I think its GREAT! but when i will REALLY be impressed is when they implement the features of the Garmin RHINO's into the astro handheld. The Rhino's are used for communication and people tracking. it was exactly like the astro accept other people that had rhinos were tracked on the gps screen.
So in our situation Me and Bob go huntin. our dogs split tree i use my hand held to track in to my dog and bob does the same. we get there and we dont have cell signal to tell each other where to meet and we dont wanna go back to the truck. I can look on my handheld and see Bob's EXACT position. The unit also doubles as a hand held radio. i can talk to bob THROUGH our Garmin Handhelds.
THATS when i WILL DEFFINATLY spend a thousand dollars on the new Garmin AstroComm. the GPS DOG TRACKING, PEOPLE TRACKING, AND 2 WAY RADIO.
THAT my friend will be garmins next step. mark my words.
I've been feild testing the Astro 320 for Garmin. When we first started they asked us what features we'd like to see in the new one, I asked them about the walkie talkie feature but was told it would run the cost of the unit up and they didn't think it would be a big seller.