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Old 06-24-2013, 08:50 AM   #16
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The pages refer to the Google Play store, not a special 'Garmin Store', so I would hope that any Android app that is marked 'compatible', incl. Google Maps, will work (vs. something like the 'Kindle Store', where only a subset of apps 'authorized' by the vendor can be seen, even if other apps work fine). This, combined with the BT, would open up a lot of possibilities with features like those in apps like 'Car Home Ultra' and 'Torque Pro' (especially if your bike has an OBDII port).

As for glove-friendly, I would hope this is a long-winded way of saying that it is:
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With an array of compatible mounts, Monterra is designed for use on ATVs, in boats, as a handheld or in your car. Use the auto mount for spoken, turn-by-turn driving directions, or the rugged mount for your motorcycle or ATV.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:00 AM   #17
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It looks very nice, but way too expensive for me.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:25 AM   #18
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Now this is priceless....the manuals link on the right takes you to ...the Montana manuals page!

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Old 06-24-2013, 09:44 AM   #19
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The pages refer to the Google Play store, not a special 'Garmin Store', so I would hope that any Android app that is marked 'compatible', incl. Google Maps, will work (vs. something like the 'Kindle Store', where only a subset of apps 'authorized' by the vendor can be seen, even if other apps work fine). This, combined with the BT, would open up a lot of possibilities with features like those in apps like 'Car Home Ultra' and 'Torque Pro' (especially if your bike has an OBDII port).
I wonder if Garmin will allow BT tethering to a cell phone to allow Google Maps (or any other app that needs to download map data) to actually work or they'll intentionally disable it to protect their map sales business. I cannot see anybody who has the technical know-how buying Garmin maps if Google Maps and others (DualSport Maps, anybody?) can work by tethering.

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As for glove-friendly, I would hope this is a long-winded way of saying that it is:
While you're probably right, I would actually prefer a capacitive touchscreen and deal with having to sew "metallic" thread into the fingertips of my gloves. They work MUCH better than any resistive touchscreen I've used.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:01 AM   #20
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While you're probably right, I would actually prefer a capacitive touchscreen and deal with having to sew "metallic" thread into the fingertips of my gloves. They work MUCH better than any resistive touchscreen I've used.

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Old 06-24-2013, 10:02 AM   #21
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Garmin still hasn't managed to coordinate Marketing and Development...



Notice the Sunrise Dashboard? Notice that the Spec Sheet says:


I expect no less from Garmin.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:05 AM   #22
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I think I'd want to know things like:
  • Is it glove friendly? Doubtful given the glass surface multi-touch display.
  • Can it import a route without changing it?
  • Can it save a route created on the unit?
  • Is there "Detour" function in the routing?
  • Can you edit Along-road Routes that you imported?
  • Does the unit support "Shortcuts" and "Profiles"?
  • Does Bluetooth support Audio Out?
  • Does Bluetooth support voice input (the Monterra has a mic)?
  • Why in the heck would you use BT3.0 instead of 4.0?
  • What limitations are there on Android Apps?
  • . . .

I'm sure with a little more thought I can come up with a dozen or so more questions.


So is it too much to assume that you can use Google Maps with it?
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:51 AM   #23
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It also baffles me as to why Garmin would release an "outdoor" GPS at the END of summer.


Given the late season release, maybe Garmin thinks that the market "needs time to develop". I can see this being a unit of interest for Forestry, Land Use, Real Estate and just about any other profession that needs a durable programmable handheld GPS in the field.

If it just had that Inmarsat radio in it for two-way text messaging & SOS...
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #24
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It also baffles me as to why Garmin would release an "outdoor" GPS at the END of summer.
You are baffled by what marketing need and how engineering maintained design schedule? Engineering always uses all the allowed time, then deliveres late.
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You are baffled by what marketing need and how engineering maintained design schedule? Engineering always uses all the allowed time (as defined by marketing's fever dreams), then deliveres when they said they would in the first place.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:22 PM   #26
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...f it just had that Inmarsat radio in it for two-way text messaging & SOS...
That will probably be in the Monterra 650 or Monterra SE or Monterra Whatever ....
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:30 PM   #27
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But your Montana is an Android navigator - it just doesn't allow you to add apps.
If true, then perhaps all the Montana interface stuff will be there under the navigation icon or whatever it is that one presses to exit from Angry Birds and resume navigating.

Just give me along track/route finds for fuel, food and campsites and I'll be happy

I am even willing to use a 3rd party Android App for sun and moon rise & set times without complaining
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:31 PM   #28
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That will probably be in the Monterra 650 or Monterra SE or Monterra Whatever ....
Montenegro?
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Montenegro?
I like it!
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #30
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This, combined with the BT, would open up a lot of possibilities with features like those in apps like 'Car Home Ultra' and 'Torque Pro' (especially if your bike has an OBDII port).
If it runs Java based Android apps like GS911, the Monterra would make my short list for sure.
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