July 31, 2005
This month at the Lodge we have brought out a lot of GPS news from around the world. The big news had to be the release of 6 new units from Garmin - the Streetpilots i2 and i3, the iQue M3, the Streetpilot 2720, the StreetPilot c340 and the Quest 2 - all on July 15th! They followed that up with a new Weather enabled (XM WX Sattellite Weather) GPSMAP 376C. Could this be the start of a weather enabled feature set on more GPS units?
We started the month with a deeper look at the Garmin Vista C, and after a while with it , we still like it a lot. We also kicked off a head to head review series with a look at the Garmin Streetpilot 2720 vs. the Magellan Roadmate 760, two relatively new products from these makers. Continuing the look at competitive products, we also answered requests for a look at the Garmin eTrex Legend and the Magellan eXplorist 300. If you have a head to head review you want us to do, email us here at the Lodge.
We have a lot more planned for the future, more head to head reviews, reviews of the latest models on the market and the news as it breaks, so come on back. Add GPS Lodge to your My Yahoo or your My MSN page so you'll know as soon as we update with more news, information and reviews.
July 30, 2005
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July 29, 2005
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July 29, 2005
Sales of GPSs are being driven by a lot of people who are data obsessed these days claims the NY Times. Come on what is the problem with wondering where you are, what your heart rate was at the time and what is the altitude? Well today the NYT took a quick look into some of these devices, including highlighting the Garmin Forerunner 301 (wrist mounted GPS with heart rate monitor - shown here). While the argument rages on the subject of injecting too much technology into an otherwise pleasurable outing, we ask, Why not, isnt that part of the fun?
Read more: NYT By Data Obsessed
Read more about some good software to feed the data obsession, MotionBased web service allows you to upload your GPS tracks and analyze them as well as get graphical readouts on attributes like speed, altitude, pace, heartrate, etc. You also have the ability to "Dot Race" where you run you GPS tracks side by side to see who wins the virtual race, or maybe where you are stronger this week in training than last week on the same course. See the GPS Lodge review of MotionBased.
Pocket-link has a great review of the Garmin Streetpilot C330. I don't currently have a GPS in my car, but I did see yesterday in Hyampom, CA outside a little general store, a pair of motor-cross bikes with a GPS mounted on each of them for mapping trails. Yep. Nuts. They use these little GPS rigs to help the forest service map trails.
"As little as eighteen months ago, the idea of adding GPS to your car was something only those buying a high-end number or able to afford a two-grand post-purchase solution were capable of. The introduction of GPS into PDAs forced a re-think of the market and now it’s possible to find a wide range of GPS devices suited to all types of user."
July 28, 2005
UPDATE: there have been a few price changes on this offer. The good news on the Garmin Forerunner 201 as there was a price drop on this item:
Continue reading: "UPDATE: Buy a Garmin, Magellan or TomTom GPS Unit at Amazon and get up to $50 back"
Garmin Forerunner 201with $25 certificate = $89 after promotion
The new Waypoint 200 from Mobile Crossing has been released and looks like it has an interesting set of features.
This PDA (Pocket PC) based GPS solution is Bluetooth enabled, and comes with a bluetooth GPS receiver module. The Bluetooth ability also powers the capability to download realtime traffic and weather information through your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The first year is free for this service, and for a subscription after 1 year. The traffic maps cover a handful of top cities, mostly West Coast and Minneapolis and Chicago with the promise of more cities. It comes with built in Navteq maps and spoken word directions. Street Price $749 to $799. Read more at the Moble Crossing
July 25, 2005
Magellan announced today that they will sponsor a geocaching course at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Virginia, which runs from July 25th through August 3rd. This will be the first time that the boy scouts will teach advanced navigation using the GPS. Magellan will donate their eXplorist 200 handheld models that offer easy to use interface. Sounds like fun. So, let me think, 40,000+ scouts on 73,000 acres looking for geocaches across one week's time.... that adds up to a lot of batteries.
July 23, 2005
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Five handheld GPS units are reviewed in the August issue of Money Magazine. Not exactly an in depth review of all handhelds, but they take a look at a decently broad range, and evaluate them for their overall value. The highest rated handheld was the Magellan eXplorist 600 with an "A" rating, and then Garmin GPSMAP 60CS with an "A-". The handhelds range from a low price (and low feature set) of $126 on the Magellan eXplorist 100 to the high of $536 on the Garmin GPSMAP 60CS (approx. street prices). (continued)
Continue reading: " Handheld GPS Reviews this month in Money Magazine"
July 22, 2005
HP is selling their rz1710 pocket PC unit complete with a GPS shoe for use in a car as the HP rz1710 Navagator. The Pocket PC is free to use as needed during the normal day, but pop this thing into the GPS mount in the car, (works in portrait or landscape format) and you are ready to go. You can't use its handheld features while navigating, which could be a pain.
Continue reading: "HP rz1710 Navigator Pocket PC Based GPS Unit"
July 19, 2005
Garmin introduced yet another GPS receiver today, after a rocking week last week where they introduced 6 other devices. This is not exactly a low end, plain old consumer targeted device though, but could signal a direction of things to come for new Garmin models. The great new feature that is available on the GPSMap 376c is the ability to overlay weather on top of your map, and position. This feature allows you to see where storms are in relation to you in real time and make plans accordingly. This would have been a wonder the other day when I got caught in a thunderstorm with my Vista C out on a 70 mile bike ride. Can they get that technology in a handheld?
Continue reading: "New: Garmin GPSMAP376C - Hints of things to come?"
July 18, 2005
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Just The Chips.com (Poker Chips & Poker News) has more news of Poker-Playing Robots Battle For $100,000 Pot and World Poker Tour down as poker champion's bid evaporates. Shaving Stuff.com (Shaving for Men & Women) covered the spoof of Maria Sharapova Shaving Tips, Shave your head, and the Philips BodyGroom
What's All The Racquet.com (Tennis Racquet News & Reviews) covered Hewitt Goes Shopping for New Sponsors and Spaghetti Stringing. TV Snob.com (LCD & HDTV Reviews & TV News) went nuts on Friday with It's Giant PROJECTION LCD Screen Friday!!!, 11 New LCD & Plasma TVs from Hitachi, and th eArchos AV 700 Portable DVR & Video Player.
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GPS Lodge.com (GPS Receivers & News) didn't get lost all week and covered Personal Securer GPS, New Pontus MP3 Player with GPS, and the Sazo Mobile Phone GPS.
Garmin announced the launch of the Garmin Quest 2
GPS receiver for North America today. The product is designed for out of the box use in North America - it comes loaded with base maps for the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Continue reading: "New Product - Quest 2 GPS Receiver"
July 13, 2005
This thing sure is ugly but boy it might just save your life. This is a dedicated personal security device based around a 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM phone and GPS receiver. If you're ever stuck in the himalayas and need to try and get beyond just eating people and possibly get rescued - this is for you.
Via Gizmodo at Product Page
July 12, 2005
When I'm Geocaching I know I need to listen to some tunes and instead of bringing my not so waterproof iPod I bet one of these little GPS meets MP3 wonders would be great. Problem is? They may not make it outside of Korea. Bummer. Besides navigation and music these portable devices video as well.
More at I4U News - New Pontus MP3 Player with GPS
July 11, 2005
Sony has entered the GPS receiver market; taking on familiar names like Garmin, Magellan and TomTom, with an automobile GPS unit. It has a 2GB hard drive, a color screen. Stuff Magazine from the UK sees some of of its features a bit deficient versus the TomTom models, like the Go 700 that features more storage, and a touchscreen instead of the buttons on the Sony model. Longer term, Sony could be a big force in the GPS world..... or they could cough up a new Betamax. Time will tell. Price on the street is TBD, with a launch scheduled for August.
See the news alert at Stuff Magazine.
Did you lose your children or mother in law just the other day? Well, now with this cool little mobile phone you can keep track of them. The Sazo GPS is abou the size of a credit card and comes with a GPS on board. I like the integration of mobile phone and tracking for purposes like this. Granted I don't want to know what my mother in law is doing all the time - but my kids - well I need to know until at least 15 where they are at all times and then at the end of the evening. :-)
Via Shiny Shiny at Sazo
July 9, 2005
Single Serve Coffee.com visited Baronet Coffee, found some cool Amazon deals, and reviewed
JaVaNa One Sumatra Coffee Pods. Just The Chips.com found some Poker Playing Robots and new Pad Printed Poker Chips.
Kitchen Contraptions.com covered the Kalamazoo Steadfast Two Plus Smoker Box Grill, Bamboo Knife Block by Kershaw, Network/Phone-controlled Refrigerator/Oven, and Blomus Stainless Steel Kitchen Magnets. Shaving Stuff.com found Schick offers Tunes to Shave By, Shave and a Haircut, plus an old school Blue Willow Shaving Mug.
TV Snob.com found TiVo Facing Identity Crisis, the
Slingbox officially out, a new Portable Media Player, and the MediaREADY 5000 Advanced Digital Media Center
Shirt Snob.com was shirt crazy covering Dandylion Tee by Blue Platypus, Shirtly Temple tube top by McGinn, Trunk Ltd. t-shirts, and a Tie Tube Top by development. GPS Lodge.com found you could Save $20 on Garmin Forerunner 201, and the
Magellen eXplorist 600 rated highest of GPS Receivers in Wired Mag.
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Today is the LAST DAY for a special offer through Amazon.com on the Garmin Forerunner 201 model, the wrist mounted GPS training aid. Their price before the discount is $114.05, $94.05 after the special offer discount.
From the Amazon.com site:
Special Offer: Save $20 instantly on the Garmin Forerunner 201 wrist-mounted GPS personal training device. Offer valid through July 6, 2005. Requires promotional code SAVEDRUNNERS.
NOTE: See recent Special Offer on Garmin Forerunner 201 at Amazon HERE - through August 1st.
Geocaching.com and Jeep Contest
UPDATE: Use your GPS Receiver to have fun this summer with geocaching.com. The contest has you out looking for travelbugs and taking pictures according to the themes below to win prizes. The new July goals or themes are posted over at Geocaching.com. They are as follows:
July Goals Americana
1. State Symbol (Flag, Flower, Capital, Bird)
Take a photo of your travel bug with a state symbol; picture or real thing
2. American Flag
Incorporate the American Flag into a photo with your travel bug
3. Historical Landmarks/Memorials
Take a photo of your travel bug at / on a landmark or memorial of note; picture or real thing
For full details of the contest, go there.
Continue reading: "UPDATE: Geocaching and Jeep Summer Promotion and Contest - Win a Vista C or a New Jeep"
For more information see our original article: