Garmin has just announced a new handheld GPS, the Monterra ($649) to become available in the third quarter of this year. The Monterra uses the Android operating system, so it will be able to download and run a wide range of Android apps, just like a smartphone. But unlike a smartphone, the Monterra is ruggedized and waterproof. There's no calling or dialing capability in the Monterra, but it can certainly be set up to communicate, with built-in WiFi and the ability to run Android apps.
"Monterra provides outdoor professionals and enthusiasts with the ultimate ability to customize their GPS device to perfectly suit their personal and professional needs," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "With a four-inch, color, multi-touch display, unique 3D MapMerge, and the ability to create new apps, Monterra takes the outdoor GPS to a whole new level, and users are able to take advantage of the features no matter how adverse the terrain may be."
Monterra has a built-in 3-axis compass, accelerometer, gyro, GPS chip (receives both GPS and GLONASS signals), a barometric altimeter and a built-in 8-megapixel still/video camera with flash. The device is powered by a dual-battery system that runs on either a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, or AA batteries. Overall, a smart design that could create a new handheld category for outdoors enthusiasts. Image © Garmin