New Garmin inReach mini

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Asposium
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New Garmin inReach mini

Post by Asposium » Thu May 03, 2018 10:54 pm

Quite cute

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/592606

Shame the price isn’t mini

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Re: New Garmin inReach mini

Post by jam bo » Thu May 03, 2018 10:57 pm

In depth review by dc rainmaker here:

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/05/gar ... eview.html

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Re: New Garmin inReach mini

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Fri May 04, 2018 10:48 am

Favourite phrase / word from that review "crapton[ne]"
especially if you just use preset messages (and create a crapton of them).

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Re: New Garmin inReach mini

Post by ZeroDarkBivi » Fri May 04, 2018 3:47 pm

Intersting; this new version looks like a design from only 20 years ago, rather than the previous model using 1980s stying. Come on Garmin, surely you can do better, especially at that price; integrated navigation (like an etrex) with tracker - how hard can it be?

Also interesting to see they have a new edge 520 'plus' coming out, which appears to offer much of the 820 functionality, without the problems that plagued that model. Except the model they sent to DCRainmaker for testing and evaluation still couldn't navigate properly:

"Unfortunately, my time with the Edge 520 Plus hasn’t entirely been positive. Specifically, in navigation. I’ve had a hell of a time with the turn by turn prompts and alerts working properly. Specifically, the issue is that I’d get a prompt for an upcoming turn at the 500m prior marker, but the actual information (map/icons) about that turn would be missing. Meaning I’d have no idea what I was supposed to do. And in some cases, I’d get no turn alerts at all.

In effect, the one thing the Edge 520 Plus was supposed to do compared to the Edge 520, it wasn’t doing right."

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/04/han ... pping.html

... what a familiar story!

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