- Jan 2, 2003
When folks are dropping 40-50K+ for one of the new offroad equipped trucks coming on the market, $600 is nothing. I think Garmin has better name recognition and advertising than Magellan; that's all it takes. Even if they won't go 'offroad', as most won't. Chevy just released the ZR2 Bison, Ford has their Raptor and a soon to be released baby Raptor, Chrysler has their Power Wagon; all cost megabucks and most won't even get dirty Its all about who has the best toy. I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes offered as an option to their current in-dash selections.Why do you say that? I don't see anything all that remarkable (beyond a slick advertising campaign).
I don't think they could get enough power out of AAs to run this thing, with GPS satellite, Iridium satellite, and cellular connection. Lithium Ion batteries are great. My cameras use them, and I have extra pack(s) that I can swap in as needed. But as far as I can tell this Garmin unit has a non-removable/non-replaceable battery pack. That means you are done for the day when the battery is out, and you throw out the unit when the battery no longer holds a charge. Like Apple iPhones, I think? Bad idea.FWIW, an oddity of the new GPSMap66i is that it apparently has an internal rechargeable battery and cannot use AA batteries like other Garmin handhelds. My *guess* is that this was done to make room for the satellite radio in the same size case as the 66s. But whenever people discuss dedicated GPS units vs. cellphones, the ability to use AA batteries is a major argument in Garmin's favor.
FWIW, iPhone batteries are replaceable, but not by users. https://support.apple.com/iphone/repair/battery-powerThat means you are done for the day when the battery is out, and you throw out the unit when the battery no longer holds a charge. Like Apple iPhones, I think?
I see that GPSCity is now selling the 66i bundled with an external USB battery pack: https://www.gpscity.com/garmin-gpsmap-66i-and-aibocn-power-bank-10000mah-external-batteryBut as far as I can tell this Garmin unit has a non-removable/non-replaceable battery pack.
This is the first review I've seen. It's not likely to help Garmin sell many of these $700 devices.If they work as advertised they will be selling a lot of these regardless of the price.
Pondering a replacement for my broken Montana 600.... GPSCity stil has the Oregon 700 for $280, but Bass Pro has it for $250 ( in-stock at the Atlantic City Store). That is probably the best price I've ever seen on this model.