August 31, 2007

Magellan Maestro 3200 and 4200 line - ( 3200, 3220, 3250, 4200, 4220, 4250)

Not to be outdone, Magellan also announced new units for the holiday shopping season. The new line upgrades include a fee nice additions. The new Magellan Maestro 3200 and 4200 line are being pitched as a thin (<1 inch thick) and capable GPS line.

The 3200 series is a 3.5-inch based screen size, while the 4200 series is a widescreen 4.3-inch line. New to the line are the high end capability of the 3250 and 4250 that have integrated TMC traffic receivers. They also have voice recognition capability, as well as Bluetooth capability. Both the 3200 and 4200 lines maintain the AAA TourBook travel information that is in the Maestro line now.

Pictures when we get them....

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August 30, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770

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All the info, including Product Review information about the Garmin Nuvi 750/760/700 Line, here at GPSLodge.

  • Update: I have posted my Full Review of the Nuvi 750/760/770.


    The Garmin Nuvi 750, Nuvi 760 and Nuvi 770 were announced today for the start of the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The new line features the sleek design look of the Nuvi 200 series, and a full feature set that will set it at the top of the Garmin line. The units will offer you the ability to get some help, including how to get to police, hospitals and to the nearest gas station. This is now becoming a standard feature in the GPS world, which I think will be welcome features for most users. The other way the units can help you are to find your car: Tap the screen and take your GPS with you (to avoid it from being stolen) and then the unit can help you get back to your car when your “Pedestrian Mode” walking or shopping is over.

    In keeping with the similar X50/X60/X70 line-up configurations, the Nuvi units will be differentiated by the 750 as the base, the Nuvi 760 with added Bluetooth, and the Nuvi 770 with North American and Euro Maps pre-loaded.

    The Nuvi 750/760/770 has an FM transmitter built in that can transmit directions to your radio, while the Nuvi 760/770 offer Bluetooth wireless for handsfree phone use and also a TMC receiver for getting the latest traffic updates. Sadly, from what I see, the traffic isn’t next generation traffic capable with historical average speeds.

    Expect the Nuvi 750, Nuvi 760 and Nuvi 770 to hit shelves in September. The Nuvi 750 will retail for $600, the 760 for $800 and the 770 for $1,000.

    See More Information on the Nuvi 750/760/770 here at the GPSLodge.

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  • August 30, 2007

    TomTom GO 920 and GO 920T

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    TomTom has announced their TomTom GO 920 and the TomTom GO 920T, the new top of the line device that offers a nice collection of features and with the GO 920T, the unit offers TMC traffic included with the unit. TomTom has clearly jumped into the TMC traffic pool, and in my conversation with Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom USA this week about the TomTom 920T and the new TomTom ONE 3rd edition, he said that the TMC traffic will offer access to the same high quality traffic feeds for users who don't have access to a compatible phone that was required for access to previous traffic data through the TomTom PLUS services.

    The TomTom GO 920 and 920T will also include what’s called Enhanced Positioning Technology that will help to maintain your position when you have lost signal, in such situations as going under tunnels. Not sure if this is accelerometer technology, or not, but this capability is certainly something that is available and needed for people who do a lot of city driving.

    The GO 920 and 920T also offer a 5 hour LiIon battery, a remote control, MapShare capability to keep your maps updated, Bluetooth and Maps of USA and Europe.

    The units are expected in the fourth quarter; which is code for "Will be on the shelves for the holidays."

    More news from the press release after the jump...

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    August 30, 2007

    TomTom ONE 3rd Edition

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    The new TomTom ONE 3rd Edition has been announced. It combines even greater ease of use with quality navigation at a very affordable price. The New TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION, comes with TomTom’s Map Share technology, latest map guarantee and an optional RDS-TMC traffic antenna. These are the two main changes, oh, that and the new lower list price of $249 in the US. The unit will still use high sensitivity chipsets, and has some nice interface improvements like the “Help Me” button, and the ability to display current street names as well as the street you are going to turn onto.

    In talking to Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom USA earlier this week about the launch of the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition, he said that putting MapShare on the TomTom ONE will grow the user base quickly. The large user base will make MapShare a more powerful platform of up to date map data due to the increasing network effect.

    “The New TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION is the answer for drivers who want a PND that is easy to use, has the latest maps and technology, and is affordable,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “With this introduction, we are offering customers a new entry level navigation device of even higher quality.”

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    August 30, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 700/750

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    Always love a good rumor, but GPS & Co is talking about a new Nuvi 700 that is being prepped for the IFA electronics Show in Berlin that starts at the end of the week. The unit is said to look like a Nuvi 250W (I have one in for review). The new thin design would be combined with some high end features. What those are, we can only speculate: Voice recognition, advanced traffic reporting with built in historical average speeds, 3-D buildings on the map?

    Stay tuned.

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    August 29, 2007

    Garmin Edge 605 and 705 - Maps, Wireless Sharing

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    Garmin has announced the Garmin Edge 605 and 705, two new cutting edge bike computers that have some amazing features built in.

    First let me say, “Thank you” to Garmin for rolling in mapping features into the Edge 605 and 705, this is fantastic. One has to hope that we will see a Forerunner 605 and 705 soon that have mapping capability too. Mapping is the one feature that I was hoping for way back in February when Garmin originally talked about new fitness models. I have also hoped for ways to share data wirelessly for handheld units; and that’s in the new Edge 605/705 (Can I get this technology in my eTrex? Please?).

    The Edge 605 and 705 will feature a basemap and mapping capabilities (Detailed Maps available too), while the Edge 705 will add ANT+Sport wireless sharing capability that will allow you to swap workout, route, waypoint, etc. data with other Edge 705 users. The units of course have all that (boring in comparison to wireless technology) stuff like heartrate cadence, etc capability. One thing that I would like more information on is the claim that the Edge 705 measures torque and cadence for each leg.

    Anyway, the products sound amazing, and definitely targeted at high end bicyclists. The units should arrive just in time for the holidays, and will be list priced at $499 for the Edge 605 and $549 for the Edge 705 (no wireless), and $649 for the Edge 705 with wireless. Too bad if you’re the only one in your group to go for the wireless feature……. Sounds cool.

    More after the jump....

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    GPhone, the Google Phone - With GPS

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    If you have been reading the gadget blogs, you've probably heard about the Google Phone, which on the heels of the iPhone is going to change how we look at mobile phones. The new phone apparently is set to appear with GPS capability, and will be targeting ads on the device to help pay for the unit. Ad revenue is everything to Google, and getting more eyeball time is the way it goes. The phone is also about making sure that cheap, pervasive computing is accessible to Google, so that the future of always on mobile computing includes their ads. Anyway, it would no doubt have Google Maps and navigation built in if it had GPS capability.

    ReadMore at Engadget

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    August 27, 2007

    Nokia 500 GPS

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    Nokia has released their widescreen Nokia 500 GPS, a navigation unit from the famed maker of mobile phones. Having acquired Smart-2-go earlier this year, it is not a surprise that after all this GPS rumbling, from almost a year ago, that they are finally hitting the shelves with their own unit. They previously hit with a Route 66 based model, that didn’t make a big dent in much of anything, but I am sure it whetted their appetites for more of this hot growing market.

    Of course it’s got turn-by-turn directions, Bluetooth handsfree calling, and an FM transmitter to play music through your stereo.

    Expect it in Europe soon at about 300 Euros. The unit is reported to be heading to the US by the end of the year.

    More after the jump…

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    Garmin uses MediaTek Chipsets in Legend HCx

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    DigiTimes is reporting that the Garmin has included a MediaTech chipset in the new Garmin eTrex Legend HCx. Not a surprising move, as there's more than just the SiRF star III chipset on the market for high sensitivity chipsets. Recall just last week, is was announced that Garmin would use STMicroelectronics' Teseo GPS chipset in some GPS units.

    I just reviewed the Garmin RINO 530 HCx that had a high sensitivity non-SiRF chipset in it, and the unit performed very well in tree cover and tight hilly terrain.

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    August 26, 2007

    Garmin RINO 530HCx Full Review

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    The Garmin RINO series is a long standing part of the Garmin line up that takes their core GPS capability and extends it by paying attention to the needs of the consumer out in the field. GPS answers the “Where are you” question and help you get to where you are going, but when you are outdoors you may also want to know where your friends are too.
    "The Garmin RINO 530HCx is a great tool for the outdoors that can not only get you there but also get you there, along with the rest of your party while being fully informed and in constant contact. "

    The unit combines a fully functioning GPS with an FRS/GMRS radio allowing you to not only talk to your hiking or biking partners but with the special polling features, it will show you the GPS location them too. In concept it’s a great premise for the RINO series, and I will say that in practice, it’s like Instant Messaging for the outdoors enthusiast. I wish I had the current capabilities when I first started using the first FRS radios years ago. For this review I was able to take the new RINO 530HCx and the older RINO 520 for a trip to the White Mountains and for several general “playing around” hikes and walks. They performed well, and gave added confidence and convenience to our travels.

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    August 25, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 8/25

    Want a Free GPS? - Sign up for our Mailing List and we're going to give a Garmin Nuvi 350 away to one lucky winner at the end of August. Last Week!

    Notable News:

  • The Pocket Loox N100 (that has been discontinued) has a $50 rebate on it, brining this unit below $200. PCMag did a review on the Loox N100 and thought it was OK, not great.
  • Again some prices in the Sunday Circulars can be way above online prices - Nuvi 200 for $349 at Best Buy, for about $269 with free shipping at Amazon (see below). Wow. Check online before buying.


    Units in the ~$200 - $300 range

  • The Nuvi 250 is under $300 this week ($295), while the Nuvi 200 is $269. Both very nice prices for these units. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 250 for an idea of how well this will perform. Maps are the only difference: Nuvi 200: Continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico (no Alaska or Canada detail), Nuvi 250: All of North America (no Mexico).
  • TomTom ONE - $229 with FREE SHIPPING. It’s the #2 selling GPS at Amazon; Best GPS at this price. or if you want a little extra savings, consider the TomTom ONE Refurb
  • The Mio C220 is selling around $175 through Amazon sellers. Read my Review of the Mio C220.

  • The #1 selling GPS is the Garmin Nuvi 350 still at about $369. I believe that the Nuvi 350 is the best value out there – great capabilities at a very good price. More info on the Nuvi 350. Enter to win at Nuvi 350 here at GPSLodge.com.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now $446.

    Widescreen GPS Units

  • The Nuvi 650 offers the widescreen and no Bluetooth or traffic for $464.

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $579 at Amazon. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $672 - see my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 680.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded.

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  • The new TomTom ONE XL is back to $349. Read my Review of the TomTom ONE XL.

  • The Mio C520 has dropped in price a LOT - Now $307. Low Priced Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech.

  • The Magellan Maestro 4000 is selling in the low $300's, widescreen with AAA POI content - No Text to Speech.

    Going to Europe?
    Get Pre-loaded GPS Units with North American AND Euro Maps.

  • Consider the Nuvi 370 which has Text to Speech
  • The More Economical Nuvi 270, or
  • The Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 670. (Confused? Compare the Nuvi line here)

    GPS Rebates this Week:

  • Garmin is moving out some GPSMap 60 models - $50 rebate on the GPSMap 60Cx and GPSMap 60CSx. I think that for the extra money, get the 60 CSx! See my hands on review of the Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx - Offer Ends 12/31/07.

  • Garmin Forerunner 305 - $50 rebate and
  • Edge 305 - $75 Rebate when you sign up for the Powerbar Nutrition Edge Newsletter Offer ends 11/30/07.


  • Garmin has a $30 rebate on their Garmin Topo U.S. 2008 MapSource DVD - Price is about $50 online. Rebate good through 12/31/07 for upgrade only. Rebate form here (pdf)


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  • August 24, 2007

    Win a Nuvi 350 from GPSLodge.com - LAST WEEK!


    Last Week to Enter!

    We know that you are still driving around this summer wondering where to go, well if you subscribe to our GPSLodge mailing list you can be in the drawing for a new Garmin Nuvi 350, the most popular GPS on the market today. Not only will you get all of our articles emailed to your inbox in a newsletter once per week (every Monday Morning), but you will also have a chance to win the Nuvi 350, a top-notch flat GPS navigator with great Text to Speech capabilities and one of the best interfaces on the market.

    Drawing is August 30th, and current mailing list subscribers are already qualified & don't have to do anything! One of the perks of being a member around here.

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    TomTom RIDER 2 for the US

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    TomTom USA announced availability of their TomTom RIDER 2nd Edition, that was announced for Europe a while ago. The unit does look like a significant upgrade, after doing more research on its use on the bike. Of course it can be used while wearing gloves, comes loaded with US & Canadian Maps and also has a long list of other features that make it well suited for the bike:

  • Rugged RAM mount that fits on almost all bikes
  • Cardo scala -rider Bluetooth headset to hear in helmet instructions, and phone calls from the Bluetooth Handsfree capability.
  • Waterproof to IPX-7 standards
  • Ruggedized to resist vibration


    The unit should hit the stores soon, and there is an available car mount for using while you are not on the bike.

    More details including specifications after the jump...

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  • August 23, 2007

    TomTom GO 720 Now Shipping

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    The new TomTom GO 720 is shipping if you happened to have missed it. It's got a lot of features that make it a pretty attractive package including the ability to offer you the ability to edit the maps with their MapShare program. By using your desktop computer and TomTom HOME, you can edit road features and then upload the information that the rest of us can use.

    The new TomTom GO 720 is a flat form factor that has a widescreen, and some great 3-D graphics that show building footprints to improve the overall navigation experience. Loads of fun extras that allow you to record and use your own voice sets so you can have friends, your belligerent spouse, or your kids offer you turn-by-turn directions. There is also a “Help Me” menu with shortcuts to get you to the police station or service station quickly.

    The TomTom GO 720 is available at Amazon

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    How To: Custom Car Icons on TomTom GO 720

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    Tired of that arrow on your GPS screen; how about putting a picture of your own car on there to guide you? Well, the new TomTom GO 720 allows you to do just that; take a picture of your car (or someone else's pimped out ride) do a little image work and drop it onto the TomTom GO 720 so that you can navigate with a customized interface.

    Club TomTom, TomTom's own Blog, gives step by step directions on how to make this happen; all that you need to supply is a little image editing capability and a picture of a great car, or whatever you want to follow down that road...... Who says you need to follow your own car, or a car icon at all?

    1) Select the digital image you’d like as a car icon;
    2) Convert it to a 256-color bitmap file;
    3) Size it such that it’s between 24 x 24 pixels and 128 x 128 pixels.
    It has to be square or it won’t work;
    4) “Erase” any imagery you don’t want to appear by coloring it red (RGB 0,0, 255) (RGB 255,0,0);
    5) Plug your TomTom into your PC and open the root folder;
    6) Put your bitmap image in the subfolder “cars” found in the “art” folder.

    More details and images at Club TomTom


    More? See my - TomTom GO 720 Preview and First Impressions

  • Complete Information on the TomTom GO 720 here at GPSLodge.com

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  • Garmin to use New Chipset

    STMicroelectronics announced it has launched volume production of its Teseo GPS engine designed for use in certain Garmin Portable Navigation Devices (PNDs) and handheld GPS receivers. Garmin has been looking to places other than SiRF to fulfill their GPS chipset needs for a while now, and while people may think that there is no replacement for the SiRF star III, these chipsets have to be "high sensitivity" to compete these days. So, we won't be taking a step back to the old days of losing a signal while a leaf blows by.

    "We are proud to announce that our state-of-the-art GPS technology has been selected for Garmin's new range of portable and handheld devices," said Domenico Rossi, General Manager of ST's Car Radio and Multimedia Division. "ST is one of the few players in this market that can offer high-performance and cost-effective GPS solutions, based on robust silicon technology, experience in the automotive market, and know-how developed in collaboration with leading navigation manufacturers."

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    August 21, 2007

    NAVTEQ with 3-D Terrain Maps

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    NAVTEQ announced that they are mapping the world in 3-D, which will go along with their 3-D building work and the associated work to map cities with building footprints, etc. So, that "3-D" display on your GPS may actually someday have some richness of terrain to it instead of a paler shade of green with not ups of downs to it. I mean how about seeing that the road you want to turn right on is right after the crest of the hill? It may be tricky to figure out how to represent the terrain in a way that still allows you to see over the crest of the hill, but the idea sounds great.

    More from the press release follows...

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    Q&A on the New Magellan Triton Handheld GPS

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    Rich over at GPS Tracklog got in touch with Magellan about their new Magellan Triton handheld GPS units and asked a few questions about the new units and how they were going to work.

    Recall the full-featured Triton units offer full-color, touch-screen controls and the ability to record and attach audio to waypoint files. Other features include a built-in 2MB pixel camera, digital compass, barometer and built-in LED flashlight. The Triton line is IPX-7 rated and water submersible.

    As a result of the alliance between Magellan and National Geographic, the Triton series is the first outdoor handheld to offer users access to downloadable National Geographic topographic maps. This alliance with Magellan marks the first time that National Geographic maps will be made available on a handheld GPS device.

    ReadMore at GPS Tracklog

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    TeleAtlas LBS Contest

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    So you think you have a good idea about Location Based Services (LBS) and want to make a little jingle in the process? TeleAtlas has an LBS contest running that could make you a little richer in the process of getting your idea off the ground.

    Participation is open to all mobile application developers using Tele Atlas data, and the finalists will be showcased online and in the Tele Atlas booth at CTIA IT 200, where visitors and attendees will vote for their favorite application. One grand prize winner will be awarded $25,000 in cash and $50,000 in Tele Atlas map data; two runners up each will receive $10,000 in cash and $20,000 in Tele Atlas map data.

    Registration is open through September 23, 2007. See the release below for more details, or visit http://www.teleatlas.com/LBSseries.

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    LG LN740 Review

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    PC Mag has a review up of the new LG LN740 GPS navigation system. LG announced their new GPS units at CES 2007 earlier this year. The large electronics firm, is trying hard with a full line of flat nicely designed units, with the LG LN740 solidly placed as a mid-range GPS with text-to-speech (TTS) that helps define the middle road these days. The unit sports the cost of doing business high sensitivity receiver from SiRF; the SiRF star III chipset. This will help hold onto signals in tougher reception situations.

    PC Mag seems to like the unit overall, and talks up several of the features, including the traffic capabilities, and the larger 4 inch screen (not 4.3 inch screen that is seen on most other widescreen models). The unit's text to speech capability appears solid, and it can do multi-segment routing, but the messy TMC antenna is a bit of a miss.

    Read More at PC Mag


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    August 20, 2007

    Garmin Tops in Sales

    So Canalys is releasing world wide personal navigation device sales and share numbers and it appears that Garmin has edged out TomTom for the World sales and Share lead during the second quarter of 2007. Astute readers will know that Garmin does a lot of "other" GPS devices that tilts the playing field in its direction as far as absolute sales of units goes, but the study that Canalys released says that includes all mobile devices used for turn-by-turn road navigation with built-in global positioning systems and on-board software as well as smart phones, hand-held devices and other similar kinds of device, so that would exclude your Forerunner 305 and the Garmin Marine GPS units.

    According to the report, Garmin sold 1.85 million units for a 24.9% world share, and TomTom sold 1.81 million units for a 24.3% share of the market; that's a mere 40,000 unit difference, or about 2 days worth of sales. That's a tight race!

    This holiday season should be a biggie for the GPS market, as the entire market was 7.4 million units for the second quarter, up 116%, which should put the holiday sales even higher. I would imagine that both TomTom and Garmin are readying their announcements and their line-ups for the final holiday season offerings, and we can't wait to see what they have.

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    Mio Digiwalker C520 Full Review

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    The Mio C520 is Mio’s first foray into the widescreen market, riding on an updated and often times innovative operating system that may just be leading instead of following. The Mio C520 has a sleek design that is not some bargain block on a suction cup GPS, that on top of being good looking comes with a nice set of features. These features include a relatively bright widescreen, text to speech, Bluetooth handsfree capability, music and video playback and a good set of Points of Interest (POIs). The split screen capability (one that you can turn on and off) is innovative and may just represent a new way to interact with your GPS.

    Admittedly, it's been a while since I got the Mio C520, but it has allowed me to check it out and overall enjoy the widescreen unit with its tabbed navigation screen quite a bit.

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    GPS Shoes for the Working Girl

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    This has to be one of the more innovative uses for a GPS tracker that I have seen. GPS Tracking shoes for the working girl.... Part of a prototype, the GPS module would enable a lot of capability for those situations that might just be a bit uncomfortable dangerous. These pumps offer a secret compartment for keys and cash, as well as the styles that are needed for today's demanding workers.

    More information at The Aphrodite Project

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    August 19, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 8/19

    Want a Free GPS? - Sign up for our Mailing List and we're going to give a Garmin Nuvi 350 away to one lucky winner at the end of August.

    I continue to see Sunday Circulars for specials in Bricks and Mortar stores with claims of $50-$100 off a GPS; the prices are still $30 - $50 higher than prices online at sites like Amazon. Example; Best Buy has the Garmin Nuvi 350 for $399; ($100 off), it's $369 everyday at Amazon with free shipping, Exceptions this week are for TomTom ONE XLs - $349 online and at Best Buy.


    Two things hit me this week as notable:
    1. The Nuvi 250 is under $300 this week ($296) for the first time, while the Nuvi 200 is $274. Both very nice prices for these units. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 250 for an idea of how well this will perform. Maps are the only difference: Nuvi 200: Continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico (no Alaska or Canada detail), NUvi 250: All of North America (no Mexico).
    2. TomTom ONE Refurb - <$200 - If you can deal with a refurbished unit, this may be the best deal under $200.

  • The #1 selling GPS is the Garmin Nuvi 350 still at about $369. I believe that the Nuvi 350 is the best value out there – great capabilities at a very good price. More info on the Nuvi 350. Enter to win at Nuvi 350 here at GPSLodge.com.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now $444.

    Widescreen Nuvi Line

  • The Nuvi 650 offers the widescreen and no Bluetooth or traffic for $464.

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $579 at Amazon. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $674 - Down $60 in the last few weeks. - see my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 680.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded. Also consider the Nuvi 370, or the Nuvi 270 which also have Euro Maps pre-loaded. (Confused? Compare the Nuvi line here)

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  • TomTom ONE - $225 with FREE SHIPPING. It’s the #2 selling GPS at Amazon; Best GPS at this price.
  • The new TomTom ONE XL is back to $349. Read my Review of the TomTom ONE XL.

  • The Mio C520 has dropped in price a LOT - Now $307. Cheap Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech.

  • The Mio C220 is selling around $175 through Amazon sellers. Read my Review of the Mio C220.

    GPS Rebates this Week:

  • Garmin is moving out some GPSMap 60 models - $50 rebate on the GPSMap 60Cx and GPSMap 60CSx. I think that for the extra $22, get the 60 CSx! See my hands on review of the Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx

  • Garmin Forerunner 305 - $50 rebate and
  • Edge 305 - $75 Rebate when you sign up for the Powerbar Nutrition Edge Newsletter Offer ends 11/30/07.


  • Garmin has a $30 rebate on their Garmin Topo U.S. 2008 MapSource DVD - Price is about $50 online. Rebate good through 12/31/07 for upgrade only. Rebate form here (pdf)


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  • August 17, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 200W/250W Arrives for Review

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    Update: I have posted my Review of the Nuvi 200W/250W

    The Garmin Nuvi 200W/250W has arrived for review at GPSLodge.com, and we’re pretty happy to check out the latest unit from Garmin to hit the stores. The Nuvi 200W/250W were announced back in June just as the Summer driving season was beginning. I would expect that the Nuvi 200W/250W will start gathering steam right before the Holidays when the next wave of GPS buying takes place.

    The Nuvi 200W/250W extends the line of Nuvi 200 series units that are designed to be easy to use and easier on the wallet. The Nuvi 200 and Nuvi 250 standard screen models are starting to really settle in and take up their place among the entry-level units a few months after introduction, and are really starting to create a buzz. A year ago, who would have thought that you could have gotten a flat model Garmin for under $300 with maps pre-loaded and ready to go? You can with the Garmin Nuvi 200 standard screen right now for less than $300.

    The Nuvi 200W and Nuvi 250W are well poised to offer widescreen usability at the entry-level end of the market, while bringing the confidence of the Garmin interface to the marketplace. The Nuvi 200W and Nuvi 250W are based on their standard screen siblings as far as design cues and interface go. The same thin design elements with slate gray mark the new widescreen models, with the same slider switch.

    Over the coming weeks, we’ll check the Nuvi 200W/250W out to see what it is made of and let you know our thoughts.

    What’s the Difference between the Nuvi 200W vs. the Nuvi 250W?
    Maps; that’s it. The Nuvi 200W has all the features of the Nuvi 250W.

  • Nuvi 200W - Maps of continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
  • Nuvi 250W - Maps of U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico

    What’s in the Nuvi 200W/250W box?

  • Nuvi 200W or 250W GPS Navigation Unit
  • Suction cup Mount with cam lever action
  • Car Power Plug – 12V
  • Adhesive Dash disk
  • Set-up and Go guide

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    The Garmin Nuvi 200W and Nuvi 250W are available at Amazon.

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    Garmin Nuvi 200W and 250W Now Shipping

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    Update: We have the Garmin Nuvi 200W/250W in for review at the GPSLodge.


    The Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 200W and Garmin Nuvi 250W are now shipping. The high sensitivity receiver based units are Garmin through and through with high quality maps, millions of POI and a very simple interface. Wider screen, more space, easier to read, easier input all adds up to better experience.

    In some accounting glitch at Amazon, they actually have the Nuvi 250W priced lower than the Nuvi 200W.

    See my review of the Nuvi 200/250/270 regular screen unit for a walk through of the features on these units.

    What's the difference in the Nuvi 200W vs the Nuvi 250W? Maps; pure and simple. The Nuvi 250W has all the features of the Nuvi 200W.

  • Nuvi 200W - Maps of continental U.S., Hawaii, and Puerto Rico
  • Nuvi 250W - Maps of U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico

    The Garmin Nuvi 200W and Nuvi 250W are available at Amazon.

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  • August 16, 2007

    Simple Solution to GPS Thefts

    Police in Montgomery MD have come up with an innovative and simple way to hopefully reduce the number of GPS thefts that are happening across their region; they are giving away small microfiber cloths to let you wipe those suction cup marks off the windshield.

    So while you may think you are OK by stashing your GPS under the seat, crooks are looking for the telltale suction-cup marks on windshields as a sign that you have some electronics in the car; Smash and run!

    So, while I stick my GPS under the seat, maybe I'll do a better job of cleaning of the hundreds of suction-cup marks on my windshield.


    Via

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    August 15, 2007

    GPS Article Series

    US News and World Report has a new series on GPS units, including a buying guide. The series includes a few good insights, especially for beginners, including 5 new uses for GPS (we've seen those around the GPS Lodge before), they also recommend that you test drive a GPS before you buy. You may find a store with a liberal return policy, but a better bet is to ask a friend who has one what they like and don't like about theirs, then see if other models make up for the downfalls. Also you could rent a GPS at one of the GPS retnal firms, or with your next rental car; most car rental firms have an optional GPS rental plan for about $10 per day.

    The buying guide in general I agree with, as they recommend the following GPS units; I've used them all and reviewed them. Generally I agree with their list, as all of these are good models for their price range. The one miss is that they talk the Magellan RoadMate 2200:

  • Mio C220 - My Review of the Mio C220
  • Garmin Nuvi 250 - My Review of the Nuvi 250
  • TomTom GO 720 - My Preview of the TomTom GO 720
  • Garmin Nuvi 680 - My Review of the Garmin Nuvi 680

    The big miss is is that they recommend the Magellan RoadMate 2200; I reviewed the Magellan RoadMate 2000 and didn't think much of it. Old and outdated. US News missed the opportunity to talk about the new Magellan Maestro Line, including the popular Magellan Maestro 3140, which includes Text to Speech and a lot of AAA POI content that will tell you about destinations, not just get you there.

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  • "AAA" Gets Into Mobile Phone Navigation - AAA Mobile

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    American Automobile Association, otherwise known as “AAA” is getting into the navigation business in a major way, lending its name to a mobile phone based navigation system that will allow them to continue to leverage their travel content, including their lodging and restaurant ratings as well as Points of Interest information. Earlier this year, they teamed up with Magellan to put AAA content on the Magellan Maestro line of navigators.

    With a service backed by AAA, they of course stuck in their own content to help members in ways that other generic content can’t, like the ability to search by merchants who offer discounts for showing your AAA card, AAA approved repair services, and AAA branch offices.

    Like most other mobile phone navigation services, it costs $9.95 per month and is available on phones that are GPS enabled.

    More at AAA Mobile

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    August 14, 2007

    TeleAtlas Teams up with the Travel Channel

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    Tele Atlas and Travel Channel Media today announced an exclusive agreement to make rich text, audio and visual content from the Travel Channel available for Tele Atlas digital map users worldwide. Pretty big announcement and it indicates the future of where these navigation systems are going. Why be content with the address and phone number of a tourist attraction POI? Why not see a video short of the features? Magellan recently teamed up with AAA to offer descriptive content for POIs, and I think that was a pretty good move on their part. This move on the part of TeleAtlas could be fruitful too. Recall that TeleAtlas is in the process of being acquired by TomTom.

    More on the TeleAtlas and Travel Channel deal follows...

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    Win Prizes from MvixUSA and Our New Site NetworkingAudioVideo.com!

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    If you didn't know, this site is part of a larger network of sites from Blogpire Productions and we'd like to tell you about a new site that's part of the Blogpire - NetworkingAudioVideo.com. If you want to learn how to stream music, movies, and TV around your house - NetworkingAudioVideo.com is for you. We're excited about NetworkingAudioVideo.com, and we're really excited about giving away lots of cool high tech prizes!

    We've teamed up with MvixUSA to giveaway some T-Shirts and if enough people sign up - some Mvix Media Centers. The type of prize you can win depends on how many people sign up for our newsletter at NetworkAudioVideo.com. This giveaway will be a tiered giveaway, so the more users that sign up, the bigger the prizes. If more than 500 ( U.S.) users sign up, Mvix will give away All of the following prizes. All winners will be chosen by the end of the giveaway, and be chosen via random drawing.

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    Help Me! TomTom GO 720

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    In what should become a standard offering on all GPS units, TomTom has hit on something that should be a comfort in an emergency with the “Help Me” button on their new TomTom GO 720 unit. The “Help Me” button does some special stuff for you, like gets lists of the closest gas stations, hospitals, police departments, and if you have the unit paired with a phone via Bluetooth, it will even allow you to call those closest help stations. If you are talking to someone and need to get them your location, the TomTom GO 720 will give specific information about your street address and your latitude and longitude if needed.

    See my first impressions on the TomTom GO 720

    ReadMore at Club TomTom

  • Complete Information on the TomTom GO 720 here at GPSLodge.com


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  • August 13, 2007

    Mio Digiwalker C230

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    Mio has announced the new Mio C230 GPS at the IFA trade show in Berlin. No announcements about US availability, but look for this unit as the follow-up unit to the Mio C220 that took the value end of the market and created a solid performer where there were few. The C230 for Europe will include MioMap v3 and with Tele Atlas maps of the 22 countries in Western Europe, the C230 remains extremely affordable and is perfect for users who are new to GPS navigation or those looking for a second device for the family. Mio was criticized for the dim screen on the Mio C220, which I found acceptable, but not overly luxurious in brightness in my review of the C220, so I would hope and expect that they improve the screen brightness in the new edition.

    Let’s hope for a follow-up announcement for the US soon. Then of course I can get a Mio C230 in for a review as soon after that announcement as possible.

    Via Mio Press Release

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    Loox to Disappear

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    Sounds like the Pocket Loox is destined for the bargain bin as Fujitsu Siemens is getting out of the PDA market. While the entire PDA market has been shrinking, the Loox apparently never got any traction. So, if you in the market for a navigation device that will have the scant support from a division that was shut down, check out the Loox. Sounds like a Dr. Seuss name, eh? Maybe you'll still find them for sale in Whoville.

    Via Engadget

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    August 12, 2007

    RAGBRAI 2007 GPS Tracks on Motionbased.com

    Motionbased.com blog has posted a link to one of the riders who took their Garmin GPS across Iowa this year on RAGBRAI; Register's Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, a 400+ mile ride from west to east across a week's time that has >10,000 riders participating. I was fortunate enough to go on a couple of RAGBRAI's and has an absolute blast.

    The tracks at Motionbased certainly show that Iowa is NOT flat, but it's not exactly the mountains either. The gentleman who submitted this particular set of tracks also has a blog that talks about his ride across Iowa, and he includes a lot of iconic images of Iowa and RAGBRAI that might just bring a tear to alum's eyes if they dwell a little too long on it.

    For those of you who have gone, apparently Mr Pork Chop is retiring; but he will live forever on You Tube...

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    August 10, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 8/9

    The big news this week has to be the BIG price drop on the TomTom ONE - $217 with FREE SHIPPING. It’s the #2 selling GPS at Amazon; Best GPS at this price.

  • The #1 selling GPS is the Garmin Nuvi 350 still at about $368. I believe that the Nuvi 350 is the best value out there – great capabilities at a very good price. More info on the Nuvi 350. Enter to win at Nuvi 350 here at GPSLodge.com.

    I have to say that the Nuvi line, especially the Nuvi 200 series has dropped in price recently to be pretty darn close to my predictions for what it should be for the summer (see my post from early May on my summer pricing expectations for Garmin and TomTom.

    So, if you want a dead-easy to use GPS under $274, and don't need frills or maps of Canada; go for the Nuvi 200. The Nuvi 250 includes North American maps, and is running in the low $300's. The thing is that if you want Text to Speech (TTS) you can pay $40-$50 more and get the Nuvi 350.

  • Noticed that the Nuvi 200 is dropping; around $271. Better meeting my expectations on the price vs benefits.
  • The Nuvi 250 has settled in and is available for about $306 online, down again this week. This is a much better place to be than the days when it was MORE expensive than the Nuvi 350. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 250 for an idea of how well this will perform.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now $418 - dropped $40 since last week.

  • The Nuvi 650 offers the widescreen and no Bluetooth or traffic for $459.

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $563 at Amazon. Down $30 this week. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $684 - Down $60 in the last few weeks. - see my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded. Also consider the Nuvi 370, or the Nuvi 270 which also have Euro Maps pre-loaded. (Confused? Compare the Nuvi line here)

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  • The new TomTom ONE XL is back to $399. Read my Review of the TomTom ONE XL.

  • The Mio C520 has dropped in price a LOT - Now $305. Cheap Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech.

  • The Mio C220 is selling around $181 through Amazon sellers. Read my Review of the Mio C220.

    GPS Rebates this Week:

  • Garmin is moving out some GPSMap 60 models - $50 rebate on the GPSMap 60Cx and GPSMap 60CSx. I think that for the extra $22, get the 60 CSx! See my hands on review of the Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx

    Garmin Forerunner 305 - $50 rebate and

  • Edge 305 - $75 Rebate when you sign up for the Powerbar Nutrition Edge Newsletter Offer ends 11/30/07.


  • Garmin has a $30 rebate on their Garmin Topo U.S. 2008 MapSource DVD - Price is about $50 online. Rebate good through 12/31/07 for upgrade only. Rebate form here (pdf)


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  • August 9, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 200W Review



    There’s a good review up on the UK Website Trusted Reviews for the new Garmin Nuvi 200W widescreen GPS navigator that is just hitting the market. The unit features a high sensitivity receiver and a thin design that offers a lot of touchscreen and only one button on the top for powering on, off and locking it in the off position.

    I always like to read Euro based reviews of Garmin and TomTom units, as the roles are reversed there, where TomTom owns half the market, and is the expectations setting unit against which everything else is compared. The bar is set high in general when Garmin units are reviewed over there. The biggest complaints I have heard is in reporting that the Garmin interface looks cartoonish, and Trusted Reviews reiterate that accusation, but they admit that the bright colors and thick road lines make things very easy to read. In my review of the Garmin Nuvi 250, I noted that the interface for this Nuvi line was softened a bit and made a bit friendlier, which may have helped the situation.

    Net the review for the new Nuvi 200W is a positive one, noting the ease of use and the rock solid navigation. Not a surprise, as that is what Garmin is known for. If you want to read more about the entire experience, take a look at the review for yourself, and if you know what doddle” means exactly, you’re one step ahead of me.


    More at Trusted Reviews

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    Win a TomTom ONE

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    The TomTom Blog, Club TomTom is giving away a new TomTom ONE GPS Navigation System. Create a video along their theme and submit it to enter to win. Pretty easy to do with any of the newer digital cameras these days, so what are you waiting for?

    While you are over there, you’ll notice that TomTom got into the Pan Mass Challenge again this year, riding their bikes last weekend to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund charity arm. Leading the charge was TomTom’s US president Jocelyn Vigreux. Last year the PMC raised over $26 million in the country’s largest sports related fundraiser of its kind. If you want to donate to the PMC, you can through the TomTom webpage on the PMC site; just click "Make an eGift" on the right side of the page.

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    Now if I could just find you a Magellan or a Mio giveaway we’d have a Trifecta….

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    August 8, 2007

    Price Drop: TomTom ONE $217; Free Shipping

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    The TomTom ONE is now $217 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon. Prices are way down on this, very solid entry level receiver. It gives reliable directions and with the new TeleAtlas maps, the issues with out of date maps are gone. There are some things that I wish the TomTom ONE had, like store level POI’s; in other words, you can’t search by store name, but the unit has very good routing, up to date maps and is very easy to use. You can’t get a better GPS at this price right now, and I think it is below fair price according to my look at prices for this spring and summer.

    TomTom ONE at Amazon

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    Garmin Forerunner 50

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    Garmin announced today the Forerunner 50 a new very watch like fitness device that starts to take on a lot of other fitness watches head to head. The big innovation here is that Garmin is stepping into an area of wireless protocol that has extended its capability into other areas allowing the Forerunner 50 watch to serve as a data hub of sorts. The foot pod measures distance and speed, while the heart rate monitor also feeds pertinent data. With the addition of biking modules, the unit can monitor speed and cadence. Add all or this to the USB ANT+Stick, and the sum or all data can then be downloaded to the computer and synchronized with Motionbased.com or other sites. Pretty cool. Not GPS based, but it does add to the Forerunner line a lot of fitness capability that should appeal to the masses who are already buying up a lot of similar products from competition.

    The base model with the Forerunner 50 and the ANT stick and Heart Rate Monitor will retail for less than $100, while adding the foot pod will bring the price to $149, and finally the Forerunner 50 with the foot pod and the Heart Rate Monitor will be $199.

    I have talked a lot about forthcoming Garmin Fitness products, ever since February with the mention of new fitness products for 2007 in the earnings release, and I didn't expect Garmin to introduce something that goes after the masses like the Forerunner 50. I still hope for a higher end Forerunner 450 or something similar that rolls in some higher functionality above what the Forerunner 350 includes. We'll see.

    Visit The Garmin Forerunner 50 Minisite or the Forerunner 50 Product Page

    More from the Garmin Press Release…

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    August 7, 2007

    Magellan Triton Handheld GPS 2000, 1500, 500, 400, 200

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    Wow, Magellan let a new line out of the bag (Triton 2000, 1500, 500, 400, 200), previously rumored here last week, and has a heck of a lot going for the new Triton line of handheld GPS units. I think if you keep reading, they might even have the kitchen sink in there too!

    The big news is that the Triton GPS Line will feature National Geographic topo maps, as well as full color screen, a built in camera, and LED flashlight, and the ability to record and store audio files associated with waypoints. All this is wrapped up in a new interface; not surprising with all the new features, eh? Vastly different offering in the market.

    The Triton series of six new units is the first line of rugged, handheld navigation devices designed with a new user interface flow and screen graphics making Triton easier to use and more accessible to a greater population of outdoor enthusiasts. The Triton series is significantly easier to use than previous versions of any outdoor GPS device, creating new opportunities to reach people who enjoy outdoor activities – an estimated market of 120 million people in the U.S. alone – but may not have used GPS in the past because of complexity, restricted features, and the limitations of available detailed outdoor maps. In 2008, more than 6 million outdoor GPS units are expected to be sold worldwide.

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    Next Step – Fix the POI

    OK, you’ve got the GPS, and the maps are finally updated enough to have your street, but you’ve got another problem that you didn’t know about; the Points of Interest (POI) are old or inaccurate. I am not pointing the finger at either major mapping company; I've seen inaccuracies on both.

    Tsqpic.jpgThere are a lot of reasons NOT to display all POI on the map as you are driving:

    1) The map would be cluttered with all kinds of icons, and
    2) You’d see that the POI are not perfectly located where they should be.

    On some GPS units, you can elect to turn “on” the POI icons, showing an icon or lately little version of the brand symbol, which is cute at first, but left unchecked, can you imagine what Times Square might look like on your GPS? Better get a high speed processor in the GPS to draw and redraw all those little icons.

    So, as more of these brands let you download their icons, you’ll need to be able to shut them off too. I have the Dunkin Donuts icons on my TomTom ONE XL, and I have to say that as the only icon on the map, life is good. Lay on a few dozen more brands and my GPS would be an unreadable mess.

    The next step will be to fix the locations of the POI. A lot of people may not realize it, but many of the POI that I see are off by a subtle bit that taken as a whole could really add up to a dissatisfied user. A gas station on the wrong corner, a store on the wrong side of the street, is fine if you navigate to those places once or twice in your lifetime, because you may never notice the anomaly. If they are displayed on the screen for you to see; you’ll see the inaccuracies everyday as you drive by losing faith that the GPS can navigate you to a location in a trustworthy way.

    Solution: Crowdsource the POI
    The fix could involve driving vans, and mapping images against the existing POI set along with registers of business addresses. The other fix, and one that I would work into later releases, is something akin to MapShare from TomTom. The software that allows you to unblock a road, or add a road where there isn’t one should eventually let you edit all aspects around POI (they already let you rename, delete and add/change phone numbers of POI). This will be the ultimate solution, and with millions of installed users, accurate POI could be right around the corner.


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    Mio C620 and C620T

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    Mio is set to announce the Mio C620 widescreen GPS unit at the upcoming IFA show in Berlin starting August 21st. The models will feature a new MioMap interface that includes an updated 3D capability that contains models of landmarks and other key features. See example of handheld screen shot here. We wrote about this new iGo software (the underlying software for Mio Map) back in March.

    Much like the current Mio C520 the Mio C620 will have split screen capability, and will provide you with a lot of extra information utilizing the extra real estate of the widescreen.

    The model will also come through as the Mio C620T, which will add a TMC traffic capability.

    No word on when these will ship, but expect them before the holidays.

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    August 6, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 260

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    Garmin announced today the Garmin Nuvi 260 – a Text to Speech (TTS) unit that will (eventually) come at an entry-level price. The unit fills a void in the Nuvi 200 series as they strive to provide a robust lower end line to combat a greater number of competitors who come to the market with more robust feature sets themselves. The pricing out of the gate will be interesting as the Nuvi 350, an old unit that is still immensely popular is priced at about $365 online, which will be the Nuvi 260’s toughest competition for now.

    The MSRP is $499 for the Nuvi 260, which just isn't going to stand in the face of the highly discounted Nuvi 350. One would imagine that the Nuvi 260 and the Nuvi 350 would be of similar price at some point, now that the Nuvi 250 (North American Maps and no Text to Speech) is priced in the low $300's online.

    Eventually, Garmin will have to deal with the fact that these lines will overlap, and from my point of view, I like the newer sleeker design of the Nuvi 200 series with the integrated GPS antenna, and now with the Nuvi 260, there's a great sleek design with TTS which is a big plus in my mind.

    The unit will feature North American maps, and six million POI (now you’re talking!), and all the mounting equipment you need to make it work on the windshield and the dash. The unit will also feature some of the travel aids that helped establish the Nuvi line a few years ago.

    Where's the Nuvi 260W; the widescreen sibling? Let's hope that comes along soon, like in time for the holiday shopping season.


    The Garmin NUvi 260 is available at Amazon


    Press release follows….

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    Becker Traffic Assist Highspeed 7934 GPS in US

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    Becker is coming to the US with the launch of their Traffic Assist Highspeed 7934 GPS navigation system. The unit features a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a SiRF star III chipset and NAVTEQ maps of North America (US+Canada+Puerto Rico). The unit also has an SD slot for storage of your MP3 or WMA files for music playback on the device. The unit also includes a database of posted speed limits, which allows it to warn you when you are speeding. The warning is adjustable.

    The unit has a type ahead feature that will make data entry easier as it only offers you the next letters that are possible depending on what you have already typed. This feature is also available on the Mio C520 and the general Magellan line.

    The unit is available only at Office Depot now for $299.

    More info at the Becker USA site.


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    August 5, 2007

    Smart Dog Collars - Track your Dog

    The NYT just published an article about smart dog collars, and it includes a rundown on some pretty high tech little devices, including the Garmin Astro GPS tracking dog collar, which was announced earlier this year at CES 2007. The Astro allows you to track your dog on the screen of a modified GPSMAP 60 series unit, showing you where Fido the hunting dog is relative to you on a full color map.

    There are several other collars that are mentioned that talk about tracking and monitoring your dog and the activities that they do.

    ReadMore at NYT

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    August 3, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 8/3

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    Sure enough; Amazon has dropped the TomTom ONE pricing for now, TomTom ONE is $242; a very good deal.

    I have to say that the Nuvi line, especially the Nuvi 200 series has dropped in price recently to be pretty darn close to my predictions for what it should be for the summer (see my post from early May on my summer pricing expectations for Garmin and TomTom.

    So, if you want a dead-easy to use GPS under $300, and don't need frills or maps of Canada; go for the Nuvi 200. The Nuvi 250 includes North American maps, and is running in the low $300's. The thing is that if you want Text to Speech (TTS) you can pay $40-$50 more and get the Nuvi 350.

  • Noticed that the Nuvi 200 is dropping; around $271. Better meeting my expectations on the price vs benefits.
  • The Nuvi 250 has settled in and is available for about $306 online, down again this week. This is a much better place to be than the days when it was MORE expensive than the Nuvi 350. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 250 for an idea of how well this will perform.

  • The popular Garmin Nuvi 350 dropped to $368, and it's the #1 seller in Electronics at Amazon, and their most popular GPS. (Local bricks and mortar stores have them "On Sale" for $399. Skip that; get free shipping and save money at Amazon.) More info on the Nuvi 350. Enter to win at Nuvi 350 here at GPSLodge.com.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now around $445 (amazingly up in price recently).

  • The Nuvi 650 offers the widescreen and no Bluetooth or traffic for $464.

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $594 at Amazon. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $695 - Down $50 in the last few weeks. - see my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded. Also consider the Nuvi 370, or the Nuvi 270 which also have Euro Maps pre-loaded. (Confused? Compare the Nuvi line here)

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  • The new TomTom ONE XL is back to $399. Read my Review of the TomTom ONE XL.

  • The Mio C520 has dropped in price a LOT - Now $309. Cheap Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech.
  • The Mio C220 is selling around $186 through Amazon sellers. Read my Review of the Mio C220.

  • Holux GPS for $149 - very cheap price, while it lasts. Larry thanks for sending in.

    NEW Rebates this Week:

  • NEW - Garmin is moving out some GPSMap 60 models - $50 rebate on the GPSMap 60Cx and GPSMap 60CSx. I think that for the extra $22, get the 60 CSx! See my hands on review of the Garmin GPSMap 60 CSx

    Garmin Forerunner 305 - $50 rebate and

  • Edge 305 - $75 Rebate when you sign up for the Powerbar Nutrition Edge Newsletter Offer ends 11/30/07.

  • Garmin has a $30 rebate on their Garmin Topo U.S. 2008 MapSource DVD - Price is about $50 online. Rebate good through 12/31/07 for upgrade only. Rebate form here (pdf)


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  • Win a Garmin Nuvi 350 from GPSLodge.com


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    Pioneer AVIC X3

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    Continuing their in-dash line of AVIC receivers, Pioneer has a new infotainment navigation unit out, the Pioneer AVIC X3, an in dash wonder looking unit that can do a whole lot besides getting you from point A to B. Pioneer is calling it the "Comprehensive Journey Partner" which may be right on the money.

    The unit has a built in GPS receiver as well as a gyroscope to detect what your car is doing once it enters tunnels so that it can still spit out navigation help despite the fact that it can't get a clear shot to satellites. The unit also has TMC traffic, and 1.5 million POI, which may be OK for europe, but would be anemic for the US (I like 3+Million). I like the split screen treatment to the unit.

    The unit will play CD and DVDs, as well as MP3, WMA, AAC, and DivX. You can also hook up our iPod with an optional cable. The unit can also go "Dual Zone" which allows you to play a movie in back on optional video screens while you listen to the radio and navigate up front.


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    August 2, 2007

    Garmin GPSMap 60 Cx and GPSMap 60 CSx Rebates

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    Garmin has a rebate going on the popular GPSMap 60Cx and GPSMap 60CSx models, as they are moving out inventory at the end of the summer. These $50 rebates bring the prices down quite a bit. I think that the GPSMap units are top notch handhelds, that are excellent in a lot of situations, except where the small size of the eTrex line is needed.

    I Reviewed the Garmin GPSMap 60CSx back in December, and really liked the unit. I thought that the receiver was very sensitive with the high sensitivity chipset, and the screen is a great size offering some luxurious maps to see where you are going. The GPSMap 60Cx has the ability to load maps onto a micro-SD card, and includes the high sensitivity receiver. The GPSMap 60CSx adds on a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass. For my money, the extra $20 bucks or so after rebate is worth it for the altimeter, its screens and the extra bit of information, especially if you are going to do any time in hills or mountains.

  • Link to Rebate Form (pdf)
  • Rebate good for purchases through 12/31/07
  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx and the GPSMap 60CSx are available at Amazon


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  • Garmin RINO 530 HCx Arrives for Review

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    The newest Garmin RINO HCx units are soon to be in stores, and we are pretty happy to be able to review the Garmin RINO 530 HCx ahead of its launch. The unit continues Garmin's line of handheld GPS units with built in radios and the unique ability to "poll" other RINOs to see where they are in relation to you, displaying the results right on the map.

    The new "HCx" units (Both the RINO 520 HCx and RINO 530HCx) are a pretty big step up from their older siblings; with FRS and GMRS radio capabilities for a 5 watt and claimed 14 mile range, as well as two things that will make the GPS functionality worlds better: 1) High sensitivity receiver, which will hold signals in the foliage a lot better, and 2) Micro SD card capability which makes storage of a TON of map data possible without revisiting your computer for frequent downloads.

    I also got an older Garmin RINO 520 for comparison sake. The RINO 520 does not have the high sensitivity receiver. The units are a little bit bigger than I expected but have a pretty good little belt clip that was also on the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx model too. It makes the unit easy to carry, snap in and out while moving with a quick thumb action. The RINO 530 HCx comes with a rechargable battery pack that I am a little curious about. There is an available alkaline battery adapter but right now I am charging the units and hoping that they last our two day hike in the mountains of NH.

    We are heading up to the Mizpah Springs hut for an overnight, and plan on our groups taking a couple of different pathways, so it will be nice to be able to keep track of the other group while hiking up the mountain.

    See our announcement post for more information on the Garmin RINO HCx line.


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    August 1, 2007

    Garmin Sales up 72%, Earnings up 75%

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    Garmin earnings blew Wall St away today, showing strength in their sales in North America and in Europe, as sales were up 72% and earnings were up 75%. The automotive segment revenue led the way with 99% revenue growth, while the marine segment came in second with "only" 59% growth. Amazing.

    Executive overview from Dr. Min Kao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer:

    "Garmin experienced a very exciting second quarter. Our strong growth in the automotive/mobile segment demonstrated that our products continue to be well-positioned to take advantage of the growing demand for portable navigation devices. We are pleased that, according to independent market research, we have maintained a strong leadership position in North America with approximately fifty percent PND market share. The nüvi 200W and 250W products delivered during the second quarter will provide an attractive option for cost-conscious consumers who prefer a wide-screen display. Our popular nüvi and c-series product offerings support our strategy of extensive market segmentation, drawing in customers with compelling, competitive features, and useful content integrated into easy-to-use products at many attractive price points. We believe this approach should drive strong results in the holiday season and push revenue growth beyond our earlier expectations.

    More details below...

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    TomTom GO 720

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    The new TomTom GO 720 was announced earlier this year with a pretty big reception for its innovative features wrapped around the GPS unit itself. The big news has to be the ability to edit and alter the maps if you find problems. You can't quite edit the entire world yet, but you can share your learning with others through the MapShare program.

    The unit has other features, like the "Help Me" screen that can help you when you are in an emergency; ranging from needed police help, or finding a garage.

    The new TomTom GO 720 is a flat form factor that has a widescreen. Loads of fun extras that allow you to record and use your own voice sets so you can have friends, your belligerent spouse, or your kids offer you turn-by-turn directions. The unit does have a Text to Speech engine but it will revert to the standard voice commands when you are using your own optional voices.


    The TomTom GO 720 is available at Amazon

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    TeleAtlas Connect - The World in your palm

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    TeleAtlas has announced a new capability, essentially linking all of their world maps into one routable product for basic navigation. Is every Dim Sum shop in the world mapped? Not yet, but You are able to route yourself in 200 countries on major roadways; that's a great start. Probably not targeted at personal navigation devices, but hey, the possibility exists. The cost of the data storage might be astronomical, but if you need to route yourself in 200 countries, you can probably afford the hit on cost.

    More from TeleAtlas on TeleAtlas Connect...

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    SiRF: Earnings Up and a Deal with Intel


    SiRF announced a deal with Intel to work collaboratively in GPS capable electronics. Does everything need to have a GPS chip in it? No, not really, but it certainly wouldn't happen if SiRF was still going it alone, but the Intel deal makes getting much broader inclusion of GPS chips possible.

    SiRF also announced their earnings; a 23% increase over year ago. Not bad, as things continued to be hot in the market for GPS navigation systems.

    More details on earnings follow...

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