November 2, 2007

Black Friday GPS Deals - 2007

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Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving, is a great time to shop for GPS units. Last year, we were right in the middle of a big change - Black Friday meant GPS deals on the front covers of a several circulars. I was out at 5AM grabbing a GPS unit and saw the action first hand. GPS Deals for Black Friday in 2007 are even better.


  • Happy Black Friday Folks - we are collecting stories over at the Black Friday Mop-up page. Leave a comment to tell us yours.
  • Amazon just dropped a bunch of prices on GPS units today check out the Hot Selling Amazon GPS Models

  • Check out Thanksgiving Day Sales - Buy 'em today at BF Prices!

  • Stop by our full list of hands on full GPS reviews - we've used them all, and walk through the good and the bad.

    Deals So Far - (More almost daily now.)

    Bass Pro Shops

  • Garmin eTrex Legend - $99 (T-Giving Day Special)
  • TomTom ONE - $119 w/ MIR (T-Giving Day Special)
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - $299

    Best Buy - T-GIVING Day has some units at BF Prices Online.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 - $169 - My Full Review Garmin Nuvi 200/250/270 Update: Available NOW ONLINE at BB for $169
  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - $399 - My Full Review Nuvi 660
  • Garmin StreetPilot C550 - $329
  • TomTom ONE LE - $119 (Early)

    BJ's Wholesale Club

  • Garmin Nuvi 680 - $599
  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $149 - My Full Review of the 3100/3140
  • TomTom ONE 3rd - $129


    Circuit City

  • Garmin StreetPilot ?C340? - $199
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - $299
  • Magellan RoadMate 1200 - $129
  • Mio C220 - $99 - My Full Review of the C220

    Comp USA
    Special at Comp USA - $25 Gift card with any GPS Purchase $259 and up.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200W - $249 - See My Full Review Nuvi 200W/250W
  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $147 Compare at Amazon - My Full Review of the 3100/3140

  • Magellan Maestro 4210 - $299 (plus gift card)
  • TomTom ONE 3rd - $149 - Compare at Amazon

    Costco Club

  • Magellan Maestro 4250 - $349
  • Garmin Nuvi 650 $299 after $150 off - ONLINE NOW
  • Magellan Triton 500 $149 aft. $50 off - ONLINE

    hhgregg

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 - $249 - Compare at Amazon
  • Jensen ?NVX-225? GPS - $99 (Early)
  • Magellan Maestro ?3100? - $139 - Compare vs. Amazon - My Full Review of the 3100/3140

  • TomTom ONE - $129 - Compare at Amazon
  • TomTom GO 720 - $349 See my Full Review TomTom GO 720


    K-Mart

  • Nextar S3 - $129 (see my Review of the Nextar C-3 for an idea of performance)

    Kohl's

  • Nextar GPS - $129 (see my Review of the Nextar C-3 for an idea of performance)


    Linens 'n Things

  • Amcor A3900 GPS - $99 - based on similar operating system as Mio, but can't vouch for this one.

    Long's Drugs

  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $149 - Compare vs. Amazon - My Full Review of the 3100/3140

    MicroCenter

  • Mio C220 - w/ Earlybird Coupon - My Full Review of the C220

    Office Max

  • Mio C220 - $99 - See my Full Review of the C220
  • Magellan Maestro 4000 - $249

    Pep Boys

  • Mio Digiwalker C220 - $79 (Earlybird) after $40 Mail in Rebate - See my Full Review of the C220
  • TomTom ONE - $139 after $100 instant rebate. See my Full Review of the TomTom ONE XL - same system with a wider screen. - Compare at Amazon

    Radio Shack

  • Navigon 2100 - $149 (w/ traffic subscription incl.) - Read my Full Review of Navigon 2100
  • TomTom ONE 3rd edition - $139 - Compare at Amazon
  • Magellan Maestro 4040 - $299 - Compare vs. Amazon
  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $129 - Compare vs. Amazon - My Full Review of the 3100/3140

  • Mio C320 - $149 - My Full Review of the Mio C320 GPS

    Ritz Camera

  • Garmin Nuvi 200W - $219 - My Full Review of the Nuvi 200W250W

    Sears

  • Magellan Maestro 4000 - $249 (about same as at Amazon)
  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $149 (About $40 less than Amazon)
  • Delphi NAV 200 - $129 Fri/Sat deal. (See my Full Review)

    Target

  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $149 - Compare vs. Amazon - My Full Review of the 3100/3140

    Staples

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed - $124 - Compare at Amazon
  • Navigon 2100 w/ Traffic - $99 - Read my Full Review of Navigon 2100
  • Garmin Nuvi 260 - $249 - Compare at Amazon
  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $139 - Compare vs. Amazon - My Full Review of the 3100/3140

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    Features and Attributes to consider when buying a GPS

  • Text to speech (TTS) - this helps with driving in urban areas or where roads are close together; speaks street names for better awareness in making turns. More on TTS.

  • Interface Quality - Mio is good and better than "no-name" brands. TomTom and Garmin are better. If the user is technically challenged, move up to Garmin or TomTom.

  • High Sensitivity Chipsets & Flat Form Factors - All of my recommendations this year have high sensitivity GPS chipsets and are flat. I am not recommending the Garmin StreetPilot C300 series this year on my Holiday Gift Guide because it has neither. Instead, spend the extra $40 or so and move up to a Nuvi. The Nuvi line is great, and the performance and your satisfaction will be much better. Money well spent.

  • TMC Traffic - Traffic is still young and evolving, but it can already help a lot in urban areas where traffic and commuting headaches are a constant struggle. Garmin 660/670 and 760/770 have the TMC receiver built into the power plug. Others (TomTom 720, Nuvi 350/360) have it as an extra cord that is an optional add-on. All TMC subscriptions are about the same cost per year (~$60) after a free trial period. Navigon is selling units WITH lifetime subscriptions built into the cost of the unit. More on TMC Traffic.

  • Points of Interest (POI) - More is better, but due to costs and space issues, some of the entry level units don't have a lot. At 1.3 million or less you won't get all the stores sometimes due to manufacturer's decisions on what to cut and what to keep. Sometimes you get plaza names but not the stores in that plaza. See More on POI

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    Posted by Scott Martin at November 2, 2007 9:18 PM
  • Recent Comments

    Picked up the Mio C320 at Radioshack for $149 on BF.
    I walked in at 5:15pm and they still had 2 on hand!!...started out with only 20.
    THIS unit was the bargain of the year as far as I'm concerned.
    There were several posts regarding the greatest difference between the C230 & C320 being TTS and wide screen. I want to let you all know the C320 will indeed do TTS. All you need to do is run a simple C520 TTS update on the Australian Mio site.
    (http://www.mio-tech.com.au/C520/default.asp)
    Run the updater, NOT the firmware.
    Peruse the posts here for some detail on how to pull this off. Be careful, follow directions---works great.


    Posted by: Rob at November 25, 2007 7:42 PM

    Amazing how BestBuy has the Garmin Nuvi 660 back in stock already - given that they sold out so quickly on Thanksgiving... for a two/three day sale...

    KK


    Posted by: kkGPS at November 25, 2007 3:39 PM

    Looking for a device under $400 (maybe even under $300), with TTS, an easy interface, and solid display size that can dashboard mount. Bluetooth would be nice but not totally necessary. Been reading all of the reviews of the Garmin 350/650/660. Am I limiting my options by only looking at Garmins? Suggestions? I would like to be able to purchase a great deal online by tomorrow. Thx!

    Josh,

    Consider the Costco widescreen Nuvi 650 deal. $299 online + 5% if not a member.

    NOT Bluetooth - but has TTS and a very nice screen.

    If Bluetooth is a must, go for the Nuvi 360 - about $320 online....

    Both on sale today.

    -Scott


    Posted by: Josh at November 22, 2007 5:07 PM

    I'm really looking into the Mio C230. My mother has the C220 and I like it's interface, but the C230 has TTS. After reading the reviews, i'm still not sure though, should I get the 220, the 230, or something else?
    **********************************

    Both are good entry level units.

    A step up would be to consider either the TTOne; not a TTS unit, but a better interface, and then the Nuvi 200 or Nuvi 250.

    -Scott


    Posted by: Matt at November 22, 2007 5:04 PM

    Scott,

    What do you recommend for a Bluetooth enabled GPS with or without TTS.

    Thanks,

    John (CT)

    ***************************
    For better quality Bluetooth you are looking at a Garmin Nuvi 360, or 660. Also the TomTom 720C has it too.

    Mio C520 is worth looking at.

    These are not entry level devices, and you will not see these as frequently on the Black Friday Deals like the value priced non-Bluetooth units.

    -Scott


    Posted by: John d at November 22, 2007 12:44 PM

    Scott,

    Tigerdirect.com has the Mio C230 for $139. I just bought it upon your recommendations. I felt that you were not very sure of the Navigon 2100 so I went with the Mio once it was offered. Also, Radio Shack will be offering on BF for $149.

    Happy hunting to all,
    Mark.


    Posted by: Mark at November 22, 2007 11:36 AM

    Scott,

    Tigerdirect.com has the Mio C230 for $139. I just bought it upon your recommendations. I felt that you were not very sure of the Navigon 2100 so I went with the Mio once it was offered. Also, Radio Shack will be offering on BF for $149.

    Happy hunting to all,
    Mark.


    Posted by: Mark at November 22, 2007 11:19 AM

    Scott,

    Tigerdirect.com has the Mio C230 for $139. I just bought it upon your recommendations. I felt that you were not very sure of the Navigon 2100 so I went with the Mio once it was offered. Also, Radio Shack will be offering on BF for $149.

    Happy hunting to all,
    Mark.


    Posted by: Mark at November 22, 2007 11:13 AM

    You are listing the Mio C220 at Pep Boys for Black Friday Specials but the only one I see at Pep Boys (in Connecticut) on sale for this Friday at this price is the Mio DigiWalker.
    ************************
    Bob,

    Pep Boys has the Mio Digiwalker C200 on sale for $79 - C220 is the model number, Digiwalker is the line name.

    Thanks for the question - I clarified the entry above.

    Happy GPS Hunting,
    -Scott


    Posted by: Bob at November 22, 2007 8:25 AM

    According to garmin.com, the Garmin StreetPilot C340 GPS unit is discontinued. Should I no longer consider purchasing this model or does the discontinuation even effect it at all? Thanks so much for ALL of your help!

    K. FEELEY


    Posted by: K. Feeley at November 22, 2007 7:28 AM

    Herman,

    I took the GPS at that price this morning!
    I'm travelling tomorrow for around 400 miles...so needed, and asked them to give me the BF discount early, and they agreed for one model.
    I guess, I choose a small RadioShack, which I knew not many know of. So, they normally do not expect big rushes on the friday morning.
    Try something like that near your place


    Posted by: saurabh at November 21, 2007 5:02 PM

    Scott

    Amazon.com has tomtom one 3rd ed at $124.99.
    Right now, it seems they are taking orders for December shipping.

    Thanks,
    Young


    Posted by: Young at November 21, 2007 2:05 PM

    Thank you for your infos in this GPS Lodge site.

    I will look forward buying tomtom one 3rd ed....

    Buy.com had tomtom one 3rd ed at 124.99 after 100 rebate this morning, but it's alredy out of stock.


    Posted by: Young at November 21, 2007 1:57 PM

    Saurabh,

    When did they give you the discount as I had just called Radio Shack, had them look up the price on the computer, and they still said that it was $299..

    Let me know when you get a chance.

    Thanks,
    Herman


    Posted by: Herman at November 21, 2007 12:43 PM

    Hey scott,

    I just got the Mio 320 for 149 from RadioShack!!
    They have already started making the deals, although they are a bit quiet on that!
    Also, I didn't see hte Mio 320 on your recommendations. Can you tell me how much is it worth, if at all, according to you?
    I read all the reviews here, went and tested all the models too. The only place where Mio lacks a bit, I guess is the volume. It is a bit lower than Garmin ones, but still is good enough for me!


    Posted by: saurabh at November 21, 2007 11:42 AM

    I'm looking for the best price on a Garmin Nuvi 760. Has anyone heard anything?


    Posted by: BC at November 21, 2007 11:36 AM

    What are the differences between the Garmin Nuvi 260 and 350? Other than the 350 being able to play MP3 I don't see anything else. Is the nuvi 260 a better buy since it is a newer design/interface?
    I heard that the external antenna in the 350 is better than the integrated antenna in the 260.
    Which one is a better buy?

    Great website! thanks


    Posted by: Rob at November 21, 2007 9:43 AM

    I am trying to decide between Garmin 260 vs 650...$39 difference. What do you think?


    Thanks


    Posted by: Sandra at November 21, 2007 12:58 AM

    This is a great site! What is the least expensive/no frills but smallish GPS with included maps for Italy?


    Posted by: Chris at November 20, 2007 3:02 PM

    Saurabh,

    You have three good units for three different needs.

    See my Holiday Gift Guide for reasons why I wouldn't recommend (for everyone) the StreetPilot C300 series. But if you have an opportunity to grab the C340 (Has Text to Speech - TTS) for a competitive price to the TomTom ONE, it might be worth it as long as you don't navigate in the city a lot.

    TomTom ONE 3rd - better interface and good features on a unit that is easy to use. No TTS. Newest GPS Chipsets make it better suited for the city.

    Mio C320 - No TTS either. Interface is a little tougher to use than TTOne or Garmin, but the widescreen is nice vs. the TTOne. You have to make this trade-off for yourself. It really boils down to that. Same chipset generation as the TomTom ONE.

    Please make sure you read my reviews of the units before you buy. Here's the Garmin SP C340 review (I know a bit older):
    http://www.gpslodge.com/archives/003955.php

    -Scott



    Posted by: Scott at November 19, 2007 9:04 PM

    I would suggest the Magellan 3200 to anyone looing for a GPS around $160.00. It's on sale RIGHT NOW at Best Buy, and is from a top tier manufacturer (generall the top 3 are Magellan, TomTom and Garmin). This unit just came out on Oct 31 (unveiled at SEMA) and is at a great bargin price now, no need to get up at 4am on a Friday!!!


    Posted by: Miguel at November 19, 2007 3:35 PM

    Hi Mark/Scott,

    Yes, I guess the C230 has been taken off the BF lists :( not a good indication.

    Scott, can you please give your preference on which GPS to choose :
    TOM TOM ONE 3rd edition, MIO C320, and GARMIN 340/330
    I know, all these are a bit different in configurations, but their prices are all similar (Garmin is 330 is at 128$ on Walmart BF!!)
    Many thanks in advance!

    Saurabh


    Posted by: saurabh at November 19, 2007 12:32 PM

    Hi Scott,

    Thank you so much for your reply. I like your review of the Mio C230 but I don't see it being offered. How much do you think I need to spend to get a good unit with TTS and which one should I consider?

    Thanks again,
    Mark.


    Posted by: Mark at November 18, 2007 4:56 PM

    Mark,

    TTS in under $150 - That leaves you with the Mio C230 and the Navigon 2100. They are both good enough, but you need to read the reviews of both to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. (The links are shown above.)

    Come on back Thanksgiving Day and I will post my best picks for Black Friday given all of the deals available at the time. Unless the sky falls, you won't see a TomTom XLS, TomTom 720 or a Garmin Nuvi 260 for $150 on Black Friday, which are the lowest priced TTS entries from the two better manufacturers.


    -Scott


    Posted by: Scott at November 18, 2007 10:06 AM

    Hello There,

    I need your help finding the right GPS to buy during BF. I have around $150 to spend and I really need the TTS option. I drive in New York and will need to navigate around the 5 boroughs daily. I'm mostly local and if I travel out of NY, it's mostly to the neighboring states. Which GPS do you think offers the best value in light of all of that? Oh, I'm horrible with directions by the way.

    Thank you so much,
    Mark.


    Posted by: Mark at November 17, 2007 11:34 PM

    So, it looks like either the Mio C320 or the Navigton 2100...

    Which'n is better, youthinks?


    Posted by: Robert Anderson at November 17, 2007 9:12 PM

    Great comparison Scott!
    Yes, that was my take too on both the C230 and the C320 models. They both are good and it comes down to either TTS or a wide screen. For me, its mostly the screen that matters. A wider screen for display is always better. But it is definitely a matter of choice!
    Does anyone know where I could find any of these models on a demo right now? I have travelled across all the stores mentioned above, so that I could try and feel the models before deciding on one, but the MIO ones are just not available for demo. RadioShack keeps the dummy pieces out, BestBuy, CircuitCity are not carrying them in NJ :(
    Look like I would have to rely on my gut feeling and posts like yours to make a decision, as there is no place to play these GPS's...


    Posted by: saurabh at November 16, 2007 9:34 AM

    Joe,


    Mio Updates - Sore subject here. I believe that they will have updates, but potentially not at the rigid pace that a Garmin or TomTom will. They haven't been around long enough to see their track record in the US. They are a big player, so one would imagine that they would. Last year they blew out the Mio C310x over the holidays, and TeleAtlas then released updated maps. Mio stepped up and offered a map upgrade for $14. Market price for maps is something around $100. I see it as taking care of the large contingent of people who put them on the map as early adopters. There's a lot of debate on how to implement that upgrade, and the fact that they came in July. So, depends on how you see it.

    C230 v C320 - It really depends on what you want. The two are a toss up for me. Text to Speech (TTS) is a big thing for me, and the C320 does NOT have it, while the C230 does. On the other hand, the widescreen is just an easier interface to see and enter information into. TTS is great when roads are close together, more urban and suburban type vs. rural or highway driving. I think it helps 10-30% of the time for me personally. I am pretty use to the Mio interface and it's turn indicators, so TTS doesn't always help. Consider what you need it for. Open road highway driving won't really matter too much if you have TTS. the difference between "Get off on Exit 19" vs. "Get off on next exit" doesn't matter if it's the only exit for miles.

    Net - I would say unless you are doing a lot of navigating around tight streets and confusing areas, get the widescreen.

    You should also keep your eye open for the Mio C520. Might still show up on the BF deals, then you don't have to worry about choosing.

    Hope this helps.

    -Scott



    Posted by: Scott at November 16, 2007 6:31 AM

    Will Mio have updates, further reviews say that customers have been complaining that they are not able to update maps? Also which one is better deal the Mio C230 from RadioShack or Mio C320 from RadioShack for the black friday price.


    Posted by: Joe Watson at November 15, 2007 11:40 PM

    "I have good reason to believe the DeLorme PN-20 GPS with new Topo USA 7.0 software included will be a hot deal on TigerGPS this Black Friday -- that is why it has probably moved to the TigerGPS front page all of a sudden. My hunch is we'll see $299.95 with the SD Card/Reader and new software all included. This device now works off-road, on-road, and on-water as seen at this link: www.delorme.com.


    Posted by: Paul E. Barclay de Tolly at November 15, 2007 2:13 PM

    Is it true that Staples will have the Navigon 2100T for $100?


    Posted by: GPSing at November 14, 2007 9:59 PM

    Guys,

    TomTom Go510 is going for $149.99 right now at Circuit City. Am I in the BlackFriday already??
    Dear Editor, can you please tell how good is this deal? Here's the link: http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=150193

    The availability is coming to be zero, which is not good, but I really think that this is also a killer. 4" screen and all the gizmos, with Bluetooth etc, and above all, a Tom Tom.


    Posted by: saurabh at November 13, 2007 5:26 PM

    RadioShack is coming with Mio C320 for a price of $149.99.
    I guess, this is the best deal amongst all. C320 has 4.3 inch wide screen, much brighter screen, improved graphics, Tab functions, 1.6 million POI's.
    This will certainly be the GPS of blackfriday.
    Compared to this, the c220, which comes at PetBoys for $79, definitely falls behind.


    Posted by: saurabh at November 12, 2007 7:26 PM
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