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Garmin Mobile 10


Garmin looks to be getting ready to take the wraps off a new GPS, the Garmin GPS Mobile 10. Since Garmin hasn’t yet announced this product the details are fuzzy. However here is what we think. Garmin GPS Mobile 10 appears to be a Bluetooth GPS receiver which will likely integrate with Windows Mobile device. The receiver will include a suction cup windshield mount and then have a cradle to hold a mobile device like a smartphone. The software component will be run from a Windows Mobile device and the hardware will provide the GPS receiver and Bluetooth connectivity.

GPS Mobile 10 appears to pair with your device to retrieve a list of contacts (like other bluetooth capable GPS receivers) and then navigate to the address associated with the contacts. However there is also capability for modifying contacts which suggests either the contacts are downloaded to the device or possibly it provides an interface to modify the contacts on your mobile device.

Lots of people have complained that many of the new Garmin devices only allow you to add one “via” to your route. Garmin GPS Mobile 10 will allow multiple “vias” and takes it one step further. You can enter a list of “stops” and the device will determine the best route (which stops to make first) based on those locations. This would be beneficial to delivery personnel, real estate professionals, etc.

Like other devices you can create and save routes as “saved routes” to be retrieved later.

Another great feature Garmin GPS Mobile 10 appears to have is the ability to store tracks into a tracklog. You can then view a map with your tracklog drawn on top of the map. The stored tracks can me named, given a specific color, and show statistics such as start time, elapsed time, average speed, distance, and the total area covered.

More to come…

One Response

  1. I’m using a Garmin 10 with my Motorola Q. Works well, takes all of my waypoints from my other Garmin handhelds and also includes free traffic data and current gas price information, assuming you have a data plan. It will reroute around “red line” traffic situations. However, the Green Yellow and Red don’t seem to reflect actual conditions fast enough. But that’s a problem of the concept rather than Garmin’s implementation of it. Also works with Microsoft Live Search software which gives a second option for maps and routing, albeit a bit clumsy. It does offer what I think might be the most up to date road and POI information as all of that is directly from Microsoft rather than stored on the smartphone.

    I had problems unlocking the maps even though the software claimed I did so successfully. Garmin support cleared things up and did a good job of it, though it is annoying the amount of trouble that I run in when I remove Mapsource from my computer for reformat and what not.

    On problem with a two piece GPS is not having the receiver with you when you change vehicles. They do give you a nice belt holster for it so can’t complain too much there. Otherwise it is so small that it will easily fit in any pocket. Even the pocket watch pocket on blue jeans, if they include that anymore.

    In my experience, it seems to be a hybrid of the handheld GPS and the dedicated automobile routing GPS. It does most of what my GPSMAP60c does and much of what my car’s GPS does. It has choices of the type of routing desire and an off road mode. I’ve tried it for geocaching and it does the job.

    Given that I already had the telephone to use with it, it is possibly the most GPS bang for the C note that it cost me.

    Steve Bukosky - July 20th, 2008

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