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lmychajluk 06-24-2013 07:22 AM

New Garmin Monterra (not a typo!)
 
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/g...ws+Releases%29

Could have some interesting possibilities...

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

Emmbeedee 06-24-2013 07:32 AM

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!

lmychajluk 06-24-2013 07:44 AM

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

ÖÖ. 06-24-2013 07:58 AM

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

levain 06-24-2013 08:14 AM

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

Drif10 06-24-2013 08:16 AM

Quote:

Share Wirelessly

With Wi-Fi, ANT+™, Bluetooth® and NFC, Monterra lets you share your data, maps, waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches up to 50 times faster with other wireless compatible devices.
Bluetooth for those in need, too.

Wlfman 06-24-2013 08:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Drif10 (Post 21713366)
Bluetooth for those in need, too.

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,

DRTBYK 06-24-2013 08:39 AM

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

DRTBYK 06-24-2013 08:48 AM

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

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...5-12-43-53.png

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

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Z....44%2520AM.png

FatChance 06-24-2013 08:58 AM

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?

DRTBYK 06-24-2013 09:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FatChance (Post 21713656)
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?

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

DRTBYK 06-24-2013 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ÖÖ. (Post 21713252)
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

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

DRTBYK 06-24-2013 09:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wlfman (Post 21713440)
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,

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.

DRTBYK 06-24-2013 09:29 AM

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

EmmEff 06-24-2013 09:43 AM

Very tempted to put one of these on pre-order... hopefully the [url=http://www.cyanogenmod.org]CyanogenMod] folks will open up the OS (if it's actually necessary) and make it possible to use whatever apps we want. That should allow the Bluetooth to be used for audio, not just syncing.


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