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8 MP Camera, Multi-Touch Display, GPS + GLONASS – New Garmin Oregon 600 series

A new model had be introduced by Garmin OREGON 600 series. While reading the the specs, I got the feeling like Garmin introduces a new mobile phone. If we only add a GSM module into it … ūüėČ

It should be available in the first Q of 2013. Yes, “should”. If you go to the Garmin’s website (OREGON 600), you will find a note:
This device has not been authorized as required by the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained”

There will be 4 models offered, priced from USD 399.99,- for the basic model (OREGON 600), and USD 549.99 for the top model (Oregon 650t).

Main differences between the models:

Oregon 650/650t include¬†rechargeable¬†batteries¬†“in box” and 8 MP camera; Built-in memory: Oregon 600 – 1.5 GB, Oregon 600t – 300 MB, Oregon 650 – 3.5 GB, Oregon 650t – 4 GB;¬†the “t” models come with preloaded TOPO map.

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eTrex 10

   

In an increasingly advanced and tech savvy world, eTrex 10 Garmin Handheld Device steps in as a savior. The neatly designed handheld worldwide GPS unit offers much to consumers from varied spectrum of life. Since the revolution of global positioning systems, companies have worked assiduously at developing the most accurate and user friendly tools for varied tasks. The eTrex 10 allows for individuals to engage in tasks including geocaching, advanced navigation, for simple and advanced duties, all on a device that has impeccable user interface making it very easy to use. Roughly the size of an adult human hand, with a screen of 2.2 inches tall, the eTrex 10 presents with a monochrome display. The device can be customized and allows for great exploration and extended uses due to its excellent battery life and water proofing to IPX7 standards.  Being another in the line of improved handheld devices by Garmin, eTrex 10 GPS unit uses a mini-USB cable and has GPS + GLONASS support faster and more precise position readings.
On the contrary, apart from the monochromatic resolution display, eTrex 10 falls short of perfection due to its inability to display maps on screen and its provision of only limited memory. Nonetheless, customer and expert reviews indicate that the device is an excellent one and is highly recommended for geocacher and also basic navigation. All these characteristics and great potential are boxed in and presented at a seemingly very affordable and accessible price.
Related links: Geocaching

Two in One: GPS and GLONASS receivers – Garmin new eTrex family

08.12.2011 The GLONASS constellation has reached the number of 24 operating spacecrafts, providing 100% coverage of the Earth’s surface.

GLONASS constellation status, 15.12.2011–≥.

Total satellites in constellation31 SC
Operational23 SC
In commissioning phase3 SC
In maintenance3 SC
Spares1 SC
In flight tests phase1 SC

Source: Information Analytical Centre

What does it mean for a GPS user?

Thanks to the GPS¬†receiver¬†able to work with both systems (GPS and GLONASS), we can get the satellite lock 20% faster than with the standard GPS. Apart of that, the navigation in difficult¬†environments¬†(high¬†buildings, canyons…) with limited sky view, will be much easier thanks to the¬†support¬†of extra 24 satellites from GLONASS.

The new eTrex family (eTrex 10, eTrex 20, eTrex 30) can track both GPS and GLONASS. Would you like to hear what’s the difference of getting the satellite lock for the first time on the old and new eTrex¬†series?