Data loggers take GPS hardware a step further by adding the ability to capture and store GPS coordinates continuously during a trip. These "waypoints" are referenced later to review the route you traveled and for other purposes. An application could certainly be written to do this on a GPS-equipped Windows Mobile device, but the device would have to be on all the time to capture the data, and this would drain the battery. A dedicated data logging device is a better way to go.
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If you're looking for a data logger combined with the features of a standard Bluetooth-enabled GPS receiver, take a look at the Qstarz BT-Q1000. It can capture up to 100,000 data points (twice as many as the next product) and it ships with software that lets you extract this data from the device so it can be used with programs like Google Earth. This allows you to review your trips and analyze the routes you take for efficiency. While the BT-Q1000 doesn't offer the cool solar panel collector of the next product, it is smaller and more ruggedly designed, making it a more than acceptable device for anyone wishing to track their travels for later plotting.
GPS receivers like the ones mentioned above are yet another mobile device to carry around with you. And even if the receiver is built into your Windows Mobile device, you can't hold it in your hand when you're driving a car. Some vendors bundle carrying cases and dashboard mounts with their GPS receivers to help you out. In addition, third-party accessory providers offer a number of excellent products that help you transport and use your newly acquired GPS capabilities.
Arkon CM910 and SM210
Arkon Resources is a company that built its reputation on PDA mounts. They have a wide variety of products, including the CM910 Universal PDA Mounting Kit and the SM210 Universal Cell Phone Mounting Kit (the latter is shown here). Rather than fumble with a loose Pocket PC or Windows Mobile smartphone sliding around on a car seat, the CM910 and SM210 are designed to hold the device securely and position the device for easy visual access of the display—both of which are vital for in-vehicle GPS use.
Civilian Lab Tech-recon LT
Civilian Lab has developed a family of gadget bags and backpacks perfect for the portable device enthusiast, and I found their Tech-recon LT design to be the best for rugged "hike ‘n bike" excursions. The Tech-recon is optimized for carrying mobile devices, GPS, digital cameras, and other small gadgets, and its ultra-cool tech look is a sophisticated fashion statement. I received more "Wow, where did you get that?" type comments wearing the Tech-recon than I have with any ot...