Overview of the Montana Handheld GPS – A Garmin Outdoor GPS Device

Posted on Nov 15 2012 - 2:58am by khurram jamil

Garmin are the World leader in GPS and have a number of handheld devices designed to help outdoors people such as hikers, hunters, geocachers, climbers, and adventurers.  The Garmin Montana GPS is one of their higher end models and comes packed full of functionality designed to help the user get the best from their outdoor activities.  Read on to find out more about the Montana including the full specification and how you can use it on your next outdoor adventure.

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A Rugged Handheld GPS Device

The Garmin Montana outdoor GPS is designed to be resistant to any type of environment; it is not afraid of water, sand and dust making it the ideal device for all activities outdoor conditions. It is a totally versatile device and offers everything you would need and expect from a handheld GPS. It is intended to be used by people who need water-based navigation (boaters and kayakers) as well as people who want to hike in the mountains.  It offers voice guidance footpath navigation (turn by turn directions) and can even tell you where the nearest hotel is.

Comes with a Touch Screen Display

The Montana GPS has a 4-inch diagonal touch screen and a high quality display which should be readable in any light conditions. It recognizes its orientation, which will automatically change the display direction to go from horizontal to vertical depending on how you are holding it in your hand. It also comes fully equipped with a 5 megapixel camera (on the Montana 650 and 650T models) so the user can take photos and then “geo tag” them online.

Maps and Charts for Marine and Road Usage

This handheld GPS is extremely versatile and shows accurate and reliable topographic maps which allow for a wide range of activities including as 4×4 racing, trail bikes, hiking, mountaineering, and geocaching.  It also has access to road maps and marine charts as well as Garmin “Birds Eye” which displays satellite images of the world. It is compatible with “Custom Map” free software for converting paper maps or electronic cards into the GPS SD card slot.

Equipped with a barometric altimeter, the Garmin Montana GPS is capable of indicating the elevation changes and shows variations along a route – this is especially useful for mountain climbing. The user can choose between a lithium-ion battery or 3 AA batteries, which gives the GPS a range of 16 hours or 22 hours respectively.

The Different Garmin Montana GPS Models

There are three different Garmin Montana models available as follows:

  • Montana 600 – with USB cable, strap, quick start guide, user manual and rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • Montana 650 – same pack as the 600 but also with 5 mega pixel digital camera with auto focus functions and “geo tagging”.
  • Montana 650T – same pack as the 650 but also with European and North American topographic maps pre-loaded.

Garmin Montana – Base Specification

  • 4 inch touch screen handheld GPS device
  • Rugged watertight housing ready for all situations (resistant to water, sand, dust)
  • Compatible with all types of topographic map – marine and road
  • Universal power supply: battery, batteries, rechargeable batteries and cigarette lighter
  • Integrated digital camera of 5 megapixels with autofocus (on Montana 650 and 650T)
  • Expandable memory via SD card

Author Credit: This overview of the Garmin Montana GPS was written by Peter B.  Peter is a huge fan of the Garmin range of GPS handhelds and has recently launched his very own website dedicated to the new GPS-enabled watch they have released.  For more information please visit www.garminfenix.com.

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