Test: Garmin Skin

Garmin Skin blends a good idea with a lot of future splash. On the other hand, it is a little worse with the practical mindset.

To use your phone or tablet that GPS is a phenomenon which more or less knocked out traditional Ditto for many of us. The navigation system is not built into the car, we tend to simply run the whole thing with the phone instead.

Some car models offer the possibility of projecting data from, for example, the Navigator directly on the windshield, which still feels a bit like that future-awesome. Garmin’s latest accessory Skin is meant to give the opportunity to all.

After a short installation of a small reflective film on the windshield and fit of the Stretch drive, just insert the power cord into the ciggpluggen and pair your device with your phone. Once there talking device with your navigatorapp from either the Garmin or Navigon, and simplified information as which way to turn and how far it still pops up on the frame.

Functionally, it is okay, if somewhat feature-poor. In addition, it is not about any ball future projector, but only that the SKIN’s own screen shines strong enough for it to be reflected on the reflective film. Main drawback is that the still rather large widget does not have a built-in battery, but requires power from the cigarette lighter all the time … with associated project that you want to hide the power cable of course. Given how simple the solution is and how much power a phone with navigatorappen started pulling it feels completely insane. Admittedly, it is possible to solve with a junction box for socket, but when projection technology is so simple, it should not be any problems keeping a battery with at least five to six hours of operation time of the unit. In particular, given the still high price tag.


Name: Garmin Skin

Dimensions: 108x88x19 mm

Weight: 277 g

Power: 12V cigarette socket

Display: 2-färgsdisplay

Brightness: 7 700 cd/m2