So recently I have purchased a Netbook (to replace my aging laptop) with enough power to really substitute my old Acer laptop which has Garmin Topo 8 and Nroute that i link up with my hand held Garmin Etrex Vista for navigating off pavement and was really satisfied with that set up, down to the lap top mount.
I am digging the Acer Netbook with 11.6" inch screen, keyboard, 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of storage. Not being a gamer, and intended use is mostly email, travel PC etc, and navigational tool when doing off road trips, It will serve my needs just fine. Cons: not Bluetooth enabled (can buy the accessory to make it so however)
I also have recently upgraded my cellphone to an Apple Iphone 4, which has a ton of app supporting this model and have read a abit about some GPS software that works descent with this phone.
I would prefer to stay with the garmin Etrex Vista linked to the netbook (for the larger screen) set up. and Topo 8 version.
However, garmin is no longer suppporting the Nroute software and am not sure what other software I can download to be able to link both pieces of hardware together so that they communicate with each other, and i can see the info live on the netbook screen.
Am i missing something? I know I am missing the software piece but perhaps others can chime in with a combo setup involving my iphone or not, and my Etrex Vista or not, I think there is a laptop GPS that you can hoop up via a USB port, but I am not too sure if that is the case.....