October 19, 2008

Best GPS Steals and Deals - 10/19

Lot of movement going on as the GPS makers and retailers try to shake off the economy and get some units off the shelf. I have seen a lot of news about early discounts this year, and it's no surprise. Here's a run down of the best GPS deals that I have seen this week. Shop around, read the reviews, and figure out what you want and need.

I recommend some upgrades as your budget allows, Text to Speech, and a widescreen in that order. Other additions such as Traffic, Bluetooth Handsfree, etc. are definitely nice to have.

Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 270 - $159 - Has US and Western Euro Maps pre-loaded for the same price as the US only unit (Nuvi 200) No Text to Speech, but if you are heading to Europe and need a unit, this is a great deal.

  • Nuvi 205 at Amazon - $153 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. This is an updated version of the Nuvi 200 with faster satellite acquisition times and a better interface. For a more up to date unit, consider the extra $18 and look at the . Faster Acquisition times and an updated interface. Oh yea - and it's $6 less than the older Nuvi 200!
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $179 this week; very capable older unit that has an older interface. 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 - $199

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed. - $138 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $197 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • Navman F15 - $99 exclusively at Radio Shack - it's a very basic Standard Screen (3.5-inch) model with US maps. Haven't used it, but the interface is going to be like the Mio Moov system (Mio owns Navman) - See my Mio Moov Full Review.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $340 - 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.
  • Nuvi 750 - $284 - down $40 recently. 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. Doesn't have the Bluetooth, or the Traffic capability that the 760 has.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $449 Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $237 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $219. Older design with 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 $177 - Entry Level Widescreen - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $293 - Older Design with Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL 330 - $199- the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and no text to speech - Move up to the TomTom ONE XL 330S for Text to Speech at $247;

  • Garmin Nuvi 880 - $648 - Has voice recognition and MSN Direct traffic, gas prices and weather data feeds. Let's you say your destination and it routes you there. Very cool; love the capabilities.

Refurbished GPS units - Radio Shack has a few sub-$100 units worth considering if you are OK with refurbished electronics.

Finally, TomTom.com has some specials to offer - bundles that you may not find anywhere else, as well as discounts that seem to match other sites' discounts. It's another resource to consider if you want to shop for a TomTom.


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Posted by Scott Martin at October 19, 2008 10:17 AM

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