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Garmin Monterra Android outdoor GPS

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Wednesday, July 17th 2013 - 09:42 CEST - Comments: 0
G armin 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. It has a vivid, sunlight-readable touchscreen, and users can easily access the Google Play Store and download apps through an available WiFi connection right on the device. Developers are also free to create new apps that are ideally suited for the rugged, waterproof, and sensor-loaded handheld device. With the Android operating system, users are able to access all their favorite outdoor-related Android apps, such as Peak Finder, and even those that aren’t, through the Google Play Store right on the device.
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Garmin Monterra

 

Garmin Monterra GPS

Garmin Monterra GPS has a built-in 3-axis compass with accelerometer and gyro, which indicates the user's direction even when standing still or not holding the device level. Its barometric altimeter has the ability to track changes in pressure to pinpoint precise altitude, and it can also plot barometric pressure over time to monitor weather conditions. It also has a built-in UV sensor so users can monitor the intensity of the sun, and reduce exposure if necessary. Thanks to its high-sensitivity, dual-band GPS and GLONASS receiver, Monterra finds its location quickly and maintains signal lock even in heavy cover and deep canyons.

 

Garmin Monterra GPS

 

Garmin Monterra with 3D MapMerge feature

New to the Garmin Monterra, is a unique mapping feature: 3D MapMerge. With this feature, users can combine two maps-like TOPO, basemap, or BirdsEye Satellite Imagery-then view the new unique map in three dimensions. Hills, valleys, lakes, roads, and points of interest combine to give Monterra's maps unequaled detail and richness. Combine BirdsEye with TOPO US 24K, or a GIS-based water table map with a shaded relief basemap, then zoom in, pan out, and rotate the 3D map using multi-touch. With 3D MapMerge, Monterra becomes the ultimate mapping tool.

 

Monterra GPS

 

8 megapixel autofocus digital camera

No need to take a separate camera out into the field, either. Garmin Monterra has a built-in 8 megapixel autofocus digital camera that takes vivid, geo-tagged photos for easy return navigation, plus a 1080p HD video camera with LED flash. Users can easily download photos and videos to their computer for either work or sharing using Garmin Adventures. Monterra has 8 GB of internal memory built-in plus a microSD slot for even more extra storage.

 

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WiFi features of the Garmin Monterra outdoor GPS

Garmin Monterra features a vivid and highly durable mineral glass display that uses sunlight in combination with the unit's LED backlight to increase brightness and view-ability. Monterra has an IPX7 waterproof rating and also uses a dual battery system, which allows users the option of using the rechargeable Li-ion pack (included) or traditional AA batteries. It is also compatible with the same mounts as the Garmin Montana, so users can take Monterra anywhere. 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. Additionally, Monterra is compatible with BaseCamp, a free software download that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes and tracks.

 

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Garmin Monterra Android GPS price

The new Garmin Monterra Android outdoor GPS will be available third quarter 2013 at a suggested retail price of $ 649.99 (Worldwide with preloaded worldwide basemap), and $ 699.99 (US with preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K with Navteq roads). With Monterra, users are able to work mobile in the field, using all the Android apps they are used to using, but with the assurance of a rugged device that is waterproof, has longer battery life, an easy to read display and a variety of mounting options.

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