June 22, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 6/22

Well, we know that GPS units can save you money on gas, but this week we learned that people feel safer, more confident and less stressed with a GPS onboard. What's not to like?

We continue to see some good deals on GPS units. The Nuvi 350 is under $200 this week, while TomTom has dropped it's price on the TomTom ONE 130 to $149. The higher end Garmin units are falling in price too - the Nuvi 750 and 760 are down in recent weeks; good time to consider those.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - $199 this week; very hot prices point for this unit. North American Maps, Text to Speech, and 5+ Million Points of Interest. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for a few bucks more at - $226.

  • TomTom ONE - $148 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. Consider spending the extra $1 for the updated model - The TomTom ONE 130; same features with a thinner design and a new fold-flat mount. The TomTom ONE 130S ($249) adds Text to Speech. Big leap in price unfortunately.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info. Also at Target for $149 this week.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $224 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • Mio Moov 200 - $129 at the Shack; 50-state maps, Text to Speech. See my review of the Mio Moov 300/310 for an idea on how the new Mio operating system works.

  • Pharos 150 - $99; No idea on performance but a bargain bin price


Widescreen Models

  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $254 at Amazon; down $80 in the last few weeks; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $267; Text to Speech, North American Maps, See My Full Review - Nuvi 660, which is the same model with the addition of the TMC Traffic, which is the main feature not included on the Nuvi 650.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $199 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $334; 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 $249 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is only $199.
  • Nuvi 750 - $355 at Amazon down $25 in recent weeks (Ouch - $399 at Best Buy; no thanks) - 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 - $389 down $30 in recent weeks. 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 - $524 - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • TomTom GO 730 - $386 -New IQ Routes, Text to Speech, and more. Maps of North America.
  • Mio Moov 300 - ($180 at Amazon) - $169 at the Shack. Super thin design and a new interface on the Moov series with Text to Speech capabilities at this price. Before you buy, know that I think that this unit is Ok, with a few qualifiers; please read my Full Review of the Mio Moov 300/310.

The Forerunner 405 is finally shipping. Very hot, very popular.


  • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing.
  • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $154 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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