April 20, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 4/20

The Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order this week, and just in time for the Boston Marathon where Lance Armstrong will be running. Interesting Op-ed piece by Lance this morning in the Boston Globe ahead of his run tomorrow in the 112th Boston.

The big guys dominate the deals and TomTom is moving out some deals on the TomTom GO 920 - which is the same price as the GO 720.


Garmin Nuvi 5000 is shipping - 5.2-inch screen; this Wider-screen than normal 4.3-inch widescreens offers even better readability on top of the easy to use Garmin interface. See below for more; buy at Amazon for $200 savings over Circuit City.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. (Saw it this morning on sale at Best Buy for $199 after their $20 price drop - save $40 and get free shipping from Amazon) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $218 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech. At this point, I am recommending the Nuvi 260 with its updated interface, newer design and slightly lower price; for more see: Compare the Nuvi 260 vs. the Nuvi 350

  • TomTom ONE - $140 and Free Shipping at Amazon; At Office Max for $169 this week. Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. This unit is $119 at Office Depot after Mail in Rebate.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $236; down this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for LESS money....

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $574 at Amazon. Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $201 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $314; up a bit this week; still the best seller at Amazon - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom GO 920 - $340 Text to speech, North American and Euro Maps, Voice Controlled, remote control and bluetooth handsfree. - For More Information - See My Full Review of the TomTom 920/920T
  • TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $258 - down $20 this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare.
  • Nuvi 750 - $369 at Amazon - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $504; down again this week - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.

It's Running Season and for many, it's time to hit the roads. I am starting to watch the prices on the Forerunners. Steady price these days.

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