New Garmin Monterra (not a typo!)

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by lmychajluk, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. kave

    kave Gravel rules

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    Howcome there are so many youtube videos in german about this American device? I haven't seen a single test or review in english, but several in german.
  2. konfucius

    konfucius Been here awhile

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    Maybe the geocaching "business" is so big there they get it before US?
  3. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    All of it, of course. :lol3
  4. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    I'm looking forward to getting some reviews of this once it's released. I can see myself selling my 665 and getting this.
  5. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Came from "the Garmin"?
  6. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Well, it could be that the EU folks have a historical connection with Garmin based upon a very competitive market (TomTom). We here in the "BIG" market don't have quite the competitive landscape (not good for us). In addition, I believe that most of the "early reviewers" are basically "online press" and not "users" like many of the EU folks. Aside from a lot of footage of people talking, I didn't see any substance in any of those videos. I expect that is due to the very early nature of the software at this stage. And, yes, Geocaching is big business. Oh, I think Garmin would consider this a "world" device - they're a Swiss company you know. :rofl

    I'll be publishing a review article shortly after the release in Sept (or whenever).
  7. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    C'mon. you know "THE GARMIN". Yes, that ONE!
  8. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Ooooooh, THAT GARMIN!!! :hmmmmm
  9. blottje7

    blottje7 n00b

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    Voice activated navigation would be a great safety assist on the motorbike and not sure why it can't be offered via bluetooth (ie iPhone). Be great to perform functions like "route home" or "find gas nearby" without taking eyes off road or hands off bars.
  10. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Well now that would be handy. Garmin to date has only put that on the high-end nuvi and their "in-car" OEM units to the best of my knowledge. Although quite useful, and as you point out a safety advantage, I don't see them adding it to this device. But, time will tell...is it September yet? :ear
  11. Timpo

    Timpo NORTH WALES TRF.

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    Good news as having 4 bikes and my van fitted with rugged Montana mounts, I was dreading the day the 'next' gismo came from Garmin.

    Looking at the front of the Monterra, the most important access keys are not 'touch-screen', is this correct?
    One of the biggest issues with my Montana has been accessing the 'settings' page when the screen calibration has slipped......grrrr!!!
  12. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    if its andriod google voice to text will be there.....
  13. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Everything is touch (capacitive) including the standard Android Return, Home and Menu icons you see "below" the "display". Except of course the Power Button and the Volume controls (which are programmable).
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    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    As far as the Monterra feature's/function's go, it will depend upon IF Garmin implements THEIR voice navigation. I suppose you could always install any number of Android Navigation apps that might take some voice control.

    I'd be very (pleasantly) surprised if Garmin included their voice navigation in the Monterra app. History tells us that Garmin will not make the "does-it-all" GPS - they would sell to many of them...:deal
  15. Trail bandit

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    I have to send a Montana back to GPS city. Just can't see the text and tried larger text and nuvi format for turn by turn and various dashboard functions.

    GPS City have been very fast shippers and no fuss return authority. Might have been unlucky when I phoned for advice yesterday though. Seemed to get a sleepy guy where I had to keep trying to squeeze answers out to my problem.

    Makes me feel old.... 55 yesterday. Did want the ability to use maps from cannonshot, he's done such a huge amount of work on different maps and rides.

    I can see text on the Garmin 4.3" and 5" GPS in car and mounted on bike.

    Got excited by the new Monterra. 5-6 weeks wait and no increase in screen size though. Probably more viewing versatile with the android system.

    Seems I'm going back to using Nuvi or maybe Zumo and will wait on new developments with screen size etc. any suggestions welcome. Bluetooth turn by turn nav is an option but don't want to depend on having batteries charged in receiver.
  16. afmeyer

    afmeyer Adventurer

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    Is it possible that because the screen is within your usual reading distance the text is not in focus. This might be solved by wearing bifocals or progressives, if your ordinarily wear glasses or plano lenses with a magnifier portion at the bottom of the lenses.
  17. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    +1

    At my age, I find that I need a pair of reading glasses on inside the helmet to be able to read the map in my tankbag map window, or the text on a GPS screen, Zumo or Montana (I have both). I wear the inexpensive WalMart ones with the spring-loaded side pieces and they are quite comfortable. They are like half-glasses, in other words the height of the lens is small. I wear them down my nose, so that looking straight ahead they are not in view, but when I glance down at maps/gps, I look through them. Sucks to get old. :lol3

    Another option is one of those magnifying gizmos. I have not tried one myself. http://www.gpscity.com/ram-mount-big-screen-magnifier-ram-mag-1u.html

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  18. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I've been wearing bifocal safety glasses. I usually use clear ones with a tinted shield that way when I get into dark shaded areas, or it starts raining I can lift the shield and still have my eyes protected. They also help keep crap out of my eyes when riding in groups and dirt and dust get kicked up by bikes ahead of me. They're cheap as well.
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    Haven't seen this pointed out anywhere, but the Monterra's existence means that Garmin could easily sell the software only as an Android app -- and presumably it would be relatively trivial for them to port it to iOS as well.

    I find this interesting primarily because the idea of running powerful, feature-rich GPS software on a hi-res screen appeals to me. Ultimately I'd love to be able to use an iPad mini or equivalent to display detailed, hi-res maps that can be zoomed out enough to show the bigger picture without losing detail (such as minor roads) the way all current GPS units do. As things stand now, I could use an iPad with one of the existing apps, but none of those include the extensive feature set of my Oregon, or of the Montana and Monterra.

    True, this ignores the advantages of using the Monterra hardware, particularly its ruggedized chassis and higher-quality GPS receiver circuitry. But it would still be nice to have the option. The other obvious answer would be if Garmin made a unit with a hi-res display like the ones in current 5" Android devices.

    But I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for either one.

    --mark
  20. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Good point! I forgot that I had ordered some from these guys: http://safetyglasses.com/bifocal.html

    I would wear them, but the top of the eye port on my helmet is low enough that it presses down on the glasses uncomfortably. I have been meaning to grind some of the lower part of the lenses off so they will fit, but haven't gotten around to it. Most people don't have the issue, so they are definitely worth a try.