I'm taking a field/mobile GIS course for my master's degree and we were all issued one of these little babies for the term. All I can say is...wow. This is going to be my next GPS receiver unless Garmin (or someone else) can match this.
Here's a web linkie in case you've never heard of it.
They don't give you a price for these things, but I was informed that they run $600-$700. For all of you who have dropped coin on an Edge 705, this is really not all that much more expensive.
It has integrated bluetooth, wifi, and gps, with an external antenna port on top of it and an SD card slot. That lets you connect to the web for e-mail before/after your field session. It can communicate with bluetooth devices...most importantly bluetooth-enabled cameras for embedding GPS coords into pictures.
It comes with a suite of trimble's own software that lets you do quite a bit, including transferring map data onto the receiver from the computer so you can view the data you're collecting overlaid on top of whatever vector or raster data you want. It can also handle routing if you use it with a program that's compatible. I know MS Streets & Trips is compatible, but not sure about others. I also think that with routing, you have to plan your trip on your pc beforehand and then load it onto the GPS so the GPS can tell you when to make turns. On the positive side, you can pull up google maps, too.
It's even a fully functional Windows Mobile PDA where you can sync contacts and calendars with your PC. It even comes with pocket word, pocket powerpoint, and pocket excel for handling office programs.
This receiver is also MUCH smaller than my Garmin 76 CSx...MUCH.
The only drawbacks are that it's really not ruggedized (only slightly moreso than the average PDA) and that it's on a slower processor and an older version of windows mobile.
The cost does make it really affordable for trailwork crews on a budget, though.
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