Jun 24 AT 1:42 PM Dima Aryeh 6 Comments

Garmin Monterra: Android-powered, outdoor GPS; can run on AAs


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?

Via: Android Central

Source: Garmin

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Alan Reboli

    Price point is way too high. I get that it’s rugged and waterproof, but I don’t think that’ll be enough to have it sell as well as they’re hoping. Big ups on the AA batteries though. That’s a stellar idea!

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  • Adryan maldonado

    I would just rather spend that money on the international version of the sony xperia z(most international phones have glonass) or the s4 active since it’s a phone i actually life and can serve as a phone too

  • renyo

    They should make it cheaper by removing all the bells and whistles like camera, NFC… And keep it at a sub $300 price range… That would sell well!

  • docsparks

    Hole. Lee. Crap. I was thinking 99, 149 at most. Ill never see this anywhere in real life. I will never, ever, see an actual person use this. Another disaster of great product taking far too long to be released, at a price point of total fail.

  • GpsMaxl

    I think the Price is OK. Because none of the actual Smart-Phones have a realy sunlight readable Display. (transflective works with the Sunlight and saves battery life).
    3 Axes Kompass is working fine. It is really Waterproof….
    And a Smart-Phone costs more than 400€.