Garmin visit #2, GPSMap 78

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague.

6 Responses

  1. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    This looks like an ideal form factor for an Android based device that would allow us to use the new boating applications that are coming out for smartphones which are terribly underpowered for continuous display usage and are not water proof.
    Applications for managing checklists, inventory, POI information, etc.
    This form factor allows for much larger batteries (than a smart phone), dedicated buttons for specialized GPS functions, waterproof, etc. With all of this I can imagine the following:
    – A version where the screen is a touch screen, but the dedicated buttons stay.
    – Android based operating system, in which you can switch between GPS function and Android applications that are purchased.
    – Whenever you push any of the dedicated GPS buttons, whatever Android application is running is pushed to background and instantly replaced by the Garmin application.
    – The Android applications have access do the GPS data, e.g. you can have your own anchor watch application rather than use the existing, etc.
    – No 3G needed, but include wi-fi capability not just to get google android applications downloaded, but as well be able to download new version of garmins GPSMAP, topography updates, Active Captain POI (does AC mobile work without 3G signal?), etc.
    What did I miss?

  2. Benoit says:

    and no new GPSMAP 68 ? I’m sure you have wide photos of these panels đŸ˜‰

  3. Chip says:

    I wish they would spend as much effort on making units marine useful (averaging speed and course over user defined period for example) as they do on making them look slick. My Oregon 400c lacks a number of basic features like this that my much older Garmin units sported.

  4. Dave says:

    Dan. No 3G what planet are u on. It’s high time that any device that’s proports to be comma orientatwwd should have 3g out of the box. I currently am writing this on my boat with a 3g iPhone.

  5. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    We surely don’t need to buy monthly 3G data plans for our GPS’s? This product isn’t likely to find it’s way off the boat, too much $ to buy a data plan for everything. Besides, as long as it has wifi it can be tethered to a device with 3G, which one day soon may include iPhones.

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I agree, Dan, smart phones will become portable hot spots for multiple devices. But I don’t agree that the 78 will stay on the boat all the time. They’re optimized for marine, but support all sorts of mapping:
    While visiting Garmin, I also got my hands briefly on a new Nuvi 3700, which is startlingly light and sexy. Pretty good video on its design process here:

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