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    Review: Garmin Mobile XT

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    So to be different and go against the flow of ordering Holux or Globalsat, I decided that I'd go and order the Garmin Mobile XT as my Bluetooth GPS of choice for my new Curve. The cool part about living in downtown Chicago is that I'm relatively close to the Garmin store on North Michigan Avenue and was able to play around with the device. It's $150 retail, but I paid $100 at Amazon.com.

    What's in the box?
    The GPS
    Battery
    Belt clip
    Instruction Manual
    Car charger

    What was weird was that it lacked an AC adapter, which I could have used more than the car charger. But I have an excess of USB cables and chargers, so I used one that I had. It also charges fine over USB, so I plugged it into my computer and let it charge 90 minutes until it was fully charged.

    Let's back up for a minute. The Garmin Mobile XT is pretty small. It's about an inch shorter and an inch thinner and about the same depth as my Curve. I was really surprised.

    I took it out for a walk downtown yesterday, and wasn't really surprised that I ran into problems acquiring signal. It happens when you're in a dense urban area, and even my Garmin Edge 305 was freaking out. So I aborted this, and went to Millennium Park this morning. I was able to pair Google Maps and Blackberry Maps just fine and it was tracking my movement and had decent resolution (Google Maps said that I was within 20 meters, but on the map it seemed like I was within feet). This is one of the benefits of having the SirfIII chipset, which makes acquiring signals a lot faster and more accurate.

    The Garmin Mobile XT took all of about 30 seconds to pair with my two Blackberry devices (8320 and 8700), so there was no difficulties involved.

    Garmin is claiming that you can get 22 hours of battery life from the GPS, and in my experience they're pretty good at getting that battery life that's claimed. The battery is easily removed so in the event that it dies, you don't have to break out any tools in order to remove it.

    The only thing that was a downer on my part was that I tried to pair the Mobile XT to my Macbook and OS X didn't seem to like it. It detected the GPS just fine, but after that, it seemed like OS X wasn't able to figure out what to do with it. I'll play around with it later.

    Overall: It's a highly recommended device. For $100, you get a name brand GPS, a killer battery life, an excellent chipset and the ability not to get too lost.

    Edit: Pictures!
    Last edited by furtive; 10-12-2007 at 07:24 PM.

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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    Great review Furtive, thanks!

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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    Nice write up! Show us a pic of it!

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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    This thread is useless without pics!







    (jk, nice job)

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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    Nice review of the receiver... what softare were you using on the phone?

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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    Which Curve have you got as well? I have the AT&T 8300 and wonder if it will work for it.

    Thanks in advance

    Steve

    ps: Is there a yearly subscription fee as well?
    Last edited by canadian2910; 10-12-2007 at 02:29 PM.
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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    I will add pics tonight when I get home from the office.

    I tested this on:
    Blackberry 8700 running on T-Mobile (OS 4.2)
    Blackberry 8320 running on T-Mobile (OS 4.2)

    Software tested:
    Google Maps
    Blackberry Maps

    I'm going to try out Spot this weekend to see how well that works.

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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    Telenav is great also. They sell gps pucks for around $100 on their website. Great battery life.

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    Re: Review: Garmin Mobile XT

    Spot and bbTracker worked awesome this week with it. I dig this GPS...

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