March 31, 2006

GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for March 2006

It was a big month for new GPS announcements, partially due to the fact that CeBIT took place in Germany and the fact that many manufacturers are readying their new fleet of GPS units for the summer months. The spring quarter is a big quarter for companies like Magellan, Garmin and TomTom who tend to sell the majority of mobile GPS units.

TomTom launched their new line of TomTom GO’s: TomTom GO 510, TomTom GO 710 and the flagship TomTom GO 910. These all have a widescreen format.

Garmin announced a new mid-tier line: StreetPilot C510, StreetPilot C530 and the StreetPilot C550, with Bluetooth functionality.
They also made a push into adding GPS to mobile smart phones with the Garmin Mobile 20.
There are a couple of new Nuvi’s: the Nuvi 310 and the Nuvi 360 with Bluetooth functionality.
The new GPSMap 378 and GPSMap 478 are land and sea models for navigation on the water and on the road.
Finally, Garmin introduced a new entry level color handheld GPS the eTrex Venture Cx with SiRF star III chipset.

Navman just announced a new line of mobile GPS units. The Navman iCN720 and Navman iCN 750 come with a nice widescreen high resolution display. Navman also announced that you can take pictures with your new iCN and use those pictures to mark Points of Interest, as well as share those pictures with friends and family.

There were several announcements that talked of connectivity for GPS units; opening up the opportunity to track your friends’ locations on your GPS, or your workers, or your arch enemy if you can figure out how to buddy up with him or her. Read more in TomTom WORK and Garmin Buddies.

We also saw evidence of new Magellan products coming to the market with the leak of the Magellan RoadMate 860T and the RoadMate 3000T, both traffic capable.

Here at the GPS Lodge, we received the Garmin Forerunner 205 for Review, (so far so good - I really like it a lot) and offered our opinion on the Garmin StreetPilot C340 vs. the Lowrance iWay 350c.

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Posted by Scott Martin at March 31, 2006 8:05 AM

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