September 29, 2006

Garmin Nuvi 660 Now Shipping

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The Garmin Nuvi 660, is shipping at Amazon and at a new lower price. They had it pegged at a grand; now priced at below $950. Mental note for later: Don't pre-order and wait until they announce shipping to save 5%. I know it's not much, but hey, I'll take the $50 handout. We're pretty heavy on the Nuvi 660 news this week, but hey, I am excited to be using mine for a review that we'll be writing up in a couple of weeks. So far so good. I'll tell you a couple of things right away - I know I should save it for the review, but what the heck.

Quick Peek on our Review of the Nuvi 660
Brightest screen I have ever seen - This screams in the sunlight, I have no trouble with seeing this thing. Widescreen is the way to go. The extra real estate is nice when driving. Garmin added navigation to a Latitude & Longitude set of coordinates! Yea! Just in time, I am going away for the weekend to a camp that I have coordinates for but no address. Go figure it's in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest. Humm, so I guess no pizza delivery. Alright, that's all. Have a great weekend.

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September 29, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 Review Revisited



The Garmin Nuvi 350 cracked open a big market for Garmin in small svelte GPS navigation systems that could be carried anywhere. The Garmin Nuvi 350 came out priced to blow your pocketbook away but has eased greatly since its debut, and prices online can be found hovering around $600; not bad for such a slim and power packed device. The unit comes equipped with the usual easy to use Garmin interface, but also adds on some components that allow for easy travel; it is billed as a travel companion. The unit has currency converters, and audibook and MP3 playing capability. What really makes it stand out is the simple and small design wrapped around a solid software platform that really makes traveling easy. It’s based on the SiRF star III chipset, so you’ll get great reception almost anywhere you can see the sky.

ReadMore at GPS Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 or at Amazon.com

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September 28, 2006

Garmin Nuvi 660 Mini-Site

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If you wanted to check out what the marketing folks over at Garmin have been up to, check out the new Nuvi 660 minisite. This little flash wonder is basic in its dataset, but crisp and cool in the presentation. Nicely used in conjunction with other marketing campaigns, it can help the hipster target audience review what the Nuvi 660 can do.

Check it out - it'll only take a few minutes...

"Nuvi 660 wider, brighter"


Click HERE for the original announcement on the Garmin Nuvi 660.

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September 28, 2006

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review Revisited

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The recently released Garmin StreetPilot C550 caps off a run that is a good one for Garmin. The very full featured Garmin C550 features a lot of technology that is cutting edge and well designed. The C550 builds on the C-series by adding some fun features like MP3 player capability, and Bluetooth integration with your phone to make handsfree calling possible. The element that I fell in love with was their integration of the traffic receiver into the 12v power plug- very nice. The traffic is really worth its weight in gold, and a great feature to have. Should you have a traffic incident ahead, the unit puts a little incident icon on the screen and it allows you to choose to navigate around it. Very slick.

Read more at GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review by GPS Lodge or at Amazon.com

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September 28, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Arrives for Review at GPS Lodge

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Update: See our Review - GPS Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Review by GPS Lodge

We are happy to say that the Garmin Nuvi 660 has arrived for review here at the GPS Lodge. The newest member of the Nuvi line-up of course sports a wide screen format while still maintaining a thin pocketable form factor. A lot of people are saying that this might be the best GPS system around. We’ll see, but from the long list of features and the nice design, it’s looking good. The new bright widescreen give you extra real estate that Garmin uses to have extra navigation buttons or simply an extra wide mapping screen to show you what’s down the road. The other nice innovation that comes rolled into the Nuvi 660 is what’s attached to it; namely the traffic receiver that is integrated into the power cord. In a smart move, they rolled the FM traffic receiver into the 12-volt adapter making for simple connections.

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TomTom Mount Replacement for TomTom GO 510 and GO 910

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So, there has been some swirl around about windshield mount problems on the TomTom GO 510 and TomTom GO 910 models; well TomTom is stepping up to take care of it. Some mounts were not fitting correctly and the GO 510 and GO 910 models may not have charged properly, or the GPS could have fallen or “Drooped” as they call it. You can click through to this website and they will take care of you, by fist determining if your mount is faulty via the serial number on your TomTom GO unit. They’ll ship you a new one in 4 weeks.

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September 27, 2006

Garmin Zumo 550 Designed to Ride

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So, we recently had a reader question about how the Garmin Zumo 550 would hold up to the demands of riding on the open road, specifically how would it do in regards to the vibration experienced out on the road. In talking to Garmin, I found out that this was of course a key focus of the design process. A review of the Garmin Zumo 550 designed one can relize that it is primarily for motorcycling from the ground up, from the waterproofness, to the solid state memory (no moving hard drives to get ruined) and the mounting hardware. So vibration should not be an issue. They also factored in some more commonly talked about features like the fact that it is Bluetooth compatible with ear pieces for audio while wearing a helmet, and the fact that it will work with gloved hands.

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Review: Garmin StreetPilot C340 Review Revisited

Update: The Garmin C340 is available on a Black Friday Deal at a good price.

Garmin started something good with their C-series StreetPilot line over a year ago, when they launched the C320 and C330 units. They quickly followed that up with the Garmin StreetPilot C340, the least expensive unit in their line that has text to speech and traffic capabilities. In a quick review of the market, I also believe that the C340 is the cheapest text to speech capable GPS today.

This unit has the basics that the C-series platform offers: 3.5” touchscreen, and easy navigation with the Garmin interface, and also offers, pre-loaded maps and Points of Interest and is traffic ready. The StreetPilot C340 has a FM TMC traffic receiver that picks up silent FM signals that contain traffic feed data and uses that information to route you around the traffic incidents ahead. The service (free for 3 months and ~$60 per year after that) is offered in many cities across the US, and generally on most major roads around that city. The unit is still bargain priced around $450 when you consider the fact that the traffic capability is included.

For more information on the C340 you can read more at GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C340 Review by GPS Lodge or at Amazon.com

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Review: Garmin StreetPilot C330 Review Revisited

Garmin StreetPilot C330

We are going to take a look back at some of the stronger GPS units that have stood up in the marketplace as solid examples of how to do GPS Navigation well. One example of this is the Garmin StreetPilot C330 , what is possibly the best bargain going on the US market today. I say this because it meets a lot of my criteria for ease of use while coming in at below $400 online. The unit starts out with a 3.5” touchscreen and the dead simple Garmin interface. On top of that, the unit comes with maps and points of interest pre-loaded on the unit; gone are the days of loading maps onto the unit from the computer. Open the box, plug in and go. The unit doesn’t offer traffic feeds, Bluetooth connectivity or MP3 playing capability, but if you don’t need these, the C330 is an excellent buy. So while many models have been introduced, including its sibling the Garmin StreetPilot C550, and the TomTom ONE, the Garmin StreetPilot C330 still stands out as a great entry level unit for the price.

For more information read our GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C330 Review by GPS Lodge and at Amazon.com

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Review: Garmin Nuvi 660

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Update: Read our review of the Nuvi 660 (It's the best GPS I've used).

Well, we've been oooo-ing and ahhh-ing over the Garmin Nuvi 660 for a while here at GPS Lodge, I would imagine that you have too. Garmin's new wide-screen pocketable model is a pretty good little product that offers top-notch navigation based on an easy Garmin Interface, and NAVTEQ maps, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, an FM transmitter to get all of your MP3's and Audio books that you tote along on the Nuvi 660 to your car stereo, and the fact that they do this in a slim 23 mm thick device is great. More on the Review of the Garmin Nuvi 660 after the jump.

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September 26, 2006

Inrix Traffic Study – Great GPS Traffic Data Covering Many More Miles

Advantage: “Dust Network.”
Why FM based and TomTom fed traffic is better than XM.

Inrix, a pioneering real time traffic data delivery company, has announced that it has independent confirmation that it delivers comparable data quality, on substantially more roads than competition: Traffic.com. In my conversation yesterday with Bryan Mistele, the CEO of Inrix, I learned quite a bit about how the Inrix system works and how we, as consumers and GPS owners, can benefit from it. What makes the two companies' systems different is that Traffic.com relies on road sensors, only. The Inrix model takes a different approach and takes the road sensor data as well as aggregating data from over 620,000 GPS equipped fleet vehicles that transmit traffic conditions on the road, even if it doesn’t have a traffic sensor on the road. This is the key to getting more road coverage, extending down onto surface roads that are not often covered by traffic sensors.

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Dash Demonstrates the Dash Express

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Dash, who we have highlighted before, has opened up the future of the GPS by emphasizing traffic capabilities yet unseen by consumers; demonstrating their Dash Express GPS systems. I've said it before and I'll say it again, traffic capabilities and integrating a traffic aware system with GPS routing is the future of the GPS. (Stay tuned later today for more on traffic.)The system networks its own GPS units so that you help your fellow Dash GPS owner by informing the network of your current traffic situation.

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September 25, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - Fall Product News and Guest Russell Neufeld from ShavingStuff.com 09.25.06

Blogpire 144Special guest Russell Neufeld visits from ShavingStuff.com and tells us about the latest shaving products. And of course, we have the latest news and views from around the 'pire including details on the new TiVo Series 3 and where to get great deals on the latest GPS devices. We also answer your questions from the past couple of weeks so keep sending them in to podcast at blogpire dot com.

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With Hosts: Russell Miner and Jay Brewer and guest Russell Neufeld

Program Details:

00:00:58 Introductions and Welcome to Russell Neufeld from ShavingStuff.com
00:02:10 Excalibur Wine on Cheap Fun Wines
00:02:45 TVSnob.com
00:03:00 HD Tivo series 3
00:05:30 WeakKnees.com Upgrades for the Tivo Series 3
00:09:09 CBS shows in advance on all Tivos
00:11:00 ShavingStuff.com with Russell Neufeld
00:13:00 Zirh Preshave Products
00:15:22 Zirh Scrub
00:17:05 Zirh Clean
00:18:50 LiquorSnob.com
00:19:17 Drink Liquor make more Money
00:22:48 The BeerClip
00:26:14 ShavingStuff.com with Russell Neufeld
00:26:35 Shaving with Zirh Profucts
00:28:53 Zirh Prepare
00:30:57 Zirh Shave Gel
00:34:17 Zirh Defend
00:34:50 SingleServeCoffee.com
00:36:19 All about Keurig Including the B70
00:41:26 ShavingStuff.com with Russell Neufeld
00:41:31 Menscience
00:43:03 Daily Face Wash with Brush
00:44:48 Menscience Shaving Cream
00:47:11 Menscience Post Shave Repair
00:48:52 Menscience Advanced Face Lotion
00:49:50 ReallyNatural.com
00:49:56 Spinach and You
00:52:28 Bamboo Dinner Plates
00:54:06 Edible Handmade Bracelets
00:55:12 Questions
00:55:21 Good Prices on GPSs
00:57:28 Non Shaving Products on Shavingstuff.com
00:57:50 BY142 scar remover
01:02:20 Closing

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Review: DeLorme StreetAtlas USA 2007 Plus Arrives for Review

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Wanted to let you know that the Delorme Street Atlas 2007 Plus DVD arrived for review today at the GPS Lodge. The DeLorme Street Atlas is no stranger to us here at the Lodge, as the Street Atlas product and an old monochrome eTrex has helped pilot us on several week long bike trips. No, I didn’t take the computer on the bike, but there are a few people who have been known to do that. We used the StreetAtlas software extensively to plan routes and trips as the data is highly accurate, and the features plentiful. So, we’re pretty excited to take the new version of the StreetAtlas for a spin around the block, per se.

Street Atlas USA 2007 comes out with several great features including aerial images and expanded support for handheld devices, including PDAs, phones and portable media players. If that wasn’t enough, it also includes over 3.5 million new or revised roads in the U.S. plus, for the first time from DeLorme, the addition of street-level detail and places of interest for Canada. Yum, so stay tuned over the next couple of weeks, and we’ll let you know what’s up with DeLorme StreetAtlas USA 2007. Street Atlas comes in two flavors this year, the Delorme Street Atlas 2007 and the Delorme Street Atlas 2007 Plus DVD which adds 120 million phone data records (searchable), large format printing and XData importing for Excel, Act and other similar programs.

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New GPS: Navman N40i and N60i for US

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Update: We told you a while back about the new Navman GPS systems, the N40i and the N60i, well an official annnouncement is out today that also lists the price for these.

The mid-tier NavMan N40i will be list priced at $499, and will be available in October (ah, in a week or so). The more full featured Navman N60i will have a list price of $599, and it should be available in November.

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New Nuvi 360 Update, Predictor of the Nuvi 660 capabilities?


There’s a new noteworthy update to the Garmin Nuvi 360 with the recent Beta software update, namely being able to read SMS text messages that were send to your Bluetooth connected phone. So, one would imagine that if this software update is stable, that the features would be rolled into the new Nuvi 660 GPS too. So, if you already have the Bluetooth phone, and maybe the data package for data downloads, it’s not too much of a stretch to start using the beautiful 3.5 inch Nuvi 360 screen or the 4.3 inch Nuvi 660 screen as an internet browser. If the Nuvi is billed as a traveler’s assistant, why not start moving it towards PDA type functions if you can?

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Another Advanced GPS Satellite to Launch Today

So, if you are in the Cape Canaveral area today around 2:50 PM, you’ll (hopefully) see a Delta II Rocket launch today with another second generation GPS IIR-M satellite in the payload bay. The first of this generation launched last year, and these include some enhanced capabilities that are mostly directed at the military.

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New GPS: Route 66 Chicago 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000

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Route 66 has announced a new line of Euro GPS units, dubbed “Chicago”, in several variations: Chicago 6000, Chicago 7000, Chicago 8000 and Chicago 9000. Generally they are offering single country/region and pan-Euro models at different price points. What is interesting is that they are seling these and claiming that these are the slimmest wide-screen GPS navigators available, and at 24 mm, that is true… until the Garmin Nuvi 660 hits the market at 23mm. Either way, this will continue the pressure on the GPS manufacturers to keep going thin. I am a big fan of thin GPS units, and think that overall, the user experience is just better. ArrowContinue reading: "New GPS: Route 66 Chicago 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000"

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Win a Pioneer AVIC-D2 in Dash GPS system

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Hey, you want to enter to win a
Pioneer AVIC-D2 in dash GPS? Stop over to Popgadget's site and sign up for their newstletter. Popgadget is a site geared towards Tech gadgets in a woman's world. The Pioneer AVIC-D2 is a pretty nice little GPS system that offers the users quite a bit. The AVIC-D2 is an advanced DVD navigation system with a 6.5-inch LCD and a design that allows for a factory-style fit, and it replaces your car stereo with a powerful audio system that can store up to 2,500 digital songs. Bluetooth allows hands-free use of your cell phone in the car.

ReadMore about entering the contest at PopGadget

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September 24, 2006

Update: Dash Announcement this Week

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Do you remember DASH? This is the company that baited us last month with the promise of some game changing news on the GPS front; something to the effect of networked GPS units that tell each other how the traffic is and what the best route is. Maybe I am reading a little into the announcement. Well, they promised to announce something at DEMOFall running Monday through Wednesday.

Stay tuned.

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September 22, 2006

Trackback: The Week in Review and Steals & Deals

Lots of news on new GPS units this week. Stay tuned next week, we'll have reviews next week. Have a good one. Remember, if you haven't read it, it's new to you.

News of new GPS Systems:

  • New GPS: Delphi NAV200
  • New GPS: FineDrive M300 in Korea
  • New GPS: Via Michelin X980T Launched in Europe
  • New GPS: Rand McNally GPS Navigator

    GPS Review:

  • GPS Review: Averatec Voya 350

    General GPS News:

  • NAVTEQ Finishes Mapping Finland
  • ViaMichlen gets FCC OK for US
  • Can you save the World? - Disney testing LBS/GPS game
  • Motionbased - New Features
  • Garmin Forerunner on NBC's Today Show
  • TomTom Firmware
  • TomTom Firmware Update 6.51 for Go 510, 710, 910
  • More Info on the Lowrance iWay 250C

    A bit like News and a bit like a deal.... Price Drops on Garmin StreetPilot C550 - October 1st

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a rundown:

  • Recently stumbled across the low price on the Mio C310 - less than $400 - check out our review of it, and consider it at this very motivating price.

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now below $700 and within striking distance of the Nuvi 350 price.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 10/30.

  • Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 10/30.

  • Averatec Voya 350 - $30 Rebate for purchases through 12/31/06.


    Handheld GPS

  • Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate extended. Now through 10/31/06.

    New "x" series GPS Units with the better SiRF star III Chipset. All $50 Rebates, all run through 12/31/06.

  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
  • Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
  • Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - Entry level color handheld with Mapping. Net Cost is within about $30 of the Monochrome Legend - DEFINITELY worth the upgrade - Color, Memory Card, USB Connectivity, 32 hour battery life..... consider at least the Venture Cx.
  • Garmin eTrex Legend Cx - adds a 64MB micro SD card.
  • Garmin eTrex Vista Cx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.

  • New Rebate on Garmin MetroGuide V8 Upgrade - $30 back now through March 1, 2007. See Form (PDF)

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  • Buying Guide: Best Automotive GPS

    There is huge growth in the mobile GPS segment and for good reason – people are getting tired of being lost, and being stuck in traffic. The other big reason that the market is growing fast is that the quality of the products is way up, while the price is coming down. You don’t need an advanced degree to run one of these things; most of the time these things are dead simple to use and work well right out of the box. There are about three levels of units on the market right now, the lower end entry models that offer basic navigation and not a lot of add-on frills, the mid-tier that has rock solid feature sets and a lot of ease of use features and then the high end units that offer a lot of screen real estate and a lot of extras that make life on the road easy. If you can afford to enter with a Mid-Tier model, do so. The larger screen and easy input of a touchscreen will help out a lot.

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    September 21, 2006

    Price Drops on Garmin StreetPilot C550 - October 1st

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    You might hold off buying that cool new Garmin StreetPilot C550 , as things are heading for a change October 1st. We've got word that the price is going to head down after the end of the month, potentially by a significant amount. So stay tuned as we head into the Holiday Season, we like price drops, especially on hot GPS units like the Garmin C550.

    If you want to see what we thought of the C550, read our review: GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review by GPS Lodge

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    New GPS: Delphi NAV200

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    Delphi has announced the new budget conscious NAV200 GPS today, and it comes with some solid standard features as well as some interesting additions… like games. The Delphi NAV200 appears to be no slouch with a 3.5 inch screen, optional traffic alerts (with optional adapter), MP3 player, picture and movie viewer. Maps are included on an SD card, from NAVTEQ. All this for $349 at their website – link below.

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    New GPS: FineDrive M300 in Korea

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    So FineDrive is back at it after some re-work, and has launched a new tablet-tized GPS wonder device with integrated T-DMB receiver and PMP capabilities. The FineDrive M300 is going to Korea with a 3 GB hard drive, and the ability to play music and video on this little GPS navigation device. The 3.5 inch screen might not be the same as the Plasma 52” TV that you have at home, but this might get you where you are going. Recall we’ve had some issues with the FineDrive navigation as our readers have spoken up about its reliability……

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    New GPS: Via Michelin X980T Launched in Europe

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    Via-Michelin has released their new widescreen unit, the X-980T in Europe, signaling to me that they are starting the rollout of this unit, first in Europe, and now with their recent FCC approval, later in the US. It’s pretty high end with Bluetooth and widescreen, it will compete with the TomTom 910 and the Nuvi 660. One interesting feature that they are sporting that can only come with a widescreen GPS is the idea of a split screen. While navigating you can zoom to the next turn/intersection on the other part of the screen to give you an idea of what’s coming up. As most “T” branded units, this one comes with traffic alerts; most likely a paid service after a free trial program as is standard in the US.

    The price in France is set for 699 Euros, or about $850, which puts it well into the top tier of GPS units. Stay tuned for more on a US launch. Features after the jump...

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    NAVTEQ Finishes Mapping Finland

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    I know that you have all been dying for this, but rest easy as NAVTEQ has now mapped Finland 100%. It’s another example of the mapping wars to bring better maps to your GPS. NAVTEQ does a better job elsewhere and TeleAtlas is improving in the US. Battle on I say and make life better for us all.

    NAVTEQ has achieved another milestone in their plans for 100% complete Detailed Coverage of Western Europe. With the Q2/06 release of complete Detailed Coverage for Finland, all navigable and named roads in Finland have been verified and up to 204 NAVTEQ attributes have been applied to those roads where applicable. Attributes enable and enhance navigation by avoiding legal and physical restrictions and providing important driver information such as number of lanes in each direction of travel, speed limits and special speed situations.

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    September 20, 2006

    ViaMichlen gets FCC OK for US

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    ViaMichelin's new GPS navigation device, the Navigation X-980T, has just got approval from the FCC. ViaMichlen is already in Europe and must be planning a launch here too. The X-980T features a touch screen interface, and supports SD memory cards, so maps will most likely be via an SD card. It is also equipped for live traffic. No word on pricing or when it will go on sale, but we saw the Garmin Nuvi 660 launch weeks after an FCC leak and the Garmin Mobile 10X launch a couple of months after its leak. So your guess is as good as mine. It’s getting late to launch anything before the busy holiday season, so if they don’t launch immediately, look for an announcement after the new year, potentially at CES in January where there were a whole lot of announcements last year.

    Via MobileWhack

    Update: Even more information on the Via Michelin X-930

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    September 19, 2006

    NAVTEQ Specializing Map Data in Europe for Truck Use

    NAVTEQ announced the map dataset of truck attributes for the German market, NAVTEQ Transport Germany. Demonstrations are being held during IAA in Hannover, Germany this week; commercial availability begins during Q1 of 2007. This means that they are starting to specialize their map data so that Trucks have a reliable way to navigate through areas where there may be weight, or simple truck exclusions.

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    GPS Review: Averatec Voya 350

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    Another review of the Averatec Voya 350 has popped up on the net. This takes a basic look at the new to the market device and overall, there are no killer issues with this inexpensive unit, although the unit lacks some features that you may come to expect. This includes not being able to select different route preferences on the unit like Fastest, Shortest, etc. Honestly I use Fastest almost all the time, but it would be an issue if I couldn’t avoid highways or toll roads for some of my travels. The unit also lacks some of the finesse that other more established models offer like easy access to frequently needed buttons at the first level of the menu.

    ReadMore on another Review of the Averatec Voya 350

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    New GPS: Rand McNally GPS Navigator

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    Rand McNally has a new GPS, the Rand McNally GPS Navigator, coming out with an interesting twist; it has 26 pre-loaded Road Trips on the unit that have recommended routes, attractions and other points of interest. The trips range from the coast of Maine to Sonoma County in California. Other than that, it’s not a bad little GPS either. It of course has a SiRF star III chipset, and takes a thin streamlined look on the dashboard; not as thin as the Garmin Nuvi, or TomTom ONE, but still at 1.4” it won’t take up much room when packing or storing. It’s got voice prompted turn directions, and typical features such as MP3 player, millions of POI’s and a built in battery.

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    September 18, 2006

    Can you save the World? - Disney testing LBS/GPS game

    Select visitors at Disney’s Epcot center are out to save the world in a new prototype game that uses mobile phone GPS capabilities and location based services model to let kids participate in their own version of a Kim Possible adventure to save the world. The game is a test that the Disney’s Imagineers are conducting looking at potential games of the future. “Visitors at Epcot are being handed specially programmed cell phones with global-positioning-system chips. Video, audio and text messages direct the participants to places, and then activate special effects when they arrive, as they try to solve the mystery.”

    ReadMore at Orlando Sentinel

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    Motionbased - New Features

    So if you are into fitness training, you may be using MotionBased as a place of worship, or at least a place where you can upload your data and analyze it. I like to use it with either my Garmin Forerunner 205 for running, or my Garmin eTrex Vista Cx that I use for biking. Well they have a few new capabilities over there that you may be interested in. You can now customize the headers on your digest view. In the Digest view, simply hover over the item you want to move, click, and drag the item to the "Current View" row. When you're done selecting the columns, save you customization and you'll have your own personalized Digest.

    See more at MotionBased.com

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    Garmin Forerunner on NBC's Today Show


    You might have seen the Garmin Forerunner 205 on TV lately, as the Today show highlighted it and the Nike Plus system on a segment covering the killer equipment for a great run. You know how important these things can be towards attaining your running goal; check out what NBC had to say about it.

    We used the Forerunner 205 GPS training system - See our review of the unit HERE, and an update and look back at what we like about it and tip on using the Forerunner 205 HERE.

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    TomTom Firmware Update 6.51 for Go 510, 710, 910

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    A new Firmware is our for the new TomTom GO 510, 710, and 910 that is available through your TomTom HOME application. The new Version 6.51 offers a few nice upgrades like FM based TMC traffic support, and TomTom Car Connect; a support feature that better links your TomTom with your Bluetooth units that might already be a part of your car.

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    More Info on the Lowrance iWay 250C

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    We first brought you info on the upcoming Lowrance 250C last June, but as we approach the launch, Lowrance has dropped more info on us about the new GPS System. It appears that the Lowrance 250C GPS is going to come pretty well equipped and ready to take on some stiff competition heading into the important holiday season. The small, 4"W x 3"H x 1"D unit comes with a 3.5 inch touch screen and MP3 player capable. It comes with maps pre-loaded onto an SD card, with a bit of room for a few MP3’s.

    Feature List after the jump...

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    September 15, 2006

    Trackback - Week in Review and Great GPS Deals and Steals

    Big Week for Magellan - 3 new Models. See the individual Posts for details:

  • New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2000, 2200 and 2500T
  • New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2000
  • New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2200
  • New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2500t

    Big Week for anything Wireless - the Wireless Trade Show is going on so thus all the mobile phone announcements:

  • New Bluetooth GPS Receiver: Garmin Mobile 10
  • Garmin Mobile Available on Select BackBerry Phones
  • Guardian Angel GPS Tracking Phones sold through Boost Mobile
  • NAVTEQ Announces Dynamic Traffic Content for Mobile Networks
  • New: MapQuest Navigator Mobile Phone Navigation Service

    We're happy to have the TomTom ONE in for review.

  • GPS Review: TomTom ONE Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge

    News on New GPS Units:

  • New GPS: Navman N20, N40i and N60i
  • More on the Mio H610

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a rundown:

  • Recently stumbled across the low price on the Mio C310 - less than $400 - check out our review of it, and consider it at this very motivating price.

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now below $700 and within striking distance of the Nuvi 350 price.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also optional traffic capability. See our review.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 10/30.

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 10/30.

    Averatec Voya 350 - $30 Rebate for purchases through 12/31/06.


    Handheld GPS

  • Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate extended. Now through 10/31/06.

    New "x" series GPS Units with the better SiRF star III Chipset. All $50 Rebates, all run through 12/31/06.

  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
  • Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
  • Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - Entry level color handheld with Mapping. Net Cost is within about $30 of the Monochrome Legend - DEFINITELY worth the upgrade - Color, Memory Card, USB Connectivity, 32 hour battery life..... consider at least the Venture Cx.
  • Garmin eTrex Legend Cx - adds a 64MB micro SD card.
  • Garmin eTrex Vista Cx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.

  • New Rebate on Garmin MetroGuide V8 Upgrade - $30 back now through March 1, 2007. See Form (PDF)

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  • September 14, 2006

    NAVTEQ Named Primary Map Supplier to US Government

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    NAVTEQ has been selected as a primary map data provider by the US Government. NAVTEQ will provide road network and standard points of interest data under a government-wide enterprise license to numerous Government agencies supporting US homeland defense. Not bad, to be recognized as a key provider of accurate map data. Somehow, I have to think that the added duty (and added revenue from the contract) of getting map data to the US government can't hurt our chances of getting added accuracy in our map data too.

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    Garmin Nuvi 660 - in NYT

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    There's a quick write up in the NYT today that covers the Garmin Nuvi 660 - the new widescreen GPS system that is about to hit stores. It's not really a review of the Nuvi 660, more of a quick info shot. You already knew a lot about the Nuvi 660 if you read about it here at the GPS Lodge. Anyway, now the rest of the world knows about it!

    Update: Read Reviews and More on the Garmin Nuvi 660 at the GPS Lodge.

    NYT

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    September 13, 2006

    New: MapQuest Navigator Mobile Phone Navigation Service

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    MapQuest has entered the fun on your mobile phone. They have launched MapQuest navigator, a service that offers full navigation capabilities in the US with turn by turn directions. It's available on select phones from Sprint and Nextel, with more phones and service from BlackBerry soon.

    Features are below:

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    Review: TomTom ONE Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge

    The new TomTom ONE arrived for review today at the GPS Lodge. We're pretty happy to have it in house for a while, and luckily enough we are on the road this weekend so we'll be able to give it a good workout. It's small, and will be easy to bring with us. Recall the TomTom ONE is a thin, pocketable GPS navigation system that was announced last month and just recently hit the shelves in plenty of time for the holidays. The TomTom ONE should be on a lot of wish lists this year.

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    Garmin.com Gets New Flashy Look


    OK, so if you haven't seen it, go check out the new Garmin.com - a new flashy homepage that plays up the programming skills and the get out there mentality of the GPS world. It certainly brings Garmin.com up to speed showing off their products in endless beauty shots that will appeal to the design conscious folks or those who are more used to Euro sites that tend to have flash type homepages.

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    GPS Units to get a lot more accurate.... in Denver

    Regular GPS units rely on signals from satellites to get their location data, but those signals essentially degrade as they travel to us, making for GPS accuracy in the 10-ft range. Well there are also ground based facilities that can send correction data to GPS receivers to make them more accurate. The correction facility in Denver just got a big upgrade that will allow highly accurate users (Surveyors, etc) of GPS equipment to measure in the centimeter range.

    CompassTools Inc., the provider of GIS field data collection tools that established the GPS base station in 1998, has joined with Trimble and the University of Denver in upgrading the system to provide centimeter-level accuracy and real-time correction broadcasts. So users within 200 miles of Denver should be able to use this signal for highly accurate GPS purposes.

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    September 12, 2006

    New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2000, 2200 and 2500T

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    Magellan announced a new lower priced line of GPS units today – the RoadMate 2000 series. The New Magellan RoadMate 2000, 2200 and 2500T, are built to cross over from Automobile applications to outdoor applications. The three small, powerful and affordable portable vehicle navigation devices. The series includes the Magellan RoadMate 2000, and the traffic-ready 2200T and 2500T, the world’s first rugged, IPX-4-waterproof, CrossoverGPS designed to provide navigation for both driving and outdoor adventures off road, on foot and on water. The Magellan RoadMate 2000 lists for $399.

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    New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2000

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    The new Magellan RoadMate 2000 GPS navigation system was announced and should be available this month, just in time for the holidays. A few more details follow. The new form factor is the big news here along with the price. Basic navigation in a small pocketable size. Nice. It comes pre-loaded with maps and Points of Interest of the US, comes with an integrated battery for easy use away from the car (up to 3 hours). This is a big help when you want to program a route sitting in your living room, or when you need to charge the mobile phone and you only have one power outlet. It comes with a lot of features that you would expect from Magellan, and the quality of a SiRF star III chipset. It has an SD card slot.

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    New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2200

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    The new RoadMate 2200 GPS navigation system was announced and should be available this month, just in time for the holidays. A few more details follow. Again, it’s got a small form factor that is going to be great. Basic navigation in a small pocketable size, but pioneers this concept of a CrossOver GPS. It comes pre-loaded with maps and Points of Interest of the US, comes with an integrated battery for easy use away from the car (up to 8 hours). The Outdoor features are a paid upgrade (too bad), but I like the idea of this. Friends of mine and I talk about the need to have “Outdoor” capabilities on an automotive GPS.

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    New GPS: Magellan RoadMate 2500t

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    The new RoadMate 2500t GPS navigation system was announced and should be available this month, just in time for the holidays. A few more details follow. Again, it’s got a small form factor that is going to be great. Basic navigation in a small pocketable size, but pioneers this concept of a CrossOver GPS. It comes pre-loaded with maps and Points of Interest of the US, comes with an integrated battery for easy use away from the car. The Outdoor features are included out of the box; I like the idea of this. This includes Topo contour maps and more. I mean this is pretty good. Don’t know if I think of this as a backpacking GPS, actually I know I don’t – doesn’t sound like you can bring more batteries, but I like the idea of this for outdoor living. Hey, it’s even waterproof!

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    New Bluetooth GPS Receiver: Garmin Mobile 10

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    Garmin announced Garmin Mobile 10, a product that turns Bluetooth enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones, Pocket PCs, and PDAs into GPS navigators. Look familiar? This is the Garmin Mobile 10 that was approved by the FCC back in July and then leaked through their site. The Garmin Mobile 10 system includes either Garmin Mobile XT or nRoute navigation software, and the GPS 10x, a highly sensitive GPS sensor that determines location data using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and transmits that information to mobile devices enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology.

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    Guardian Angel GPS Tracking Phones sold through Boost Mobile

    Guardian Angel Technology has announced a new line of GPS-equipped cell phones for its Guardian Angel tracking system. The new phones come from BOOST Mobile, offering pre-paid services to consumers. The company’s decision to use BOOST as its platform is driven by the cost and flexibility advantages that pre-paid services provides to the end user. This is good isn’t it? I mean does junior need the 1,500 minute plan yet?

    Guardian Angel Technology has announced a new line of GPS-equipped cell phones for its Guardian Angel tracking system. The new phones come from BOOST Mobile, offering pre-paid services to consumers. The company’s decision to use BOOST as its platform is driven by the cost and flexibility advantages that pre-paid services provides to the end user.

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    Garmin Mobile Available on Select BackBerry Phones

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    Garmin announced that Garmin Mobile – an application that delivers maps, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation – will be available on select BlackBerry devices. Recall Garmin announced Garmin Mobile last year about this time, with a significant upgrade to its capabilities this past July.

    “The availability of Garmin Mobile on BlackBerry devices gives BlackBerry customers numerous features that they would not normally have access to,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “The advanced features of Garmin Mobile – such as real time fuel prices, traffic, and weather information – are very desirable because they help save time and money while traveling.”

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    New GPS: Navman N20, N40i and N60i

    navman_n60i.jpgNavman is putting out a line of new thin GPS units; the N-series range including the Navman N20, N40i and the N60i. All will use the NavPix system, include touchscreens and for the N40i and N60i, will include a 1.3 megapixel camera for taking pictures. The NavPix system allows you to add pictures into the GPS so that you navigate to a picture instead of a location or a waypoint. When you get there, you know what you are looking for.

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    September 11, 2006

    NAVTEQ Announces Dynamic Traffic Content for Mobile Networks

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    NAVTEQ has announced the availability of NAVTEQ Traffic Mobile, a service that provides continuously updated, average traffic flow speed as well as incident and construction information for 67 major metropolitan U.S. markets. NAVTEQ Traffic Mobile is available for GPS navigation applications, distributed via cellular network providers seeking subscriber relevant products and services. Wow, Map provider and now traffic too.

    Telmap, developer of the Telmap Navigator turn-by-turn navigation software, is a provider of the technology that delivers NAVTEQ’s Traffic Mobile information to the user’s navigation system. Telmap Navigator will be exhibited on various mobile devices and platforms at NAVTEQ’s booth during the 2006 CTIA Wireless I.T. and Entertainment convention opening today in Los Angeles. Telmap is the first company demonstrating NAVTEQ Traffic Mobile.

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    More on the Mio H610

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    If you have been following the Mio H610 saga, you’ll know that it was announced back in March at CeBIT, and then they recently got a design award for the diminutive GPS device. Well they also had a West Coast release party that featured the H610 in all its glory. UberGizmo was there and they have some nice pictures of the unit’s coming out of the box party, and it looks very nice.

    What’s In the Mio H610 Box

  • Mio H610 GPS unit
  • 2 additional attachment adhesive cups
  • 1 USB to mini-USB cable
  • 1 Leather wrist band (white)
  • 1 Wrist band (gray)
  • 1 In-ear headset
  • 1 USB charging car adapter
  • 1 Remote control
  • 1 Power Adapter

    See some nice pictures of the Mio H610 at UberGizmo


    Update: More on the Mio H610

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  • September 8, 2006

    GPS Good Buys, Rebates and Deals

    Don't forget to sign up for a free Forerunner 305 in the Outside magazine contest. Sign-up ends 9/11/06

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $700 and within striking distance of the Nuvi 350 price.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also optional traffic capability. See our review.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 10/30.

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 10/30.

    Averatec Voya 350 - $30 Rebate for purchases through 12/31/06.


    Handheld GPS

  • Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate extended. Now through 10/31/06.

    New "x" series GPS Units with the better SiRF star III Chipset. All $50 Rebates, all run through 12/31/06.

  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
  • Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
  • Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - Entry level color handheld with Mapping. Net Cost is within about $30 of the Monochrome Legend - DEFINITELY worth the upgrade - Color, Memory Card, USB Connectivity, 32 hour battery life..... consider at least the Venture Cx.
  • Garmin eTrex Legend Cx - adds a 64MB micro SD card.
  • Garmin eTrex Vista Cx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.

  • New Rebate on Garmin MetroGuide V8 Upgrade - $30 back now through March 1, 2007. See Form (PDF)

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  • HTC P3300 PDA/Mobile Phone – Integrated with TomTom Software

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    TomTom has been on a tear recently, and they aren’t stopping yet. TomTom has announced that they are working with HTC, a relatively unknown but very experienced handheld maker, to launch the HTC P3300 a handheld PDS/Phone with TomTom Navigator 6 software built right in. This will be the first step in a collaboration agreement between the two companies. While fans might thing of this as a rival to HP and Palm products, the real news here is that unless GPS companies evolve away from stand alone devices, they are going to get left in the dust. I think that Mio, Garmin and TomTom realize that they have excellent navigation system software, and that the expertise is needed in the development of navigation systems not matter what the hardware is, witness this launch, TomTom’s Navigator software, The Mio 350 and 550 PDA's, the Garmin PDA series and even Garmin’s Mobile Phone software. I'm telling you I need a SiRF star chip in my Video iPod for the ultimate convergence.

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    Delorme Releases StreetAtlas USA 2007

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    DeLorme has released their new Delorme Street Atlas 2007 with some very nice features to talk about. Perennially a strong mapping software, the Street Atlas 2007 is a great companion to your GPS to help you plan trips and navigate. I know a lot of people who use a laptop to navigate on long trips with this software, and I myself have used the software to plan weeklong bike trips and downloaded the routes onto my Garmin eTrex for the daily rides. Street Atlas USA 2007 comes out with aerial images and expanded support for handheld devices, including PDAs, phones and portable media players. If that wasn’t enough, it also includes over 3.5 million new or revised roads in the U.S. plus, for the first time from DeLorme, the addition of street-level detail and places of interest for Canada.

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    September 7, 2006

    Uniden to Launch GPS Units this Fall

    Update: We have pictures of the New Uniden GPS units. Not a lot of feature details for each, but pictures.


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    Original Post Follows:

    Uniden announced its entrance into the Global Positioning System (GPS) category. The company will debut a new line of portable GPS navigation, Uniden MapTrax, beginning in Fall 2006. The line up looks to be mid to high end on the feature set, with mid to large sized screens available. No big news as far as ground breaking features yet, but I look forward to hearing more on the development in the near future.

    News from their release follows:

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    HP to Release new Widescreen iPaq with GPS – RX5915

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    In what may be a frontal assult to the Garmin Nuvi franchise, HP is hitting them from the PDA side of the wall with a new widescreen iPaq that is being called a “travel companion”. Sound familiar? The unit will come with the SiRF star III chipset, as well as other big features that make it stand up as a full fledged PDA – WiFi, Bluetooth, a Samsung 400Mhz processor, 2GB of flash memory and 64MB of ROM.

    Pricing looks to be in the $600 range. Europe as a first market, but stay tuned for US announcements soon, I would imagine.

    Update: Now shipping at Amazon and available in the US.

    Via MobileWhack

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    Another GPS Pet Collar - RoamEO

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    Here we go again… another GPS collar for Dogs. The RoamEO collar and GPS system comes with a pretty fancy little readout that allows you to see where your dog is in relation to you. It also allows you to set up a “GPS Fence” that will alert you when the pet passed by this pre-determined limit. The issue is that if you are off in the woods and Spot takes off after a Deer, or worse a Skunk, you may not be able to track him/her if they go beyond the mile range of the receiver. The device can track up to 3 pets at once. The main system costs $459 (collar + handheld receiver), and $149 for each additional collar.

    ReadMore at RoamEo

    Via Gizmodo


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    Garmin Nuvi 660 Available for Pre-Oder at Amazon

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    Garmin's newest and nicest Nuvi is now available for pre-order at amazon. It's price tag is pretty steep, so save that pocket change. The Garmin Nuvi 660 is the new widescreen, Bluetooth, Traffic Ready, FM Broadcasting super wonder that is added to the Nuvi family.

    Click HERE for the announcement on the Garmin Nuvi 660.

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    Review: GlobalSat GH601 Review

    GlobalSat announced the GH601 wrist mounted fitness trainer late last year, and a review has popped up that I thought I would pass along. Garmin jump started the market with their line of Forerunner GPS units, and it had to be only a matter of time before others would join in. The GlobalSat GH601 looks more like the older Garmin Forerunners (201, 301, etc), and not the newer more watch like models that have made some big hardware and aesthetic improvements (205, 305). Overall, this review walks through some of the technical aspects of the unit, and using it on runs. Sounds like it performs well, with its SiRF star III chipset, but in use, a small rubber USB port door broke off pretty quickly.

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    September 6, 2006

    TomTom ONE now Shipping at Amazon

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    The newest TomTom is now available and shipping at Amazon; the TomTom ONE is the sleek little GPS system entry from TomTom that brings you easy navigation in an elegant design. TomTom's navigation package is wrapped in this pocketable unit that will surely be at the top of a lot of wish lists this year.

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    Philips Postpones Introduction of GPS Devices

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    So I guess the big news that Philips made when they announced that they were getting into the GPS navigation business made a splash that washed even itself out of the pool. In an announcement this summer, Philips said that they are getting into the GPS navigation system business, which made people ask if the market was going to become too commoditized and erode profits for all. Well, apparently Philips has realized that getting into the GPS business is a little harder than they planned. Rudy Provoost, chairman of the Philips Consumer Electronics division stated in an interview with Betten Beursmedia that the introduction of the first products has been postponed until early 2007.

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    Clarion NICE P200 Coming to US

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    Clarion is brining its GPS stocks to the US. The NICE P200 will be launched in the US later this year, with its GPS navigation and movie playback showing up in a store near you. The NICE P200 has an interesting feature set, despite what looks like a pretty beefy and heavy design. (Will this stay on the windshield?) The unit ships with a 20GB hard drive that has maps and 10GB reserved for a few movies or songs. The unit will also do a picture slideshow. I have to ask at this point, when will Apple fit a GPS navigation system into the iPods? Steve Jobs, can you please do this well and sync it with my iTunes?

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    Ferrari Skinned GPS

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    First Porsche, now Ferrari. Who’s next on the Super Car GPS treadmill? IFA Germany is turning out a few new GPS systems that are worth noting, and there is now a Becker Traffic Assist Pro that has a customized Ferrari Skin and is equipped in the Ferrari F340. Wow is that bright red.

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  • Receiver GPS integrated with chip GPS SiRF III
  • RDS/TMC receiver integrated
  • Touch screen TFT 4”
  • Port SD/MMC (2 GB max)
  • Mini USB 1.1
  • Integrated speaker - 2 Watts
  • Connector for external antenna
  • MP3/WMA Capable
  • Photo/JPEG viewer
  • NAVTEQ maps of the 37 countries of Europe on a memory board of 2 GB
  • Lithium-Ion Battery with 4.5 hours capacity
  • Dimensions : 13.7 x 8.8 x 19.5 cm and 187 grams

    I'll see what I can do about getting the Ferrari and GPS in for review....

    Via

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  • GPS Guided Airdrops

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    Can your GPS guide a 2,000-Pound airdrop to within feet of its target from 25,000 feet up? The Air Force can. The Air Force now has the ability to equip troops with gear through nighttime airdrops using this new GPS guided system. The re-usable system allows the Air Force to drop 2,000-pound pallets out of planes at 25,000 feet and have them land within feet of where you want them.

    “With this system we will be able to drop from up to 25,000 feet and many miles away from the drop zone with exacting precision to troops who may be in an isolated base camp up on the top of a mountain ledge,” North told Air Force Times on Friday. “To be able to deliver at night . . . within feet of exactly where you put the X on the ground is a wonderful thing.”

    Very Cool.

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    Mio H610 Handheld GPS Wins Design Award

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    The Mio H610 is turning some heads these days, and getting design awards to prove it. Mio just received the International Design prize by the iF Design Committee, China. The H610 comes equipped with the latest MioMap v3 navigation software and the latest maps of 24 European countries provided by Tele Atlas. In addition to the vast array of standard features, the device offers cross-country navigation, speed camera warnings, pedestrian and cycling navigation modes, etc.

    “In today’s market, the key to success is blending technology with design. At Mio Technology, we make sure that our products offer the latest in the navigation technology as well as the excellent value for money, but design is really what sets our products apart from the competition.” said Leo Exter, Marketing Manager, Mio Technology Europe.

    Update: More on the Mio H610

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    September 5, 2006

    Navman Announces NavPix Online Community for North America

    Navman, announced the official launch of the North American version of its online, global NavPix community. Recall the Navman iCN 720 and iCN 750 are equipped with cameras to document a location so it's easy to recognize.

    The website is stocked with thousands of professionally photographed images and complemented by a growing library of images from Lonely Planet, the world's leading independent travel media company. Through the website, Navman users can search for images of destinations they would like to visit and download them, free of charge, to their NavPix-capable street navigation devices.

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    Review: Averatec Voya 350

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    You may not have heard of the name Averatec in the GPS realm, but they are an interesting new entry in the field of GPS systems that sets a new benchmark for affordability in a basic GPS. (They are running a rebate right now for purchases through the end of 2006 reducing the price down to around $350.) The Averatec Voya 350 is a basic GPS system that has pre-loaded maps of the US and Canada, and a POI database. A recent review online indicates that it’s fairly solid, but has a few interface and design quirks that take some getting use to; I think most new tech toys do anyway, and it’s only if those things annoy you 2 months later do they really take their toll.

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    TeleAtlas Finishes Mapping All Western Europe

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    The road less traveled seems to be harder and harder to find. TeleAtlas has announced that they have mapped all of Western Europe. That’s all well and good, but I thought that the numbers were pretty interesting. Tele Atlas European maps now cover more than 7.8 million total kilometers, the equivalent of traveling around the Equator 195 times or a return trip to the moon 10 times. What was the fuel bill for all that mapping?

    Within Western Europe, the database now reaches more than 386 million inhabitants, includes 1.7 million ‘standard’ points-of-interest (POIs) and nearly 90 percent of all house numbers across the region. That’s a lot of data. My hunch is that it won’t be fitting on just any old GPS system. You’ll need hard drive space for this much information, and probably a big wallet, as these maps on a GPS system will cost a bit more than your single country GPS system.

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    September 4, 2006

    Porsche GPS

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    Porsche is working with Navigon to put out a Porsche branded GPS. The striking design will be out later this year, and will be available with some decent specs. It’s a 4.3 inch widescreen (is this quickly becoming the standard or what?), Bluetooth and MP3 capable beauty, with TMC traffic. The Navigon P9611 Porsche runs on Navigon MobileNavigator 6, and has NAVTEQ maps of 37 European countries on SD card. The Prosche GPS System will be available mid-November 2006, for the price of about $800.

    Now, is it OK if I mount a Porsche GPS system on a rusty old Chevy?

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    Geocaching Contest - September Theme - "Freedom"

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    If you aren't out in the woods looking for a Jeep Travelbug, you're missing out. The contest will ask you to take photos and submit them for judging to Geocaching. Garmin is the official sponsor/GPS of Geocaching. This month's theme is "Freedom" so go out and take those pictures with a Freedom theme and submit them to win a new Garmin GPSMap 60Cx . There will be one overall winner who gets the Jeep Compass at the end of the contest in January.

    Get more details at Jeep Geocaching

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    September 1, 2006

    New GPS: Sony Nav-U80 and Nav-U81T

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    Sony has announced a new widescreen set of GPS Systems for release later this year, the Nav-U80 and Nav-U81. The units have a 4.3 inch widescreen touch sensitive display that has a gesture sensitive control that will allow you to swipe your finger a certain way and that will automatically let you find the nearest gas station, or navigate home.

    The new NAV-U80 and Nav-U81T will support Bluetooth handsfree calling. The NAV-U80 will come with flash memory, while the NAV-U81T will come with a 4GB hard drive and pre-installed European Maps. It will also have traffic feed capabilities.

    No word on Price.

    Hummm, when will the US get these? I would imagine sometime soon, hopefully in the hard drive model.

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    GPS Sales and Deals

    We just ran the Monthly Round-up, so let's just pass on the deals this week.

    Don't forget to sign up for a free Forerunner 305 in the Outside magazine contest. Sign-up ends 9/11/06

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $700 and within striking distance of the Nuvi 350 price.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • Sony Nav-U 70 - $100 Rebate extended - ends 9/12 See our posts for reviews of the Sony Nav-U.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 10/30.

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 10/30.


    Handheld GPS

  • Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate extended. Now through 10/31/06.

    New "x" series GPS Units with the better SiRF star III Chipset. All $50 Rebates, all run through 12/31/06.

  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
  • Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
  • Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - Entry level color handheld with Mapping. Net Cost is within about $30 of the Monochrome Legend - DEFINITELY worth the upgrade - Color, Memory Card, USB Connectivity, 32 hour battery life..... consider at least the Venture Cx.
  • Garmin eTrex Legend Cx - adds a 64MB micro SD card.
  • Garmin eTrex Vista Cx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.

  • New Rebate on Garmin MetroGuide V8 Upgrade - $30 back now through March 1, 2007. See Form (PDF)

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  • New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 and Nuvi 610 Officially Announced

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    Well, wonder no more, Garmin has officially announced the Garmin Nuvi 660 . Garmin today announced it has expanded its popular all-in-one Personal Travel Assistant product line. The nuvi 660 incorporates a large, 4.3-inch touchscreen, integrated traffic capabilities, FM transmitter, and a super-bright display. These new attributes are in addition to the GPS navigator, traveler's reference, and digital entertainment features that have made the nuvi a favorite device among travelers. ArrowContinue reading: "New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 and Nuvi 610 Officially Announced"

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    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for August 2006

    Another fun month of GPS product news, GPS reviews and general GPS fun here at the Lodge. The big official news has got to be the announcement of the TomTom ONE, and un uptil this morning, the un-official news being the new Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 660. Cruise some of the stories we posted this month below. If you haven’t read them they’re new to you.

    New Product and Service News

  • TomTom ONE Announced for US
  • GPS Review: TomTom ONE North America
  • GPS Review: Another Solid Review for TomTom ONE
  • New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 Leaked
  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Pics
  • TeleAtlas - Map Insight Program HUGE step in making GPS Maps Right
  • Sony Launches GPS Geotag device GPS-CS1
  • Trimble Acquires AllSport GPS – Mobile Phone Based Fitness Tool
  • VDO GPS In Rearview Mirror
  • Dash Navigation - Tech Savvy New Comer to GPS Navigation
  • More News on Dash - Aware GPS Systems
  • IGolf GPS Caddy
  • New Palm GPS Navigator using TomTom Navigator 6
  • New: Garmin Foot Pod for Indoor Training with Forerunner 305
  • Lake Link - GPS Coordinates for Fishing Spots
  • TrailRunner and NanoMaps - Workouts to go
  • Casio GPS Watch - GPR-100
  • Wherify Wireless Launches New Monitoring Service - GPS Based Phones
  • Magellan eXplorist 500 LE
  • New GPS System: XRoad Z3300
  • Sony PSP to Get GPS - Pictures Surface
  • GPS Software for your PSP
  • Makayama Video for New TomTom GO Series

    GPS Reviews

  • GPS Review: Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition
  • Another Great Review for the Garmin StreetPilot C550
  • GPS Review: Mio C710 Digiwalker GPS System
  • Review: Sony GPS-CS1

    Contests

  • Win a Garmin Forerunner 305
  • Geocaching Contest - August Theme - "Discovery"
  • Win a Jeep Compass SUV or a Garmin GPSMap 60Cx

    General GPS News

  • NAVTEQ maps Australia
  • Not so Fast there Marty McDrunk – GPS halts Drinking and Driving
  • Garmin Sues TomTom (Again)
  • Use Garmin eTrex Files in Garmin Training Center
  • Traffic.com Ups Ante with Expanded Coverage
  • New Study Reveals More about Map and GPS Habits
  • MotionBase Service Upgrades
  • Speed Controlled by GPS - New UK Project
  • Garmin Forerunner 305 helps Diagnose Fainting Issue
  • TeleAtlas to supply Map Data to SpotScout
  • Garmin and TomTom increase Share of Market in Europe
  • TomTom GO 510 or TomTom GO 910 Mounting Issues?
  • GPS Review: Garmin Edge 305
  • Watch iPod Video on 7000 series StreetPilots
  • Garmin buys New Euro Headquarters Building
  • Inrix - Nationwide Average Speeds
  • Next Census to Use Handheld GPS Systems in US
  • Garmin Users Update Your Mapsource
  • Traffic Solutions on the Today Show


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