secs without A-GPS
  • Indoor GPS fix did not pick up at all
  • My Location was fairly accurate in Google Maps appearing around two meters off my actual location

Navigating using the Nokia X6 and the Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W:

  • Nokia X6 Battery lasted for nearly 6 hrs
  • Outdoor GPS fix took 3 secs (after switching on)
  • Indoor GPS fix took 37 secs (after switching on)
  • My Location was very accurate in Google Maps appearing precisely where I moved

As you can see, by using the Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W, the battery on the Nokia X6 lasted almost three times as long as using the built in GPS module. The GPS fix was also achieved quicker and ‘my location’ in Google Maps was much more accurate. The battery of the Nokia LD-4W Bluetooth GPS Module lasted for around 10 hours of continuous usage from a full charge (which takes around 30 minutes).

Do you think it deserves more recognition? Leave your thoughts and comments below. The Nokia Bluetooth GPS Module LD-4W is available for £30.97 over at MobileFun.co.uk.

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