January 1, 2011

New Years Resolutions - Navigation you should be considering....

Happy New Year - here's looking ahead to a great 2011. As the new year calendar gets hung, and the page turns, you may be considering a new navigation device for the new year. Some didn't get exactly what they wanted for the holidays, and it's time to look for what you really want.

Garmin Nuvi 3790T/3790 LMT - This is the best stand alone PND/GPS that I have ever used. The high resolution multi-touch display is impressive and changes for the better, the navigation experience. For an extra $50 you get the Lifetime Map and Traffic version (LMT); given that new maps cost at least $50 annually, this is a pretty good upgrade. See my full Review of the Nuvi 3790T/3790 LMT.

TomTom Navigator for the iPhone - TomTom continues to upgrade the iPhone Application with no up-charge for the continuously increasing set of features. It's feature set has grown to include Lane Guidance, Text to Speech, Navigation to your contact addresses, Google Search for addresses, and most recently they added MapShare to help keep your maps updated. Easy to use and always right on your phone. Keep a car charger handy because the GPS use and screen always on status drains the battery over a couple of hours. Read a recent post about their recent upgrade to version 1.6 and my original review of the TomTom Navigation App. Fairly inexpensive - Available at TomTom iTunes App Store

Inrix Traffic App for the iPhone - This is free for the basic version and only $20 annually for the Pro version with added features. While there is traffic enabled on many GPS devices, none can rival the quality and ease of use of the Inrix Traffic App. It doesn't navigate, but it can tell you a lot of detail about traffic in your area right down to surface roads in major urban areas. Their network is vast and the data is easily digested. For the iPhone or iPad - Inrix at iTunes App Store

Getting in shape this new year?

Fisica Sensor for the iPhone - This little sensor enables your iPhone to capture any ANT+ sensor output meaning it can grab and show you your heart rate, cadence or power meter output if they are on the ANT+ technology standard. I use MapMyRide (Part of the MapMy Fitness family which has several versions for your exercise type) which has been improved several ways recently to better incorporate the new data feeds. You can get voice prompts from the application on workout progress while the MapMyRide+ version for a few dollars adds iPod listening support from inside the App. See my Review of the Fisica Sensor and MapMyRide

Garmin Edge 800 - The uber-cycle computer offers navigation and wireless data capture over the ANT+ wireless spectrum that runs through this touchscreen bike computer. The information leaves data hounds awash in data feeds during and after the ride to keep you happy in the analysis. I like the fact that I can easily add on a few miles and not get lost on rides; I just navigate back to a landmark or home if needed. More information on the Garmin Edge 800.

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Posted by Scott Martin at January 1, 2011 9:35 AM

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