My bad. Unfortunately this means I have to buy one if I want to be an early tester!
UPDATE: Read my Magellan Triton 1500 review.
ORIGINAL POST: If you're expecting a Magellan Triton under the Christmas tree this year, you might be in for a disappointment. Magellan's PR folks are now saying there won't be any review units until January, though there's no officially updated timeline from Magellan. Originally targeted for a September release, these handheld units have excited geocachers and backcountry enthusiasts with their ability to display National Geographic TOPO! maps.
But that may be just what's holding the release up. Rumor has it that there are problems with the software that sends maps to the units. This seems to be borne out by a report that National Geographic has been "scrambling to finish the interface."
I'm sure Magellan will be very disappointed if they do miss the 2007 holiday shopping season, but I'd rather they take their time and get it right. Truth be told, as spring approaches, the first quarter is a big one for handhelds. Looks like the holidays will be all about auto navigators this year.
Back in my public garden days, I used to administer quite a bit of capital construction. I remember one very complicated hardware (greenhouse) : software (climate control system) issue, and we decided to go with one vendor for the entire project so there wouldn't be any finger pointing when something went wrong. I'm not saying that is what's happening here, but it does highlight the issues that can arise when you have two companies having to cooperate on a major project.