kid doofus reviews.. Garmin Mobile 10/XT – Part 1

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Today we’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 I’ll be focusing on an overview of the puck and the XT solution, and sometime next week I’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 ‘adds full-featured GPS navigation to your laptop, smartphone, Pocket PC or PDA’ which should imply that it’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.

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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 it’s mini-USB, which you can use to also charge your Blackberry – score!

  • jason

    “The GPS service is not a one-time fee, but a yearly fee so you will need to have an activation code which works like your access key.”

    GPS is a provided by the government, and IS free. From reading your review, am I to believe that is is one more company attempting to charge for ‘free water’?

  • jason

    “The GPS service is not a one-time fee, but a yearly fee so you will need to have an activation code which works like your access key.”

    GPS is a provided by the government, and IS free. From reading your review, am I to believe that is is one more company attempting to charge for ‘free water’?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Blackberry Cool

    GPS service is free but Garmin also offers a whole bunch of add-ons like the location of the nearest stores, gas stations, landmarks, etc. All of this stuff has to be updated.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Blackberry Cool

    GPS service is free but Garmin also offers a whole bunch of add-ons like the location of the nearest stores, gas stations, landmarks, etc. All of this stuff has to be updated.

  • Alex

    Where did you download Garmin client for Blackberry from?

  • Alex

    Where did you download Garmin client for Blackberry from?

  • George

    PLEASE HELP!!!!! I’m new to the Blackberry and Garmin world.

    How did you download Garmin Mobile XT to the Pearl? I have purchased the Mobile 10 deluxe from Garmin that comes with the DVD but I don’t know what to do next. Garmin is telling me I need to return it for the Blackberry version (microSD), but the people that sold me this is quite a distace and doesn’t sell that version.

    Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

  • George

    PLEASE HELP!!!!! I’m new to the Blackberry and Garmin world.

    How did you download Garmin Mobile XT to the Pearl? I have purchased the Mobile 10 deluxe from Garmin that comes with the DVD but I don’t know what to do next. Garmin is telling me I need to return it for the Blackberry version (microSD), but the people that sold me this is quite a distace and doesn’t sell that version.

    Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

  • GWF941

    Waiting for Part 2 !!

    For my part : Been using it a lot on my frequent travels and in other NY boroughs since when it came out, first with a 7100, then with the 8100. I love it, it’s simple, no unnecessary “toy” features. I still have a few full-fledged ones, too. Basically a waste, but who knew ? Must keep connected via lighter plug, though, otherwise the 8100 battery drains in a hurry. The puck holds a charge for the better part of a day without needing to be tethered but takes a charge quickly when allowed to take a turn at the charger.

  • GWF941

    Waiting for Part 2 !!

    For my part : Been using it a lot on my frequent travels and in other NY boroughs since when it came out, first with a 7100, then with the 8100. I love it, it’s simple, no unnecessary “toy” features. I still have a few full-fledged ones, too. Basically a waste, but who knew ? Must keep connected via lighter plug, though, otherwise the 8100 battery drains in a hurry. The puck holds a charge for the better part of a day without needing to be tethered but takes a charge quickly when allowed to take a turn at the charger.

  • http://www.garmin.be/ Tony

    If you want to install MobileXT to a unit, you will need to install it on a memory card. After that insert the memory in the PocketPC or Blackberry. For the BLackBerry units I’m not sure, but normaly it should automaticaly ask if you want to install the MobileXT just after inserting the memory card.

    The best is to download the latest version of MobileXT on the Garmin website:
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/downloadsUpdates.jsp?product=010-11034-00&cID=138&pID=11413

    I have a HP IPAQ 5xxx series.

  • http://www.garmin.be Tony

    If you want to install MobileXT to a unit, you will need to install it on a memory card. After that insert the memory in the PocketPC or Blackberry. For the BLackBerry units I’m not sure, but normaly it should automaticaly ask if you want to install the MobileXT just after inserting the memory card.

    The best is to download the latest version of MobileXT on the Garmin website:
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/downloadsUpdates.jsp?product=010-11034-00&cID=138&pID=11413

    I have a HP IPAQ 5xxx series.

  • Jay

    I have been using LifeInPocket voice guided navigation for a year, it’s free and much better.

  • Jay

    I have been using LifeInPocket voice guided navigation for a year, it’s free and much better.

  • http://www.gpscardvd.com/wholesale-car-gps-dvd-players-car-gps-dvd-for-honda_c2470 crv gps 8 inch

    GPS service is free but Garmin also offers a whole bunch of add-ons like the location of the nearest stores.