August 31, 2005 Monthly Round-up for August 2005

We've had a fun month here at the GPS Lodge, as we've been busy bringing you a whole bunch of GPS news and GPS reviews. We have seen many reviews on great GPS receivers hit the web, like the Magellan RoadMate 760, the StreetPilot c330 and the TomTom 700. We have seen some fun things like the GPS enabled mobile phone games, and a Nintendo DS hacked for GPS use.

We got some good feedback on our MotionBased software and website review, noting our sound and balanced review of the service.

We were also happy to bring the good news of a fix for the automatic shut off issues with the eTrex line by shimming the battery contacts so the next time you hit a bump, with the thing mounted on the handlebar, the GPS doesn't shut off. We have heard from users of the eTrex vista, the eTrex Legend, the eTrex Summit and the eTrex who have had these issues. Yea, Garmin tech support never heard of the issue. We did. Problem solved.

In August, we saw some potentially great handheld GPS introductions from Magellan, including the Magellan eXplorist XL - with its massive screen, largest in the class (3.5" measurement), and the Magellan eXplorist 210 a potential blockbuster product that can effectively take on the aging Garmin Legend - an ever popular entry level mapping GPS. Finally, Garmin was not lost in August with their announcement of new RINO's: the Rino 520 and 530 models boasting up to a 12 mile range of communication.

In the coming months, look for more home made reviews of GPS receivers, and GPS news from the world when it hits.

Thanks for stopping by,

Scott Martin

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Posted by Scott Martin at August 31, 2005 9:41 PM

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