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

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The Guts

Now comes the good stuff: the guts of the Garmin Mobile XT software, which really blew my mind.

I’ll start off with the good points. I didn’t expect much from the Mobile XT software, thinking that it would tell me where I am and how to get to my destination like a few other GPS solutions I’ve played with in the past. But the Garmin solution contains so much more: the software will find things like the nearest tourist attractions, restaurants by type, hospital, airports, etc.

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There are also settings that allow you to optimize your path, like the ability to tell Mobile XT that you’re on a motorcycle and want to avoid dirt roads. Or maybe you’re on a bicycle, which means you’ll then try to avoid any highways.

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I was also very surprised with the voice direction and how it was a sexy sounding female that pronounce the road names pretty accurately. I’m not even sure how they do it because the program itself is only half a megabyte – I assume that they do download parts of it because a few times the voice would crackle.

I do have a few grips with the Mobile XT software, mainly that the client software seems to be a direct port of a J2ME midlet, meaning that they just transferred the code from a cellphone version and ported it over to the Blackberry. Yes, the program works but they don’t take advantage of the superior Blackberry navigation. Like if I’m in the map view and want to find the nearest gas station, I shouldn’t need to leave the map but just hit the scroll wheel and select ‘Find Gas Stations’.

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Another issue I have is that the graphics are pretty poor, which is also probably related to Garmin taking the easy way out and porting the program over from a cellphone version, which typically have less processing power than Blackberry devices. If you have played around with the BlackBerry 8800 and used the built-in GPS system, the graphics difference is like that between the Atari (Garmin) and Super Nintendo (8800).

That’s it for now; next week I’ll write about the performance of the Garmin Mobile 10 GPS unit.

  • 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.