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Re: The Garmin Montana

#31 Post by SilverBeauty » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:30 pm

topoguy wrote:May I know if anyone here has experience using the Montana in our humid tropical jungle?

I am concerned about the touchscreen, i know my Nuvi 1350 touchscreen works well in the car.

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The Montana should be fine if the ambient is within the published specifications of -4ºF to 158ºF (-20ºC to 70ºC) and not used under water of greater than 1M in depth as it's enclosure is rated as IPX7.

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Re: The Garmin Montana

#32 Post by ThaiGpsClubdotcom » Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:44 pm

Montana (WebUpdater) software version 3.90
as of February 10, 2012

Changes made from version 3.80 to 3.90:
Fixed possible software hang with 'white screen' when powering unit off in mount.
Fixed Address/Intersection searching when set to French language

Download link :: http://www.garmin.com/software/Montana_ ... r__390.gcd
more info :: http://www8.garmin.com/support/download ... sp?id=5335

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Re: The Garmin Montana

#33 Post by topoguy » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:38 pm

Hi all,

I wanna share my pleasant experience buying a Garmin Montana 650 from gpscity.com. I highly recommend because of gpscity's competitive pricing. Even with auto mounting and screen protectors and Fedex international economy shipping plus the Malaysian Customs 10% sales tax, the total price was about 10% below local prices. One Malaysian online and physical store sells just the unit at RM2,400.

It was exciting to track Fedex shipping the unit all the way from gpscity's Las Vegas, Nevada to Oakland, California to Anchorage, Alaska and Guangzhou, before the GPS arrived at Sepang and into my office at Cyberjaya, all within 6 days.

topoguy in Putrajaya, MY

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Re: The Garmin Montana

#34 Post by kychow » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:48 pm

hi topoguy,
I am planning to get a Montana too. I believe you have no problem with its latest software and also the point-to-point navigation when use in a vehicle is as good as it was advertised. How about outdoor trekking and hiking in the M'sia?
A recommended buy?
Any information will be very useful. Thank you.
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Re: The Garmin Montana

#35 Post by topoguy » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:42 pm

hi,

yes, I highly recommend the Montana 650. It has very responsive touch screen, the recalculation times are very fast as well as searching and fixing to satellites, all very fast. Because it has many profiles, it is equally good for city navigation and outdoor trekking.

Sorry I have not taken my unit to any real outdooor environment other than walking the hills near my home. I have dropped the unit may be about five or six times from the windcreen mounting (the suction cup gave way) on to dashboard, steering wheel coumn, turn sginal stalk and the carpeted floor. I think the Montana glass is probably tougher than automotive nuvi version, something like Corning Gorilla Glass :)

hope this anecdote helps.

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Re: The Garmin Montana

#36 Post by kychow » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:55 am

Hi topoguy,
Thank you for your replies. It helped me in making a decision.
I plan to get the Montana 600 instead since I don't need the geotagging camera.
I will use it for nagivation, hiking and biking (plan to get the bike handle mount).
For the car mount, I plan to get the dashboard friction mount because I think due to the weight of the unit (althought its not too heavy), the suction mount may give way and besides I don't want to damage the car tint film.
Thanks again.
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Re: The Garmin Montana

#37 Post by topoguy » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:55 am

Hi,

I will play the devil's advocate :finga: and suggest you go for the 650.

I found the geotag camera to be a very useful feature and not a gimmick at all. Take a photo, the cooordinates are stored automatically and you can always navigate to that location. I even export the photos to my automotive nuvi 1350 which can accept geotagged photos but has no camera of its own.

definitely worth the extra cost.

cheers,

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Re: The Garmin Montana

#38 Post by Zeus73 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:45 am

Does Montana records the image direction?

The Oregon 550 doesn't record direction.

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Re: The Garmin Montana

#39 Post by topoguy » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:22 pm

Hi there,

care to explain what is image direction?

thanks

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Re: The Garmin Montana

#40 Post by Zeus73 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:38 pm

topoguy wrote:Hi there,

care to explain what is image direction?

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The direction the camera is facing when the photo is taken.

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