A Bluetooth option doesn’t come up on my ice helix 7’s GPS. It should, but that’s because I have my cellular phone with it. While it works, it’s not as accurate or reliable as the unit I have that comes with the GPS. But it’s close enough for me to use to make my life easier.
Here’s what I do when I have the GPS with the Bluetooth option. First, I turn off the cell phone display so that it only shows the screen of the GPS. Second, I make sure to download and install the most recent version of the Android operating system on my cell phone. Third, I don’t leave the GPS plugged in use long enough to allow it to pick up any incoming signals. That keeps the battery life of my GPS working for hours.
The Bluetooth option doesn’t come up on my ice helix 7’s GPS because I have a laptop. I also own my cellular phone. So I have two things that can plug into the GPS. One thing is the regular USB cord that connects to my laptop. The other is the Bluetooth device that comes with my cellular phone.
As you might expect, the Bluetooth option doesn’t come up on my ice helix 7’s GPS when I plug the Bluetooth device into the laptop. I could try to use the connection from the Bluetooth device to connect to the GPS on my laptop, but it never works. The Bluetooth device uses a different frequency than the GPS. The wireless signal from the Bluetooth device to the GPS will not get through.
What can I do? I can use a blue tooth device. It plugs into a USB port just like a portable CD player. The device has to be within approximately 10 feet of the GPS unit for it to work. The blue tooth device has to be within ear-shot distance of the driver or the person in front of the driver. If they are in the blind spot, the device will not work.
If my Bluetooth device is on my belt worn GPS, I can control the directions from my cell phone. That frees up my hands to drive. On the flip side, if the blue tooth device is plugged into my laptop, the only direction I can go is forward or backwards. Which direction does the blue tooth phone say I should go? It says left or right. That’s fine, I can take the signal and input it into my GPS, or I can use the laptop.
One of my coworkers had a Bluetooth earpiece that she could put on her head, but it was really uncomfortable, plus it kind of looked funny and was really obvious that she was trying to make some sort of statement. On the other hand, if you are driving with your Bluetooth headset on, everyone around you can hear you. I like having the option to talk on my Bluetooth device while driving. It’s nice to be able to talk on my cell phone and have people ask me questions or to call me on the Bluetooth. On the other hand, there are times when I don’t want to be connected to someone over Bluetooth.
In conclusion, Bluetooth is really neat when you don’t want to have your hands free to use the GPS. You can turn your blue tooth device into a Bluetooth device if that’s what you need to be able to use it while driving. However, there are some things that I would have never thought of using Bluetooth while driving that actually work quite well in that situation.