Outdoor GPS devices are awesome in many applications, like hiking, geocaching and other adventurous activities. However, they’re fairly limited in functionality. How can you get around limitations and extend the usefulness of an outdoor GPS unit? Put Android on it, of course! Everything is better with Android. And functionality is infinite when you get full access to the Play Store.
The Garmin Moterra is an outdoor GPS unit that runs Android and comes with a bunch of cool features. It has innovative 3D MapMerge, which allows you to combine two different maps (TPOP, basemap or BirdsEye Satellite Imagery) in 3D. The maps seem quite fancy, and with the 4-inch multitouch display, navigating is far easier than other GPS units on the market.
It also comes with a variety of sensors to aid you. The 3 axis compass will make sure you know where north is, even when the device is not level. The Monterra also comes standard with an accelerometer and gyrometer. The barometric altimeter shows, you guessed it, pressure and altitude. And the Monterra even has a UV sensor to tell you when to put on more sunscreen.
But we know that the biggest issue Android has is battery life. Will the battery last as long as your trip? Luckily it doesn’t have to. This is the best feature of the device: it can run off the included rechargeable battery or simple AA batteries. How cool is that?
Other odds and ends include Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, WiFi, ANT+, an 8MP camera that shoots 1080p video, 8GB of storage with a microSD slot and dual band GPS and GLONASS (pretty important for a GPS unit). And of course, it’s rugged and waterproof. The Garmin Monterra will launch worldwide for $649.99 and in the US for $699.99 (with more advanced maps and Navteq) in the third quarter of 2013. It’s a really steep price, but you’d be getting an awesome GPS unit that will do far more than any other. Would any of you have a use for one?