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Garminfone – the next great geocaching GPSr?

September 4, 2010

If you’ve read any of my posts on this blog you’ll know I’m big fan of my Blackberry Bold 9000, my main GPSr, paperless caching tool and phone, but it looks like it could have some serious competition – The Garminfone.

From the maker:

Garminfone™ from T-Mobile®, built on the Android™ platform, is a full-featured smartphone combined with proven Garmin navigation. Whether you’re making a call, sending a message or simply surfing the web, Garminfone puts everything you need right at your fingertips. And with access to Android Market™ on your Garminfone, you’ll have thousands of apps to choose from.

PC World gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 in their fairly complementary review. Sticking up for my Blackberry I should point out their two Bold reviews both scored 3.5 as well. However, in a comparison between the two I don’t think one would get away from the fact that the Garminfone has better GPS capabilities and this might just edge out the Blackberry as, IMHO, the superior geocaching tool.

And with the introduction of Geobeagle, the android geocaching app, it could be very powerful indeed. Still in its infancy it is already a good piece of software that is likely to get even better. However, with the maker of CacheSense (formerly CacheBerry), my preferred geocaching software for the Blackberry, looking to add other platforms I wouldn’t be surprised to find it available for Android powered phones. That would make it a very powerful geocaching tool indeed.

I’ll certainly be watching this space with interest but note that it will take an awfully impressive GPSr to make me put my geocaching user 4 star rated Blackberry Bold 9000 down.

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