Trimble GeoExplorer Timeline

The new GeoExplorer® 6000 Series was just released on February 17th, 2011.  We are now coming close to 15 years of the GeoExplorer® series.  I thought it prudent to create a timeline for this product's history and notable specification changes.  There will undoubtedly be GeoExplorer® 6000 vs 3000 vs GeoXH® vs GeoXT® inquiries as this new product is researched by the prospective market.  Take heed, as this timeline might make some feel like old-timers to the game of Mobile GIS.  It is amazing how far the hardware has come.  The original GeoExplorer® I/II (circa 1996) boasted 250Kb of storage, a 6 Channel GPS Receiver, and AA Batteries (not included).  Fast forward to 2011 and the New GeoExplorer® 6000 Series is boasting 2Gb of Storage, 220 Channel GPS Receiver, and a new technology branded Floodlight®.  Floodlight will surely set this product apart from the competition as it accomplishes more than just adding support for Glonass.  Click here for a tech brief on the new Floodlight® technology from Trimble.
This product has undergone some radical changes that have helped it to keep pace with the times.  Did you know that the GeoExplorer® 3 (Circa 2001) was the only GeoExplorer® to ever sport a digital compass?    The accuracy has gone from an at best 2 meters PP to 4 inches.  Did you know that the new GeoExplorer® 6000 series has a barometer?  No, it's not used to forecast the weather!  This is undoubtedly the best GeoExplorer® to hit the market yet, and I'm excited by it's release.  I made this timeline as a primer for my upcoming blog post that will dissect all of the specs on the new GeoExplorer® 6000 series, so I don't want to give too much of my research away.  (stay tuned!)If Trimble sticks to it's 3 year product cycle release schedule, then what do you think that we would expect for 2014?  Do you think that they should scrap the Microsoft mobile OS in favor of an Android or iOS platform?  Do you have any Mobile GIS stories of yore with any of the older devices listed above?  Leave some comments!Here is a link to a print-quality timeline for you to hang on your office wall.http://cloud.rockymountaingeo.com/RockyMountaingeoTimeline85x11_.pdfGeoExplorer, EVEREST, Floodlight, GeoXT, GeoXH, & GeoXM are Trademarks of Trimble Navigation Ltd.  The post and it's containing document were created using publicly available content.  RockyMountainGeo makes no claim to the validity or completeness of the information herein.  If I got something wrong do me a professional courtesy and let me know directly with an email, or leave a comment.