I don’t often write about GPS receivers that aren’t available in the U.S., but I’m making an exception today with the TwoNav Aventura. For one thing, the company is on the lookout for a stateside distributor, so we may see it here yet. Another reason is it will accept just about any kind of map – more on that in a moment. The Aventura is a dual-use device, but it’s the handheld possibilities that excite me, so if you’re an outdoor type, I encourage you to read on.
The 3.5” touch screen Aventura is designed for auto and handheld use. It comes pre-loaded with Tele Atlas maps and topo maps for most countries where it is sold. The screen can be rotated in portrait or landscape mode, though this appears to be a manual setting and not due to an accelerometer.
Roll your own maps
Here’s the really cool part. The product literature says the device will “use any kind of map without problem of compatibility.” Perhaps that is overstating it, but it is clear that it will accept both vector maps and raster imagery, opening the door to aerial photos, etc. But get this – the product is designed to be open to all sorts of maps, so you can scan and calibrate any sort of map and put it in the device. If you’re familiar with OziExplorer, you know what I’m talking about. It also appears that you can download TerraServer imagery to the device. Finally, a digital elevation model can be used, with 3D settings that can be customized.
- SiRFstar III chipset
- “Rainproof,” but not IPx7 certified
- Internal li-ion battery can be replaced with a 3 AA battery adapter
- 10 – 20 hour battery life
- SDHC card support to 32 GB
- Electronic compass
- Barometric altimeter
Here is a link to the TwoNav Aventura manual (PDF).
The TwoNav Aventura is being released June 1 in Europe. The price is 599 Euros for a single country version and 649 Euros for the Western European edition. That’s around $900 U.S. for the latter!