New Garmin Monterra (not a typo!)

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

  1. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    I would expect an $800 GPS to be supported with updates, etc... this is not the case with the Monterra.
  2. 2thdrinOR

    2thdrinOR Been here awhile

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    Most of us later adopters knew that going in. It's not a military grade device... it's a glorified, expensive toy. Yes I'm with you on the lack of updates to the Android operating system...a gross disservice to customers. If you have a suggestion for another device that will stand up to the water and vibration of ADV riding I would like to know what it is!

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  3. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Don't get me wrong, I was all ready to buy a Monterra had Garmin actually taken this "experiment" seriously and proved they would support it into the future. The form factor (rugged device like the Montana) is excellent as are the power (cradle) options.

    I've successfully used both an Android and iOS device as a navigation tool and will continue to do so. I might even upgrade to a rugged phone... I am not concerned about vibration at all.
  4. ThomasD

    ThomasD Adventurer

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    Navigation apps:
    - GOA with CityNavigator and OSM-Topo
    - Compegps TwoNav with rastermaps for track and offroad navigation
    - Calimoto motorcycle app for curvy roads (Europe only)
    As for motorcycling with a Bluetooth-Headset:
    - Bluetooth auto connect - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.myklos.btautoconnect => no need to enter settings and activate BT connection manually
    - Tablet Talk - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apdroid.tabtalk => have phone calls and SMS from your android phone on the Monterra
    - Media Volume Control - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.enet.osls.musiccontrollerServiceVerEngFree => adjust the media volume by the automatic operation according to the speed
    Tools:
    - Real Reboot - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.anothermobile.realreboot => don´t care about the hard key power button, this app gives you reboot and power-off by android. If Monterra is rootet, boot into recovery mode
    - Total Commander - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghisler.android.TotalCommander => excellent filemanager with extensions to FTP, dropbox, drive etc.
    - any FTP-Server of your choice for file transfer

    I am very satisfied with my monterra and did a 3.200 km Trip through eastern Europe this year.
    Maybe there is newer, faster and cheaper android hardware available, but they all lack the ability of using the GOA and tripplanning with Basecamp and none has the formfactor of the Monterra with the power cradle.
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  5. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Nice to see some people are making the most out of the Monterra. It isn't my favorite, but it had so much potential...
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    forget the myths about mad produced electronics having trouble with water proofing, vibration, and all that jazz. is 2016, they'll handle it fine.
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  7. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    It's just predictive text they have a problem with, eh? "Mad produced electronics" are nothing to be trifled with!
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  8. 2thdrinOR

    2thdrinOR Been here awhile

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    Beg to differ...I've paid for too many teenager's cell phones that have gotten wet or dropped and stopped working...

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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    teenagers? oh hell no. there's a reason it says mil spec on the box and not teenager proof. there has to be a limit ;-)

    I've never seen a simple motorcycle screw up an anvil. a teen-ager will do it before you turn around.
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  10. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good

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    My battery is getting a little wonky lately and I noticed the production date of 11/14/2013 on it. The battery model number is Garmin 361-00053-00. Rating is 3.7V, 2000mAh, 7.4Wh. The replacement unit from Garmin is $24.99. I've been looking online and have seen some 2200mAh & 2500mAh replacements. These batteries fit multiple Garmin devices with mixed reviews. Some say they will power certain units, but fail to charge via USB or AMPS power cable.

    Does anyone have a success story with a non-Garmin battery? Would be nice to find a reasonably priced alternative especially if a 2500mAh one fits and charges correctly.
  11. VABDet

    VABDet Is it dirty? I'm in...

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    Nope, not with the Monterra. I got a Chinese fleabay copy and it failed to read temperature and voltage correctly - it might have charged but it always went into power savings mode because it could not read the voltage. Getting that battery exchanged the Chinese replacement did the exact same thing. So I just assumed its simply not compatible. A new Garmin original worked in my Monterra with no problems.
  12. scottydawg

    scottydawg Been here awhile

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    Have you called Garmin? I had a problem with my Montana battery and they replaced it free of charge when I called to ask what they suggest to resolve the issue it wasn't holding a charge.
  13. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good

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    Unit is long out of warranty and I'm assuming Garmin views the battery as a normal wear item. Was yours under warranty when they replaced it?
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    scottydawg Been here awhile

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    It was not and they said they were just doing it for "goodwill". I am not saying they will replace it in your case but they did for me so it was worth the phone call.
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  15. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    It's all in how you approach them... Being nice and 'kind of clueless' will usually get you a lot further than the opposite.
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  16. i-link

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    Was on a trip and my Monterra screen start to have phantom touches. That's the worse thing that happen on my trip. Search anyone with similar problem, found that one had this problem. GPS seldom use, warranty over. Seriously don't know if I should had it repair or find a screen replacement to replace myself. Anyone had any source for a screen?

    Repair is 200usd and my distributor quote me 340sgd. Seriously not worth.

    Anyone any solution? Any source?
  17. Chazbo

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    I sometimes had that problem with random raindrops during a rainy session. There is a quick set mode where you can just turn off the screen touches. I think it is an option with the power button. You can turn it back on the same way. I was on a long multi day trip and quickly got used to the drill. Because of the heated gloves I was wearing, I usually needed to be stopped to make fine finger touches anyway. I think it may be the nature of the kind of touchscreen that Garmin used on the Monterra.

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  18. VABDet

    VABDet Is it dirty? I'm in...

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    If you scroll back a couple pages http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/new-garmin-monterra-not-a-typo.898282/page-92#post-28981608 - I had the same problem with 2 Monterras in a row. Lucky me it was still covered under warranty, the third unit I got back from warranty exchange I just sold not even trying no more. My Monterras started those ghost touches after hours of use during the day, so it's hard to catch for a service guy. When it happened on both units it was in the lower section at the menu bar flipping through screens and apps till it crashes. Only way to kind of use it during a ride was to lock the screen...

    If you look at the pictures, the screen and front housing is pretty much one unit all glued together. Nothing you can buy cheap separate as I found at that time.
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  19. 2thdrinOR

    2thdrinOR Been here awhile

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    Is any of this related to the "glove mode"?

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  20. jeff66

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    I picked the Monterra because it was portable for hiking and has a 16hr battery life, plus uses disposable batteries as a back-up option. In regards to mounting the Monterra one option is to utilise the BMW GS GPS mount. For info the Monterra GPS cradle, it uses the same hole centres as the BMW R1200GS navigator V mount. To mount it I fitted the blank plate, drilled through the mounting holes then enlarged the holes in the blank plate. Now all you need is longer screws with nyloc lock nuts and some spacers. Then to stop the unit from shut-in down every time I turn off the bike I hard wired the cradle directly to the bike battery. Whenever I stopping for a prolonged period I remove the GPS. image1.JPG
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