February 28, 2007

Curt Schilling's Voice on TomTom

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So you know that you can buy voices for your TomTom, well TomTom recently released the Curt Schilling voice that is now available for download at TomTom.com. The Red Sox pitching ace has been a favorite around Boston since helping them win the World Series to break the curse, and apparently Curt likes TomTom too.

Popular TomTom Models that recently had a big price drop:

  • TomTom ONE - $299 (a total steal...) See my Review of the TomTom ONE.
  • TomTom GO 510 - $399
  • TomTom GO 910 - $499

    From the Press Release...

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  • February 28, 2007

    New TomTom GPS at FCC - TomTom Duo

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    Not a big surprise here, just weeks before the CeBit 2007 show over in Europe, a TomTom model shows up at the FCC site. The undisclosed unit appears to be a TomTom ONE type product, but to me this looks like an outgrowth of the TomTom and Eclipse AVN2210P. Word has it that this unit is the TomTom Duo, a soon to be announced GPS unit to be featured at CeBit 2007.

    TomTom clearly "gets" the idea that GPS needs to integrate into your life and your car, as they have announced initiatives to directly tap into the wiring harness of your car, are offering the OEM capability to add TomTom as an embedded unit in the car, along with the Eclipse unit. The TomTom Duo will be another step along this line of incorporating the unit into your audio/visual/navigation center for your ride.

    Another photo after the Jump.

    Via Engadget

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    February 28, 2007

    Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050

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    Magellan has officially announced three new GPS models, the new Magellan Maestro 4000, Maestro 4040 and Maestro 4050, with the high end of the line featuring voice activated controls. Yea, it will tell you where to go, and you can tell it what to do. This is reportedly the first line of units to be designed after the Shah Capital purchase of Magellan last year from the French Company Thales that had let the Magellan brand slide in recent years. I take it as a very positive sign that Magellan is:

  • Bringing innovation to the market with voice activated controls on the Magellan Maestro 4050 unit, and not just bringing "me-too" products to market, and
  • Magellan is competitively pricing these units, including the low end for a $399 list, which, I would expect, will compete in the "Just over $300" market online in the not-to-distant future.
  • All three are widescreened, flat form factors taking cues from the high end Nuvi 660. Smart.

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  • February 28, 2007

    Mitac/Mio buys Navman


    In a move that cements their position as a contract manufacturer AND a seller of their own branded GPS units, Mitac, the maker of Mio GPS units has bought Navman from the Brunswick Corp. Navman is a recent entry into the US market, but has been more active in the Euro market, where GPS adoption is more advanced. Navman has made waves with its NavPix based camera enabled GPS units, and Mio has made a splash lately with the US market surge in the holiday period with their popular Mio C310x. Mio already has a few planned new units for later this year, including the Mio C250, C320, C520, and the C720. Hummmm, one has to wonder if they do keep the brands separate, will they share technology? Will we see new Navman's with the stylish C520 thin form factor or Mio's with cameras?


    ReadMore at DigiTimes

    Thanks to reader Chien for sending this one in.

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    February 27, 2007

    New GPS Navigation Systems at CeBit 2007

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    There are a couple of tradeshows that capture all the cool GPS navigation system stuff coming out, and while the CES show is a biggie for the US, the CeBit show is a big show in Europe for the introduction of new GPS units. This year CeBit 2007 takes place in Hannover Germany March 15 - 21.

    The big players are there along with a lot of the others who are dying to get their GPS unit in your hands. Following the developments and announcements (or lack of announcements) at CES 2007, I would expect a few things:


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    February 26, 2007

    TomTom: Compare the TomTom ONE vs. GO 510 vs. GO 910

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    A lot of people have been writing in asking about what TomTom they should buy, and asking about the comparison between the TomTom ONE versus the TomTom GO 510 vs the GO 910. The TomTom ONE that was recently released pretty much in time for the holidays last year, is a strong GPS system and is a flat, pocketable device. Overall, I think that it's a very good choice. (You can read my review of the TomTom ONE). The TomTom GO 510 and the Go 910 are not flat, but offer some features you can't find in the TomTom ONE. All come with the SiRF star III chipset for higher accuracy in tough conditions.

    The Tradeshow CeBit 2007 is coming up in Germany, and if s go as I expect, TomTom will be announcing some new GPS units there, making these very capable units drop in price as we approach the launch of the new GPS units at CeBit 2007.

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    February 23, 2007

    Traffic.com Expands Coverage in Ohio

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    Traffic.com announced an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) that provides for the installation of digital roadside traffic sensors along expressways in the Cincinnati and Columbus metropolitan areas. (I used to live in cincinnati, and they need coverage in the areas cited below as a lot of development has pushed the traffic issues well north of the beltway.)

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    Can I use my Car GPS for Hiking and Geocaching?



    A lot of readers have been writing in asking "Can I use my Mio C310X, Nuvi 350 or 660, StreetPilot 330, etc, for Geocaching? Or Hiking?" Well, the answer is not very well. There are some features that make hiking and geocaching with a handheld GPS great, and trying it with an average automotive GPS not so great. Generally when I use a handheld GPS for hiking and geocaching, I program in coordinates and use the map page with a pointer and a "Distance to Destination" readout to tell me: 1) Which direction I need to go to get to the destination, and 2) How far away I am. With these two pieces of information, I can get to a geocache pretty quickly. Even with an automotive GPS that accepts latitude and longitude coordinates, navigating to a geocache is tough without this specific help. When I go for longer trips I like to use Topo maps and established sets of waypoints and trails that are marked if possible.

    So, there are a couple of options for automobile navigators that can do on road navigation and off road hiking and geocaching. Below are a couple of examples:

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    February 22, 2007

    TomTom Earnings up 67%

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    TomTom released earnings and they had a strong 4th quarter, with net earnings up 67% on unit sales growth of 146%. Despite the huge discounting that happened over the holidays, TomTom was able to hold their margins and actually increased them by 3%. Looking at the Euro market, they still maintain a 50% market share, and claim the #2 position in the US market. They mention that the TomTom ONE is now the #1 selling GPS world-wide, not bad. What's amazing, and I shouldn't be surprised at this growth anymore, but they predict that the Euro/North American market for GPS navigation should grow to 18 million units in 2007 from 10 million units in 2006.

    A couple of Gems:

  • One thing that the CEO Harold Goddijn said was that they will be focused on "increasing affordability," among other things, which in my mind keeps them focused on what could be an explosive growth part of the market, namely the under $250 segment. Let's hope the TomTom ONE sticks around at current (and lower) price points, or is replaced with something more affordable.

  • Another little gem is that they will also be focused on is development of after-market offerings to the installed base. To me this means, extending the offerings under the TomTom PLUS program, a strategic advantage for them. The TomTom HOME application is not only an easy portal for the consumer to interact with TomTom, but it's also a great way for TomTom to sell its services.


    Excerpts from the press release follows:

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  • TMC Traffic vs. MSN Direct on your GPS

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    After publishing my review on the Garmin Nuvi 680, a few people have written in about the topic of traffic suppliers and traffic alerts. It happens to be a favorite topic of mine because I hate sitting in traffic and I can see where this is all going and I am pretty excited about the possibilities. First let's take a look at the two major traffic systems that are available today.


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    February 21, 2007

    TomTom Voices

    TomTomVoices.jpgIf you have a TomTom and are looking to inject a little fun into your drive, you should check out some additional voices that can be had for your TomTom GPS system. There are a wide range of voices, some free voices for the TomTom’s, fun voices, rude voices, sexy voices, and more. You can listen to a sample of the voice, and then an actual turn instruction at the SatNav site. You can really screw with your passengers switching back and forth between the voice God and some sexy rude one like Sabrina. You can get “Mr. T” type voices, mafia sounding voices, and a cat “voice” that seems to emit cat sounds at any turn.

    Check out more at SatNav Voices

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    February 20, 2007

    Garmin C340, C550 Stopped Announcing Street Names?


    We recently heard of a few instances where people’s Garmin C-series StreetPilots stopped speaking street names; they lose their Text to Speech (TTS) capability.

    All of a sudden they will just say “Turn Left” instead of “Turn Left on Main Street”. This is often an easy fix. You need to change the voice in the set-up. From the Main Screen, tap on the settings button at the bottom of the screen, tap on Voices, and then pick a voice with a person’s name after it.

    Only the voices with a person’s name after it is a Text to Speech (TTS) capable voice (i.e. American English – Jill). If it is just a plain “American English”, then it won’t do TTS and tell you what the name of the street is to turn on.

    Thanks to atcMonkE for sending this in.

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    February 19, 2007

    BIM Active Fitness Tracking on your GPS Mobile Phone

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    While we weren’t looking, BIM Active has updated their offering and added Verizon as a carrier and supplier of their GPS fitness tracking service. The service works like this: You download some software onto your GPS enabled phone, then you go and run your course, and come back to see what your workout was all about. You get a readout on the external screen of key data while running or biking, and when you get home, you can check your stats on the internet. It all gets recorded for you. Pretty good stuff out of the humble mobile phone.

    Runner’s World is running a special promotion with BIM Active and have set up a partner website in the process. From the Runner’s World BIM site, you can easily get to information about running, training, races and equipment.

    ReadMore at BIM Active Runners World Site


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    February 18, 2007

    Garmin StreetPilot C580 Review

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    The gang over at CNet have given their two cents worth on the new MSN connected Garmin model, this one being the Garmin StreetPilot C580 with MSN Direct. Their review borrows heavily from their original review of the StreetPilot C550, which it should since it shares almost all the same features and performance as the newer C580, except the whole MSN direct thing...

    They liked the StreetPilot C580 and gave it a high rating of 8/10 in their review. I don't blame them, I think that they are spot on, as I liked the C550 when I reviewed it myself, and I liked the Nuvi 680's MSN direct features when I reviewed that. CNet didn't have any trouble pairing the CtreetPilot C580 with their Treo Bluetooth phone, and were able to transfer their contacts to the GPS. As they drove around the SF Bay area, they had solid navigation and good results from the MSN features. I would have liked it if they talked a little bit more about the features, but the bottom line is that they liked the unit and recommended the relatively small upcharge for the C580 over the C550.

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    February 16, 2007

    TomTom PRICE DROP! - GPS Steals and Deals - 2/16

    Fun little week in the middle of winter... with big news from both GPS Titans, Garmin and TomTom:

  • Garmin announced profit was up 100% for the fourth quarter.
  • Garmin also announced their new Marine GPS Additions the 5000 Series.
  • Garmin has started shipping their Nuvi 370 and 670.
  • With the 3GSM conference going in Spain, we saw the RIM Blackberry 8800 with GPS functionality.
  • TomTom tells us that using a GPS is safer than not, but the big news this week is the TomTom PRICE DROP! TomTom just let me know that they dropped their prices across the line for some great deals!

    List prices are now (since this was just announced, it may take a bit to work through the system):

  • TomTom ONE - $299 (a total steal...) See my Review of the TomTom ONE.
  • TomTom GO 510 - $399
  • TomTom GO 910 - $499
  • TomTom RIDER - $599


    The usual Steals and Deals

  • Fry's is out of the Mio C310x - no more $198 there!

    Via Michelin X-930 - $199 at Amazon

    Garmin Forerunner Rebate - $50 back on a Forerunner 205 or 305, which drops the prices down significantly.

    The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon -

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $460.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth and is now around $550.


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

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price drop this week to $699 at Amazon. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping. TheNerds has the Nuvi 660 for $701 - Use coupon code: affgoo3 for another $10 off if you use Google Checkout.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $320 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Think about moving up to the Garmin StreetPilot C530 whose price is down to $397. Won't speak street names, but Better chipset, and better screen for almost the same price ($10 more).

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  • Garmin Sponsors Tour of California

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    Garmin has teamed up with Amgen to sponsor the Tour of California, a 650 mile stage style bike race that will draw some of the best teams from all over the world. Each participant will get a Garmin Edge 305 to race with this coming week, Feb 18 - 25. This marks the second marketing move for Garmin with their Edge line in recent weeks, the other being the sponsorship of a major Euro racing team, Team Milram, with team member Erik Zabel.

    Press Release Follows:

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    Magellan and SnowRanger - Detailed Skiing Maps & More

    Magellan announced the introduction of Magellan-certified SnowRanger software from Mountain Dynamics for compatible Magellan eXplorist handheld GPS receivers and the Magellan CrossoverGPS. SnowRanger enhances outdoor navigation for customers who explore the nation’s top winter destinations by delivering digital recreational maps for more than 53 ski resorts across the nation with detailed information about resort facilities, including chairlifts, trails, lodges, roads, parking, ticketing and more. Whether skiing, snowboarding or finding five-star winter wonderlands, SnowRanger helps Magellan users plan and navigate the best routes for their winter activities and safely find their way back.

    SnowRanger has mapped out the Wetern US ski areas, and has made them available for both Garmin and Magellan in a downloadable fashion. They also have a site section called SnowDays, where you can brag talk about your skiing day and upload your skiing tracks to back up the stories. If you like this, you might check out SlopeTracker; which gives you a way to rent the GPS and get some interesting information out of the deal.

    More on the Magellan Press Release after the jump...

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    Using a GPS is Safer and Less Stressful

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    TomTom has released news that operating a car with a GPS/Sat-nav device makes drivers less stressed and safer than drivers not using a GPS device (especially when driving in unfamiliar territory. Several companies, including TomTom, commissioned the study. The bottom line is that when driving in unfamiliar areas, the navigation device helps you in ways that make sense, they get you there with more confidence, less stress, and by traveling less distance (not as many back tracks, etc).

    An overview of the study can be found below…

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    February 15, 2007

    More on Dash Navigation - Price Ranges

    GPS Tracklog picked this video up and it follows Dash's announcement earlier this week that they obtained $25 million in VC funding to help fund their national launch of the Dash Express navigations device. Market Watch interviews Dash CEO Paul Lego in this clip.

    Dash plans on offering the Dash Express GPS for about the same as other "high end" devices ($600 - $800), and will carry a charge of $10 - $15 per month which will pay for the cell connection inside the unit. The Dash Express will NOT need your mobile phone to connect to the internet (Like a TomTom uses your Bluetooth enabled phone to get TomTom PLUS services).

    The Dash Express will include 3-6 months of free service included.


    Via GPS Tracklog

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    The Best in GPS Systems

    CNN has put out what they term the Best in GPS; a four spot list. These lists are often eye candy for the quick surf, and this one is no different. No in depth understanding or reviews here. Although they do hit on some good ones:

  • RIM Blackberry Pearl paired with TeleNav GPS module – for on the go road warrior mapping and navigation.
  • Garmin Nuvi 660 – big widescreened GPS was knocked on a few fine points. They cited a lack of map detail (Garmin actually has a patent on limiting map clutter so that you can see where you are going properly – I see it as a plus, but am not exactly sure what the author is referring to), and sometimes inferior routing. Read My In-Depth Review of the Garmin Nuvi 660.
  • Navman N40i – liked for its external buttons.
  • TomTom ONE – an all around navigator (now running well below $400). Read My Review of the TomTom ONE.

    ReadMore on their listing at CNN


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  • GlobalSat GH-615

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    So GlobalSat is launching a new GPS-watch trainer in Europe, specifically France, called the GlobalSat GH-615 and it looks like a pretty normal watch from what I can tell. Inside the GH-615 though, you've got a SiRF star III chipset and like you can see emblazoned on the front, it is waterproof to IPX7 standards.

    Garmin pioneered the GPS fitness trainer segment with the popular Forerunner series, and others have sought to one up them with smaller and very capable GPS based watch trainers. GlobalSat themselves also have a GPS trainer, the GlobalSat GH-601 fitness GPS.

    With the GH-615 GPS watch, you can be out on a run or on the trail, and this watch will grab up datapoints which are downloadable to your PC when you get back from your run. The data is also available for viewing on Google Earth.

    Hopefully we'll see this in the US too.

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    February 14, 2007

    Nuvi 660 Price Drop - Now $699 at Amazon

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    The Garmin Nuvi 660 is an excellent widescreened GPS system, that has cone well in the market and has been the object of many people's desire since it was introduced late last year.

    Amazon just dropped its price on the Nuvi 660 to $699; well under the $750 or so it was running a lot of the time leading up to the Holidays.

    For more, see my Review of the Nuvi 660.


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    GlobalSat GV-307

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    The GlobalSat GV-307 is a new entry that has some features that will stack up well to many of the popular GPS systems out there. The unit comes with pre-loaded maps of the US and Canada on a 2GB SD card, and a 3.5 inch touchscreen. The unit pulls in the satellite signals through a SiRF star III chipset and uses NAVTEQ maps. The unit also has a built in Li-Ion battery and weighs in at about 6.5 ounces. It's got millions of Points of Interest to help you get to where you are going.


    The unit is available directly from US Globalsat for $359.

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    Garmin Profit up 100%!

    newgarminlogo.jpgGarmin announced their fourth quarter results this morning and their profit was up 100% on an earnings rise of 92% to $611 million. Things went well for the Kansas based GPS maker, as they cited strong holiday sales that drew inventories down as expected, and as I had hoped, they were able to improve margins through scale. This is key to getting their business healthy and getting you and me a good price on these units. They said that they sold two million units in the quarter, double what they did in the previous year.

    Key in their earnings were the auto segment revenue up 173%, and while their US revenue was up 86%, more impressively their Euro revenue was up 109% where the market is more saturated with competition (TomTom).

    There are a couple of hidden gems in the release.... after the jump.

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    Nokia 6110 Navigator

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    Nokia is on a roll with navigation and mapping, announcing the Nokia 6110 at the annual 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. They recently acquired Smart2Go and they announced that they are offering maps free for the download to their handsets that are GPS capable. The Nokia 6110 Navigator is a navigation-enabled mobile phone designed for the mass market. The Nokia 6110 Navigator brings together GPS (Global Positioning System) and AGPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) functionality with always-on mobile connectivity in a feature-rich, compact device. The Nokia 6110 Navigator is expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2007 with an estimated retail price of €€450 before subsidies or taxes.

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    NAVTEQ LBS Contest Winners

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    Want to know the future of Location Based Services (LBS)? Well, NAVTEQ did too, and they started up a Euro based contest open to companies who wanted to submit their application. The grand prize was €35,000 in cash and €100,000 worth of NAVTEQ Map licenses for up to one year. Missed your opportunity? NAVTEQ is wplanning a global contest with a prize pool valued up to an unprecedented €1.5 million.

    My Take on the Future of LBS from this contest:

  • GPS Aided Search - connect internet search with location based services to create more targeted results for you right now where you are.
  • GPS Aided Life Tracking - Geotagging of photos is just the start, and coupling this capability with commentary and meta information capture is going to add up to more detailed virtual social interactions.

    Press Release and details on the winners after the jump...

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  • Garmin MapSource & MS Vista

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    Garmin Blogs has posted a nice list of compatability questions concerning the new MS Vista Operating System and the main PC based interface; Garmin MapSource. Garmin MapSource allows you to manipulate maps, tracks, waypoints and routes on the PC and manage those on computer before exchanging with your GPS (eTrex, GPSMap handheld, etc).

    Bottom line is that Garmin MapSource is compatible with Vista, with a few notes that you can find at Garmin Blogs.

    ReadMore at Garmin Blogs

    Download the new Vista Compatible MapSource (This version no longer supports Win 98, ME or NT)

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    February 13, 2007

    Garmin GPSMAP 5008, 5012, 5208, 5212

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    Late in the day, Garmin let out some new product announcements for the marine croud. The new GPSMap 5000 series (5008, 5012, 5208, 5212) are Multifunction display chart plotters.

    "The GPSMAP 5000 series firmly solidifies Garmin as a leading innovator in marine navigation," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "From the pioneering touchscreen display to the intuitive user interface to the elegant industrial design -- the 5000 series represents the pinnacle of functionality, versatility, and value in marine electronics."

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    RIM Blackberry 8800

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    More out of The 3GSM convention in Barcelona; RIM has announced the GPS enabled Blackberry 8800 smart phone and everything else gadget. The popular gadgets have grown more and more with the recent addition being called out as a good navigator. The unit will give you turn by turn directions while connected to the network. The unit comes with a 320 x 240 TFT screen that gives a decent view of your navigation situation. The unit is also a media player, with WMA audio and MPEG-4 and WMV video capabilities.

    The unit will be available in the US via Cingular.

    More at Blackberry

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    Motorola GPS Pod T805/T815

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    You can turn your Bluetooth Moto phone into a GPS navigator with Moto's new Motorola T805/T815 GPS pod, that interestingly looks a lot like the Suunto GPS Pod. The MotoNav smartphone based system allows you to turn on the GPS receiver, and plug the navigation software package that is resident on the memory card into the phone and you are good to go. The program comes with the capability to navigate you to local Points of Interest and your destinations as a stand alone GPS would.

    So while the T815 has a smartphone card that you plug in and take maps with you, the T805 is designed for phones that don't have memory card capability, and they download maps on the fly. The T805 comes with a year's subscription to the map service.

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    TeleNav GPS Navigator for Europe

    TeleNav unveiled the European version of TeleNav GPS Navigator at the 3GSM World Congress conference in Barcelona. Mobile customers in more than 15 European countries can now receive the benefits of an in-car navigation system combined with the added convenience and portability of mobile phones. TeleNav GPS Navigator, immediately available on a variety of BlackBerry® smartphones -- including the new BlackBerry® 8800 -- includes GPS-enabled, turn-by-turn voice and on- screen driving directions, addresses and directions to business and community locations, as well as full-colour, 3D moving maps.

    "Our navigation application is mobile, easy-to-use, feature-rich and less expensive than in-car systems or personal navigation devices," said Ian Tredgett, business director for TeleNav's European operations. "Through strong customer adoption, we have proven our leadership in the United States, China and Latin America. Now we are thrilled to be extending our services to mobile users in Europe as well."

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    February 12, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 370 & Nuvi 670 Now Shipping

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    Garmin’s recent GPS announcements at CES 2007, have started to trickle into the market. The Nuvi 370 and Nuvi 670 have started shipping from popular outlets like Amazon and GPSNow. Both units are similar to their siblings (Nuvi 360 and Nuvi 660, respectively), and add in Euro maps on top of North American maps, making for what is a nice jet setting companion. Navigate to the airport, grab the Nuvi 370 off the windshield, and jump on the plane. Step off the plane and go; your maps and pre-programmed Points of Interest are already there. Not bad.

    See our announcements on the Nuvi 370 and Nuvi 670.

    More at Garmin.com

    Available at Amazon (Nuvi 370 and Nuvi 670) and GPSNow.

    Free Shipping at Both Sites with these purchases.

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    TomTom on Extreme Makover

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    TomTom was part of the Extreme Makeover this weekend, giving a TomTom GO 910 to a man, Jason, Thomas, and ex-Marine who risked his life to save two police officers during the 9/11 attack on the WTC in NYC. Not only was the man given a makover of his house, but he was given a new car with a TomTom GO 910. Nice work for what sounds like an incredible man.

    ReadMore at Club TomTom

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    PC Mag Via Michelin X-930 Review

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    Another review of the Via Michelin X-930 GPS has hit the internet, and I thought I would point it out for people to check out. The Via Michelin has gotten a lot of attention lately with it's low, low price, and its recognizable brand name. The unit comes equipped with a widescreen, pre-loaded maps of the US, and SiRF star III chipset for accuracy and strong satellite holding ability.

    Craig Ellison's review over at PC Mag is unfortunately not all that flattering: "Overall, I was sorely disappointed with the ViaMichelin X-930. Its menus were difficult to navigate and inefficiently laid out. For example, to find a list of the nearest gas stations from the map view takes a time-consuming ten screen taps. "

    I have the X-930 GPS in for review right now, and I'll be walking through its capabilities very soon. Stay tuned.

    ReadMore at PC Mag

    Available at Amazon for about $199. More information at Via Michelin


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

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    Toyota - Maps on Demand

    Some interesting news is posted over at Engadget that I thought I would point out. Toyota is getting into on demand map data delivery, saying that they are the world's first to deliver this. I guess the Dash Express GPS that downloads map data over its own WiFi and cellular modems while on the road doesn't qualify?!?

    I think that this is important to look at because it is a potential avenue for other GPS companies to explore, on-demand mapping via internet downloads. Toyota's plan is to update your maps where it is meaningful to you, where you live and work, for instance. Updates can be delivered over your home internet connection, via your cellphone or both. Currently the plans are for Japan only. But the plan has to revamp the current "batch style" processing of data in the mapping industry.

    How is Mapping Updated Today? - After the jump...

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    NAVTEQ Earnings up 24%

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    NAVTEQ Corporation reported record revenue and operating income for the fourth quarter; revenue in the quarter rose 24% over the fourth quarter of 2005 to $180.7 million. Operating income grew 51% over the prior year to $62.8 million. Net income was up 55% over last year's fourth quarter to $42.9 million. Earnings per diluted share grew 54% to $0.45, compared to $0.29 in the prior year's quarter. Things look good for the mapmaker. With volumes surging in GPS units, it's not a surprise that things are surging in the mapmaking area too. Concern going forward would be margin pressure as more and more value GPS units come out and push the suppliers to lower their margins. I recently learned that in a typical GPS unit, map data can cost upwards to $50 for the initial license. That's a big chunk out of a $200 retail priced GPS.

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    Garmin Fleet Management Interface

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    Garmin announced the availability of the Garmin Fleet Management Interface, a fleet tracking and mobile resource management platform available for the Garmin StreetPilot, nuvi and zumo series of personal navigation devices. This new interface lets fleet tracking providers and large fleet operators utilize Garmin's award-winning portable GPS devices as part of their mobile resource management solution.

    This follows TomTom's introduction of a similar interface, TomTom WORK. It's a good move for these GPS makers. The Cable Guy who showed up to my house the other day had a Garmin C330 on the dash, and said that he couldn't live without it. So what's the upside for these companies when they sell into fleets? Hundreds of GPS units, and a software service that makes their business more efficient. Sounds good to me.

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    Dash Secures $25M in Funding

    Dash Navigation announced that it has secured $25 million in Series B funding, well positioning the company for the national consumer launch of its Internet-connected automotive GPS device this fall. We are hoping and expecting a staged roll out to start anytime now in California, and coming to the rest of us by the Fall. The Dash Express GPS is different because it is connected to the internet via cellular and WiFi connections, giving you access to map updates, traffic and local search for Points of Interest by way of attributes that aren't linked to its title (i.e. Search for "Great Fajitas" and come up with restaurants that have been loved for their fajitas and may not be Mexican or that list Fajitas in their names.)

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    February 9, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 2/9

    We kicked off the week announcing the Via Michelin X-930 unit's arrival for review, and the news kept rolling:

  • Garmin and Ford team up to sell Nuvi's
  • TomTom has a new corporate logo
  • DeLorme announced their new handheld, the PN-20 with color Satellite images
  • Rumors of Mio new models coming this year: C320, C520, C720
  • And an Analyst thinks that new iPods will be GPS equipped.



    Steals and Deals

    We also continue to see some rock bottom bargains on the Mio C310x and the Via Michelin X-930. On the C310x, reader Joe left this comment: "I got the Mio C310x from Staples and had them price match Circuit City's website ($199). The other cool thing to do is look on eBay for the coupons; I found one that had $30 off any purchase $150 or over. So my total price came out to $169 plus tax and free shipping." - wow.

    Fry's is STILL selling the Mio C310x systems: $198 with free shipping. - Check out my review of the Mio C310x.

    Via Michelin X-930 - $199 at Amazon

    Garmin Forerunner Rebate - $50 back on a Forerunner 205 or 305, which drops the prices down significantly.

    The Nuvi 350 - Best Selling GPS at Amazon -

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $460.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth and is now around $550.


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

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $730 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping. TheNerds has the Nuvi 660 for $701 - Use coupon code: affgoo3 for another $10 off if you use Google Checkout.

    Another place to check tht was sent in this week by a reader is GPSonSale.com for the Nuvi 660.

  • TomTom ONE for around $367 at Amazon with Free shipping. See my Review of the TomTom ONE.

  • The TomTom 910 has come down A LOT in the last few months, but has inched up a bit in the last week and is about $523 for this widescreened unit. Great if you have a Bluetooth phone and can use the TomTom PLUS system for weather, traffic (with subscription) and more.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $320 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Think about moving up to the Garmin StreetPilot C530 whose price is down to $397. Won't speak street names, but Better chipset, and better screen for almost the same price ($10 more).

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  • SiRF and NXP Semiconductors Collaborate on GPS-Enabled 3G Handsets


    There is a rash of GPS/Mobile Phone announcements coming out right now because there is a 3GSM Mobile Phone conference running in Spain next week, as everyone is rolling out their innovations ahead of time, especially in the chip area. I have talked with several insiders recently who believe that the mobile phone GPS combination will see a surge in 2007, so we might as well start with a few chip announcements...

    Press Release follows...
    SiRF announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, the newly independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, to speed the development of cost-effective, location-aware 3G wireless handsets. The collaboration will provide global handset manufacturers with leading Assisted-GPS-compliant, integrated reference designs based upon NXP's Nexperia cellular system solution for 3G with SiRFstarIII A-GPS and SiRFLoc(R) technologies.

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    Mio C310x Hack Update

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    There's still a lot of activity on hacking the Mio C310x GPS. This inespensive little GPS has a MS operating system and it's accessible with some simple "keystrokes" and has some interesting capabilities once you get in there.

    Thanks to reader "AppleTom", I found a Mio C310x fan website that distills a lot of information down to some very simple steps. This includes "unlocking" the Mio C310x so that you can access the operating system, adding a POI loader so that you can add customized POI's, and a decent little mount mod to help you get more out of the Mio.

    Obviously read the disclaimers, this is way beyond the original intention of the Mio folks.

  • Other Places to get more information (in a less organized form) are at FatWallet and GPSPassion.

  • Read my original post on Hacks for the Mio C310x - including Canadian Map additions.

    Thanks AppleTom - ReadMore on Hacks for your Mio C310x.


    Even MORE Information on the Mio C310x.


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  • Palm GPS Navigator 3

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    Palm has announced the GPS Navigator 3 available for newer Palm Smartphones, including 650, 680, 700p, 700w, 700wx and 750. The unit ships with "The latest TeleAtlas Maps", which we hope will be the very latest maps that were released to vendors in the last quarter of 2006; these represent the upgraded map sets. While Palm released the navigator 3 bundle, they also announced a sale on Navigator 2 software. See the PalmStore for more details.

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    Mio C320, C520, C720

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    Read my full review of the Mio C320, or the Mio C520
    Everyone likes a rumor, and this one is a pretty good one to listen to if you are a fan of Mio. At CES 2007 Mio pre-announced the Mio Digiwalker C250 and C520; additions to the line that is anchored by the incredibly hot selling Mio C310x. It now appears that they are planning other additions to the line that would include a C320 and C720. The sleek C520 will be a slim widescreen design with a 4.3 inch widescreen. The new news is that the line will also feature a unit with a 2 megapixel camera; most likely the Mio C720.

    Mio currently uses TeleAtlas maps, which have seen great improvements lately, and I would expect them to stay there. The SiRF star III chipsets have found their way into the line, and at least for the C320, C520 and C720 models, I would expect to see the SiRF star III chips. Not sure how bare the C250 would need to be, but I would hope to see a SiRF star III chipset there too. At this point key costs are driven by map data and not GPS chips, so one would hope that the bottom end of the line still supports good hardware.

    For More information on the Current Line:
    ReadMore on My Mio C310x review
    ReadMore on My Mio H610 Review

    Via GPSReview

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    February 8, 2007

    Nokia Gives Free Downloadable Maps - smart2go

    Nokia recently acquired smart2go they liked the mapping platform so much; now they are sharing it with the world. In what may be a huge step in making location based services a commodity the move will allow you to put the application on certain phones and Win Mobile 5.0 devices.

    Press Release Below:

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    February 7, 2007

    iPod with WiFi, GPS?

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    Word is coming out of Pocket Lint that an analyst believes that the Next Gen iPod could be coming with WiFi and GPS. With the recent announcement of the iPhone, people have been buzzing about the potential for navigation possibilities out of Apple. I get the WiFi; and I want to download music directly to my iPod, Mr. Jobs. But a GPS?

    Imagine that the iPod is the central entertainment hub in most cars as manufacturers crawl out of the primordial ooze and finally realize that they need to provide MP3 player connections via hardwires on all new models.... and the iPod has GPS and navigation capabilities. You instantly have your music and navigation playing through your stereo (Unless you want to listen to the radio).

    Screen real estate starts to be an issue if you really need visual prompts. The news is that the new iPods might start to take on the iPhone form factor, which is not a huge stretch and is a very likely move. Even if they don't I would imagine the touch sensitivity controls of the iPhone will carryover to the new iPods, even if the form factor doesn't.

    Anyway, I would welcome Apple based navigation to the party; I think that their design and attention to usability would benefit people in this area. They need navigation on the iPhone, and navigation as part of a bigger solution on the iPod might be a welcome addition too; we'll see.


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    Mio C310x Review in the Press

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    So, it's always good to see your own opinions backed up by other educated GPS users, and writer Don Lindich has taken a look at the Mio C310x with an overall favorable opinion. I happen to think that the Mio C310x is a solid unit, with a few blemishes that need to be acknowledged and then quickly forgiven when you consider the rock bottom pricing. This review takes a look at the Mio C310x and points out that it doesn't have text to speech which is often found in higher priced units, but it is found to be an "Excellent-performing GPS". He goes on to say "I encourage anyone curious about GPS to pick one up and give it a try - I am confident you will be pleased and not want to go back to being without one, especially if you spend a lot of time on the road or enjoy road trips." Worth checking out the rest of his review. ReadMore

    Read My Review of the Mio C310x

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    February 6, 2007

    Garmin Sponsors Milram Bicycle Team

    For those of you who follow bike racing, and the Tour de France, you will probably recognize the name Erik Zabel; who is well known for his sprinting capabilities. Word is out that Zabel's new team Milram has signed a deal with Garmin to equip their bikes with the Garmin Edge 305 GPS trainers for the coming season in a deal that runs through 2009. Apparently the cool thing here is that the data will also be uploaded to Garmin's Motionbased.com site, so you can check out how the pros train and how they race. The Edge 305's will give you speed, cadence and heart rate on top of all kinds of ways to slice and dice the data afterwards.

    Via Bike Biz

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    Ford to Sell Garmin Nuvi 360 & 680

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    The KC Star is reporting that Garmin and Ford have inked a deal for Ford to start selling rebranded Garmin Nuvi units in US dealerships starting in March. This is not a surprising move, as Garmin and Ford have worked together in other global regions in the past, including giving away StreetPilots in Taiwan and a similar deal to sell Garmin StreetPilots through Ford dealers in Germany.

    The units will be rebranded and will feature Ford dealerships and service centers in the Points of Interest database.

    Read My Review of the Garmin Nuvi 680

    ReadMore at KC Star

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    It's Official: DeLorme PN-20 Handheld

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    Delorme "officially" announced the DeLorme PN-20 handheld. We've seen the unit at CES 2007, as well as a review already hitting the net. With the announcement, comes the advance of showing maps and especially COLOR satellite photography superimposed onto your GPS screen to show you where you are in a real world sense. Very good, very cool. I love the fact that it works with SD cards up to 2GB so you can carry a LOT of map detail with you without going back to the computer.

    Press Release Follows:

    DeLorme introduced the Earthmate(r) GPS PN-20, the only handheld GPS that can display DeLorme maps and aerial imagery.

    The Earthmate(r) GPS PN-20 is a unique all-in-one GPS and mapping solution. Unlike other handheld GPS manufacturer's devices, no additional mapping software purchase or subscription is required. DeLorme Topo USA(r) 6.0 DVD software is included with the device, with beautifully detailed topographic and road maps of the entire U.S., available aerial imagery, and a broad range of GPS capabilities.

    "The quality and detail of our Topo USA software is one thing that truly distinguishes the Earthmate GPS PN-20 from its competition," said DeLorme Director of Marketing Caleb Mason. "Another is the fact that it's included with the receiver. That's an enormous added value."

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    Lowrance Releases MapCreate 7

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    Lowrance has launched new mapping products for its GPS units. The big product is MAPCREATE USA 7 SOFTWARE which has a ton of features to really add a lot to your mapping and GPS experience. They have added detailed data on 3,000 inland US lakes, complete with depth contours. The package also features topographic contour lines with elevations, enhanced shoreline detail for coastal and inland waters with nav aids, 2 million searchable Point-of-Interests, highways, roads, and landmarks.

    The package also includes a long list of features that you can see at their website. Really sounds like they filled the dataset out here. They use an encryption algorithm that ties the map data to the SD card, so you’ll need to pay attention to what you put the data on, and how you manage those SD cards.

    ReadMore at Lowrance

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    Cops Jump on Another Geocache

    policelights.jpgThis time it’s in New Hampshire. Apparently a tiny Altoids box, affixed magnetically to the underside of an electrical box outside a Shaw’s supermarket sparked some concern and Police at looking to talk to the owner of the cache. The cache was put on private property, which is not recommended by Geocaching in their guidelines without the permission of the property owner: by placing a Geocache “you have adequate permission to hide your cache in the selected location.” As more people get into Geocaching, and more people get uptight about finding bomb-like mysterious boxes in strange places (maybe rightfully so), we’ll continue to see this kind of stuff. Geocaching goes on to say that another stipulation is: “Caches near or under public structures deemed potential or possible targets for terrorist attacks. These include but are not limited to highway bridges, dams, government buildings, elementary and secondary schools, and airports.”

    Recently in Boston, the whole city was nearly paralyzed after some light boards, which were part of a gorilla marketing campaign for Turner Broadcasting, were thought to be bombs. After several were found around the city, the bomb squad had their hands full, and traffic was snarled for hours. Apparently after 9/11, a law was passed essentially saying that you can’t cause panic associated with placing something like this if its interpreted as a dangerous item…sounds like Geocaches are in a similar position. Put in the wrong place, and interpreted as dangerous by a reasonable person (i.e. the bomb squad and a judge), you’d be in trouble.


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    February 5, 2007

    Garmin Super Bowl Ad Video

    After much hype and excitement, Garmin's Ad aired yesterday on the super Bowl; right in the second quarter as promised.

    Below is a video of it from You Tube:


    Go vote on what ads wee the best. Click on the Garmin Blog link to see how. Via Garmin Blog

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    JVC KDNX5000 Review

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    As the GPS space grows, we should see more of these integrated media and navigation hugs for your car. TomTom certainly thinks so, as they backed the Eclipse AVN2210P, and we continue the quickening pace of integrated units coming from the major aftermarket stereo providers. The JVC KD-NX5000 was recently announced at the CES 2007 show with some impressive specs, including a 40GB hard drive that is split between navigation and media storage.

    CNet has posted a good fairly in depth review of the unit, and have rated it “Spectacular – 9 out of 10. GPS-wise, the unit has over 13 million Points of Interest, and maps from NAVTEQ, although they mention that the maps were not as crisp as they would have liked. Not sure if this has to do with the map data, the colors chosen or the screen size/viewing angle. As far as the media functions go, CNet appears to be pretty happy about the whole set-up and thought that the 5,000+ song capacity + video playback were solid, in the end saying that the JVC KD-NX5000 “is about as much car tech per square foot as you can get.”

    Full Review at CNet

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    New Logo for TomTom

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    TomTom will be rolling with a new logo starting this March, reflecting its move into other areas of navigation, and a general refresh of the brand. Somehow the transparent ball invokes images of holding the entire earth in the palm of their hands. So with the new logo hitting in March, one has to think that this will coincide with new product launches at the CeBit show in Hanover Germany this coming March 15th – 21st).

    Alexander Ribbink, TomTom’s Chief Operating Officer, says, “The new logo reflects these changes and symbolises TomTom’s care for its customers, its hands-on mentality and its passion for the best, high quality navigation products and services. It also supports our continued expansion into new markets like fleet management and traffic solutions, whilst strengthening our position as the most preferred navigation brand by consumers.”


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    February 4, 2007

    Via Michelin X-930 Arrives for Review

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    We are pleased to have the Via Michelin X-930 GPS in house for review, after a lot of readers asked about its performance and there seems to be a widely varying opinion of the unit out there. I thought that it would be good to get our hands on it to see for ourselves what the unit was truly like. The X-930 is Via Michelin's first step into the US market, and they entered over the holidays with a pretty good price online at J&R. With the continued low prices, we'll take a look at it with its value price in mind.

    The value end of the market is getting pretty full of brands you know and a whole bunch of brands you don't. This unit comes from Via Michelin, yes the tire company, that is also very much into travel help and travel guides. This philosophy of helping travelers is what's behind the launch of GPS systems for Via Michelin.

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

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    Win A Garmin Nuvi 660

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    Yes, you could win a Garmin Nuvi 660 if you have what it takes to spoof the Garmin Super Bowl commercial. The folks over at Garmin are having a lot of fun and creating a bit of buzz to go along with the company's first Super Bowl commercial, and as a result, they are offering you a Nuvi 660. The catch is that you will need to spoof the Garmin commercial that is going to air on the Super Bowl and be the best of all the submissions. So, get out the camcorder, wrap yourself in aluminum foil and get going. Full rules at Garmin Blogs.

    ReadMore at Garmin Blogs


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    February 3, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 2/3

    Lots of news this week on traffic reporting and services. I rolled a lot of it up and posted about the Future of Traffic Reporting on GPS Systems. We also learned this week that TomTom shipped a few TomTom 910 GO's with a virus late last year. I guess if it can happen to Apple, it can happen to anyone.



    Steals and Deals

    Coming into marathon training season, we see a $50 Rebate for the Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305's coming out recently. We also continue to see some rock bottom bargains on the Mio C310x and the Via Michelin X-930.

    Fry's is still selling the Mio C310x systems: $198 with free shipping. Staples also has them for $269 online and in stores. - Check out my review of the Mio C310x.

    Via Michelin X-930 - $179 at Amazon

    Garmin Forerunner Rebate - $50 back on a Forerunner 205 or 305, which drops the prices down significantly.

    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 $470.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $550; a few months ago this was well over $600.

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

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price hovering around $730 or so at Amazon, Very dynamic. See our review - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping. TheNerds has the Nuvi 660 for $701 - Use coupon code: affgoo3 for another $10 off if you use Google Checkout.

  • TomTom ONE for around $399 at Amazon with Free shipping. See my Review of the TomTom ONE.

  • The TomTom 910 has come down A LOT in the last few months, but has inched up a bit in the last week and is about $599 for this widescreened unit. Great if you have a Bluetooth phone and can use the TomTom PLUS system for weather, traffic (with subscription) and more.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $320 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Think about moving up to the Garmin StreetPilot C530 whose price is down to $397. Won't speak street names, but Better chipset, and better screen for almost the same price ($10 more).

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  • February 2, 2007

    Mio C310x

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

    The Mio C310x is a step up from the Mio C310, with similar hardware features, but a totally different, and better in my opinion, operating system that has made this a popular choice for value hunters in the market. Don't sell the unit short, it's got a lot going for it at its low price. The unit runs on a SiRF STAR III chipset and has a sleek thin flat form factor that makes it easy to travel with. It comes preloaded with maps of the US, and is able to play MP3's. The unit runs on TeleAtlas maps, which at this time are still of the older generation, and not the newer more accurate ones that have been released. Don't worry though, new maps are coming this "Spring" says Mio.


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    NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns Released

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    So fresh off my post yesterday on the same subject, NAVTEQ is preparing for the future of better traffic services with this release of historical traffic data. NAVTEQ has made available its NAVTEQ Traffic Patterns, a database of typical traffic speeds on over 170,000 miles of primary and secondary roads across major U.S. cities, including interconnecting highways.

    This new product delivers speeds for primary and secondary roads (function classes one through three) in major cities across the United States. Historical observations from GPS probe data are aggregated, verified, and then matched to TMC (Traffic Message Channel) codes on the NAVTEQ map.

    Again, this data will eventually find its way onto your GPS and help you make better decisions about travel times through traffic. Don't forget that Traffic.com has ths data also, and there is a pending acquisition of Traffic.com by NAVTEQ. Should be interesting once they get together to see what the future looks like for the combined firm.

    Via

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    February 1, 2007

    The Coming Wave of Better Traffic Reporting in GPS Systems

    With the yesterday’s announcement that Clear Channel is turning on 92 markets of expanded traffic coverage, it got me thinking that things are starting to roll in the traffic-reporting world. I've recently talked with people from Traffic.com and Inrix about where they are in the traffic reporting world and where things are going. The bottom line is that things are moving fast and it's up to the device manufacturers and the delivery infrastructure to catch up.

    We used to listen to the guy in the copter for everything (I remember Joe Green in the ‘BZ copter here in Boston), and then we took a big jump with installed traffic sensors; those towers with speed monitors mounted along the highways. There are three things that are about to make for a huge jump in capability for customizing traffic reporting and making your life a lot better. They are all here and ready to hit the market:

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    u-Blox unveils Galileo Ready Chip

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    u-blox AG will unveil u-blox 5, a GPS and Galileo-ready chip featuring an acquisition performance of less than one second, at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. The big thing here in my mind is that the chip will track 50 channels, at low power consumption allowing it to work well in portable devices that can also track while indoors.

    More after the jump….

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