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Old 06-24-2013, 06:22 AM   #1
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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
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:32 AM   #2
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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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Old 06-24-2013, 06:44 AM   #3
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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...
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:58 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:14 AM   #5
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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
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:16 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:28 AM   #7
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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,
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:14 AM   #8
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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.
But your Montana is an Android navigator - it just doesn't allow you to add apps.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:30 PM   #9
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But your Montana is an Android navigator - it just doesn't allow you to add apps.
If true, then perhaps all the Montana interface stuff will be there under the navigation icon or whatever it is that one presses to exit from Angry Birds and resume navigating.

Just give me along track/route finds for fuel, food and campsites and I'll be happy

I am even willing to use a 3rd party Android App for sun and moon rise & set times without complaining
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:39 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:48 AM   #11
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Garmin still hasn't managed to coordinate Marketing and Development...



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

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:58 AM   #12
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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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Old 06-24-2013, 08:05 AM   #13
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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?
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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Garmin still hasn't managed to coordinate Marketing and Development...



Notice the Sunrise Dashboard? Notice that the Spec Sheet says:


I expect no less from Garmin.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:02 AM   #15
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"It is also compatible with the same mounts as the Garmin Montana™, so users can take Monterra anywhere."
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!!!
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