April 27, 2008

GPS Steals & Deals - 4/27

TomTom is moving out some deals on the TomTom ONE which is $139; see below.

Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • TomTom ONE - $139 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $157 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $209 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. Best Buy has it for $269, Circuit City for $299, but they throw in a Bean Bag dash mount for free... a $39 value... Save $40 and buy it all online.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $231; 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 $249.

  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $129 in store only at Radio Shack; Very basic, and I would consider it a value entry product. I was not impressed when I used the 3140 which added several features to the basic 3100 model; See My Full Review Magellan Maestro 3140. Honestly, for $10 more I would buy the TomTom ONE.

Widescreen Models
  • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $559 at Amazon. Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation. Price continues to drop across teh last few weeks. Best Buy has it for a mere $699 after $100 savings; ouch.

  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $206 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $349 at Amazon - The Nuvi 260W is just out, and has a high price on it as a result. I think a fair price is about $60 more than the Nuvi 250, which would put it in the $290 - $299 range. I expect the price on the Nuvi 260W to drop into this range by June.

  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $324; 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 ONE XL S at Amazon $250 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. Also at Office Depot for $249. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is only $223.

  • 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.

  • Nuvi 760 - $438 at Amazon ($499 at Best Buy)- 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, adds Bluetooth handsfree and built-in TMC traffic. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.

  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $501; down a few bucks 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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