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MikeB
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 5:00 pm    Post subject: Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry USA review Reply with quote

Garmin Mobile for Blackberry is an innovative navigation system for your Cell Phone which works without needing to install any memory cards or mapping data. Instead a small application is downloaded over the air, with the mapping and route calculation being sent from a central server. This is termed as off-board navigation.

Garmin have created an excellent platform for connected navigation. Time will tell if they can integrate further value added services into that platform as it becomes more mature. As more devices such as the iPhone become available with connected GPS the centralised server based architecture will explode with new Location Aware applications. Garmin have positioned themselves well to meet this upcoming shift towards connected navigation.

How does this work? Click here to read our review and find out...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a reminder to American readers not to take it to Germany!

As they've just declared them illegal, well for use in the car anyway!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wazza_G wrote:
Just a reminder to American readers not to take it to Germany!

As they've just declared them illegal, well for use in the car anyway!

It wouldnt be of any use in Germany as the mapping only covers America.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now't to stop you loading the maps though!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wazza_G wrote:
Now't to stop you loading the maps though!

I believe you are thinking of another Garmin product.

The Garmin Mobile for Blackberry doesnt store any maps on the device. The maps are all on the server controlled by Garmin. Therefore you cannot use the application anywhere other than where Garmin provides mapping data for and Europe is not catered for.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any word on Garmin providing maps for Europe?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Any word on Garmin providing maps for Europe?

They have announced a Euro product, but I am not sure when it will be delivered. Sometime later this year is the best I can say at the moment.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope that I am posting this in the right place, I do know that Garmin has joined with Samsung to promote the Samsung 780I which will have maps of Europe on. I am toying with the idea of getting one or a Nokia 6110 which is compatable.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:22 pm    Post subject: EU version Reply with quote

The EU version is available, product info at:
http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/uk/lang/en/garmin-mobile-for-blackberry

The EU 7 day trial is at
http://www8.garmin.com/mobile/carriers/eu/ (download directly from BB browser).

Seems to be a newer version (5.2.2) than the US download I tried (which installs and runs but shows no maps). Has some nice extras such as Google search integration and Panoramio (shows you photos which people have taken nearby to your location, which you can navigate to). Unlike other similar apps which tend to be US-centric (especially on the iPhone) , I was surprised how many popped up close to my home in the UK, some of which look worth exploring!

Maps look really nice on hires Bold screen, but haven't had chance to try the navigation side out yet. Biggest concern I have is the price (GBP22 more than US version) and what happens when you lose coverage (which happens often in my neck of the woods). Shame no one can bring out SatNav program with locally stored maps - after all every other platform bar the iPhone has one and there is plenty of space available on recent BBs.
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