September 30, 2007

September 30, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 250W $299

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So, Costco is almost giving away the Garmin Nuvi 250W; they must be flying off the shelves. They are offering the Nuvi 250W for $299 to members after a $100 off coupon. Compare the price at Amazon on the Nuvi 250W.

If you want to learn more, check out my Review of the Nuvi 250W. I thought that the unit was very good, and at this price very competitive with any brand in the market.

Briefly, the Nuvi 250W has maps of North America, a high sensitivity GPS receiver, a moderately bright widescreen, and a great, intuitive interface. This is the interface that helps them get to be the market leader...... that and a lot of distribution muscle.

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September 29, 2007

GPS Steals and Deals - 9/29

Notable News:

  • The Mio C230 ($189) is selling in the US. The unit is the least expensive Text-to-Speech (TTS) unit I know of. I just got a Mio C230 in for review and as a first impression it looks good - brighter screen than the Mio C220.


    Units in the ~$200 - $300 range

  • The Nuvi 250 is ~ $300 this week ($306), while the Nuvi 200 is $249. 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 2nd ed. - $210 with FREE SHIPPING. Best GPS at this price. or if you want a little extra savings, consider the TomTom ONE Refurb
  • The Mio C220 is selling around $189 through Amazon sellers. Read my Review of the Mio C220.
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  • The #1 selling GPS is the Garmin Nuvi 350 still at about $362. 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.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now $443. See my Review of the Nuvi 360

    Widescreen GPS Units

  • The Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 200W ($341) and 250W ($399) have dropped in price to be very competitive. I recently posted my review of the Nuvi200W/250W.
  • The Nuvi 650 offers the widescreen and no Bluetooth or traffic for $453.

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $589 at Amazon. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $671 - 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 recently - Now $309. Low Priced Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech. See my review of the Mio C520.

  • The Magellan Maestro 4000 is selling around $299, 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)
  • Check out my recent post for more on European Mapping GPS options.

    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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  • September 28, 2007

    Nextar C-3 Arrives for Review

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    Update: I posted my Full Review of the Nextar C-3, and I can't recommend it; consider a Mio, or if you can afford it a TomTom or Garmin. Specifically, check out a full list of my reviews and see the entry level units there.

    The Nextar C3 GPS is a definite bargain at around $149, which is about the cheapest GPS on the market. I couldn't resist the chance to try one out so I got one in for review. The unit offers 3.5-inch screen, which is a standard size for most GPS systems. The unit offers verbal turn cues, and maps of the US. With 1.6 million Points of interest (POI) the Nextar C3 is a little light on places to navigate to. The Nextar C3 does have SiRF star III chipset for a solid lock on satellites.

    The Nextar C3 includes mounting cradle, suction cup mounting bracket, dashboard mounting disk, remote control, DC adapter, AC adapter, USB Cable, and convenient carrying pouch. If absolute value is the name of the game, try out the Nextar.

    I will run it through its paces to see what it's made of.

    The Nextar C3 GPS at Amazon

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    September 27, 2007

    Mio C720 with built-in Camera

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    The Mio DigiWalker C720t combines the convenience of GPS technology with useful tools including a two-megapixel camera, real-time traffic updates, a 4.3-inch widescreen display, text-to-speech driving instructions and enhanced Bluetooth capabilities. Navman Introduced camera/GPS mash-ups a while ago, then they got acquired by Mio and Bam! You get the first Mio with a camera built in. The unit also takes advantage of the business card recognition allows you to take a picture of a business card and suck it right into a contact manager.

    The Mio C720t also comes with a TMC traffic cradle and a free 3-month subscription to traffic feeds; this is great. Since the form factor is the same as the Mio C320 and Mio C520, maybe the cradles will work on those too?

    More from the Press Release after the jump........

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    Mio C230 Officially Announced in US

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    Mio Technology the Mio DigiWalker C230 for the US today. The unit has been talked about around the world, and has even shown up on a few websites for sale. The Mio C230 is a compact, affordable and easy-to-use GPS navigator that includes pre-loaded maps of the U.S. and real-time text-to-speech directions, allowing drivers to ‘navigate by ear’ from door-to-door.

    The big news has got to be the value price and the text-to-speech (TTS) features. The C230’s text-to-speech functionality delivers timely voice prompts, calling out actual street names when making turns – “right turn onto Main Street” instead of “right-turn in 500 yards” – helping drivers keep their eyes on the road while driving.

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    September 26, 2007

    NAVTEQ Dials up Traffic Data Collection

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    NAVTEQ announced today an agreement with Teletrac, Inc., a leading supplier of fleet management, navigation and vehicle diagnostic solutions, to provide NAVTEQ map data and NAVTEQ Traffic for Teletrac's Fleet Director Turn-By-Turn (TBT) navigation system.

    In addition to utilizing NAVTEQ map data in their navigation products, Teletrac will be a contributing supplier of GPS probe data for NAVTEQ's exclusive use as a map data and traffic services supplier. The Teletrac real- time probe data feed extends NAVTEQ Traffic probe coverage in the U.S. providing the highest frequency of updating in the industry today. NAVTEQ Traffic products are created from high quality sources such as proprietary and government sensors, proprietary incident data, and probe data that offer comprehensive end-to-end traffic solutions.

    (Thanks Jim for sending this in)

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    September 25, 2007

    TeleAtlas 3-D Buildings in US

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    Who wants 3-D images for the US? Yea, I do. Well TeleAtlas is working on it with a few hundred landmarks in the US for us to start one. Now we just need a faster processors and huge memory chips, and we'll be all set for the whole country's worth of 3-D buldings.

    GPS users will soon see the shingles lining historic ballparks, windowpanes stretching above the Manhattan skyline and the smile on Abraham Lincoln’s face more clearly. Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, today announced it will make available more than 400 detailed 3D (three dimensional) landmarks of notable North American structures for use in navigation devices and location-based applications, including Fenway Park, the Empire State Building and Lincoln Memorial.

    Tele Atlas also announced the availability of its Digital Elevation Model for North America, which follows last month’s launch of the Digital Elevation Model in Europe and is designed to help deliver an unprecedented degree of image quality for navigation offerings.

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    Navigon 5100 Review

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    CNet has a review up on the Navigon 5100 that is worth reading if you are interested in the Navigon line. Recently PCMag reviewed the Navigon 7100 and gave it good, not great marks. Overall, CNet appears to have liked the standard 3.5-inch screen Navigon 5100 as it represents a formidable entry by a challenger, and gives it top markets for navigation as well as some of its new features. Those features include a photo realistic view of complex intersections so that you know which lane to be in. Let's face it sometimes "Keep left" isn't enough on some of these highway interchanges that civil engineers dream up.

    The unit also comes with Zagat information on top markets, to bolster the regular address/phone information that usually comes with POI's. The Navigon 5100 also comes with TMC traffic standard, and includes a lifetime subscription. I love the fact that they do this, but am a bit concerned that this is a poor business move. Everyone, including CNet, will look at the price of the unit and think that it's overpriced, not immediately realizing that the lifetime TMC subscription adds quite a bit of value (and cost) to the unit.

    The Navigon 5100 is available at Amazon.

    Teh Navigon 2100 is essentially the Navigon 5100 but without the TMC traffic and the Zagat's. See my Full Review of the Navigon 2100.

    ReadMore at CNet for their Review of the Navigon 5100

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    September 24, 2007

    Mio C320 Full Review

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    The Mio C320 is a widescreen GPS follow-up to their widescreen C520 model that hit the market earlier this year, and has already made a mark on the shelves brining widescreen affordability to the masses. The Mio C320 can be considered an entry model widescreen GPS that offers solid navigation on a widescreen unit without some of the features that are found on mid-tier models. You still get SiRF star III chipsets, a widescreen, maps of the US, as well as MP3 playback capability. The unit hits its price point by shedding the Bluetooth handsfree capability and the maps of Canada along with some POI data. It does maintain the split screen capability that the Mio C520 brought with it (See my review of the Mio C520), which is a user selectable option and one that I personally like.

    The Mio C320 was announced today, but I have had the opportunity to check it out ahead of the launch to put it through its paces over the last couple of weeks before the general public gets its hands on it. The unit I used was a full working model.

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    Mio C320 Announced


    Mio announced availability of the new Mio DigiWalker C320 portable GPS navigation device, exclusively offered at nearly 4,500 RadioShack stores nationwide and online at www.RadioShack.com. The unit is based on a Mio C520 that has the same chassis, and some similar features. The C320 boasts a prominent 4.3-inch widescreen anti-glare display and preloaded U.S. maps (including Alaska and Hawaii), allowing users to quickly and easily navigate to virtually any address in the U.S. with full voice-guided directions.

    The Mio C320 has an MSRP of $299.95. When moving up to the Mio C520 from the Mio C320 you add Bluetooth capabilities, Canadian Maps (along with a lot of Points of Interest), and Text-to-speech.

    I had the chance to check out the Mio C320 for the last few weeks ahead of this announcement, see my review that is also posted today.


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    September 23, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 9/23

    Notable News:

  • The TomTom ONE (2nd Ed.) continues to be offered all over for $199, online, bricks and mortar stores, etc. Big blow out sale to make way for the next version, the TomTom ONE 3rd Ed. (see below for links)
  • The Mio C230 ($189) is selling in the US. The unit is the least expensive Text-to-Speech (TTS) unit I know of. Monstronix has a lot of them in stock for $179 + shipping. Thanks Al for the link. See my announcement for more info on the Mio C230.



    Units in the ~$200 - $300 range

  • The Nuvi 250 is ~ $300 this week ($306), while the Nuvi 200 is $249 (Down $23 this week). 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 2nd ed. - $199 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 $189 through Amazon sellers. Read my Review of the Mio C220.
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  • The #1 selling GPS is the Garmin Nuvi 350 still at about $369. (Saw it "On Sale" yesterday at a big box retailer for $450 - kills me) 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.

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

    Widescreen GPS Units

  • The Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 200W ($341) and 250W ($382) have dropped in price to be very competitive. I recently posted my review of the Nuvi200W/250W.
  • The Nuvi 650 offers the widescreen and no Bluetooth or traffic for $458.

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $569 at Amazon, down another $10 this week.. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $674 - 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 recently - Now $299. Low Priced Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech. See my review of the Mio C520.

  • The Magellan Maestro 4000 is selling around $278, 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)
  • Check out my recent post for more on European Mapping GPS options.

    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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  • September 21, 2007

    TomTom GO 720 Full Review

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    The TomTom GO 720 is a solid product introduction that offers not only some feature improvements, but some innovative steps that shows TomTom positioning itself as an innovator in the GPS marketplace. TomTom is not afraid to step up and maintain its position in the upper echelon of GPS manufacturers. With this introduction, it is more obvious that TomTom is willing to develop products and software for the US market, where they previously brought over a nearly unaltered Euro product. The change is welcome and will make them more competitive in the US market where growth rates are still well north of 50% per year.

    The TomTom GO 720 at the base is a widescreen GPS navigation system that has a SiRF star III chipset and text to speech capabilities. The unit comes with North American maps. The unit also offers MapShare, a program to allow users to make minor alterations on their units, submit those changes, and if elected receive changes from other users who use MapShare. The TomTom GO 720 also has a fun feature to make your own recordings for the verbal navigation commands. Finally the unit also features a “Help Me!” button that allows users get access information to quickly get help from police, service stations and hospitals.


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    September 20, 2007

    Need a Zipcar? Get a GPS Phone.

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    In an nice use of GPS enabled phones, you will be able to arrange your Zipcar through a new mobile phone application that is also GPS aware. You will be able to see what the inventory is at the locations closest to you. The Zipcar mobile application works on the back of a mobile GPS widget developed in partnership with uLocate.

    By their own accounting, those Zipcar members are pretty connected. Zipcar cites that 90% of their members use a mobile application on a weekly basis and 5% already have the coolest phone on the planet…. The iPhone.

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    September 19, 2007

    More Pink .....Less Pink....

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    The other day there was an article that indicated Garmin was readying a Pink Nuvi GPS targeted at women. (Go see what this might look like at GPSTracklog.) Well, yesterday in the Boston Globe, there was a quick reference to “Less Pink, More Tech”… According to this brief article, a new study revealed that only 9 percent of women want girly looking tech gadgets, while 91% want something more sophisticated and stylish. The article says that if women are to adopt it, it has to work out of the box, and work well; if not, chuck it.

    I do think that a pink Nuvi has a place with younger women, and maybe that’s where the 9% is concentrated. As far as working out of the box; yup that’s a Garmin.

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    More GPS Thefts

    Long time readers know that GPS thefts are an issue, and they are on the rise. The numbers may still seem small, but they are growing fast. Because GPS units are usually around $500 or less, they will fall under most people’s deductibles for insurance. What’s that mean? You’re out of luck and you get stuck with the bill.

    GPS thefts are up over 200% in Montgomery county MD, outside of Washington DC, and that’s comparing the first 8 months of 2007 to all of 2006. That’s not the only place, as theft rates are up 100+% in other cities around the US too. Apparently thefts in Australia and Britain are on the rise as more people have a GPS, and more thieves find that they are easy to sell once stolen.

    So stash those GPS units before you dash off to your shopping or job or whatever you are going to do. I think that this makes the case again for the flat form factor of a thing GPS; easier to take along and not get it stolen.

    Recall that there might be a simple solution - take the GPS with you and wipe off those Suction Cup Marks.

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    September 18, 2007

    iPhone with GPS - Next Gen - Q1 2008

    iphonesm.bmpYou may have wanted a GPS in your current iPhone, but couldn't get one, well starting in Q1 2008 a new faster 3G iPhone complete with GPS will be hitting the market, according to TheStreet.com. As Apple continues to sell iPhones at a breakneck pace, they are planning the next generation of phones as we speak. Today in London, Apple is calling a press conference to talk about what most people believe will be the rollout of the current iPhone model there. The absence of a European launch has been a big miss for Apple if the demand develops like it did in the US. The only difference might be that Europe has better and faster coverage so the current EDGE technology might seem like a huge step backwards.

    The new iPhone with GPS is reportedly going to include A-GPS, or assisted GPS which uses a combination of signals from the cellular network and satellite signals to help it determine locations. The chip is said to be supplied by Global Locate.

    More at TheStreet

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    September 17, 2007

    Dash to Launch new Model Q1 2008

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    Dash Navigation is still alive and kicking... hope you didn't forget them, they have been busy redesigning their connected GPS. Their older model with a "vintage 1983 HP calculator" design is gone and a new design is in for their Q1 2008 launch. The recent test drive beta session had over 53,000 people sign up for 2,000 slots for a chance to drive around and test out the old version. Clearly they got a lot of use out of them, and the new design is a direct result of the feedback. On the back end they are talking about better ETA's and routing models as a result of the testing too.

    A few short months away and we'll be looking at a whole new way to enjoy the GPS. Stay tuned.

    More at the Dash Blog

    Thanks Matt for sending this in.

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    September 16, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 9/16

    Notable News:

  • The TomTom ONE (2nd Ed.) continues to be offered all over for $199, online, bricks and mortar stores, etc. Big blow out sale to make way for the next version, the TomTom ONE 3rd Ed. (see below for links)
  • The Mio C230 ($199) is selling in the US. The unit is the least expensive Text-to-Speech (TTS) unit I know of. Thanks Chien for sending this one in. See my announcement for more info on the Mio C230.



    Units in the ~$200 - $300 range

  • The Nuvi 250 is ~ $300 this week ($309), while the Nuvi 200 is $271. 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 2nd ed. - $199 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 $189 through Amazon sellers. Read my Review of the Mio C220.
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  • 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.

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

    Widescreen GPS Units

  • The Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 200W ($340) and 250W ($391) have dropped in price to be very competitive. I recently posted my review of the Nuvi200W/250W.
  • The Nuvi 650 offers the widescreen and no Bluetooth or traffic for $467.

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $569 at Amazon, down another $10 this week.. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $669 - 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 recently - Now $309. Low Priced Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech. See my review of the Mio C520.

  • The Magellan Maestro 4000 is selling around $299, 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)
  • Check out my recent post for more on European Mapping GPS options.

    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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  • September 14, 2007

    NAVTEQ talks up Connected GPS Units

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    Networked GPS units are on the way in 2008 according to an interview with NAVTEQ senior Vice President Winston Guillory, at GPSBusiness News. The Interview explores several areas from profitability to the future of GPS devices. In the interview Mr. Guillory talks about the launch of connected devices in 2008 that will help drive the downloading of updated Points of Interest, new map features, etc. The key question will be WHO will bring this to the market.

    Dash Navigation has already announced projects like this with their cellular and WiFi connected GPS device, but they were firmly in the TeleAtlas camp before TomTom announced the plan to buy TeleAtlas. If Dash has stayed with TeleAtlas, who else would bring this idea to market? Garmin and Magellan are the two names that come to mind.

    Garmin will have the upper hand if the units get any benefit from networking together, as their sales and marketing might would deliver more units to the roads. However, Magellan has been on a bender lately with new technology and features that have been a half step ahead of Garmin as Magellan claws back into the market; witness the advanced handheld the Triton that is coming to market and the Maestro 4250 with voice recognition and the “Help” button that led the majors to this now more common feature.

    Thanks Jim for sending this in.

    See the whole interview at GPS Business News

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    High Quality Traffic Demo

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    There’s a nice Traffic map demo of what high coverage traffic data can look like at TCS, a telecommunications data provider that provides traffic maps to mobile phone services. If you want to see what powers the weather.com traffic systems, you can check out this demo at TCS. The coverage is impressive, and I think that at least on a computer, the incident data is also quite helpful. Eventually this coverage, and incident data will be enhanced when the traffic systems get to a data pipe that has more capability than the current TMC system, which is limited in its incident definition and its data through put. Thanks to Jim for sending this in.

    More at TCS

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    September 13, 2007

    GPS for a European Trip

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    Recently some friends asked me about taking a GPS along to Europe for a trip, and so I thought I would pass along some of the thoughts here too. Europe is more advanced in its adoption of GPS units, and therefore its not a surprise to see GPS units on the road and available for use. However, limited non-guaranteed availability and steep rental prices (up to $60/day) can cramp your style, so I thought I would review your options for getting a GPS for Europe. With rental prices that high, it can pay to either buy a GPS and keep it, or buy a GPS and then eBay it when you get back. I will say that the addition of Euro Map data isn’t always cheap. I especially recommend a thin GPS for travel as it will save space and hassle.

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    September 12, 2007

    TomTom GO 720 Arrives for Review

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    The new TomTom GO 720 arrived for review at the GPSLodge and its looks pretty good right out of the box. When I visited TomTom back in June I was able to preview the unit before it hit the market.

    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 TomTom GO 720 has some basic attributes that check off the boxes: Flat form factor, SiRF star III chipset, Text to Speech, 4.3-inch widescreen, and a North American mapset.


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    Navigon 2100

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    I have posted my Full Review of the Navigon 2100.

    Compare the Navigon 2100 vs 5100 vs 7100


    Navigon announced the Navigon 2100, an entry level GPS system that offers the basics plus some reaching features that makes the offering interesting. The unit which lists at $249, offers a standard screen size of 3.5-inches, SiRF star III chipset, a 400Mhz processor, NAVTEQ maps of the US, as well as text-to-speech which is often only seen on higher end models. With the announcement of the Garmin Nuvi 260, an entry level line with text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities, it seems like rolling the TTS feature down the lines is becoming a very welcome trend. Like its siblings, the Navigon 7100 and 5100, the Navigon 2100 will offer Reality View, a 3-D view of complex intersections that gives you a virtual reality view of where to go.

    Additionally, the unit will offer a lifetime subscription to TMC traffic for $99, and access to its Zagat data for $39. Look for the Navigon 2100 to hit shelves “this winter”.

    More at Navigon

    also available at Navigon 2100 GPS

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    September 11, 2007

    Upgrade Your TomTom ONE Software! – New Operating System on TomTom One XL!

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    So I plugged in my TomTom ONE XL (that I bought for a Review a while ago) into my newly upgraded TomTom HOME, and it downloaded some software for the TomTom ONE XL, that has the new TomTom Operating system on it.

    I now have Help ME!, and a new looking Route Overview that is similar to the TomTom ONE GO 720 interface. I also have the TomTom MapShare capabilities on the TomTom ONE XL! Big news. So my TomTom ONE XL software is now version 7.120.

    I already had TomTom HOME installed on my computer, and a pop-up asked me to upgrade, which I have been putting off for a couple of weeks. Anyway, I finally did the TomTom HOME upgrade and somehow (I wasn’t really paying attention), my old model TomTom ONE XL now has the newest operating system on it. Great!

    Finally, this also includes putting the Status Bar on the side of the screen which once you are used to it, I think it's an excellent layout.

    Not sure if this will apply to the standard screen TomTom ONE which is selling at a $50 discount to the new TomTom ONE 3rd edition, but if you can upgrade a TomTom ONE to include MapShare and HelpMe!, it starts to make sense to buy the older version of the TomTom ONE and upgrade the software instead of buying the newer TomTom ONE 3rd edition; that is if you don’t want the TMC capability that is also available only on the newest version of the TomTom ONE.

    Can anyone upgrade their TomTom ONE (standard screen) the same way?

    TomTomONEXLHelpMeDetail.jpg TomTom ONE XL Screenshot with HelpMe Detail Screen.

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    TomTom ONE XL Screenshot with MapShare Icon

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    Nextar C3 - $149 at Amazon

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    The Nexar C3 GPS is a definite bargain at $149, which is about the cheapest GPS on the market. Maybe not the best, but definitely inexpensive. The unit offers 3.5-inch screen, which is a standard size for most GPS systems. The unit offers verbal turn cues, and maps of the US. With 1.6 million Points of interest (POI) the Nextar C3 is a little lean on places to navigate to, but it will fill in the gaps if that’s not your main focus. The Nextar C3 does have SiRF star III chipset for a solid lock on satellites.

    The Nextar C3 includes mounting cradle, suction cup mounting bracket, dashboard mounting disk, remote control, DC adapter, AC adapter, USB Cable, and convenient carrying pouch. If absolute value is the name of the game, try out the Nextar. If you want to spend jus a bit more, the TomTom ONE 2nd Edition is on sale at Amazon for around $199 as they run out the inventory. The TomTom is not perfect either, but it is a high quality entry level navigation device.

    The Nextar C3 GPS at Amazon


    Update: I posted my Full Review of the Nextar C-3, and I can't recommend it; consider a Mio, or if you can afford it a TomTom or Garmin. Specifically, check out a full list of my reviews and see the entry level units there.

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    Navigon 7100 Review

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    PC Mag has a review up of the Navigon 7100 that takes a look at this widescreen navigator that on top of offering some pretty standard features found on other GPS devices, it comes with a couple of innovative ideas that aren’t found on most navigation systems all wrapped up in a pretty stylish package. The Navigon 7100 is a widescreen GPS powered by SiRF star III, with North American maps (US+Canada+Puerto Rico), and Bluetooth Handsfree. The Navigon 7100 also comes with subscription free TMC traffic. I like the idea, as it seems to spread the good word of TMC traffic, and it would seem to lower the overall costs if the GPS manufacturer negotiated a bulk contract vs. all of us getting our own subscriptions. No idea if I am right here, and yes, it’s not that great if you don’t live in a place where traffic coverage is available, but if a few million more subscriptions were going out there, one could see their way to a lower fee structure for us all.

    The Navigon 7100 also features Zagat reviews of restaurants and locations in about 70 cities. Search through a list of Points of Interest, and by punching an “i” button while on a specific location, you can bring up the Zagat write up. Great feature is you are trying out new restaurants, or are looking for places to go while traveling.

    Voice Commands
    The Navigon 7100 includes the ability to assign a voice command to saved locations, giving you the opportunity to navigate simply and easily to your most frequently used addresses.

    “Reality View”
    Navigon also gives you the option to preview complex intersections in photo-realistic beauty allowing you to see exactly where you are going with lane specific information and the confidence to navigate correctly. This type of feature is the future of navigation systems in some form or fashion. Eventually we will be navigating through either photo-realistic views or digital footage that is crammed onto the GPS unit sitting on your dash.

    PC Mag didn’t love the Navigon 7100 in their review of the unit, as some interface changes are needed to truly make it walk among the giants of the market. The POI search features aren’t selectable to search near a certain address; not good for trip planning, and the Bluetooth pairing doesn’t pull in all of your phone’s information like Garmin line of GPS systems. When I reviewed the Nuvi 360, I thought that this ability to deal with phone calling on a large screen while driving, and calling handsfree was great. Magellan was recently knocked for this shortfall too. The true value is full functionality like Garmin, I hope that this capability is coming for all Bluetooth systems.

    More at PCMag

    The Navigon 7100 is available at Amazon

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    September 10, 2007

    Magellan MobileMapper CX

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    Magellan announced MobileMapper CX, a handheld GPS targeted at the GIS professional; the unit has capabilities that one might just drool over. To start it has sub-meter accuracy, which may not sound all that cool, but hey if you got it, you got it. The interface is geared towards the mapping and data capture community as it has easy data and attribute entry through a new interface. The unit also comes equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities for data sharing and web logins. With a windows interface, you can also store and use third party files of up to 4GB in size.

    Not in GIS, Who Cares? Handheld users should… this is the flagship model that will take its technology and roll down into other models that regular people can buy. Satellite images, sub-meter accuracy, wireless data swapping, and huge (third party maybe even web downloadable to the unit) map capabilities; might just be a beautiful model for the rest of us someday.

    Via Engadget; more at Magellan

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    September 7, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 9/7

    Notable News:

  • The Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 200W and 250W have dropped in price to be very competitive. I just posted my review of the Nuvi200W/250W yesterday.


    Units in the ~$200 - $300 range

  • The Nuvi 250 is ~ $300 this week ($309), 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).
  • TomTom ONE - $199 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.
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  • 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.

  • 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 $469.

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

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $669 - 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 $301. Low Priced Widescreen navigation with Text to Speech. See my review of the Mio C520.

  • The Magellan Maestro 4000 is selling in the low $300's, widescreen with AAA POI content - No Text to Speech. Ted sent in a message that the Maestro is also selling at this price at BJ's Wholesale Club - might be worth a trip if you are a member. Thanks Ted.

    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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  • September 6, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 200W/250W Review

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    Update: See my Garmin Nuvi 205W/255W Full Review - better interface and hardware than the Nuvi 200W/250W - I recommend moving up to the 205W/255W if possible.

    The Nuvi 200W and Nuvi 250W are logical extensions to the still relatively new Garmin Nuvi 200 series line that is starting to take its place as a solid entry level performer from Garmin for those folks who want a less expensive GPS navigation unit with a rock solid reputation. I reviewed the regular screen sized Nuvi 200/250/270 unit back in March of this year right after it was announced and thought that while the unit might be marked for entry level, it was a Garmin through and through. Since that time the Nuvi 200 line has dropped in price to a very reasonable level, and I expect that the Nuvi 200 line will be one of the hottest sellers come the holiday season. I fully expect to see a Nuvi 200 for $199 or less on Black Friday.

    ArrowContinue reading: "Garmin Nuvi 200W/250W Review"

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    HP iPaq 314 Travel Companion

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    HP Announced that they are getting into the mix with a standalone GPS, the HP iPaq 314 travel companion. The HP 314 appears to be legit with some strong features including a high sensitivity GPS chipset, and a widescreen which is higher resolution (800x480 resolution) vs the lower resolution of the rest of the pack - 480x272.

    The unit will come loaded with TeleAtlas maps for the United States and Canada and content for more than 12 million points of interest, as well as turn-by-turn directions and text to speech verbal guidance. Some photos are showing that the HP iPaq 314 will have TeleAtlas latest maps with 3-D building footprints in some cities. Cool. The unit will also come with Bluetooth and an SD slot.

    Price is expected to be in the $449 range.

    More at HP website

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    Mio has BIG Black Friday and Holiday Plans

    DigiTimes is reporting that Mitac, Navman and Mio’s parent company, has big plans for the second part of the year. They plan on shipping another 5 million GPS units in the second half of the year, after already shipping 2.75 million in the first half of the year; that’s a pretty big jump.

    Mio has already announced a slew of new units overseas for the end of the year (including the Mio 230, 620 and 620T), and we would expect that those units would find their way to US shores soon too. All in all, this adds up to another big blockbuster holiday GPS season if you ask me. I guess if you don’t plan big, you’ll never get there.

    More at DigiTimes

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    September 5, 2007

    Microsoft to use Inrix Traffic Data

    Big news out of the Inrix shop today, as they have now partnered with Microsoft to have the Inrix traffic data used across the Microsoft platforms and web outlets. I would imagine that this could likely include Windows Live Search / Virtual Earth, MSN direct and other internet related sites as well as for use in desktop applications such as Streets & Trips and Outlook, and across mobile applications such as Live Local Search. Microsoft currently uses Traffic.com for the traffic data.

    “Consumers are pining after ways to minimize the time spent stuck in traffic, locating a business or simply getting home after work,” said Ziya Genceren, Live Search Maps product manager at Microsoft Corp. “INRIX’s approach to real time, historic and predictive traffic information offers a level of accuracy and reliability that brings value to our customers.”

    This should be a good first glimpse to the broad public of what the future of traffic reporting can be like. I do look forward to the day that historical average speed data can be held in my dash-mounted GPS….. someday soon I hope.


    Inrix also announced that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will look for INRIX to provide real time traffic flow data for nearly 250 centerline miles of US 41, I-43, and WIS 172. This milestone makes INRIX the first company to provide operational vehicle-probe based traffic data services to a government agency. Wisconsin DOT is now integrating INRIX data into its Traffic Management software.

    More at Inrix

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    Price Drop TomTom ONE (2nd Ed) at $199

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    This might just be the best value out there for a top branded GPS, I am sure it won't last.

    What do you get in the TomTom ONE 2nd Edition?

    A standard screen (3.5-inch) GPS that offers turn by turn directions with verbal cues, but not with Text to speech (TTS) directions where it speaks the name. The unit contains maps of the US/Canada, and has an accurate high sensitivity GPS chipset receiver.

    TomTom has announced and just started selling the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition, which is $249. For the extra $50, you’ll get an updated interface that offers you the ability to get more updated maps via the MapShare program, and the Help ME! screen that allows quick access to help related to service stations, police, hospitals, etc. Finally the new TomTom ONE will accept an optional TMC receiver to get TMC Traffic updates.

    Some people have asked if TomTom will push this software update to the older versions, so that you can get these software features on the older TomTom ONE units. Honestly, I have no idea, but my hope is that they will. I can't guarantee it though. One benefit would be to get the entire installed base of older TomTom ONE's onto the MapShare network, building better maps a LOT faster.

    Anyway...

    Which one to choose?
    If you are on a budget, go for the $199 version. Simple enough.

    The new TomTom ONE 3rd edition with MapShare is cutting edge and its importance in making high quality maps will only grow. I like the feature a lot, and if you can afford the $50, I think it will pay out in the coming years.

    At Amazon....

  • TomTom ONE 2nd Ed.
  • TomTom ONE 3rd Ed.

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  • September 4, 2007

    Mercedes GPS with Yahoo Search

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    Mercedes Benz is planning a launch that should start to heat up the pre-installed GPS options as they are offering the “Search and Send” capability that will allow you to obtain addresses online and outside of the car and send those addresses to your car via the installed TeleAid system (Think “OnStar”). This while not fully connected, this starts to walk down that pathway, as people will continue to drive the capability and needs in that direction.

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    I have to say that this is a lot like the “Dash Send to Car” capability that was demonstrated with the Dash Connected Navigation unit that was unveiled last year. Recall that unit is fully connected, with WiFi capability and integrates websearch as well as map updates via downloads.

    This "Search and Send” capability on the Mercedes S-class sedan and CL-class coupe will be available as of September 5 and eventually in the entire 2008 C-class lineup.

    More at Mercedes
    Via Luxury Launches

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    GPSLodge.com Garmin Nuvi 350 Giveaway Winner

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    We are happy to announce that Heidi B. of New York City is the winner in our Garmin Nuvi 350 Mailing List Giveaway. Heidi will receive a new Garmin Nuvi 350 from GPSLodge.com

    Heidi reports that she has been coming to GPSLodge.com to “Learn about the latest trends and read reviews of GPS technology. I found the site very helpful and it saved me from purchasing the "Disappearing Loox"! I never would have known! I've been recently using the site to compare the TOM TOM One to the GARMIN Nuvi as I'm currently shopping for a new GPS for my new car.”

    Well, it looks like the Garmin Nuvi 350 Giveaway came at the right time. Congratulations Heidi from GPSLodge.

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    September 3, 2007

    Monthly Round-up for August 2007

    It was a big month for the GPS world, as all big makers announced new units at the end of the month so that they will enter the holiday shopping season with new features on the shelf for the buying hoards that most likely make the GPS another top of the Wish List must-have.

    I also turned out two full reviews this past month, one on the Garmin RINO HCx and one on the Mio Digiwalker C520 widescreen.


    GPS Reviews

  • Garmin RINO 530HCx Full Review
  • Mio Digiwalker C520 Full Review
  • LG LN740 Review
  • Garmin Nuvi 200W/250W Arrives for Review
  • Garmin Nuvi 200W Review

    New GPS Units Announced

  • Garmin Nuvi 260
  • Garmin Nuvi 750/760/770
  • Garmin Edge 605 and 705 - Maps, Wireless Sharing
  • Garmin Forerunner 50
  • TomTom GO 920 and GO 920T
  • TomTom ONE 3rd Edition
  • TomTom RIDER 2 for the US
  • Mio Digiwalker C230
  • Mio C620 and C620T
  • Magellan Maestro 3200 and 4200 line - ( 3200, 3220, 3250, 4200, 4220, 4250)
  • Nokia 500 GPS
  • Magellan Triton Handheld GPS 2000, 1500, 500, 400, 200 also see some Q&A on the New Magellan Triton Handheld GPS
  • Becker Traffic Assist Highspeed 7934 GPS in US
  • Pioneer AVIC X3

    Mapping News

  • NAVTEQ with 3-D Terrain Maps
  • TeleAtlas LBS Contest
  • TeleAtlas Teams up with the Travel Channel
  • TeleAtlas Connect - The World in your palm


    General GPS News

  • GPhone, the Google Phone - With GPS
  • Garmin to use New Chipset
  • Garmin uses MediaTek Chipsets in Legend HCx
  • How To: Custom Car Icons on TomTom GO 720
  • Help Me! TomTom GO 720
  • Garmin Tops in Sales
  • GPS Shoes for the Working Girl
  • Simple Solution to GPS Thefts
  • "AAA" Gets Into Mobile Phone Navigation - AAA Mobile
  • Loox to Disappear
  • Next Step – Fix the POI

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