May 31, 2009

GPS Steals and Deals - 5/31

The Spring starts up the driving season, and it's also Dads and Grads time too. Here are a few of the hotter GPS units on the market that offer a lot of value.

As your budget allows, I recommend features that make a GPS much easier to use: Text to Speech, and a widescreen in that order. Other additions such as Traffic, Bluetooth Handsfree, etc. are definitely nice to have.

Standard Screen Units

  • Garmin Nuvi 270 - $139 - Has US and Western Euro Maps pre-loaded. No Text to Speech, but if you are heading to Europe and need a unit, this is a great deal.

  • Garmin Nuvi 250 - $104 - Has North American Maps pre-loaded. No Text to Speech, but is great deal for Garmin quality.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 - $134 - Has North American Maps pre-loaded. Adds Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 255 - $149 - Down a bit in the last few weeks - Has North American Maps pre-loaded. Has Text to Speech. Adds new interface that updates the look and feel; significant usability upgrade in my mind. Supports ecoRoute gas saving driving routes.

  • TomTom ONE 130 - $112 this week, North American Maps, and a high quality TomTom Interface. Very easy to use at a low price. Does not have Text to Speech. Upgrade to the TomTom ONE 130-S for Text to speech at $119 - very cheap upgrade for text to speech. Possibly the best value out there for cheap Text to Speech.

Widescreen Units - 4.3-inch or larger

  • Garmin Nuvi 255W - $179 - Text to speech, improved interface, maps of North America. Supports ecoRoute gas saving driving routes. More Info - See my Full Review on the Nuvi 255W.
  • Garmin Nuvi 265WT - $222 - Text to speech, improved interface, maps of North America. Supports ecoRoute gas saving driving routes. Adds free lifetime TMC traffic to the base 255W model features. Very good buy here.

  • Garmin Nuvi 760 - $199 - Down $10 in the last week or so - 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. Slightly older interface (still has updated maps though). See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.
  • Nuvi 205W at Amazon $151 - Entry Level Widescreen - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 205W.

  • TomTom ONE XL 330S - $160 - the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and text to speech. See my Full Review for more information.

  • Garmin Nuvi 855 - $299 after $200 off at Costco. This is a widescreen unit with Text to speech but also utilizes Voice Command capabilities that allow you to enter commands without having to tap the screen. Very good price for this highly capable unit.

  • TomTom GO 740 LIVE - $317 - an internet connected GPS that has robust traffic reporting and is Google connected for interest search. Has Gas prices updates and comes with 3 months free connected service; about $10/ mo after that.

Rebate ALERT

  • The Garmin Forerunner 405 - $296 after $50 Mail in Rebate - And as I mentioned the other day - Buy the Garmin Forerunner 405, get the $50 rebate AND a Free Garmin Forerunner 50 Sports Watch too.
  • The Garmin Forerunner 405CX that adds a calorie burning calculation. It will ship June 8th, and has the same $50 rebate deal and same Free Forerunner 50 deal. $319 after Mail in Rebate.

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Posted by Scott Martin at May 31, 2009 6:12 PM

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