Garmin Montana

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by AugustFalcon, May 18, 2011.

  1. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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  2. marco polo

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    Ditto.
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  3. brfinley

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  4. brfinley

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    I have used a number of Garmin GPS receivers over the years, and currently use a Nuvi 3760 in the car and an Oregon 300 on foot and on motorcycles. From what I am reading, I am very excited about the Montana.

    For me, the Oregon has a great feature set. It has a large number of flexible displays. It can navigate by routes or tracks. There are only two things I hate: the screen is too dim, and the USB external power connection sucks. The Montana apparently fixes both of those problems (although I haven't seen the screen yet). There is hardwired power to the cable and audio out. You just snap the Montana in with no cables to connect.

    With the addition of turn-by-turn route navigation, I probably wouldn't own a Nuvi for the car.

    I am hoping that RAM does something like they did with the Nuvi 37xx series cradles. You take the factory power cradle and snap it permanently into the RAM cradle. Then the GPS pops in out of the whole thing. The RAM cradle holds the Nuvi much more securely than the Garmin cradle by itself, which makes it good for motorcycles.

    So, I'm just waiting for the price to come down a bit. I think this is the one I've been hoping for.
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  5. DennyIndy

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    I sent them a request for info about the recalculation "off" feature on Friday evening. Hopefully we will get an answer sometime on Tuesday.
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  6. DennyIndy

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    Would be nice if that link worked for us common folk.
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  7. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Denny,

    Don't know why it's not working for you but try this.

    Cheers,
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  8. brfinley

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    The link wouldn't open for me in FireFox, but it did in Internet Explorer.
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  9. tbirdsp

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    I've been using a Nuvi 500 to follow pre-planned routes for some time now. It also doesn't have the ability to turn off the automatic off-route recalculation. In real world use I have found this to be almost a non-issue (at least with this unit). I just add enough via points, pretty much one at every turn and maybe a few intermediate ones if there's a long stretch with no turns. The Nuvi 500/550 can take up to 200 points in a route. If I go off route it will just try to recalculate me back to the via point I missed. I use the map to intersect my route line further on, then it "finds itself" and continues navigating the route as planned. It does NOT skip all of your vias and navigate you to the destination.

    I still think it's stupid to not have the option to turn it off, but it can be worked around.
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  10. AugustFalcon

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    Nothin' special about either me or that link :cry Got it from one of the comments on the Montana thread over on GPSTrackLog.com back on 22 May. It works in Google's Chrome browser.
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  11. DennyIndy

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    I finally got that manual, like you say above there are lots of things covered in the YouTube videos that are not even hinted at in the Manual. And this seems to be very typical of Garmin documentation.

    BTW: it was an expired security cert that I was very reluctant to accept that kept me away from the link to the manual.
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  12. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Yeah, go figure, FCC gov site and the Cert has expired. :norton
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    I posed a question to GPS City about whether one could turn off the auto-recalculation feature. Their answer was that it did not appear that it could be turned off, but then they got a little confusing -- asking how I would use the unit and suggesting that I could just ignore the prompts. Obviously if it prompts the user before recalculating a route while navigating -- and giving the user the option of ignoring those prompts (and not-recalculating the route) -- that would not be an issue. I've asked them to clarify their answer.
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    Just received an email from GPSCity (Jordan) - Marco you will most likely get similar.

    No Recalc (Auto, Prompted, Off) options - which means that the unit will recalculate when you are off course at some point. But, he also noted that the Montana they have is a pre-release unit and the software is obviously not at production levels - do to missing pages behind options.

    I think we're in a waiting game until the end of June and someone here gets their mitts on one and gives it a real shakedown for us.
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  15. DennyIndy

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    This is the message they sent to me.

    I am like others here, just need to wait and see what the production firmware is like.
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  16. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    Finally a dual purpose GPS!!

    I'm looking at getting the 600.....I don't need the camera and I'll pick up maps later.

    What's the lowest price so far for the 600?
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  17. markbvt

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    This is the first GPS I've seen that will lure me away from my trusty Oregon. I'm good with my existing unit for now, but over the winter I may have to pick up a Montana. Looks like the basic feature set is almost identical to the Oregon, but the larger, brighter screen (and seemingly much faster processor) will be nice.

    I noticed in one of GPSCity's videos that the Montana has a motorcycle routing mode. I wonder what the difference is between that and the automotive routing mode.

    --mark
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  18. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    It routes you down twistier roads. :deal
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  19. marco polo

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    Was it a routing mode, or just a profile? I think I saw Motorcycle as one of the choices for Profile, which presumably just puts different icons on the opening screen, or different items on the dashboard etc.
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    Unfortunately for us, Garmin is using these terms as both a Profile for calculation settings AND a calculation method.

    On the GPSCity video for Routing Setup, they only show Direct Routing and it's options. I have asked them to create an Auto Routing video that will use Motorcycle as the routing method. Then we can see what options there are to this which should indicate whether Motorcycle is a method or a Profile - or both :huh .

    Even after this info we will not know what the various method's do to a route calculation. Garmin will need to tell us that and they have not been forthcoming to date.