October 31, 2006

Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition Review

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The Palm GPS Navigator is a good way to get navigation on an already strong platform, the Treo smartphone. The navigation is courtesy of TomTom and its knowledge around ease of use and sound navigation. So, no set-up is perfect, and having navigation with you in your smartphone is a good situation but the small screen can be a drag. The GPS capabilities are sound, and offer basic features, but not some of the more advanced features like text to speech. It does support multi-segment routing for going to several destinations that you select. The unit is fairly easy to set-up, and use, but its integration with other Palm software isn't so hot.

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October 31, 2006

Three GPS Units on a Road Trip to Vermont

There's a fun comparison article in the NYTimes that you can take a look at to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a couple of GPS units. They take the Acura optional in-dash system ($3,500), a Verizon VZ Navigator service on an LG phone ($10/mo) or the Garmin C550 ($600). They took the three navigation systems with them on a trip to rural Vermont, where the cell signals fall off and thus the Verizon system fails, but they encounter some interesting situations that allow them to investigate the underbellies of all systems. In the end, they opt for the Garmin C550 portable system saying that they would buy a portable to move from car to car if they had to buy any of them. This fits my theory that says the car navigation systems will lag the portables for a long time as people don't want to pay outrageous prices for them and want to be able to use the system in the car of their choice.

ReadMore at the NYT

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October 30, 2006

New GPS: Nokia 330

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As widely rumored last week, Nokia has launched into the GPS market in Europe with a stand-alone GPS device, the Nokia 330, which also plays music, and video. The unit will retail in Europe for 360 Euros (~$450) and poised to enter the European market to take on TomTom. As we pointed out in our post about the Nokia GPS, the unit will actually run on Route 66 Navigate 7 application base with NAVTEQ map data. The unit will have a 3.5 inch touchscreen, and offer Euro maps on a 2GB preloaded SD card. It will be available in Europe in the fourth quarter. I would imagine that you could look for one stateside in the new year if things go well in Europe.

Press Release Follows:

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October 30, 2006

Review: Mio P350 PDA/GPS

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Another review has popped up on the Mio P350 PDA/GPS that I thought I would pass along. The unit is a Windows Mobile 5 based PDA with a SiRF star III chipset and an integrated (NOT a flip up) antenna to allow it to act as a full-fledged GPS navigation system. Despite the SiRF star III chipset, this review points out that the unit was sluggish to pick up a signal and lock onto it. I have had a few GPS units do this, and it is really tough to integrate the GPS into your routine when you need to wait for the unit to acquire a signal. I mean you either sit in the car waiting and wasting precious minutes, or you are playing with the thing a mile down the road when it finally wakes up. Now, we ran across another review of the Mio P350 by Clove that didn't have these issues. You'll have to consider the sources and decide for yourself.

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October 30, 2006

Forbes Loves that Garmin StreetPilot C330

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We like the Garmin StreetPilot C330, and apparently Forbes loves it. In their annual "Gadgets we Love" article, they cited the ease of navigation and its ability to do its job well. They say, "The c330's 3.5-inch display is bright and clear and works well enough, as long as I'm not craning my neck to read street signs. For now I'm thrilled having a device that does one thing and does it remarkably well. I haven't pulled out my laminated San Francisco map in a year."

Want more info? Read our posts:

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 Review Revisited
  • Garmin StreetPilot C-series: Compare the C320 vs. C330 vs. C340 vs. C530 vs. C550


    Via Forbes

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  • October 27, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS's

    The news this week was that TomTom is planning a Holiday $50 discount campaign. Can you wait to get your hands on the TomTom ONE? A $50 discount might make it more attractive - program to start 11/22/06. See our Review of the TomTom ONE


    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick 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.
  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Sad news here - price went UP to $849, but still well shy of the $1000 list price. - See our review - It's the best GPS I have used.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $540.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $620.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $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 $460. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

    More after the jump....

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  • Garmin Zumo 550 - Routes in Action

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    One of the things that I think is a great move by the Zumo 550 designers is the fact that the Zumo can load hard coded routes and navigate you on them. See, I got my "GPS start" using a handheld eTrex and have used them extensively to plan bicycle routes on a computer, download them to the eTrex and then navigate them with the eTrex leading the way. In these situations, like taking a touring ride on a motorcycle, you don't want the "Optimum" fastest route; you want the route you plan. For a while now, I have wondered why you can't plan, navigate and save a route, or simply save the route you just took as a "good route" when you find an alternative to the initial route that was recommended. Now this gets into consumer feedback to the GPS, and I am all for that, but it's a little off-topic here. Anyway, there is a good easy to follow explanation of how a pre-programed route will be managed within the Zumo 550.

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    Trouble ahead for SiRF?


    DigiTimes is bringing up a good question about SiRF the almost omnipresent GPS chip supplier. Can they hold prices, or are competition catching up and delivering a better value for these components? So, while GPS systems are taking off, there is extreme pricing pressure to get these units at cheaper and cheaper prices. Apparently, based on costs of SiRF chips and a basic 3.5 inch touchscreen, it's tough to get low cost GPS units out there, so there might be a shift away from SiRF for some lower end manufacturers, or pressure brought on them by larger manufacturers so that they can compete with the second tier GPS makers. Look for more low cost models in the new year.

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    NAVTEQ revenue, profit up.

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    NAVTEQ, mapping and data provider, announced that their sales and profit were up for the third quarter over last year, by 16% and 22%, respectively, versus year ago. "We are pleased with our third quarter results given the challenges we have faced in 2006," said Judson Green, President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVTEQ. "Solid third quarter revenue performance and effective cost management helped to drive improved margins and profit growth. We expect to continue this trend as the year comes to a close." They are concerned about slower car sales and a slower than expected market for navigational systems in those high end cars in Europe.

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    October 26, 2006

    New GPS: Sony NV-U51

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    A couple of days ago we reported on the Sony NV-71T, and today we bring you the Sony NV-51 GPS. Not a lot of information on the Sony NV-U51 yet, but here’s another in the developing Sony GPS line. This appears to be a lower end unit that still has the Gesture Command and a 3.5-inch screen. No “T” in the name means no traffic feeds, and apparently only a limited amount of mapping data – 512MB card. This would do for European Regions, but I think it would need a bit more (at a negligible up-charge) to handle the entire US appropriately. It will have a battery, but no word on price and availability.

    Via

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    $50 off TomTom's this Holiday Season

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    TomTom said it will run a “GiveGive” promotion offering $50 off any TomTom portable GPS device in stores and online from Nov. 22 through Dec. 3, just in time for the big holiday rush. I guess they weren't happy with selling over a million units last quarter, they want to sell a lot more this quarter. This is the first time TomTom has run a promo like this. You'll find TomTom's in 16,000 outlets these days, including Target which just started selling the TomTom ONE GPS.

    No word if it's going to be a straight drop in price, or a fun loving mail a bunch of paper in and get your money in 8 weeks type rebate....(I hate rebates, don't you?). Let's hope for a price drop.


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    New Garmin Logo

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    Out with the old and in with the new. Garmin has begun to rollout a new corporate logo. "The contemporary and easy-to-read logo builds on Garmin's rich brand awareness while integrating new modern elements. One of the most noticeable changes is the elimination of the globe and the introduction of a triangle, which is in Garmin's signature blue."

    There you go....

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    Pioneer AVIC-HD1BT GPS System - With Voice Recognition

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    Tired of typing your GPS navigation commands into your GPS? How about saying them instead? Well IBM has joined up with Pioneer to bring out a voice controlled GPS system, the Pioneer AVIC-HD1BT, a navigation and stereo system that has a built in 30GB hard drive with 10GB left over to store music, and comes fully loaded with maps and over 3.7 million points of interest. The unit can play music through its hard drive and through a connected iPod. It is Bluetooth enabled for handsfree calling on your phone. This bad boy is only available in the European market, and it will cost you - 2,500 euros, or roughly $3,100.

    More at Pioneer Europe.

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    200 Million GPS Enabled Mobile Phones and Counting

    Just in case you were wondering where the GPS market was going, think about these numbers. Qualcomm just released some information that says they have shipped over 200 million GPS enabled phones (doesn't include other manufacturers) in the last few years. This compares to the few million that Garmin and TomTom will ship this year. The company calls the technology gpsOne assisted GPS and it supports a whole bunch of goodies for navigation and safety applications. My hunch is that either the applications aren't user friendly enough for the users to be able to use them, or the wireless suppliers haven't allowed users to access the GPS navigation or other functions on the phones.

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    Review: Magellan RoadMate 3050T

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    Magellan has launched their new line of Automobile navigation systems, updating their line of product with fresh new entries that make the grade as far as features go. The new Magellan RoadMate 3050T is the at the mid-point in the line that offers a lot of capability in a flat form factor.

    The RoadMate 3050T comes with maps that are preloaded and the the 3.5 inch, color touch screen and buttons provide fast, one-touch access to key features, while nationwide street maps preloaded on the built-in hard drive deliver Turn it on and go!(TM), door-to-door guidance anywhere in North America. QuickSpell(TM) technology and the simple, intuitive user interface allow drivers to easily select their destination and get on the road quickly while seeing their progress in a 2-D or 3-D bird's eye view of the moving map.

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    TomTom Earnings are Up - 1+ Million Units Sold in Quarter

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    TomTom has released their earning for last quarter, and they look pretty good. Recall that they introduced the TomTom ONE in the US and then re-launched the slimmer model back in the European market. They have also been trying to dig themselves out of a component shortage on the TomTom 510, 710 and 910 models that hit the market earlier this year. They recently claimed that the shortage is over and are well poised to sell a lot of TomTom GO's in the holiday season. TomTom sold over a million units in the past quarter, and said that their sales were up 41% vs. year ago, and profit was up 24% vs year ago. The average selling prices were down, reflecting the stiff competition that is taking place in the GPS market, but they managed to drop their costs faster than their prices and their margins went up. If you are wondering where to buy a TomTom, it appears that it will be easier this year than last year, as the TomTom GO GPS units will be available in 16,000 outlets, vs only 5,000 outlets last year.

    For what I think TomTom needs to do, check out: Editorial: 8 Things I would do if I were TomTom

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    October 25, 2006

    Inrix to Provide Dynamic Fuel Price Data

    In an interesting move Inrix, the traffic provider of live TMC traffic feeds (collected from their Dust Network of fleet vehicles) is leveraging their truck fleet relationship to provide dynamic fuel prices to fleet providers, while also offering it as a service to other GPS manufacturers. The need for understanding up to date fuel pricing is an obvious need for fleet vehicles and with the average American 2-driver household spending $4,132 a year on gas, there could be some opportunity for savings at home too. It's not clear if GPS manufacturers will adopt this feature offered by Inrix, but it seems like a no brainer to me. Come on, if you could bring up a Fuel Station Point of Interest list for a 5 mile radius around you and see current fuel prices there too, wouldn't you want that ability? I think that the move signals the start of more data feeds to the GPS; with its role as "drive manager" expanding from simple navigation to a bigger away from home information manager. I could see this as a quick rollout for TomTom within their TomTom PLUS framework. But hey, who knows....

    Press Release Follows after the jump...

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    Nokia GPS

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    Well, add Nokia to the GPS rumble; it looks like they are moving into the GPS fray with some early reports coming out of Engadget. They are showing a Nokia 330 tablet that is clearly a GPS unit, and not a slick pocketable phone. It wouldn't be surprising to have Nokia join the GPS party, as they clearly have the ability to innovate and the party is growing so darn fast. What is interesting is that the shot above has a Route 66 icon in the upper left corner of the screen. While this doesn't appear to be a re-branding of the new Route 66 Chicago series widescreen GPS units, one has to wonder what the relationship might be?

    Anyway, the unit has Navigation, movie, picture viewing and music playback on the menu. (See Pic after the jump).

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    Cobra Sales Up; Back to Profit with GPS Liquidation

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    Cobra earnings are still suffering due to GPS mis-steps. Their earnings results shows a return to profitability this past quarter, with a 6% sales increase, but they had to liquidate their GPS inventory at or near its value (read "cost"). "In spite of higher sales, Cobra had lower net income for the quarter as compared to the prior year due to the sale of first generation mobile navigation and handheld GPS inventory at or near net realizable values established in prior periods"

    Looking ahead, they are bullish on the launch of the Cobra NavOne 2500; "built on a flexible and cutting-edge navigation platform, which will permit faster, less-costly development and more timely product launches. We anticipate that Cobra will sell through our entire production capacity of the NAV ONE 2500 and derivative models in the fourth quarter."

    Via PR Newswire

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    Review: Magellan RoadMate 6000T

    Magellan has launched their new line of Automobile navigation systems, updating their line of product with fresh new entries that make the grade as far as features go. The new Magellan RoadMate 6000T is the flagship model in the line that offers a lot of capability in a flat form factor. Long time readers know that I like the idea of flat GPS units, and I welcome the idea for Magellan's new RoadMate line. The RoadMate 6000T comes with Bluetooth Handsfree capabilities as well as traffic capabilities. The maps are preloaded and the the 3.5 inch, color touch screen and buttons provide fast, one-touch access to key features, while nationwide street maps preloaded on the built-in hard drive deliver Turn it on and go!(TM), door-to-door guidance anywhere in North America. QuickSpell(TM) technology and the simple, intuitive user interface allow drivers to easily select their destination and get on the road quickly while seeing their progress in a 2-D or 3-D bird's eye view of the moving map.

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    October 24, 2006

    Blogpire Podcast - Liquor Snob - All The News that's Fit to Drink 10.24.06

    Blogpire 144 Our special guest Jake Jamieson from Liquorsnob.com teaches us about Tequila, and we taste test P.I.N.K. caffeinated Vodka. And of course, we have the latest news and views from around the 'pire. 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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    New GPS: Sony NV-U71T

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    Sony has announced a new GPS – the Sony NV-U71T, a new entry level GPS for Sony that will build on the market experience already gained with the Sony NV-U70 that was launched earlier this year. It will come in below the widescreen models announced in September: the Sony Nav-U80 and Nav-U81T. The NV71t will come with real time TMC traffic free for 90 days, costing $4.95 per month after that. The 3.5 inch touchscreen is about standard for the mid-tier groups, but this Sony also includes the Gesture Command that the Nav-U80 and Nav-U81T have, where you can give a swipe to the touchscreen to bring up a certain command. There are about six such commands available. For instance an inverted “V” automatically brings up navigation to go home.

    Should be interesting to see what else Sony brings us, as they expand on their early market entries. “There will be a full lineup announced over the next 60 days,” said senior marketing manager Andrew Sivori.


    The unit should retail for $499 and be available in December.

    ReadMore on the product at Sony Style, where you can also pre-order the Sony NV71T.

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    Last Week: Sign Up for the GPSLodge.com Mailing List & Win $50

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    Last Week: We are giving away a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate to a randomly selected person who signs up for the GPSLodge.com mailing list. You can sign up in the right hand column on any page, or sign up in the space below. The winner will be chosen November 1st! If you are already a GPSLodge.com mailing list subscriber, you are already qualified.

    Thanks for all the support and we thought we’d take time to give something back to our readers, and maybe the $50 will help you on your way to buying your dream GPS!

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    Garmin Courses – Forerunner 205/305 and Edge 205/305

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    One of the things that I think was most innovative in the Garmin Forerunner 205 /305 and Edge 205/305 product launches is the idea of working out on a course. Instead of just trying to hit an average time across a distance, you actually run versus a previous workout (yours or someone else’s), which then takes into account that you go slower on the uphills and faster on the downhills, etc. The Garmin Blog laid out some nice step by step instructions on how to use the Courses feature on the Forerunner 205/305 and the Edge 205/305 products.

    ReadMore at the Garmin Blog

    Read our review of the Forerunner 205: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge, and some user tips sent in by a GPS Lodge reader: Garmin Forerunner 205/305 User Thoughts and Tips

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    October 23, 2006

    Hold it on that Garmin Nuvi 660 Party

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    So, the prices on the Nuvi 660 are getting me motion sick. On Friday we posted the $739 price over at amazon, and then by late Friday night, the price was up to $849. Anyway, I often find that they are responsive to commenting on their site. So, go on over to the Nuvi 660 page and leave a comment saying that other retailers are $100 cheaper. Who knows they might respond with a price drop. In my monitoring, I see micro-adjustments almost daily as they match pricing elsewhere, so they might move the price back down.

    Garmin Nuvi 660 Review and Comparison
    Want more information on the Nuvi 660: See our post to Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660, or our Garmin Nuvi 660 Review.

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    Trouble for Mio GPS?


    Mio GPS units are made by Mitac, its parent company. Mitac also makes GPS units for other manufacturers that are then sold under other brand names. With its booming Mio business, Mitac is starting to wonder if they have a conflict of interest and are potentially losing bids for other GPS manufacturing business. The Digitimes are reporting that Mitac recently lost a bid to make Magellan eXplorist handhelds. Was this conflict of interest a factor? With expectations to make over 4 million GPS units this year, Mitac faces a tough decision, should they stick with their own brand and lose the manufacturing business or quite the Mio brand and just make other brand GPS's?

    ReadMore at Digitimes

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    October 20, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS's

    Garmin Nuvi 660 dropped another $10 today; $739 for this excellent GPS. There were recent price drops on the Nuvi 350, 360 and 660. See our Post comparing the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660.

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick 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 660 Another price drop now $739- See our review - It's the best GPS I have used.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $540.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $630.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $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. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

    More after the jump....

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  • Review: Delphi NAV200 Arrives for Review

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    Update: See our review of the Delphi NAV200 GPS


    The Delphi NAV200 arrived for review here at the GPS Lodge, and we've already got this inexpensive GPS on the windshield, ready to go. The Delphi NAV200 GPS is a flat form factor (good move), has an internal battery, is based on NAVTEQ maps and POI's and has a SiRF star III under the hood. It takes the multi-media play up a notch with picture and movie viewing, as well as MP3 playing. I have to say that I am also getting my reversi fix these days playing it on the Delphi NAV200 - it has this game loaded on the machine. Sorry, no Minesweeper.

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    Review: HTC P3300 GPS SmartPhone (with TomTom On Board) Review

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    So HTC has a nice little thing going with TomTom and has pumped out what looks to be a decent Smartphone The P3300) with great navigation built in. It was announced last month, and now there's a review up on what I would hope is a trend - solid smartphone navigation from people who know how to design navigation software. The imbedded TomTom software is what you’ll see in other devices from TomTom and offers the same confident and get you there personality that TomTom is known for. Anyway there’s a nice review up that takes a look at this (Euro only for now) phone that says the navigation is “seamless”. The unit is sporting a SiRF star III chipset and has the TomTom Navigator 6 software loaded up on it.

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    SiRF Earnings; Sales up Profit down

    SiRF reported earnings yesterday and revenue was way up for the omnipresent GPS receiver chip maker, but net earnings was down. Their revenue was up 32% over year ago on strong sales to just about every GPS manufacturer in the world, right (See highlights below)? Their net income was down to $2.6 million from $14.6 million due to some "increased employee stock compensation expense associated with SiRF's acquisitions".

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    October 19, 2006

    Pure Value Play - Garmin C330 at less than $300

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    Ok, so we've covered the incredible details about the amazing popularity of the Nuvi 660, well let's look at the entry level. Yesterday I posted a comparison of the Garmin C-series line, saying that if you can afford to, you should skip the C320 because it's not pre-loaded with maps. One of our readers, Justin, pointed out the true bargain that can be had if you buy the C320 and want to load your own maps onto a 1GB SD card. Yes, at today's prices, you can buy a Garmin StreetPilot C320 ($279) and a 1GB SD ($18) card for less than $300. With a little work to download the maps from the included disc to the SD card, you will have all of the US and Canada plus Points of Interest on your Garmin C320 for less than $300. With very little work, there's no better bargain. Thanks Justin.

    So, I stand by my reco to skip over the C320 and go to the C330 with pre-loaded maps, with one caveat. This is for the beginner, who wants navigation out of the box, and s/he should move up to the C330, as it will get you there without a doubt out of the box. If you don't mind loading maps onto an SD card, that will take you an hour+ to do, you have a perfectly good solution for less than $300 at this writing.

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    Nuvi 660 Hotter than Hot - #1 GPS

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    I know, this just blows me away too. To follow up from yesterday's post, the Nuvi 660 is now the #1 selling GPS at amazon, and at this writing, #16 in all of electronics.

    What's so mind-blowing is that there is nothing more expensive at a higher rank. In fact you need to head down to about #60 to find a Sony DCR-SR100 3MP 30GB Hard Drive Handycam that is more expensive. In other words, Garmin has created so much value in this device that even at this relatively high absolute price, people think that its an incredible value. (Value = Benefit/Cost) Well, despite the high cost, people are flocking to this thing because of the incredible benefits. Want more reasons to consider the Nuvi 660: See our post to Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660, or our Garmin Nuvi 660 Review.

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    Finally, yesterday I used this GPS Sales Rank, which is updated daily (or so), whereas this electronics ranking is updated hourly.

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    Review of the Garmin Holiday Plans - Make Money

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    If you're hanging around here, then you probably know that the GPS market is hot, growing some 80+% this year. Well the two big seasons for the GPS are the summer driving season and the holiday season. Forbes has a nice little write-up for the investment minded people out there that paints a pretty good picture for Garmin. If you didn't already know, Garmin has a 50+% share of the US market, and net margins of around 30+%. So, yea, that new Nuvi 660 you just bought made them a couple of hundred bucks. While other companies are hot on their tails, launching new GPS units all over the place, Garmin looks to be in control this Holiday season with 70 launches this year like the Nuvi 660 (It's the best GPS I have ever used - see my review). Garmin seems to be intelligently dealing with newcomers by reducing prices enough to keep the newbies scrambling while driving sales for its own products at the same time. Earning season is coming up, expect Garmin to peg the meter again with some outrageous numbers.

    ReadMore at Forbes

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    Navicore - World's Smallest Bluetooth GPS Receiver

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    Navicore introduced the world’s smallest Bluetooth GPS receiver weighing in at only 30g. The Bluetooth GPS receiver saves satellite information such as the status of the satellite signal, the last location, as well as the date and time last used. It re-acquires satellite signals in 100 ms and updates position data every second.

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    October 18, 2006

    Dotel Navi Box DOTN120; Add Navigation to your Dash

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    So for those of you pimping out your ride with video screens, you can now add some GPS navigation to that flat screen. Dotel in Korea has put together this little wonder that will hook to your video screen (A/v or RGB cables) and pump navi commands to you when also plugged into an external GPS antenna. The SD slot allows you to load up the latest maps and MP3's and maybe even some video. The unit runs Windows CE.Net 4.2 powered by a 300MHz Samsung processor and comes with 64MB of RAM / 32MB of ROM (expandable to 1GB).

    No word on availability, but to me it sounds like a solution chasing a small problem (market opportunity).
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    Garmin StreetPilot C-series: Compare the C320 vs. C330 vs. C340 vs. C530 vs. C550

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    So a lot of people have been asking about what the right Garmin StreetPilot is for them. "What is the difference between the C-series?" "Do maps come pre-loaded on the Garmin C330?" "What's the cheapest Text to Speech Garmin GPS?" Well a quick review of the features and the capabilities will help us understand what the best GPS is for you.

    The Garmin C-series has been around a long time (in electronics years), since their launch in the summer of 2005. The StreetPilot C320 and C330 came first with a nice line extension in the StreetPilot C340 a bit later that summer. In the summer of 2006, Garmin grew the line by adding some even more exciting capabilities to the now established line. It was obvious by that time that the C-series was firmly entrenched as a staple line of GPS navigation systems, and the prices had dropped on the C320, C330 and the C340 to a point that they were very affordable for the capabilities. My recommendation is to skip the tiny i-series if you can afford it and move to the C-series, because the touchscreen on the C-series makes data input a lot easier.

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    October 17, 2006

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    Nuvis Selling like, well Hot Cakes


    I usually check how things are selling over at Amazon on a pretty regular basis to see what's hot and what's not. (Hey, I know a little geeky, but I run a GPS Blog.) Well in a little life lesson, I think that they got the pricing right on the Nuvi 350, Nuvi 360. and the Nuvi 660, as they have steadily risen to top sellers over the last couple of weeks. (More Info on Nuvi's? See our post to Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660, or our Garmin Nuvi 660 Review.)

    With the two big price drops in the first week on the Nuvi 660, it came from about 25th to 2nd in the GPS Sales Rank. Meanwhile, the TomTom ONE has not fared as well keeping a lock on its price, and hanging out at about 25th or so. Ultimately, Garmin is defending their home market admirably, but if TomTom dropped the price on the ONE to $399, you'd see those fly off the shelves too. (I mentioned this in my Editorial "8 Things I would do if I were TomTom.") Stay tuned....

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    Your GPS Nightmare .... or Heaven

    I saw this over at Gizmodo and thought I would pass along. I don't know if you think that this is a nightmare or heaven on earth, but it is funny to watch nonetheless. They have a decent review and round-up of GPS units over there for the bulk of the article, so if you want a good read on four GPS navigation systems, go check it out. (Why they got those four, I will never know; guess it's what they could get their hands on). The video is below, the article is HERE.

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    Garmin Nuvi 360 in Hyundai Cars for US

    Well, well, will the wonders never cease, we find another agreement to get aftermarket GPS systems into cars, this one is for Garmin and Hyundai. Garmin announced that Hyundai Motor America will begin offering the award-winning nuvi 360 personal navigation device at its 725 dealerships across the United States. This is not the smart semi-integration set-up like the TomTom/Seat agreement that I posted yesterday, but nonetheless, it is a good thing. (More on the Nuvi 360? See our comparison of the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660)

    If Garmin really wanted to make a splash, they would get in with Ford here in the US. Garmin is the market leader here in the US, and Ford, unlike GM with their OnStar, doesn't have a major equity to risk by offering an aftermarket product on their car lines. Car manufacturers sell Bose stereo systems, why not a Garmin GPS System? If they were to do it, I'd love to see a universal mount that allows for the current Nuvi to be mounted on a Ford, with the anticipation that better products that follow will still mount on that Ford mount. Garmin has already crafted limited time deals with overseas Ford divisions for offering Garmin GPS systems.

    Anyway, back to the Hyundai News....

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    Medion GoPal PNA 460, 465, 470 Widescreen GPS

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    Medion has launched a broader GPS line by adding three new widescreen flat form factor GoPal devices - the GoPal PNA460, GoPal PNA465 and GoPal PNA470. All three are light (about 7 ounces), and small 5.4" x 3.8" x 0.8 ". Of course all offer navigation with 2D and 3D views, spoken guidance and are pre-loaded with NAVTEQ maps as well as interestingly enough Berlitz City Guides for 50 european cities. A speed camera database is also pre-loaded. All feature the SiRF star III chipset.


    The entry-level GoPal PNA 460, with its 4.3-inch TFT widescreen has UK and Ireland maps loaded on a 256MB card. The unit also has a nice little MP3 player and picture viewer.

    The three units are available in teh UK and are priced at £199, £259 and £299, respectively, which is about $350, $460, and $530.

    The GoPal PNA 465 adds TMC traffic to help get around traffic jams, while the GoPal 470 includes integrated Bluetooth.

    This all just underlines my thoughts that so many electronics firms are coming out with Flat Form Factor GPS units, that Flat, and WIDE are the future of GPS devices.

    ReadMore on this at my Editorial: 11 Things I would do if I were Garmin.

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    October 16, 2006

    Seat to Semi-Integrate TomTom GO 710 GPS

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    So last week I wrote up a post about the GPS Wars – TomTom and Garmin vs. the Automakers. I feel like the GPS makers are poised to win due to their superior offerings and added benefits of portability. Well, it appears that Volkswagen’s SEAT manufacturer agrees, as they are reportedly going to offer a dash integrated mount for TomTom starting this year. The TomTom GO 710 mount would be "semi-integrated" and located top the left of the steering wheel. The GO 710 would tie directly into the audio system of the vehicle, allowing the instructions to be sent over the stereo regardless of what’s playing.

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    Cobra Acquires Speed Camera Database Owner and Electronics Firm

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    Cobra announced today that they are acquiring privately held Performance Products Limited, a UK firm that specializes in speed camera databases and electronics. The acquisition underlines the importance of having high quality data feeds into the GPS hardware, and the expanding role that the portable navigation device will play in the future. So, high quality maps, points of interest (locations, phone numbers and maybe even commentary on the place), and yes - speed cameras.

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    Brisk Sales of the Lowrance iWay 250C

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    Word has it that sales of the new Lowrance 250C GPS have been crisp, in the last few weeks since its launch. Inventories are tight for this diminutive value play in the market. The unit is small, but the list of features isn't. It's got a full 3.5" touchscreen, comes pre-loaded with NAVTEQ maps and Points of Interest on an SD card, and has MP3 playing and photo viewing capabilities. It's a pretty competitive price, and we'll be taking a look at it in the next few seeks for a review ourselves. We're looking forward to it.

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    October 13, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS's

    The biggest news this week was the recent drop in Nuvi Pricing. There were price drops on the Nuvi 350, 360 and 660. See our Post comparing the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660.

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick 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 660 - Two big price drops in one week - now at $750. See our review - It's the best GPS I have used.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price, around $540! A $100 drop.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $630.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $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. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

    More after the jump....

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  • Car Manufacturers vs. TomTom, Garmin and all PND's

    Don't know about you, but I think that TomTom, Garmin and other PND makers have won round one versus the automobile manufacturers, and they are setting themselves up to be the long term winners too. With the cost of an in car navigation system reaching well into the thousands of dollars, consumers are slow to jump on the bandwagon. TomTom and Garmin offer excellent PORTABLE navigation systems for about half the cost. While 90+% of your driving will be in your own car, don't you want to be able to take the GPS with you when you travel and use a rental car? What better use for a GPS then when you are in a strange city?

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    October 12, 2006

    GPS Techology Helps The Blind

    Interesting story over at CNN that talks of the future integration of GPS along with other technologies to help the blind navigate outside and inside. The basic idea is to use GPS navigation along with sonar and cameras to navigate around obstacles and through the maze-like interior of buildings. The idea is not to replace guide dogs or canes, but to supplement so that the world of the blind can expand. This capability goes beyond the technology we posted earlier this year that only dealt with navigation outdoors. Either way, it's all a very cool development and use of GPS.

    ReadMore at CNN

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    Microsoft Streets & Trips 2007

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    So Microsoft has launched their Streets and Trips 2007 software. The software package Microsoft Streets and Trips 2007 with GPS Locator ships with a new pharos GPS module that uses the SiRF star III chipset for a highly accurate reading in tough conditions. The upgrade is a welcome addition as the SiRF star III chipset has become almost a cost of entry for the GPS world. The low power draw is also a big plus. Microsoft Streets and Trips 2007(software only) is also available. The version with the GPS receiver will cost $129 (list), and the software only version will cost $39 (list).

    These prices are comparable to the Delorme StreetAtlas 2007 prices, although a StreetAtlas 2007 DVD + GPS LT-20 bundle is available for $99. We have the StreetAtlas 2007 in for review and are putting it through its paces. There's a lot there and its taking us a while to get things summarized and wrapped up.

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    October 11, 2006

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    TomTom Bluetooth Compatibility Update

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    The endless rollout of mobile phones creates an endless update of compatibility charts for other devices that use the mobile phone Bluetooth connections. Well, TomTom has posted Bluetooth compatibility updates for the New TomTom ONE that has been breaking into the US market over the last month. The TomTom ONE has the ability to use your Bluetooth phone to connect to the TomTom PLUS services. The Plus services include weather forecasts, traffic updates and more.

    ReadMore HERE for more on compatibility.
    ReadMore HERE for info on TomTom PLUS

    Check out our review on the TomTom ONE – GPS Review: TomTom ONE Review by GPS Lodge


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    October 10, 2006

    Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Review by the GPS Lodge

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    In the short time I have had the Garmin Nuvi 660, I have to say that it’s the best GPS I have ever used. It has all of the features that make a GPS worth loving, and with its super bright widescreen, it really stands out in the sun. The slim form factor, at less than an inch thick, is great. For those who are familiar with the Garmin interface, this won’t be a huge departure from what you are used to, simplicity and ease of use reign. The integrated traffic TMC traffic receiver is a welcome addition that allows you to be aware of all the traffic issues that you can now avoid with your smart Nuvi 660 doing the navigating.


    UPDATE: I have posted my Review of the Nuvi 680 - check out its MSN direct capabilities.

    For a full list of my own Hands on Full Reviews of GPS units; Click - GPSLodge.com Hands On Reviews

    Update: Nuvi 660 Cost too much but still want a rock solid flat GPS? Want to Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. Nuvi 360 vs Nuvi 660?

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    October 9, 2006

    Price Drop: Garmin Nuvi 350


    I hope I have to write these for the rest of the year (I doubt they will keep up the price drops), but the price on the Garmin Nuvi 350 is below $540! If you review the capabilities on this, and some other GPS units, you'll see that this is a great deal for a really good GPS. I haven't seen them this cheap ever. Just a week ago they dropped this price to $599, from about $640. A $100 drop in price in 8 days. The flat form factor is great. See our Nuvi 350 Review Revisited for more information.

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    Update your Garmin C330 Software

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    So, every now and then you need to update your unit software on your GPS. The Garmin StreetPilot C330is no exception. Sometimes this might be for better map data, and sometimes it might be because Garmin has stuck a nice feature into the software. Well we recently revisited our review of the Garmin StreetPilot C330, and we still think that its a great value GPS in the mid-tier line. Well recently Garmin added the ability to navigate to your destination via another location into the StreetPilot C330 software. If it's been a while, the features that they added a while ago are even more compelling. It's not hard to update, just go to this page and follow the instructions.

    ReadMore at our Review of the Garmin StreetPilot C330.

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    BlogPire Podcast - Autumnal Festival Episode - Fun Fall Products 10.09.06

    Blogpire 144We feature all the things you need to get your Fall spirit rolling. Recipes and products from TheCookingNews.com and KitchenContraptions.com. Hear about all the latest natural products at ReallyNatural.com, and find out why we're excited about the Magic the Gathering card game expansion.

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    With Hosts: Russell Miner and Jay Brewer

    Program details after the jump...

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    Review: Garmin Forerunner 305 - Popular GPS for Runners

    Another good review has been put up on the Forerunner 305, citing its ease of use and its ability to help you train better. Since we originally reviewed the Forerunner 205, Garmin has introduced the Foot Pod, which straps onto your shoe and allows you to use your Forerunner on a treadmill. Admittedly, the reviewer felt a little silly wearing the thing on his shoe, but it worked well and as advertised. This is a big plus in my mind if you want to keep all of your training data in one place, whether you are on a treadmill or on a nice outdoor run.

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    October 8, 2006

    Garmin Nuvi: Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660


    January 2007 Update: Check out the comparison of the new Nuvi line including the Nuvi 680.

    So a lot of readers are interested in the Garmin Nuvi, and asking what's right for them. "Should I get the Nuvi 350?" "What's the advantage of the Nuvi 360?" "Is the Nuvi 660 the best GPS for me?" Well, let's look at a quick review of the capabilities of the three North American models of the Garmin Nuvi.

    First a little background: The Garmin Nuvi was launched with the Nuvi 350 as a travel companion, most likely figuring that only a business traveler would pay the $900 for the flat pocketable model. Well, a year later, Flat is in, the Nuvi has dropped significantly in price, and the idea that these are for travelers alone, is absurd. Anyone who owns a GPS would benefit from the flat form factor.

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    Review: Mio P550 PDA/GPS

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    Nice Review over at Clove on the Mio P550 GPS/PDA system. Overall, the Mio P350 has a windows system that also incorporates the GPS functionality for a smooth transition between applications. Mio is tearing up the GPS world lately with the launch of their Mio H610 GPS, a small pocketable and purse-able GPS that has a lot of people talking. The P550 come fairly well equipped with the SiRF Star III chipset, a 400 Mhz processor and 128MB of memory.

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    October 6, 2006

    Steals and Deals in GPS Land

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick 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 660 - Two big price drops in one week - very competitive market - now at $750.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price, dropping below $600!
  • 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. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

    More after the jump....

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  • RouteBuddy 1.1.1 Released - Mac Software for GPS Management

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    RouteBuddy is a GPS enabled Mapping Application for Mac OS X. Connect your USB Garmin to your Mac and synchronize Waypoints, Routes and Tracks with ease. RouteBuddy also works with NMEA or USGlobalSat devices to show position and additional data on a RouteBuddy Map. This release adds support for importing Geocache or GPX data, provides additional control over GPS status and position display, and addresses over thirty minor issues.

    RouteBuddy is a free demo download and requires Mac OS 10.3.9. If you like it, the full software costs about $99.

    ReadMore at RouteBuddy

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    Price Drop (Again): Garmin Nuvi 660

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    I can't believe I am writing this AGAIN, but the price on the Garmin Nuvi 660, has dropped below $750! I mean just last week Amazon started shipping the Nuvi 660, and now the second big price drop has hit and it's down about $250.

    We've got the Nuvi 660 in for review right now, and I am working hard to get the full review up as soon as possible.

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    October 5, 2006

    Editorial: 8 Things I would do if I were TomTom

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    I thought I would write down a few of the things that have been nagging at me about how to improve TomTom and make it better. This isn’t a rant or a flame on the company; it’s just that I love seeing GPS’s adopted and used by new people, and I think that some of these ideas can help with the adoption of the products and the quality of what TomTom offers to the marketplace. If you have some ideas, I’d love to hear them; leave a comment. Here we go:

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    Market Overview and the Next Generation of the GPS

    Decent article today in the Wall St. Journal that talks about the next generation of GPS devices. They have a big splash picture of the Mio H610 right at the top saying that it’s like a small iPod. They go on to talk about the Mio H610’s launch along with other new GPS units that are launching this Fall. If you’ve been hanging out here at the GPS Lodge, you’ll already know about all of the new GPS units that they talk about. The article is a classic, “Hey these GPS’s are actually pretty good” type of an article, but focuses on what is accurately a coming trend. The GPS capability will be adopted by more people, and used more and more away from the car in the future as pedestrians and bikers need navigation too.

    Finally I thought is was interesting that they cited sales predictions from Consumer Electronics Association forecasts that say sales of GPS navigation systems will grow 88% this year to 1.3 Million units, with sales expected to be 4.2 million units by 2010. This contrasts to the prediction for in-dash units only selling 225,000 units by 2010. I have to say, people want that portability, and it comes in flat GPS units like the Garmin Nuvi, the Mio C310, C710 and new H610, the TomTom ONE, and the newer Magellan RoadMate 2000 series line.

    ReadMore at WSJ

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    October 4, 2006

    Traffic.com Gets Patent for New Traffic Display on GPS

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    Traffic.com announced that it has been issued a patent for animated display of real-time traffic flow on maps. The patent applies to a graphical representation of a roadway system which depicts animated traffic flow. This will be interesting to see how far "Animated" goes; does it mean moving and alive, or does it mean changing in real-time. If it means the latter, then some current systems on GPS units might be covered by this patent. The third claim on the patent actually covers color coding of roadways, which is exactly what the current systems do.

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    Editorial: 11 things I would do if I were Garmin

    I thought I would write down a few of the things that have been nagging at me about how to improve Garmin and make it better. This isn’t a rant or a flame on the company; it’s just that I love seeing GPS’s adopted and used by new people. I think that some of these ideas can help with the adoption of the products and the quality of what Garmin offers to the marketplace. If you have some ideas, I’d love to hear them; leave a comment. If you think I am being unfair, hold on, the TomTom list is coming tomorrow. Here we go:


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    Garmin Zumo 550 - Quick Peek & Video Review

    So, Chet over at the Garmin Blog has posted a little video review montage of his new Garmin Zumo 550, and walks us through some of the features of this new motorcycle GPS. The unit is specifically designed to work on a motorcycle, with Bluetooth capabilities to transmit navigation commands to a wireless headset, it's waterproof, and works well with gloved hands. On top of this, its set up makes it easy to use with your left hand, so you won't be taking your right off the throttle to use the GPS!

    The unit also supports a nice feature that I would like on more GPS units; namely the ability to pre-program routes, much like you have on handheld devices. This will allow you to program in that long haul cruise from point to point taking the more scenic roads that are better for enjoying the ride than getting there fast.

    Take a look at the video below:

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    October 3, 2006

    New GPS: Navman F20

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    Navman announced today a new entry-level addition to its line of in-vehicle navigation products, the Navman F20. The basic unit comes in a flat form factor for less that $400, including a bunch of decent entry-level features: full maps, SiRF star III chipset, and an onboard battery. Looks like everyone is diving for the low end these days, just in time for the Holiday buying season. ArrowContinue reading: "New GPS: Navman F20"

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    Sign Up for the GPSLodge.com Mailing List & Win $50

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    We are giving away a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate to a randomly selected person who signs up for the GPSLodge.com mailing list. You can sign up in the right hand column on any page, or sign up in the space below. The winner will be chosen November 1st! If you are already a GPSLodge.com mailing list subscriber, you are already qualified.

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    Review: TomTom ONE Review by GPS Lodge

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    The TomTom ONE was recently announced with much hoopla here in the US, and then TomTom decided to send the new smaller form factor back to the Euro-land where the TomTom ONE debuted last year with a slightly larger form factor that did well in the market. They learned their lesson well; small form factor with basic features at an affordable price rocks (even without an MP3 player). Well, I have to say that the TomTom ONE does rock, it’s small size and sound feature set make it a solid contender in the market. I found the interface easy to use, and the unit easy to travel with.

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    Boston to Install Red Light Cameras?

    Well known in other cities and in Europe, Boston is trying to move forward with the installation of Red Light cameras. The mayor of Boston has been trying to get a measure passed for a while, but has been stopped by legal and insurance hurdles. Now he is trying to get cameras installed in specific locations, which will limit the scope of the law and presumably the concern over the change.

    With many models of GPS units, you can download the locations of the Red Light Cameras as custom POI's that allow you to be warned when approaching them, which can help you make sure you are on the right side of the law. One such site in the US that has a vast database of custom POIs is gps-poi-us.com. Check them out, they have Red Light Camera locations for all over the US, as well as other up to date POI databases (Restaurants, Stores, etc) available for download.

    More on POI Databases and Boston Installing Cameras

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    October 2, 2006

    Rumor: TomTom working on Smaller GPS

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    So, rumors are out on new GPS units coming in the new year, and this one is juicy. The folks over at YourNav have a bead on some TomTom information that is really quite interesting following the launch of the TomTom ONE. Seems that TomTom is potentially developing a new smaller device that would have a 2.8 inch screen, much like the new Mio H610 device that is launching now. The new smaller size would go a long way to making these portable in purses and pockets so that they can navigate you and your car where ever you may need. We’ve long seen that women like the GPS not for the gadget coolness, but for the practicality and the reassurance it can bring when navigating in unfamiliar places. Looks like TomTom is playing for that market hard with this one.

    More at YourNav

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    Price Drop: Garmin Nuvi 350 and 660

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    I can't believe I am writing this already, but the price on the Garmin Nuvi 660, has dropped below $900, meanwhile the price on the Garmin Nuvi 350 is below $600. Hang on because these things are hot at that price, and the last time Amazon did this, they eventually went into back-order mode.

    So last week, Amazon started shipping the Nuvi 660, and now the price is down over $100 from the list price that this all started at.
    We've got the Nuvi 660 in for review right now, and fresh off a weekend in New Hampshire driving around looking at things, I have to say it's pretty good! We needed to stop along the way for food Friday night, in a few taps the Nuvi was spitting out food Points of Interest along our route that we could stop at. Tap one and the Nuvi 660 directed us right there. Eat, come back, and Bam! we were back on our route, with the Nuvi giving us directions back to the highway and on to our original destination.

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    What is TMC Traffic?

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    The TMC stands for Traffic Message Channel, and is a great way to get Traffic issues sent to your GPS via FM signals that can’t be picked up by a normal FM car stereo. TMC is a specific application of the RDS or Radio Data System for silently transmitting information like traffic and weather over FM signals. This data-only traffic signal is sent out via ClearChannel communications (in the US), with data provided by Inrix, a large aggregator of traffic information. This TMC signal gives you easy real-time warnings of tie-ups, accidents, slow traffic, and allows you and your GPS to avoid these messes, and is always on. The service is available in about 50 cities across the US. The ClearChannel System has an advantage over traffic.com based systems because it has a broader reach and can get you traffic information on more roads that the competition. Here’s why:

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    Geocaching Contest - October Theme - "Adventure"

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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 "Adventure" so go out and take those pictures with a Adventure 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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