Category Archive: Garmin

OpenCaching.com One Year On

OPINION PIECE First, the disclaimer: my name is Nick Brown and I have been geocaching at Geocaching.com under the name of sTeamTraen for nearly eight years. I’m also privileged to have been a Groundspeak volunteer for part of that period, but everything written here is my own personal opinion and has not been approved, solicited or …

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GPS Review: Garmin Oregon 450

Reviewing a GPS unit that has been around for nearly three years is a bit like writing an article about a 1977 Ford Escort (which, interestingly, was my first car and a wonderfully simple vehicle for a young man to have). All are well familiar with it by now, its various strengths and weaknesses, and …

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iChirp: Garmin Looks Set To Release ANT+ Device For iPhone

Spotted over at Wireless Goodness was this little gem about Garmin’s plans for an ANT+ device for Apple’s iPhone, now on file at America’s Federal Communications Commission. According to FCC documents, Garmin’s ANT+ iPhone adapter will work with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (no word on the iPhone 4S), and will attach to the …

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Giveaway: You Down With Opie?

He’s back … and quite literally. Since OpenCaching launched its first piece of official merchandise – a collectible Opie pathtag – four score and however many months ago, the oh-so-cute mascot has been keeping a rather low profile. However, It’s Not About The Numbers has learnt that during this time the OX frontman was actually …

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The Bad Elf Faces Off With GPS Units

The Bad Elf is a neat little external GPS accessory designed to directly connect to all iPad, iPod touch and iPhone devices. I recently had great fun field-testing the Bad Elf I have been given and was surprised by how well the Bad Elf performed. However, I determined that it would need to prove itself in …

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GPS + GLONASS – A Reason To Wait Before Buying That New GPS Unit?

PCMAG.com have an interesting article out on the combining of the US GPS system and Russia’s GLONASS system in smartphones. Silently and invisibly, the 22 satellites of Russia’s GLONASS system partner our GPS, and starting next year smartphones based on Qualcomm chipsets will be able to boost their prowess with GLONASS signals. “It’s like dual-core …

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Field-Testing The Bad Elf

For those unaware, I was recently supplied with a Bad Elf to review. This miniature box plugs into the 30-pin dock of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to provide you with quality GPS reception for your device. One of the unknowns with the Bad Elf was exactly how well it would perform in the …

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Opencaching.com Also Adds New Features

Probably overshadowed by the release of Groundspeak’s Geocaching Challenges are the site updates that Garmin’s OpenCaching.com has released. The updates are interesting additions to the OpenCaching.com site with one update in particular appearing to head in the opposite direction to Groundspeak’s update. Garmin has added new functionality to its handheld units by adding ‘Verify a …

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The End Of The GPSr As We Know It?

I’ve been searching for my next GPS unit for a while now. I don’t need a new one, I’m still completely in love with my Blackberry as my main caching tool, but it felt like time I joined the ‘real’ cachers by having a ‘real’ GPS unit. But my search has not gone well. You …

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Wherigo … My Blackberry Follows

Wherigos: Until recently I didn’t have an opinion on them. With none in my area all I had to go on was various bits on the web that suggested it was a dying breed of cache, particularly following the Garmin/Groundspeak falling out. However, it does appear as if there is a fair amount of support …

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