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…