December 29, 2006

GPS Steals and Deals

So, didn't get that GPS like you wanted? There are still some good deals out there on popular models. A lot of rebates are coming to a close in the next few weeks, Garmin's $50 rebate on Handhelds (below) and the TomTom GiveGive rebate program (also below) are two that have been popular.


Our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide is still a good point of reference for shoppers post-holidays.

The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon - Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $460; Down $200 in a couple of months.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; a few weeks ago this was over $600.


    Mio C310x - Fry's is still running this at $198. Know what you are buying - Check out our Review of the Mio C310x.

    Other Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $735 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $325 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Skip it and buy the Garmin C530 whose price is down to $399. Better chipset, and better screen for about the same price.

    tomtom100small._V35466788_.jpgRemember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100.

  • TomTom ONE for $290 after $100 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds.

  • Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $390! See our Review of the TomTom ONE.


    More after the jump including the Garmin Handheld Rebate items....

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  • December 29, 2006

    TeleAtlas On the Move

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    I had the opportunity to talk with Jay Benson of TeleAtlas the other day about the TeleAtlas maps and their recent updates that were released to navigation device makers (TomTom has released their map updates in the US, and Mio should in the next few months). TeleAtlas acquired GDT in 2004 and they have been maintaining separate map database files and map products up until this year. This year, they combined the files and brought the best of each together to make a pretty good jump in quality that should be hitting the market with recent GPS map file releases.

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    December 29, 2006

    Garmin Training Center For Mac OS X Tiger Edition

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    Garmin announced the Garmin Training Center software is now compatible with Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger." Garmin Training Center software is used with Garmin's Forerunner and Edge series fitness products. Garmin announced last year that they would move towards offering their software on Mac in the future. This is good news for those of us who use Macs.

    "This is a great day for Garmin and Mac customers because it is the first time a major GPS manufacturer has offered direct Mac support," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "With this new Mac compatible software, Mac owners will have our popular training tools at their fingertips."

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    December 28, 2006

    New Garmin GPS Units at CES 2007

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    The CES show in January has been a great opportunity for manufacturers to introduce to buyers their newest and greatest products that are going on sale in the coming months, just before the hopping summer vacation and driving season. For GPS manufacturers, like Garmin, this is the biggest sales opportunity other than the holiday buying season. CES isn’t the only opportunity for manufacturers to introduce items before the summer driving season, as March will bring around a similar show in Europe, CeBIT.

    We know that Garmin will be introducing the new Garmin Nuvi 670/680 at the show, as they have already been mentioned as an award recipient for the new MSN direct/SPOT capabilities for the unit. But, what else will Garmin introduce?


    UPDATE: I have posted my Review of the Nuvi 680

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    December 28, 2006

    Welcome New GPS Users

    I am getting a lot of email from new users of GPS units, and I want to say welcome to the GPS Lodge, and welcome to the world of GPS Navigation. We've got a lot of information here about some of the most popular GPS navigation systems of the season, and I thought I would help you out by pointing out a few posts that might just make things easier for you:

    Mio C310x
    A lot of people bought these over the holidays, and I reviewed the unit a couple of weeks ago. I was able to interview the product manager and she gave me some information about the plans for the Mio c310x upgrades and updates.

    Garmin
    If you got an "x" model handheld GPS, don't forget to get your rebate forms in.

    Garmin has several excellent models, and you can take a look at all of our Garmin reviews here, or here are some shortcuts to popular model reviews:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350 Review
  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Review
  • Garmin C340 Review

    TomTom
    TomTom just released their US Map upgrade, so don't miss out on this update to your map database. It includes a lot of new roads, Points of interest, and more. Also see my review of the TomTom ONE.

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  • December 27, 2006

    Up to Date Custom POI Databases for your GPS

    OK, so you've got your new GPS, and you can't find all the Starbucks in the area, or maybe you are heading somewhere warm for a winter break, and you want all the locations of your favorite restaurant chain on your new GPS. Are you sure they are in your GPS? While the GPS manufacturers are trying to keep up, there can be up to a year lag between the time the place opens up and the time you get it on your GPS. Well there's a place you can get updated (regularly) Points of Interest databases at GPS POI US, a website that maintains 100 databases for loads of key categories, like:

  • RV Parks/campgrounds (6400+ locations),
  • Starbucks (8932 locations and up to 100 new ones each month),
  • Quizno's Subs (4638 locations),
  • WalMarts (3462 locations)
  • Flying J Travel Plazas,
  • FedEx Kinkos, and other retail retail stores.

    The databases range in price from a few dollars on up according to how many locations in each database.

    Red Light and Intersection Camera Database
    One of the more interesting, and apparently popular databases is of the Red Light and Intersection cameras that can save you a bundle if you can avoid getting caught. The database has over 2800 locations across the US that are using safety cameras to nab you if you are speeding or breaking the law. I know that these are becoming more popular as police departments are strapped for cash and resources. Anyway, not advocating breaking the law, but the $25 annual subscription could certainly help keep your driving record clean.

    Installation on Garmin devices is easy, as there is a Garmin program that you can download to install Points of Interest on your GPS. There is some information at GPS POI US to help you understand if you can load POI on your GPS system.

    More at GPS POI US

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  • December 23, 2006

    TomTom wins Round II versus Garmin; Well Not Really

    Update: It appears that we didn't have the Garmin side of thing when we wrote this.....

    Originally, it appeared that TomTom won round II in the Garmin vs. TomTom patent dispute, but it appears that this may be a draw. Garmin won round I over in Europe. But, like any fight, there are three rounds to this story, as there is another patent dispute coming up in a couple of months in Texas. So if you read Garmin's press release, they indicate that the judge did not support the charges that TomTom brought alleging that Garmin infringed on 3 patents that they licensed in the US. The judgement also does not support the charges that TomTom is infringing on Garmin patents.

    The most recent suit was dismissed in a summary judgement, "The decision finds that all five Garmin patents asserted against TomTom in the lawsuit are either invalid or not infringed by TomTom's popular line of navigation products," said the judgement.

    In a bit of an odd statement coming on the heels of their own wasteful court battle in Europe, TomTom Chief Executive officer Harold Goddijn said in a statement, "We are hopeful that Garmin will return to competing in the marketplace instead of wasting resources on litigation."

    When you are talking billions of dollars in sales, and millions of dollars in profits, that's just how the game is played Harold, you know that.

    Garmin's side: "We are pleased with Judge Crabb's rejection of TomTom's infringement claims against Garmin", said Andrew Etkind, Garmin's General Counsel. "Garmin will continue to take all necessary action against those who misappropriate the innovations developed by Garmin's engineers. While Garmin would prefer not to litigate, it will not stand idly by and allow others, like TomTom, to exploit Garmin's technology." I guess no comment on whether or not their patents are actually valid.... which is apparently up in the air. again, we'll see more in Round III.

    Garmin's press release

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    December 22, 2006

    HP iPAQ rx5000 to be Released

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    The HP Line of navigators appears to be growing more and more these days. The iPaq rx5000 Travel Companion is reportedly set to be released. This PDA featuring a 3.5 inch touchscreen and the SiRF star III chipset, along with some other goodies like WiFi and bluetooth connectivity. You'll apparently be able to enjoy music and videos via Win Media 10 and the SD card slot. No word on pricing or availability, but I think it's time to check these out.....

    Via UberGizmo and AVING

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    Garmin Edge 305 Review

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    The Garmin Edge line is a fitness trainer GPS that allows you to track your progress while riding a bike. The unit also has some pretty sophisticated capabilities that allow you to set training rides and keep up with those expectations if you can that you set for yourself electronically while sitting in your comfy chair at home. There's a new review on the Garmin Edge up on the internet that talks about the good and the bad, while also touching on the data analysis capabilities of the included software and the available online services. The review is brief, and points out that the unit is designed with PC only software, which can be used on the Mac with Boot Camp. Eventually Garmin is committed to developing Mac based applications.... we hope.

    ReadMore at O'Grady's PowerPage

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    December 21, 2006

    Nuvi 660 Price Drop: $736 at Amazon

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    Amazon has dropped the prices on the Garmin Nuvi 660 to their lowest yet; $736. The problem is if you want to stick it under the tree, they are saying that they "Usually ship in 2 to 3 days" which means no can do for Christmas morning. But hey, if you don't need it to go under a tree, it's the lowest price on the Nuvi 660 that they have offered. I know a lot of people trust Amazon, so there you go.

    More at Amazon

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    Rumors: Mio C310x Deal/Sales

    Coming into the final weekend before Christmas, I have heard some rumors from readers that there will be some deals put up on the Mio C310x. No word on price, or which retailers, but the sales would most likely be short lead time items, like Manager's Specials, or 3 day blow outs, or something like that. Not something published in circulars that were planned and printed in advance.

    Look for retailers to move inventory (if they have any) out the door before Christmas. We've been seeing the units on sale at Staples for $199 this past week, which is about the best price we've seen ($198 at Fry's too), since Black Friday. I would expect a similar price on any sales. One reader wrote in to not trust the internet "Sold Out" markings for local store inventories. Call the stores to ask if they have any; sometimes the internet and the store inventory amounts don't match.

    If ANYONE hears of such a sale/deal on Mio's this weekend, let me know, or post a comment.

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    December 20, 2006

    V7 MyGuide 1000 GPS

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    V7/My Guide unveiled its Navigator 1000 GPS product. Targeted at the entry-level GPS retail market, the Navigator 1000 is a portable navigation device (PND) that allows users to see and hear where they are and how to get to their destination.

    The MyGuide V7 Navigator 1000 comes with many features typically available only in much-higher priced models, including a 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen, 320 x 240 resolution, touch-screen enabled, turn-by-turn voice instruction in 23 languages, SD card technology, expandable storage, picture viewer, MP3-audio and AVI-video capabilities. The unit carries a two-year warranty and includes mounting hardware.

    From the pictures, it appears that the unit runs the iGo software that also runs in the Mio C310x.

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    TomTom ONE and Garmin i-5 "Best Buys"; Nuvi 350 Top Rated

    So a Consumer Reporting magazine is publishing (online) a review of GPS receivers, and both the TomTom ONE and the Garmin StreetPilot i-5 are rated as Best Buys.

    They give the following as Best Picks: Garmin Nuvi 350, Magellan Roadmate 3050T, the TomTom GO 510, the TomTom ONE and the Garmin StreetPilot i-5. The Garmin Nuvi 350 was highest rated, but since they listed it at a price of $700 (and $600 in another area of the article; whoops!), I guess that knocked it out of "Best Buy" status. Anyone hanging around the GPS Lodge, knows that the Nuvi 350 and the TomTom ONE can be had online for about the same price. Odd that they didn't pick up on this.

    My advice is NOT to buy the Garmin SP i-5 because for very little more money, you can move up to the Garmin C330 which has the same operating system, pre-loaded maps of North America, and a 3.5 inch touchscreen for MUCH easier data entry and readability (the i-5 does not have a touchscreen, and data is entered via a roller wheeel). The extra $30-$40 bucks is worth it.


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    New North American Map Updates for TomTom - Special Prices

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    TomTom let me know this morning that they released their map updates for their personal navigation devices, and they are available for a limited time at a reduced price of $49. The deal is good through February 9,2007. What's in the TomTom Map Updates? The new update features 410,000 miles of new roads in the US and Canada, six million POI, including half a million new POI and should really fill in a lot of blanks for users.

    The normal cost is $149, so the limited time offer is a pretty good deal. See the FAQ at the link below for more details, and how you can back up your favorites file because if you don't the map update can wipe them out.

    Go to the TomTom Website for more details

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    Solar Powered GPS Trackable Clothing at CES 2007

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    Here's a fun line of clothing that might just help out in case of emergency, Covert Asset Tracking Systems (C.A.T.S. eye) has announced the new clothing line that will include the ability to track the wearer via included GPS over the internet..... the clothing will be made of a waterproof and machine washable material that will also be made of some sort of solar cell technology so that it will be self powering. They are planning future models to include the ability to have a built in microphone and headset. Expect the clothing to be on display at CES in January 2007 along with several other GPS innovations from other companies.

    “Our aim is to provide people with a means of high-level personal safety which requires little or no maintenance and has minimal detrimental impact upon their working or social lifestyles. For individuals who work or play in dangerous environments, the knowledge that someone, somewhere will know where you are and that you are safe or that they will be alerted if you get into trouble, is going to be invaluable.” Lee Walkey MiSMM Managing Director.

    Via Raw Feed

    Press Release

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    Pharos Drive 140 Review

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    PC Mag has posted a review of the Pharos Drive 140 navigation system. In his review, Craig Ellison walks through some of the features that work and don't work on the Pharos GPS. The unit runs on a Windows platform and Ostia navigation engine software. It features a widescreen format, while still maintaining a smallish form factor that is still able to fit in a pocket and go on the road with you. Performance was good, but there are a few stumbles that hurt an overall solid review.

    Specifically, you can't search for POI's other than in your current area; i.e. not along your route, and the unit is designed with the maps on the included 2GB card. If you want to load the multimedia unit with more than 50MB of your own content, you'll need to remove the maps. This would of course kill your ability to navigate.

    The unit also offers Bluetooth connectivity for handsfree calling.

    ReadMore at PC Mag

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    Third NextGen GPS Satellite Declared Operational

    The next generation GPS satellite was recently declared operational. The Block IIR-M satellite is designed to enhance capabilities of the GPS satellite systems. There are a series of 30 GPS satellites in orbit, and the three new generation series will offer increased signal strength, as well as some specialized capabilities for the military; you know the owners of the GPS satellite systems! These enhanced military capabilities include improved accuracy, enhanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities.

    A fourth NextGen satellite is scheduled to launch in early 2007.

    Via

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    NAVTEQ Releases Maps for Sweden and Norway

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    NAVTEQ continues to expand coverage in areas that appear to court the European markets, with the addition of Norway and Sweden. Earlier this year, they announced availability of Italy, Poland, and Finland.

    NAVTEQ’s Detailed Coverage enables the most precise functionality for customers using NAVTEQ maps to develop the full range of navigation and location enabled applications, including turn-by-turn navigation applications requiring the most fully attributed and accurate digital map data. NAVTEQ’s Detailed Coverage maps include collection of up to 200 data attributes such as access restrictions, one-way streets and speed limits for each link in the road network, and the coverage of virtually every road from the highest volume multi-lane highways to the smallest residential streets. Additionally, over 60 categories of Points of Interest (POIs) are collected and geo-referenced to the road network.

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    December 19, 2006

    Traffic.com Upgrades with TrafficPro Service

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    Traffic.com announced that they are launching a new program to offer not only traffic reporting on sensor based roads, but they are also offering a comprehensive holistic solution that considers current traffic flow readings as well as historic data incorporation and local event considerations for a better approach to traffic understanding. Bottom line is that they are getting better at predicting traffic issues. They are also offering confidence factors, a way of offering you a read on how variable the travel times will be due to traffic. This all seems like a pretty good response to the Inrix lead on this approach. Inrix is all about two things in my mind; 1) incorporation of historical data to predict traffic across a particular route, and 2) using fleet vehicle data to gather traffic information on roads not covered by road sensors. It appears that Traffic.com has answered the competitive threat #1 above, but not #2.

    Either way, this is good news for us. Traffic continues to be on the horizon for me as a killer capability for the GPS. I like it when things get better.

    Full press release follows:

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    GlobalSat and RouteBuddy at MacWorld - GPS and the Mac

    GlobalSat Technologies Corporation, an industry leader in GPS technology and RouteBuddy, a UK Mac software developer, are joining forces with a strategic alliance to provide unprecedented GPS mapping accuracy to Mac users. They will be at MacWorld San Francisco in January 2007.

    GPS enabled mapping on the Mac has finally come of age with a wide range of GPS devices from USGlobalSat and the latest iteration of arguably the most exciting Mac Mapping application ever with the release of RouteBuddy software.

    "Accuracy, ease-of-use and reliability were our primary objectives in bringing a solution to Mac users," says Neil Wilson-Harris, CEO of RouteBuddy. "We've always known there has been a large void for Mac users to get decent and up-to-date map data in the past, in addition to finding a GPS hardware manufacturer who was willing to support Mac O/S devices, but that's all changed. Our RouteBuddy mapping software has been in development for over "X" years and it's been written specifically for Mac, not some adapted or modified Windows code."

    "In addition to a quality maps, we've found GlobalSat GPS receivers met our quality criteria and have thoroughly been tested and certified as being compatible with our RouteBuddy software."

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    Mio H610 - Another Review

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    A review on the Mio H610 has come out of the UK retailer Unbeatable, and they give it a mixed review. When I used the unit, I thought that the interface was a bit crowded, and the software did have bit of a longer learning curve due to a lot of features jammed in there, but Unbeatable really knocks them for this. I didn’t think that it was terrible, and most gadget people could get past this with an average level intuition. Unbeatable does like the design aspects of the unit, and explores the whole “Designed for a woman” angle, which I am not even going to touch… I don’t really care who it is designed for, because it’s a well designed machine that could very well be the start of the small GPS trend.

    Anyway, read their point of view for yourselves – More at Unbeatable.
    Read my Review on the Mio H610.

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    December 18, 2006

    SiRF sues Global Locate for Patent Infringement

    Wow, on the heels of the speculation last week that TomTom is looking at Global Locate as a second source of GPS chips, SiRF steps up and is suing Global Locate. SiRF announced today that it has filed a patent infringement complaint against Global Locate and its U.S. distributor, Innovation Sales Southern California, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. SiRF's complaint alleges infringement by Global Locate and its distributor of four of SiRF's GPS technology patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,091,904; 7,043,363; 6,850,557; and 6,636,178. SiRF's complaint requests an award of both monetary damages and an injunction to prevent further infringement. Hummmm, if you are TomTom do you want to source chips that could get wrapped up in patent litigation?

    "Today's suit reflects our determination to protect our intellectual property," said Nicolas S. Gikkas, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel. "SiRF has a responsibility to its stockholders and employees to protect the intellectual property developed or acquired at great expense by the company. SiRF intends to ensure that its intellectual property, which covers GPS components and systems among other things, is respected and is used only by those authorized to do so."

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    December 17, 2006

    Mio C310x Updates; Map Fixes and more

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    Update: Mio Has Announced a Map Update for the Mio C310X! - 6/29/07

    Update: The Washington DC Mio Routing Issue Fix is now posted at the Mio Site

    I had the opportunity to talk with Mio the other day in a wide-ranging conversation that helped me understand a lot about where things are at with the Mio C310x and where they are going with some of the key concerns that I (and a lot of my readers) have about the unit. Specifically, I spoke with the product manager Isabella Hoogland at Mio. The bottom line is that I get the sense that they are working hard to fix outages and make sure that their new found popularity is a positive experience for their customers. They have added support people to help handle the surge of comment and questions, and are dealing with some big issues head-on.

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    December 15, 2006

    Clarion NICE P2000 Battery Recall

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    Looks like the recently announced Clarion NICE P2000 has some battery issues, like a lot of other electronic gizmos lately. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission the batteries are overheating:

    " The N.I.C.E. P200 is a black portable navigation and entertainment device that can be attached to a vehicle’s windshield. The device has a 4-inch touch screen LCD monitor and contains one lithium battery. “Clarion” and “N.I.C.E. P200” are printed on the device. “Clarion NAVBATTERY,” “Rechargeable Li-Polymer Battery,” and “Made in Korea” are printed on the battery. Only N.I.C.E. P200 units with serial numbers ending in “UE” or “UF” are affected by this recall. The serial number is located on a white label on the back of the device."

    The company is sending out new batteries to users who send in their old ones.


    More at Clarion and the Consumer Product Safety Commission

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    GPS Steals and Deals - 12/15

    The Shopping season is winding down, and today is the LAST DAY for free shipping at Amazon on GPS models to get them in time for Christmas. (You can always pay for faster shipping and shop through next week.)


    How are you doing? Check out our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.


    Many "Offline" there are lots of sales that outright stink.... "$100 off" they promise. Check online first; Offline at Staples this week - Garmin C530 on "Special" for $499; Amazon = $399; save a cool $100.

    The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon - Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $460; Down $200 in a couple of months.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; a few weeks ago this was over $600.


    Mio C310x - This is the off-line exception. Staples is going to run another sale this coming week - $199 for this unit. The rest of their GPS deals stink. Apparently Fry's is also going to run this at $198 in the coming days. New shipments should be hitting retailers after the blowout over Thanksgiving. Know what you are buying - Check out our Review of the Mio C310x.

    Other Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $750 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $310 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Skip it and buy the Garmin C530 whose price is down to $399. Better chipset, and better screen for the same price.

    tomtom100small._V35466788_.jpgRemember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100.

  • TomTom ONE for $290 after $100 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds.

  • Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $390! See our Review of the TomTom ONE.


    More after the jump....

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  • New Review: Magellan RoadMate 6000T

    There's a review of the Magellan 6000T coming out of the UK that takes a look at the new high end Magellan market entry that includes things like Traffic and Bluetooth handsfree calling. In a previous review by Pocket Lint, they thought that the Magellan 6000T was "disappointing". The review wades through some pluses and minuses of the unit, like the fact that the bluetooth calling was solid, and the navigation was good. The issues are mainly with the product design (10 buttons surrounding a touchscreen makes for a repetitive and a bit unnecessary design) and the software interface. This is troubling as I am finding that software issues in other units that I use can weigh on you daily as you try to go through normal tasks.

    Their summary says "Looking at specs alone the Magellan Roadmate 6000t is a tempting proposition and the core functions such as Bluetooth and, essentially, address finding are pretty good. However, some poor physical and software design decisions threaten to undermine that good work and over complicate what should really be straight forward tasks. However, you can pick one up for a little under £300 if shop around, so there is a silver lining at least."

    ReadMore at Techdigest


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    Rocket Powered Sleigh Icon for Garmins - 'Tis the season

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    If you have one of the newer Garmin units, like the entire Nuvi line, or C500 series, you can load icons onto the unit so that you can be a race car, or maybe even a red sleigh for the season. It's rocket powered, so I am sure it will look like you are even going faster across your 3-D map.

    Enjoy.

    Download the Sleigh

    Via Garmin Blog

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    TomTom without SiRF?

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    So some speculation has hit the newsroom over what may be a strategy for TomTom to trim costs and move to a more competitive situation when sourcing key components of their GPS line. Key components can drive the costs of the finished product, and lately we've seen TomTom, a long time TeleAtlas user, move to NAVTEQ maps for the TomTom RIDER. Some analysts are speculating that TomTom may be looking at Global Locate a chip provider and NOT SiRF for their next generation TomTom ONE device. TomTom essentially declined to comment about the speculation.

    Aside: Hummm, next generation TomTom ONE; what could that look like? Whatever it is, price will be a driving factor on the sales prospect if the events of the last three weeks is any indicator of how high is up on the GPS market.


    ReadMore at Reuters

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    December 14, 2006

    November Sales and Share Shake-up in the GPS Market

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    Well, we're finally seeing some numbers come out on the GPS buying frenzy that happened over Black Friday and the following days. We recently reported that GPS sales on Black Friday were up 670% over year ago levels, reflecting what you probably already know if you're here at the GPS Lodge; GPS navigations systems are hot! Sales are hot and market shares are all over the place; I think we've got ourselves a horse race!

    Sales figures and the Share shake-up after the jump....

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    Review: Bushnell NAV-500 Arrives for Review

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    A couple of weeks ago, Bushnell announced the introduction of the NAV 500 GPS navigation system for the automobile. The unit comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen, pre-loaded maps of North America, and is driven by the SiRF star III chipset. The unit offers turn by turn spoken directions, but not text to speech directions that tell you the name of the street to turn onto. The internal lithium ion battery should keep you running for several hours without needing power. The unit is flat, and that's a good thing; I like flat GPS units. The outside back of the unit has a cool rubberized coating to it that feels comfortable in the hand and offers a nice soft touch feel that won't slip out of your hand. ArrowContinue reading: "Review: Bushnell NAV-500 Arrives for Review"

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    Got AMEX? TomTom GO 700 for $299


    So American Express is known for some wacky deals around the holidays, like selling Porches for $5,000 (limit 3 per year), and such, but this little deal looks to be a decent one for a TomTom GO 700 at $299 (sorry TomTom GiveGive rebate won’t apply), as long as supplies last and as long as you have an American Express Card. The TomTom GO 700 is last generation technology, but is a solid navigation device with Bluetooth handsfree capability.

    Quick check at Amazon has it at $399, so this not a bad price at $299.

    More at American Express My Wishlist

    Via Club TomTom

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    December 13, 2006

    New GPS Features at CES 2007

    Update: See all of the new GPS units from the CES 2007 show on our homepage.

    After watching the GPS world for a while and seeing what's hot and changing in the world of GPS units, I wanted to lay out some predictions on what is on the way for new GPS products in the new year, and potentially as early as the CES in January 2007 taking place at Las Vegas.

    In looking back at this past year, we saw a huge surge of GPS sales, especially in the holiday season that is establishing the GPS in more and more households as the GPS goes mainstream. We saw a lot of new announcements from the biggies, as well as the not so big names as they figure on capturing part of the 80+% growth in the market.

    OK, below are 5 trends that I think we'll see emerging or continuing to emerge in 2007, starting with the CES show in January.

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    TomTom Ad Out Take and Blooper Reels

    So we came across this blooper reel on You Tube that has some funny out takes from the the ads supporting the TomTom GiveGive campaign. The GiveGive runs through early January, and gets you $100 off any TomTom, dropping the TomTom ONE to a very respectable $399 at Amazon, and lower at other online locations like $290 after mail in rebate at TheNerds. Definitely some prices to get excited about.


    If you want to look at others go to the TomTom Out Take Channel.

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    December 12, 2006

    The Basics of the GPS This Holiday Season; GPS Sales up 670%

    David Hayes over at the Kansas City Star has put up a good article focusing on the basics of the GPS and how to get started. It answers a lot of basic questions around how GPS units work, what do they cost, and what will they do for you (maybe more importantly what they won't do for you).

    In the article he points out that sales for GPS units were up 670% from a year ago for the week ending November 25th; essentially the Black Friday blowout was the key driver. The NPD group offered the data. They indicated that the average selling price of a GPS on Black Friday was down more than 50% from $684 last year to $322 this year. My hunch is that the Mio C310x for $149 drove a lot of that. Obviously other units were at great prices too all over the place.

    ReadMore at the KC Star

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    December 11, 2006

    Win a Nuvi 350


    I'm always up for a free GPS; well here's a place where you can enter to win a new Garmin Nuvi 350. Honestly, I've never heard the Kim Komando radio show, but if they want to give me prizes for entering, especially a Nuvi 350, what the heck.

    Go to the Kim Komando Site for entry and rules.

    Via Garmin Blog


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    Trimble Acquires @Road for $496 Million

    Trimble is acquiring @Road for $496 million. The mobile resource management firm helps enterprise level clients improve productivity for on the road professionals. This is the kind of stuff that helps plan a delivery truck route for optimum efficiency. The business has got to get big, as traffic gets worse, fuel prices climb and the technology improves to help drive these efficiencies. So imagine not only the best route, but the route optimized to avoid traffic that is predicted from historic data patterns. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the GPS industry grows and if the biggies stick to devices only or break off into non-device revenue streams in a major way like this.

    Via Information Week

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    December 8, 2006

    GPS Steals and Deals (TomTom ONE $290) - 12/8

    tomtom100small._V35466788_.jpgRemember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100.

  • TomTom ONE for $290 after $100 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds.

  • Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $399! See our Review of the TomTom ONE.


    How are you doing? Check out our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.


    "Offline" there are lots of sales that outright stink.... "$100 off" they promise. Check online first; Offline I saw a Nuvi 350 the other day on "Special" for $599; you can save $150 at Amazon, but you knew that already.

    Nuvi's are selling hard with the recent price drops, Flat is in and these prices are way down from a few weeks ago:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $450; Down $200 in a couple of months.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; WOW - a couple of weeks ago this was over $600.


    Run out of options for getting the Mio C310x at a store? There have been tight supplies of the Mio C310x in stores since the big blowout on Black Friday and the parade of $199 sales for the unit. The Staples near me doesn’t have any and they aren’t expecting any in for a while. Well a quick check of eBay shows a couple of hundred up for grabs. It appears that they are going for anywhere between $200 - $250.

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $750 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $310 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this year this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $350. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • "2 'fer" Deal at MotionBased - Not really a deal on a GPS, but if you buy a year's subscription to the GPS fitness service, you get a second one free.

    More after the jump....

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  • Emtac Mini-S3 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

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    There's a new tiny GPS bluetooth GPS receiver on the market, and it's pretty darn small, it's the new Emtac Mini-S3 Bluetooth GPS receiver. No you won't need a brick-sized GPS module hanging around on a cable anymore; this thing is small enough to fit in your hand and with its rubberized surface, it won't be sliding all over the place either. The SiRF star III chipset will certainly help you pull in a satellite signal, and make it a lot more convenient to carry. I have found that when you are using a SiRF star III chipset powered GPS, you don't have to be as careful about where you put the thing; you can carry the unit where it's convenient, not where it has the perfect view of the sky. Price should be around $99 list.

    Prese Release Follows

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    Go Green; Go GPS

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    Interesting data over at GPS Tracklog. They grabbed some data from TeleAtlas study that says life gets simpler and greener when you use a GPS:

  • Shortens driving distance by 5%
  • Reduces travel time by 13%
  • Reduces wrong turns by 37%
  • Cuts stops for drivers re-orienting themselves by 33%
  • Reduces collisions 2.5%
  • Burns 12.5% less fuel
  • Reduces emissions by 7%

    Can't say what the baseline is, but it must be some kind of "When taking a trip..." or "When driving in an unfamiliar place...." type of deal.


    Via GPS Tracklog

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  • December 7, 2006

    GPS for PSP available

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    So, apparently just in time for Christmas, and if you are living in Japan, the GPS for the PSP has gone on sale for about $60. Will I buy one? Not right away. Is it going to be useful? Who knows, but it has a certain coolness factor, doesn't it? I mean the Japanese have a certain ability to create what's possible, and not always what's needed.

    While there are a few titles that are planned or available for the PSP with GPS capabilities, these things are going to be cool when you can roam around a playing field that has been generated from real satellite images, and you get to wear goggles for what will seem like a real world rendered reality playing type game....

    Via

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    New GPS Units at CES for 2007

    CES GPS Award Winners

    Don't Miss our New GPS CES Coverage - Check out the Homepage!

    Well, it's not too far away - The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for 2007. This year's CES should have a whole host of new GPS models for us to drool over. Last year, CES brought us a wave of new GPS announcements from Garmin and Magellan, and served as the start for the New GPS model season.

    Things have changed quite a bit, and this year's holiday shopping season has shown that the GPS is here to play with the big boys in terms of being a mass market electronic gadget that people really want. We saw loads of interest on Black Friday for a lot of value product priced to break down doors, as well as some nice promotions on tried and true brands like TomTom and Garmin.

    This year, we have already seen a wide variety of products pre-announced for CES winning innovation awards including units for Garmin, RoadMax, Pharos, TomTom and Dash Express. Look for announcements from all of these manufacturers and more as the field has opened up from a few to a lot.

    CES runs January 8-11, 2007 - reserve the date, we'll be looking for New GPS announcements from major manufacturers starting the week before.

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    December 6, 2006

    Review: Mio C310x Review by GPS Lodge

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    Update: Mio Has Announced a Map Update for the Mio C310X!

    Update: Catch all the info on the Mio C310x at GPSLodge.


    I wanted to get a review of the Mio C310x up for all the folks still considering buying this unit. Mio had the C310 out earlier this year (see my review) and up versioned the unit by putting in a better set of navigation software that is based on iGo software from PDAMill. The software has a nice interface and on the C310x, a fairly straightforward layout that allows the user to navigate quickly and easily without jumping through too many hoops. The unit is small and thin enough to fit in my shirt pocket, and is a generally well-designed GPS. It’s flat and less than an inch thick, has a set of buttons down the right side that instill confidence due to the rubberized texture, and a slight bulge out the top signaling the inclusion of the SiRF Star III chipset under the hood. In my use, the unit is good, and when balanced against the rock bottom price, is a great value. There are a few things that I’d like to fix, but on balance I am pretty happy with the Mio C310x. I think that Black Friday was Mio’s coming out party, and I’d like to welcome them to the big time of GPS models on the market.

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    Key to Happiness - Avoid Traffic

    traffic.jpgSaw this small article in the Wall Street Journal today written by Jonathan Clements about the Keys to Happiness (WSJ 12/6, p. D1). He talked with several experts who specialize in "Happiness Research", and reported back what he found. One of the items was to avoid traffic. Traffic is one of the least favorite things to deal with in life, and that tends to be because we're not in control of it. "Lack of control is what tends to induce stress in human beings", says Andrew Oswald, professor at England's Warwick University. I have to agree, I mean what's worse than knowing you need to be somewhere for [insert important work/personal appointment here] and you get caught in unexpected traffic.

    If you can't move closer to work to avoid traffic, my immediate idea was to get a traffic enabled GPS. If you live in a top metro area (where there's a lot of traffic), you are pobably served by TMC traffic flow and incident reporting. Here are some Traffic enabled GPS units on the market:

  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 (Optional add-on traffic antenna)
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 (Optional add-on traffic antenna)
  • Garmin StreetPilot C550
  • Garmin Nuvi 660
  • Magellan RoadMate 6000T
  • Magellan RoadMate 6000T

    TomTom - Add traffic via the TomTom PLUS services through your Bluetooth Phone

  • TomTom ONE
  • TomTom GO 510
  • TomTom GO 910

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  • Via Michelin X930 GPS available in US

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    So the Via Michelinn X-930 is coming to the US, as it is apparently done pretty well in Europe. The value play GPS system will get a passing grade on a lot of the basics, SiRF star III chipset, 3.5 inch touchscreen, NAVTEQ maps, on board battery, and a decent amount of Points of Interest (1.5 million). The unit has voice turn by turn directions, but not text to speech. Their line is considrable in Europe, where they offer a wide range of GPS options. We reported earlier this year that Via Michelin is looking at bringing in the higher end X-980T.


    It's available at J&R for under $300. I can't vouch for it, so, you'll need to check out other reviews or user comments.

    Via

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

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    December 5, 2006

    Inrix - Increased Traffic Flow Coverage - 47,000 miles and Counting


    Inrix announced today that they will expand their real time flow coverage to 73 metro markets around the country. This represents expanded coverage of up to 47,000 miles of roadway. Recall that Inrix has the "Dust Network" of 600,000+ fleet vehicles (delivery trucks, etc), that feed GPS data back alerting them to street level traffic situations, and they use fixed sensors like roadway flow monitors.

    Inrix provides feed data to most GPS systems that run on either the TMC delivery system from Clear Channel or the TomTom PLUS system; yup both use Inrix data. I still believe that intelligent GPS units that can deal with traffic situations in realtime will be a huge part of the navigation system appeal for years to come. You can't want one of these things for the once per year road trip, I want it to guide me daily and cut my commuting time in the process.

    Press release and coverage map link follows...

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    Philips Kills GPS Plans

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    Philips will not enter the GPS navigation market as earlier announced. The decision was arrived at because Phillips says that the declining prices and margins make the market unattractive as many other manufacturers are rushing into the market, driving average retail prices down. Philips is the largest European electronics manufacturer, and one has to think that the folks at TomTom are breathing a sigh o relief.

    Philips announced their intention to get into the market last June, then we got a glimpse of the new Philips GPS units (PNS 100, 120, 150) in July, and then finally in September they announced a delay of the GPS entries into the market, citing at the time, "We are still very motivated and committed to enter this market." I guess it just wasn't in the cards.

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    December 4, 2006

    GiveGive now $100 off a TomTom - Rebate Form Here

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    TomTom decided to juice up the holiday sales a bit more by continuing the GiveGive rebates, and doubling the amount in the process. The Rebate Form is valid for purchases between 11/22/06 and 1/3/07 for stores that didn't already give instant rebates.....now if you haven't sent your rebate form in, and you already bought your TomTom, you make out. What happens to those folks who already set in the $50 rebate form? Don't know yet.

    What happens to those folks who bought and got and instant rebate of $50? Go back and look at the retailer’s price to see if you can get a price match for another $50 off.

    Amazon already reflected the lower price on the line of TomTom devices; The TomTom ONE is now $399.

    Nerds TomTom ONE for $290!
    - A $390 list price at TheNerds just dropped to $290 after rebate for the TomTom ONE, They just posted the form and the discount.

    TomTom Rebate Form - $100 back - Download file

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    GPS Deals - The $9,999,999.99 GPS at Staples

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    I guess the $149 deal wasn't generating enough profit, so they decided to make back all the Black Friday money that they lost on all products for all time in just one sale of this GPS..... I wonder if it includes free delivery? I'll pass; hey "That was Easy"

    Thanks to reader RJ for sending this in.

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    NAVTEQ To Crowdsource Points of Interest (POI) Database

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    So while TeleAtlas is crowdsourcing their map development to some extent, NAVTEQ is getting distributed development of their Points of Interest database. They announced that they are going to have retailers like Starbucks, Walgreens and Outback Steakhouse directly access the POI database to keep things accurate and up to date. This is good news for people who use realtime updated search tools like ones available online, but for those of us who have portable navigation devices, it still means that the once per year update is going to be the slow way to get upgraded.... but at least it will be more accurate when it does get updated. Don't forget that the Dash Express GPS system will be updating this type of information in realtime via its two way onboard cellular system. (Dash is using TeleAtlas as a supplier though.)

    More on the NAVTEQ press release below

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    December 3, 2006

    Review: Garmin GPSMap 60CSx by GPS Lodge

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    Ok, it's been a while since we got our hands on the Garmin GPSMap 60CSx, and it's about time we wrote up this review. The Garmin GPSMap 60Csx sits at the top of the Garmin handheld line with loads of features, capabilities and does a pretty good job of maintaining its position there offering a lot in a handheld GPS. The unit comes with a relatively large screen for a handheld that makes things easy to read on the map as well as the capability under the hood to make the thing a nearly bulletproof performer. The SiRF star III chipset is fed through the bulbous helix antenna for excellent reception in all kinds of situations, and the expandable micro-SD card storage system allows you to take a lot of maps and data with you on your trip. The unit ships with a 64MB card, but the cards are always coming down in price and it's easy to find a 1GB card for well under $50. I was able to load up the 60CSx with topo maps and use it for a couple of weeks outdoors and around town, and thoroughly enjoyed the unit. The GPSMap 60CSx is certainly a portable handheld device, but not exactly pocketable. Anyone not absolutely fixated on portability will enjoy the extra screen real estate and the luxury that the SiRF star III chipset can bring in terms of no-doubt satellite reception.

    For more GPS Buying information see our Holiday GPS Buying Guide

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    Traffic Services Overview

    The NYT published an article that takes a birdseye view of traffic prediction and assesses the service offerings. They briefly talk about the different data gathering technologies, including the Inrix Dust Network that we've talked about a lot here. The article is a good little read if you are new and want to understand about traffic services, and they even talk about the downsides of each technology to some degree. They don't however mention the future launch of the Dash Express GPS that will be able to network with other Dash Express GPS units to get a better picture of traffic issues.

    ReadMore at NYT

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    GPS Buddy Tracking with Cell Phones

    The Boston Globe published a good article that talks about what technologies are out there to track friends who have GPS enabled Cellphones. They talk about Boost Loopt, the new Helio phone that comes with a Buddy Beacon feature, Mologogo, Dodgeball and the fact that there are already 100 million subscribers with GPS enabled phones in the US, with another 65 million more coming in the next year. (That's about half the population of the US!) Apparently not all of these can send a GPS beacon as to where you are though.

    ReadMore at the Boston Globe

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    December 1, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS Units - 12/1/06

    Holiday Shopping is in full swing, and there is a lot of dynamic pricing going on. The other day Amazon had the Magellan 360 for $199, and a few hours later, bam it was $249.

    How are you doing? Check out the deals below AND our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.

    Staples & CompUSA Deals on the Mio C310x at about $200; I hear supplies are getting low..... Check out eBay for all those Black Friday Mio C310x units that are selling for about the same price. Reader Marcelo said that CompuUSA is selling them at $199; if they are out, ask for a raincheck.

    "Offline" there are lots of sales that outright stink.... "$100 off" they promise. Check online first; Even Amazon blows away a lot of Offline deals at ahhhh, places like BestBuy, and Target.


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    Remember the TomTom GiveGive program is still running - $50 off any TomTom GPS, through 12/3.

    UPDATE: TomTom Extending GiveGive to January, and upping the deal to $100. I don't have details yet, but check out their homepage (and wait through the animated banner). Also Amazon has already dropped prices on the whole TomTom line! How about the TomTom ONE for $399! - That's a price I like to see! Thanks John for sending in. See our Review of the TomTom ONE. Reader Barbara M sent this in: TomTom ONE for $340 after $50 GiveGive rebate, plus shipping at TheNerds. Could this drop further to $290 after the $100 rebate? I'll wait until I see a rebate form to confirm.


    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

    Prices DOWN on Nuvi 660!

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $750 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. Anything under $760 is a good price. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price ($729 this morning), and FAST same day, FREE shipping.

  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $490.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $530; WOW - a couple of weeks ago this was over $600.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $350 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.

  • "2 'fer" Deal at MotionBased - Not really a deal on a GPS, but if you buy a year's subscription to the GPS fitness service, you get a second one free.

    More after the jump....

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  • Monthly Round-up for November 2006

    Wow, what a busy month here at the GPS Lodge, and out there in the GPS world. Black Friday was a big topic of interest as people lined up what they wanted to buy as gifts for themselves for their loved ones. I have gotten dozens of emails asking me what type of GPS to buy and I am doing my best to answer them all. Consult our buying guides below if you need some guidance in what GPS to buy. I put up the “Inexpensive GPS Buying Options" post in response to a lot of those emails. The Mio C310x stirred up quite a bit of interest, and they continue to push hard to sell this economical, sound flat GPS. I’ll post a review of it this week (honest, I will). There is a rash of new GPS unit announcements as it’s starting to be the season of new product announcements. Finally, in our “Other Information” department, I posted why I think things are on the move at TeleAtlas, and why their maps have to improve. So owners of TomTom and Mio, fear not.


    Buying Guides

  • Holiday GPS Buying Guide - Best GPS Gifts
  • Inexpensive GPS Buying Options

    Mio C310 and Mio C310x Related
    Lots of action over the Mio C310x – It all started with the Black Friday GPS Deals Post. After Black Friday, we Mopped things up with a review of the day and some info on the Mio C310x. We also published a review of the differences between the Mio C310 vs. the Mio C310x.

    GPS Reviews

  • Review: Mio H610 by GPS Lodge
  • Review: Delphi NAV200 by GPS Lodge
  • Review: DeLorme StreetAtlas 2007 by GPS Lodge
  • Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 - Excellent
  • Review: Lowrance iWay 250C
  • Review: Navman F20
  • GPS Review: Averatec Voya 350
  • Review: Alpine Blackbird


    New GPS Announcements

  • CES Awards for New GPS Units
  • New GPS: Bushnell Onix 200 and Onix 200CR
  • New GPS: Bushnell NAV 500
  • Bushnell ONIX 400CR
  • Garmin Nuvi 670/680
  • Alpine PMD-B200 GPS Unit
  • RoadMax VMax361
  • New GPS: Harmon Kardon Guide + Play
  • Garmin Launches New Marine Units - GPSMAP 4008, 4012, 545, and 400 series
  • Magellan CrossoverGPS (The GPS Formerly Known as the RoadMate2500T)
  • Helio Drift - GPS enabled phone with Google Maps Built in
  • Magellan RoadMate AAA RS2.0
  • New GPS: Sanyo Easy Street NVM-4030
  • Mio C250
  • New GPS: MyGuide 4300
  • Lowrance iWay 600C GPS with Satellite Images


    Other Information

  • The Trouble with TeleAtlas Maps and What's the Future Direction
  • Dash Navigation Taps Tele Atlas for Industry-Leading Digital Map Data
  • Free Traffic Kit for Magellan RoadMate 3000T
  • What is TomTom Plus?
  • More Garmin Ads.... Funnier than the last
  • NAVTEQ to Acquire Traffic.com

    Thanks for a great month,
    Scott

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  • CES Awards 2007 for New GPS Units

    CES GPS Award Winners

    Update: Check out all the new GPS units at CES 2007...


    So you may be wondering where all this recent information about GPS units is coming from.... It's the holiday shopping season right? Well it's also the lead up to the all important Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. Well a lot of manufacturers are working hard to get their products ready to show off to the public, and as a result a lot of new information is spilling out about them, some the from of leaks, and awards from the CES sponsors. This year, Alpine is being hailed with a Best Innovation award for mobile electronics for their PMD-B200 GPS unit that snaps into a dash head unit (IVA-W205) to create an integrated audio visual and GPS system. The PMD-B200 unit can also be snapped out to be used in another vehicle.

    Other honorees in the GPS space are Garmin for their Nuvi 670 product that combines GPS functionality with SPOT information broadcast technology, Dash navigation for their two way connected GPS units, Pharos for their iGPS-500 system that allows consumers to add on GPS capability to their laptops, smartphones or pocket PC, RoadMax for their VMax361 GPS, and finally TomTom for their affordable TomTom ONE.

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    Alpine PMD-B200 GPS Unit

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    Alpine has the PMD-B200 GPS unit coming out that snaps into a dash head unit (IVA-W205) to create an integrated audio, visual and GPS system. The PMD-B200 unit can also be snapped out to be used in another vehicle. Not a bad innovtion, as it takes a big negative out of the whole in-dash unit situation. Many people cite the lack of portability (and huge costs0 for not buying in-dash navigation systems. Portable GPS devices are expected to be 5-10 times more popular in the coming years than their in-dash counterparts. Maybe Apline has something here.
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    RoadMax VMax361

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    The new highly affordable (A little over $300 at Amazon) RoadMax vmax361 features an easy-to-read 3.5-inch LCD touch-control display to assist drivers in finding an address location. Primary controls include: Destination, View, Function and Settings. Other convenient navigation features includes a volume adjustable Voice Prompt option as well as search by Address, Intersection or Points-of-Interest. The vmax361 includes a suction type window mount kit for quick installation and easy transfer between vehicles. Included, is a 12V lighter power cord. It also includes a rechargeable internal battery to allow users to stay powered up between transfers from vehicle-to-vehicle. The vmax361 comes with a pre-loaded Secure Digital (SD) card of the entire USA and Canada.

    * Portable Stand-Alone GPS Navigation
    * Easy-to-View 3.5" Touch Screen Panel
    * Foldable GPS Antenna (SiRF-enabled 12-channel)
    * Voice Prompt Navigation
    * Intuitive, Easy-to-use Interface
    * Configurable Electronic Maps (USA/Canada or Europe)
    * Selectable Viewing Format (2D, 3D or Turn-by-Turn)
    * Search by Address, Intersection or Points of Interest
    * Automatic Re-Routing and Fast Route Calculation
    * Continuously Updated Driving Distance and Time
    * Window Mount Kit for Quick, Easy Installation

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    Bushnell ONIX 400CR

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    Bushnell is upping the ante a bit here after their announcement of the car nav system, the NAV-500 and the handhelds, Onix 200 and Onix 200 CR; now launching this beauty, the Onix 400CR, a color handheld GPS with downloadable maps and aerial photos as well as XM weather feeds. This means that you can get storm warnings as well as doppler radar images superimposed on the screen with your maps. Very cool. I hoped and prayed for this kind of ability in a handheld as Garmin announced this overlay capability on the GPSMap 376C in July, 2005; technology re-application is great. What they can do in a marine unit, I want in my handheld.

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    Garmin Acquires Dynastream Innovations - $36 Million

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    Garmin Ltd. announced that it has acquired Dynastream Innovations Inc. ("Dynastream") for approximately $36 million in cash. Dynastream will continue operations as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to Garmin Ltd. earnings in 2007.

    Dynastream provides technology to create personal area networks, and is used in some of the Forerunner devices. Looks like Garmin thinks that this technology is so good they bought the company. I would imagine that this means they want the "ANT" technology as Dynastream calls it, as a core technology for the company, and that we'll see more units with the ANT technology in the future.

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