November 21, 2007

Black Friday GPS Deal Recommendations

After taking a look at the models available for Black Friday, I have to say that there are a few good deals and a few bad deals. A deal isn’t any good if the GPS stinks, so know what you are buying. I mean things are so GPS Crazy, my local GROCERY STORE is selling a GPS for $99 on Black Friday! (Visco VSC-N530A - Ouch; see better ones below)

I know there are different objectives out there; so, here’s a quick rundown of the best deals on some of the better GPS units. Read my reviews to know what you are buying... please. Figure out what's important to you, read the reviews and then head on out to buy.

Take a look at all of the Black Friday GPS Deals if you want to see the full list. I recommend that you check the circular for positive identification of the model that you are going out after before waiting in line.


Update: As other stores drop prices on GPS models, Amazon is following the prices down so check out the Hot Selling Amazon GPS Models for great prices. You might just skip the lines!

Best Deal Under $100 - Mio C220 GPS or Navigon 2100
Mio C220 - An entry level GPS with a standard 3.5-inch screen and a SiRF star III chipset. Does NOT have Text to Speech (TTS). I like th eunit for its solid entry level capabilities. Interface is a bit rough to use, but I think that the data entry on the Navigon is just plain tough.

  • Pep Boys (Early Bird) - $79
  • Office Max - $99
  • Circuit City - $99
    I reviewed this unit earlier this year. See my Full Review of the Mio C220 GPS.

    OR

    Navigon 2100 - $99 at Staples. Has Text to Speech and the potential for free traffic at Staples all for $99. The unit comes with some downsides, so please go read my Full Review of the Navigon 2100. Tough interface and one that will frustrate some users. Know what you are buying; read the review.


    Step Up Entry Level – TomTom ONE 2nd or 3rd Editions or Garmin Nuvi 200
    TomTom ONE - Again, Entry Level GPS, no Text to Speech, but an easier interface than Mio. North American Maps.

  • Staples - $124 (3rd ed)
  • Radio Shack - $139 (3rd Ed)
  • hhgregg - $129
  • Pep Boys - $139

    Note: Watch Amazon for TomTom ONE 3rd edition sales; was $125 earlier today (Wed.).

    Garmin Nuvi 200 - Solid Entry Level GPS; Continental US Maps Only, no Text to Speech, but the simplest interface available.

  • Best Buy - $169 - My Full Review Garmin Nuvi 200/250/270 Update: Available NOW ONLINE at BB for $169


    Widescreen - Rock Solid - Garmin Nuvi 650 - $299 Costco
    Not even a Black Friday event; you could have already bought one of these. It's a great deal. See my original post on the low price where I cover its features.

    Widescreen Indulgence – Nuvi 660 or TomTom GO 720

    Nuvi 660 – Built in TMC traffic receiver, North American Maps, Text to Speech, super bright screen.

  • Best Buy - $399
    See my Full Review of the Nuvi 660

    TomTom GO 720 – Text-to-speech, MapShare technology for up to date maps, add your own voice commands for turns.

  • hhgregg - $399
    See My Full Review of the TomTom GO 720


    Happy hunting; I will report on what I went out for and got (or didn't get) on Black Friday.

    Stop back on Black Friday because other retailers will have online specials throughout Balck Friday and the Weekend!

    Finally, on Friday we will start to have sign-ups for our Holiday Drawing - GPS Lodge GPS Give-away.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at November 21, 2007 8:55 AM
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    Guess I should say I visited BestBuy ONLINE. :)


    Posted by: dannyka at November 22, 2007 2:36 AM

    Hi all,

    It's just after midnight US Mountain Time and is now officially Thanksgiving! What's really exciting (at least as far as GPS news goes) is that I happened to visit BestBuy, and they are selling their GPSes at their advertised Black Friday prices! Yessiree, I picked up my first -- the entry-level Garmin Nuvi 200 -- for $169 (plus shipping and tax). Pretty good deal. AND I managed to avoid the crowds. Don't know which I'm happier about! :)


    Posted by: dannyka at November 22, 2007 2:29 AM

    There is TOMTOM one XL-S from Amazon and other vendors for $260, which combines text to speech and wide screen.


    Posted by: Antony at November 21, 2007 10:45 PM

    Sorry to nit-pick, but it seems you jumped right over a HUGE segment of the marketplace as you jump for the $129 - $139 TomTom's all the way to a $299 widescreen Garmin Nuvi 650 (more than double the price).

    From what I had read here, and elsewhere, I am rather surprised the Garmin 200 (at Best Buy for $169) or 200w (on Amazon for $229 I believe) are not recommended simply due to good value in a Garmin. Did I miss something negative in your Garmin 200 review?


    Posted by: Roy at November 21, 2007 2:37 PM

    Under "Step Up Entry Level", you don't even mention the Mio C320. This wide-screen Mio rated a 'Full Review' but the 3.5" screen TomTom One 3rd did not. What's so great about the TomTom One that it knocked the Mio out of the running in this category? Your review had me sold on the Mio, now I'm dithering again. Only two more days for me to bite the bullet and MAKE A DECISION for Black Friday.


    Posted by: Mark Furukawa at November 21, 2007 11:11 AM
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