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Review: Garmin Mobile PC
Marvin Hlavac
It supports both, touch and active digitizer. I just bought it this evening at a local FutureShop. I will not be able to use it till I buy some mobile mount for it - it may take me a couple of weeks. I can't wait using Garmin Mobile PC on this
Marvin Hlavac
Fluor just posted a nice picture of his laptop running Garmin Mobile PC in his car. It appears to be mounted in a RAM mount. Check out his profile album.
Fluor
Hi Marvin,
Yes,my laptop is mount on RAM mounting system.I use this mount from 2004.Here is the link to nice Canadian store where I pick up this mount and my first GPS-18 Delux bundel: http://www.prairie.mb.ca
This company located in Manitoba.
tcassidy
You probably don't want to order Mobile PC from GPS City in Canada. They seem to be lost in a time warp.

Terry
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Fluor
Hi Tcassidy,
The store where I did pick up my Garmin Mobile PC-GPS is GPS Mart,not a GPS City. Second the link in my previus post is linking to "Prairie Geomatics Ltd. "as you see it not GPS City.This two kompany is reliable and provide quik and adecvate services.
Marvin Hlavac
Fluor, Terry is only pointing at a funny error at gpscity.ca website. I think both, GPS City and GPS Mart are fine and reputable stores.
Ducati
Just an update as I've been doing 15-20 deliveries a day for the last several weeks.

I just yesterday entered 19 stops for one delivery run I had at 6pm and it actually "optimized" them well. I have found the routeing much better than CoPilot due to the fact it will want you to make u-turns or "turn around" which is much much faster/shorter than the way CoPilot would route you.

I'm a prior CoPilot user for 3-4 yrs. PPC 5, Nav9, Laptop 10, tried Laptop 11. With CoPilot I would generally get 1 or 2 stops a day that would not be in map data, with Garmin Mobile PC I have yet to have ANY missing addresses not one!

To say the least I'm very happy with it thus far, I'm able to blaze through entering stops quickly. I really believe this is a better overall product.


Greg
snake2332
Will the GlobalSat BU-353 Water-Proof USB Mouse GPS Receiver work fine with Garmin Mobile PC? I already purchased the receiver for $37 and am researching software now. I have a UMPC in my WRX consisting of a laptop connected to power inverter thru cigarette lighter, 7" Lilliput touch-screen on my dash running 1280x800 (my laptop doesn't support any other widescreen resolutions. The native resolution of the LCD is 800x480), & PC audio connected to my Pioneer head unit (also with phone and iPod connected to it thru bluetooth and USB). The laptop is under my seat and I have no keyboard or mouse connected to it, so I will be using an on-screen keyboard.

I was also wondering about the activation step of the Garmin software install. If I get the stand-alone version of Mobile PC, I will do the activation step during installation right? I guess I'll just wait and see.

Does anyone out there run Garmin Mobile PC at 1280x800 on a 7" LCD? Is everything large enough or adjustable to become large enough?

I plan on using Zero Weight on-screen keyboard in conjunction with Mobile PC since the Garmin programmers didn't think about touch-screen users (a major "duh" in my opinion). Maybe they figure if you don't have a keyboard, you already have some sort of on-screen keyboard solution...

Thanks for any feedback!
tcassidy
My ASUS r2h can emulate 1024x600 on a 7" screen (native is 800x480) and Mobile PC is quite legible. If other programs display ok at 1280x800 on your screen, Mobile PC should be fine.

I use the free Inscribe OSK in email mode for text entry.
Terry
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tcassidy
That should have been Inscribe in qwertylite mode. It has the proper keyboard layout.
Terry
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snake2332
I wish I could do 1024x600, that would be just right for my screen I think. I would like to see what 800x480 looked like too. Does anyone know if there is a program that can force a laptop video card to do custom resolutions? 1280x800 is pretty small for any app that uses size 8 or 9 font. Size 10 is the smallest that is easy to read. I think Garmin will be fine from the looks of the screenshots. I'll just give it a try and see how it works, thanks!
tcassidy
Here is 800x480 on a 7" screen. I may have changed the zoom as it is controlled by the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Terry
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snake2332
OK thanks. Could you get a screenshot of it at 1280x800? Or 1280x720?
tcassidy
No, 1024x600 is max on this UMPC. Marvin may have that on his tablet at 12.1"
Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Yes, I've got 1280 x 800 here on the new convertible TabletPC. Garmin Mobile PC looks just fine. Unfortunately I cannot post a screenshot now. But I see no reason for issues on a 7" monitor - the same Garmin software is used on 4" (and smaller) displays of portable navigation devices.
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