New Garmin Monterra (not a typo!)

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  1. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced Monterra, Garmin’s first WiFi-enabled outdoor handheld GPS that combines Garmin’s powerful location and mapping capabilities and the versatility of the Android™ operating system.

    http://garmin.blogs.com/pr/2013/06/garmin-announces-monterra-an-android-powered-outdoor-gps-with-wifi.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogs%2FzWoK+%28Garmin+%7C+News+Releases%29

    Could have some interesting possibilities...

    Edit - It's up on the Website already - https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod113522.html
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  2. Emmbeedee

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    Looks like a game changer because of this:

    "It is also compatible with the same mounts as the Garmin Montana™, so users can take Monterra anywhere."

    So it'll be properly powered, not via mini usb!
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  3. lmychajluk

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    Yep, the Garmin site shows the same Rugged Mount as a compatible accessory. I also like the FM / NOAA radio features, though FM and the built-in BlueTooth is going to require some re-thinking of my SENA Bluetooth setup.

    With built-in WiFi, I wonder if you can update the maps direct from the unit (w/o a PC or memory card)?

    I've only had the Montana a few months, but as long as there's NMEA connectivity for this thing, I may be looking to upgrade...:evil
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  4. ÖÖ.

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    Oh well, I waited 3 years for a proper Android navigator. 3 weeks ago I finally thought that it ain't gonna happen and I bought a Montana. :cry
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    Oh my. This is what I've been looking for.
    No mention of whether it is glove friendly...

    I wonder if they lock out other mapping apps such as Google Maps, CoPilot etc? Or, is this their way of beginning to merge into Google Maps?

    I would consider being a guinea pig for this one:clap
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    Bluetooth for those in need, too.
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    It does not indicate that the Bluetooth is for audio. Just that "Wireless sharing is easy with Monterra. It has WiFi, ANT+™, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC capabilities, which allows users to share data, maps, waypoints, tracks, routes, and geocaches with other wireless compatible devices."

    No bluetooth audio is a huge deal breaker for me,
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  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Clearly targeting the commercial field-work market. I'd personally like to see them add an Inmarsat radio and offer service like the inReach.

    Not a fan of Android App security architecture so I don't know if this unit will make it into my computing environment

    Oh, did you notice...the only thing missing form the Monterra is a cell-radio. :hmmmmm
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Garmin still hasn't managed to coordinate Marketing and Development...

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    Notice the Sunset/Sunrise Time in the Recreation Dashboard? Notice that the Spec Sheet says:

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  10. FatChance

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    It seems strange that with a mp3 player, that the music could only be listened to with head phones? Surely the built-in Bluetooth could also be used to listen to music?
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Until we see the real spec's on the Bluetooth [and everything else] I'm not sure I'd make that assumption.
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    But your Montana is an Android navigator - it just doesn't allow you to add apps.
    :1drink
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Where did you see that they were using BT 3.0? Ahhhh, the press release. I still think I'll reserve judgement until I see the complete BT Stack implementation.
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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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.

    :deal
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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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  17. mflora98ss

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    It looks very nice, but way too expensive for me.
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    :rofl
    Now this is priceless....the manuals link on the right takes you to ...the Montana manuals page!

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    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.

    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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    :evil
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