Garmin is an American manufacturer of global positioning system receiver technology that has been used as part of in-car systems and more recently in wearable technology.
Garmin first rose to prominence in the late 1990s with the release of the groundbreaking Nuvi satellite navigation system for cars. They have lost some of their clout now that maps have entered the realm of the smartphone, but they’re still a market leader in GPS systems for private and commercial use.
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Bestselling products from Garmin
Garmin Vivosmart - Basically this is the Garmin version of the Fitbit. It tells you your daily step count, calories burned and distance covered.
Garmin Forerunner - Designed with runners in mind, this watch will keep an accurate tab on your distance and time.
Garmin Fenix - Hardwearing and rugged, this watch is designed for the more extreme athlete. If you’re a cyclist, snowboarder or swimmer, then this will do for you.
Garmin Vivoactive - A Garmin smartwatch aimed at the ultra active, ideal for running, biking and activity tracking.
Garmin Review | Pros and Cons
- Detail - Garmin’s maps are state of the art, and offer far more detail than the basic smartphone apps. They offer topographical, coastal and offshore maps designed for hikers, pilots and sailors.
- Wearable - Garmin was an early adopter of the smartwatch and they offer a wide selection of other wearable technology.
- Smartphones - Now that most people can access maps and direction apps on their smartphone they have little need for a separate device.
- Updating maps - Garmin charge fees for updating their maps, so even after you’ve bought the device you’ll still be hit with charges from time to time.
How does Garmin shipping and delivery work?
Garmin doesn’t currently delivery to Australia, but don’t worry, there is a way around this. Shopmate is an Australian Post service that let’s you shop like you’re in the US, and will deliver to you right here Australia. It’s a handy little service that unlocks a world of shopping options, including with Garmin.
For full information check out our review page here: Shopmate.
What forms of payment does Garmin accept?
- American Express
What is the Garmin returns policy?
Garmin will accept returns of unused item within 30 days of delivery, but Shopmate does not cover returns. So if you want to send an item back you’ll have to post it back to the returns centre in the US on your own dollar.