Today weâ€™re going to look at the Garmin Mobile XT GPS solution for Blackberry, as well as their Mobile 10 GPS puck. Not to be confused with a hockey puck, the Garmin puck gives GPS capabilities to non-GPS Blackberry devices, so pretty much every Blackberry not called the 7520 and 8800. The review will be a two-parter: today Iâ€™ll be focusing on an overview of the puck and the XT solution, and sometime next week Iâ€™ll write about the performance.
Opening The Box
Funny enough, the box that the Garmin guys sent us had no mention of it being Blackberry capable. It states that it â€˜adds full-featured GPS navigation to your laptop, smartphone, Pocket PC or PDAâ€™ which should imply that itâ€™s for the Blackberry but then if you read the side where the requirements are stated it only lists PC, Palm, and Windows Mobile devices. Even the CD had no Blackberry Desktop Manager files to do the install via a PC. No need to worry though, we downloaded the client OTA, which is my preferred measure of installation anyways.
There were a few other goodies that came in the box, including a belt clip and a car charger. I opted not to bother with the belt clip, my uncoolness factor is already high enough with me carrying a Blackberry on my belt. However, the car charger is pretty sweet, considering itâ€™s mini-USB, which you can use to also charge your Blackberry â€“ score!