Lowrance iWay 600c
Lowrance has released the new iWay 600c. The new iWay 600c features a 5″ touch screen display, 30 GB hard drive (5 GB remaining), MP3 player, and an FM transmitter to deliver sound to a stereo. What is new about the device is that it offers both street maps and marine charts in one device, and it will allow you to view high resolution satellite imagery while navigating.
The iWay 600c comes with a 12 channel (parallel) receiver which is WAAS enabled. There are preloaded street maps from NAVTEQ as well as 5.5 million POIs. On the marine side the 600c comes with MapCreate shoreline detail as well as over 3,000 US lake maps. The lake maps come with depth contours tidal data and marine navaids.
One really interesting note is that the specifications claim compatibility with not just Windows, but also Mac OS X. The Lowrance iWay 600c is also watertight to prevent corrosion during marine use.
What is also interesting to note is that Lowrance has partnered with DigitalGlobe to provide satellite imagery on the 600c. For those of you who might be wondering where you have seen the name DigitalGlobe before, you can often find their name in the copyright information at the bottom of Google Earth and Google Maps satellite views.
Lowrance reports that they are the first auto GPS to provide these high resolution images on a GPS device. They also indicate that they have an exclusive deal for the imagery on a PND.