Mobile Mapper 10, first impression

Tras purchase of Ashtech by Trimble, Spectra has started promoting Mobile Mapper products. The simplest of these is the Mobile Mapper 10, which I want to take a look at this time.

The Mobile Mapper Pro, CE and CX versions ended there although the latter is still on the market; From Blade technology was launched the known Mobile Mapper 6, which is the ancestor of this that we are now presenting. The line is different, because a MM6 despite having new technology in terms of operating system, does not surpass the Mobile Mapper Pro in terms of receptivity, that was a very fine receiver with the ability to read the C / A code and the carrier phase. It brought standard post-processing and its final cost with good haggling was for 1,200 dollars with post-processing. While still the MM10 only reads the C / A code and with technology (software level, not reception) manages to reach the 50 post-processing cms; whenever you have activated the postprocess, but this option costs 500 additional dollars, that is, it comes to you as in 1,900.

How the Mobile Mapper 10 differs from the Mobile Mapper 6

Mobile mapper comparisonsIn general, the differences are significant. In terms of design, the MM10 is taller, wider, but also narrower; with better distribution of space; We never knew why the roasting on the top. At the ends it has rubber protuberances that make it easier to handle with one hand.

The lower box shows in green the aspects that give the Mobile Mapper 10 greater potentialities with respect to the MM6 and those marked in red are the negative differences that are inevitable in the face of the change. I am also placing a column to show what happens with the Mobile Mapper 100, Of which I spoke earlier.

Mobile Mapper 6 Mobile Mapper 10 Mobile Mapper 100
Download 12 20 45
Frequency L1 L1 L1, L2
Actualización 1 Hz 1 Hz 0.05 seconds
Data format NMEA NMEA RTCM 3.1, ATOM, CMR (+), NMEA
It can function as a base No. No. Si
SBAS mode real-time precision 1 - 2 mts. 1 - 2 mts. less than 50 cm .. in SBAS, less than 30 cm. in DGPS.
Post-process accuracy Less than one meter Less than 50 centimeters 1 centimetres.
Processor 400 Mhz 600 Mhz 806 MHz
Operating System Windows Mobile 6.1 Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Mobile 6.5
Communication Bluetooth, USB Bluetooth, USB, GSM / GPRS, Wifi GSM / GPRS, BT, WLAN
Size 14.6 x 6.4 x 2.9 cm 16.9 x 8.8 x 2.5 cm 19 x 9 x 4.33 cm
Weight 224 grams 380 grams with battery 648 grams
Screen 2.7 " 3.5 " 3.5 "
Memory 64MB SDRAM, 128 MB Flash, SD memory 128 MB SDRAM, 256 MB NAND, Micro SDHC Memory up to 8GB 256 MB SDRAM / 2 GB NAND, Micro SDHC
Minimum temperature -20 C -10 C -20 C
Maximum temperature + 60 C + 60 C + 60 C
Drop support and vibrations 1 meters 1.20 meters on concrete 1.20 meters on the concrete, more standards ETS300 019 & MIL-STD-810
Battery One Pair AA Lithium / duration up to 20 hours Lithium / duration up to 8 hours
Type of Antenna Internal / External Internal / External Internal / External

A substantial improvement is in the battery, instead of the AA pair it brings a Lithium battery with autonomy of up to 20 hours; nothing bad because there are almost three days of work in days of 7 hours. This surely helped him to be narrower.

It does not improve in accuracy without post-processing, it is almost a navigator with radial precisions below 2 meters. It is necessary to understand that it is a team of only one frequency, it does not support RTK. But it does improve with respect to the MM6 in the accuracy of data after the processing, which can be below the 50 cm, equivalent to the pixel of a conventional orthophoto in a rural survey.

This precision is assumed because it has a range of up to 20 channels (GPS L1 C / A and in SBAS mode: WAAS / EGNOS / MSAS). Additionally it is understood that it could be done post-processing with respect to a remote base through GPRS or Wifi.

It brings a newer version of Windows Mobile, the processor is improved (It's an ARM9) but at the software level it brings the same thing: Windows Mobile. Active Sync and Internet Explorer. Mobile Mapper Field is included, which is similar to Mobile Mapping with some improvements; however, it also supports ArcPad although this license can only be purchased in the United States.

Also the memory has greater capacity, it brings up 256 MB NAND (non-volatile Flash), even now it supports MicroSD even of 8 GB.

As extras you can buy an external antenna and the racket to hang it on a cane. To activate the post-processing option, an activation key must be paid.


For its price, it goes down the US $ 1,500 does not look bad. Although in my opinion is just a Pocket with GPS and GIS capabilities.

It is ideal for rural cadastre, forestry, environmental projects or those where 50 centimeters of precision is enough. Obviously, we must take advantage of the GIS, because it allows you to build layers of lines, polygons or points with the amount of attributes that we want, including photographs and audio.

We would have to see what happens if we use gvSIG Mobile to find something more than the simple Mobile Mapper Field.

What sets it apart from the Mobile Mapper 100


Of course the Mobile Mapper 10 is a toy when it is copied with the Mobile Mapper 100. That's another level of instrument with post-processing accuracies of up to 1 cm, although it's still a frequency.

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of MM10 is that it is not scalable, it gets there for the purposes it has been designed.

On the other hand, the Mobile Mapper 100 can be scaled. With an external antenna and some configurations it could become a Promark 100, with something more in a Promark 200 that already supports double frequency.

Although the carcass is the same on the outside.

That comparison we will see in another post.

Here you can find a representative of these products.

Here you can find out more Ashtech products.

18 Replies to "Mobile Mapper 10, first impression"

  1. I want you to help me I have a GPS MOBILLE MAPPER 10, and I want to buy the external antenna, my question what kind of antenna to buy and what kind of accessory more to make it work very well

  2. As soon as the official price of the mobile mapper 100

  3. I have a 10 Mobile Mapper with post process, what computer can I acquire as base station and what precision can I expect?

  4. That depends on the country where you are. The most viable is with a local Topcon / Magellan distributor


  6. Hello good Morning
    I have been searching on the Geofumadas website but I have not found anything I was looking for, so I have decided to ask you directly: do you have any guide / manual or know any place where I can download it how to work in the field with a team « ashtech mobilemapper 10 ». I know that the question is very extensive, but anything you could comment on, I thank you. Would the user manual of the 100 version be valid for the 10? It is the only one I have seen on your website. I have visited the Ashtch website and have not seen much. I've only got the Office package manual.
    Thanks and best regards

  7. I have maper 10 but I can't find how to configure a nat 27 system with nat 27 strings only latitude and longevity appears and and I need "x" & "Y" & "Z"

  8. I have rented a Mobile Mapper 6. Does anyone know how to convert mmw files (waypoints) to other GIS formats? It does not give me the option with Mobile Mapper Office

    Iker Iturbe

  9. I have 35 Mexican pesos and if I require precision, I carry out urban planning work ... which suggests that I acquire with this amount ... please send me a quote

  10. Hello aaaaaa

    Now that one quotes Trimble, if I have a budget of 1500 dollars, what would I recommend Mobile Mapper or Trimble Juno? Precision, reliability, navigation, gis, comfort, etc.

  11. Juno is very good. With postprocessing the accuracies are around the subway, without postprocessing it is a navigator with precision above the 2.50

  12. How about the Trimble Juno SB for fieldwork? I do not require centimeter accuracy

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