Joule GPS+ : Better in Every Way
The new Joule GPS+ cycling computer is better in every way, from the main control board to GPS functionality to the radio chipsets. What does this mean for you? Keep reading.
If you judged the changes to the Joule GPS+ cycling computer solely by looks, chances are that you'd be disappointed. Its predecessor, the Joule GPS, bears a striking resemblance to the new model - but that is where the similarity ends.
The new PowerTap Joule GPS+ cycling computer.
The original Joule GPS was designed specifically for those who trained with a cycling power meter. The feature set was long, including a sleek dashboard layout, simple button structure with a dedicated interval button and more of the latest power-based training metrics than you can shake a stick at. We took all of those features and carried them into the new Joule GPS+, then turned it up to 11.
The most notable of the enhancements is the addition of the dual ANT+/BLE radio chips. Actually there are two chipsets, but we will get to that in a minute. For starters, the Bluetooth Smart (BLE) radio chipset allows the Joule GPS+ cycling computer to be paired to an iOS device with the PowerTap Mobile App. This feature makes downloading ride activity data seamless. You no longer have to plug the device into your desktop or laptop to download files. Simply pair the Joule GPS+ cycling computer to your iOS device and press the download button. All of the chosen files get downloaded and synced to all of your beloved 3rd party applications like TrainingPeaks, MapMyRide, Strava, RideWithGPS and more. The PowerTap Mobile App will also pair directly to Bluetooth Smart sensors and push the data to the Joule GPS+ screen, making the previous choice between ANT+ and BLE sensors irrelevant.
We know how rapidly technology changes, which is why we equipped the Joule GPS+ with two dual mode ANT+/BLE chipsets. The benefit of this is that sometime in the not-too-distant future, the radio chip manufacturer will release an update that will allow for pairing of Bluetooth Smart sensors directly to the Joule GPS+. This will be called Master mode. And since the GPS+ has two of these chipsets, you will be able to pair sensors in almost any configuration you can imagine. Please note that we are not in direct control over this update, which means we cannot give a specific date on the release. Just know that when the time comes, and after a quick firmware update to the Joule GPS+, you'll no longer have to choose between ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart.
And the GPS part of the new Joule GPS+? Well its acquisition speed blows its predecessor out of the water.
At the end of the day, we know that making the right cycling computer choice is not an easy one. There are a number of really good options out there and to top it off, smart phones are becoming a more popular choice as an alternative. However, if you are a power meter user and you want a good dedicated cycling computer with a metric ton of features, the Joule GPS+ is an excellent choice.