July 30, 2008

Garmin drops Outlook and Delays Nuvifone - Stock Hurt

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Garmin announced today that they needed to lower their outlook for the rest of the year on sales and earnings, while also announcing that they are delaying their much touted Nuvifone. For me the Nuvifone represented their move into the connected device market; maybe they will still jump into that market with a Nuvi 900 series or something. They remain the only major manufacturer without an overt and major announcement on a connected GPS navigator.

The revenue outlook really killed them today as they announced an expected $3.9 billion in revenue, down from $4.5 billion that they previously talked about. Apparently, teh Nuvifone only accounted for about $100 million of that drop; the rest is just hard times for the economy slowing down the sales.

Their stock was down 22% today to $35.19, a long way off the 52-week high of $125.

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July 29, 2008

Garmin: China and Olympics on your GPS

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Brilliant move ahead f the Olympics; Garmin just released their City Navigator NT- China as well as a special Chinese Olympics set of Custom POI's if you are going. Nice thing is that they already did some thinking for you and made the sports venues organized by city or by sport. Nice touch. Not sure that many people will driving over there for the Olympics, as the Chinese are taking cars off the roads like crazy trying to clean up the air ahead of the games. But with that said, why the heck not drop a special POI bundle on the market and announce your new Chinese maps ahead of the Olympics.

"This new suite of digital maps helps tourists locate stadiums, hotels, restaurants, and more - so they can spend their time being spectators instead of worrying about how to get there," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Presently, Garmin is the only satellite navigation manufacturer that is able to offer these highly-detailed maps."

Offering nearly seven million points of interest (POIs) and available on a convenient microSD/SD card, users simply insert the maps into virtually any current Garmin personal navigation device (PND). Road and POI names are presented in Pinyin, the most common Latin-alphabet phonetic spelling of Mandarin Chinese. These maps offer full coverage of China, including street level detail for more than 980 cities and the roads that connect them - just select a destination and your nĂ¼vi gives you turn-by-turn directions to that location.

More information on the City Navigator NT - China
and on the Olympics POI Set

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July 28, 2008

TomTom Adds New Management

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TomTom made a few management changes yesterday that look like they are trying to position themselves to make another big push on innovation and design work. The big change that stuck out for me was to bring on a former Apple exec, Ken McAlpine to be in charge of product design and usability. His resume includes working on the iPhone, MacMini and a host of other projects are Apple. Very interesting move - can't wait to see where TomTom goes with this influence.

Full press release follows after the jump.....

Thanks Jim for sending this in.

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July 28, 2008

Team Garmin & Special Edge 705 for the Tour de France


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Not only did all of the riders in this year's Tour de France on Team Garmin Chipotle get an Edge 705, but they used them to their advantage by specially programing them with key information. According to Bike Radar, the team pre-programed the units with key sprint locations, feed zones and King of the Mountain locations. Pretty cool stuff.

For more information on the Edge 705 - See my Full Review Garmin Edge 705

Check out the Product Page Edge 705


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July 27, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 7/27

A few mid-summer deals this week. The GPS summer driving isn't over. Check out some of the deals below.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $149 - Best Seller today at Amazon. No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $199 this week; very hot prices point for this unit. North American Maps, Text to Speech, and 5+ Million Points of Interest. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for a few bucks more at - $224

  • TomTom ONE - $144 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $208 ($249 at Best Buy) Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $373 - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning, adds Bluetooth handsfree and built-in TMC traffic. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.
  • Nuvi 750 - $329, down $25 in the last 2 weeks - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning. Doesn't have the Bluetooth, or the Traffic capability that the 760 has.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - from $499- Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $261 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $255. Text to Speech, North American Maps, See My Full Review - Nuvi 660, which is the same model with the addition of the TMC Traffic, which is the main feature not included on the Nuvi 650.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $189 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $299; still best seller at Amazon - Down $30 in recent weeks - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $251 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is $196.
  • TomTom GO 730 - $406 -New IQ Routes, Text to Speech, and more. Maps of North America.
  • TomTom 920 - $309 - great value for the money. The recent upgrade allows TomTom to offer the older GO 920 for low money. Text to speech, maps of North America, and more - See my Full Review of the TomTom GO 920

Fitness stuff - get out and exercise! The Forerunner 405 is still very hot.


  • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available now at $349. - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing.
  • Forerunner 305 - $203 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $146 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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July 24, 2008

Garmin Market Share Solidifies


According to DigiTimes, NPD is indicating that Garmin's market share has solidified in the second quarter at 55% of the US market, opening up a 37% share gap versus the #2 in the Market TomTom. Recall TomTom knocked out some great deals over the holidays and shrunk that gap to 9%. The other big GPS sales season - the Summer Driving Season wasn't as kind.

Garmin appears to be focused on delivering solid models to the market at very attractive prices with little to no price premium versus TomTom for a "similarly" featured model. On the Entry Level, there are some subtle differences, which make it hard for TomTom to position its TomTom ONE versus the Nuvi 200; as the TomTom is more feature packed than the Nuvi, but they both command the low priced entry level spot in their respective lines making them an easy comparison.

Magellan remains in the number three spot, while Navigon and Mio round out the pack.

NPD Reported Shares Second Quarter 2007:

Garmin - 55%
TomTom - 18%
Magellan - 13%
Navigon - 4%
Mio - 3%

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July 23, 2008

Navigon 8110 - 3D maps on your Car GPS

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Navigon has the Navigon 8110 out in the UK and it comes with new 3-D maps that allow you to see the contour of the roads and landscape around you. I assume they've figured out how to show you what's n the other side of that hill when you are coming up to its peak.

I wouldn't be surprised to see this come out on a Garmin device here soon. The recent introductions including the Garmin Colorado handheld and the Nuvi 500/550 series announced yesterday they are showing the basic components of this: 3-D views on the Colorado, that allow you to see what lies ahead in a similar point of view. While the Nuvi 500/550 has the normal 2-D topographical maps, it sets the stage for other offerings and map options that must have Garmin playing with alternative representations of how you would like to drive down the road.

More at Navigon UK site

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July 22, 2008

Nuvi 500/550 - Drive, Hike, Bike; Navigation on the Road & Trail

Garmin announced the Nuvi 500 and Nuvi 550 today, a combined use line of navigation devices that have a waterproof touchscreen and come loaded with street and Topo maps. The device will let you drive to your hiking spot, and at the top of the Main Menu screen touch on your new profile to flip over to a recreational use to go biking or geocaching.

I should have seen this coming on the heels of the Touchscreen Oregon handheld that was announced on July 10th, as they will share the same core technology of waterproof touchscreen. The idea of flipping profiles started with the Garmin Colorado line where you could have different settings according to your needs.

Loolking forward to seeing these soon.


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July 17, 2008

TrafficCast and Yahoo! Extend Deal - Detailed Traffic Flow

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TrafficCast has extended their deal with Yahoo! to provide detailed traffic reporting to their maps that extends the coverage for secondary roads into many more metro areas. The better detail is provided by the DynaFlow fusion engine that captures data from not only road sensors but mobile phone data, GPS probes, weather events, and incident reports.

The capability can be seen below in a Yahoo! Maps shot this morning of the Boston Metro traffic situation not only on major highways (beltway around the city and the one main road up through the city), but the major surface roads or secondary roads that are also shown in criss-crossing the map. The status of all roads is shown in green-yellow-red according to the severity of the traffic. (Note: Recently Google added the red/black hashed markings to show really slow traffic.)

For more information on TrafficCast, see my interview with TrafficCast CEO Connie Li that I posted earlier this week.


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July 16, 2008

TomTom TV Spot - Fancy Little Gizmo

I don't know about you, but I love driving around with a fancy little gizmo GPS on my windshield, and having the ability to get from here to there with no worries. The look in people's eyes when you just ask for the address and leave them to explain the long direction set to others is priceless.

This is the new TomTom spot - remember - Go Confidently.

Via Club TomTom

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Team Garmin Chase Car Icon for your Garmin GPS

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If you're a Team Garmin Tour de France fan and you don't want to be driving around a Felt Bike or Chipotle Burrito on yur GPS, maybe you can download the Team Garmin Chase Car and load it up on your unit.

It's pretty easy to install these icons on your Garmin GPS, just follow these easy instructions at the Garmin site.

Via Garmin Blogs

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July 15, 2008

Garmin Oregon Touchscreen Handheld - MiniSite

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Sure it's marketing hyperbole, but if you are excited to learn more about the new touchscreen handheld from Garmin - the Garmin Oregon line, you will want to check out their Garmin Oregon Minisite (you'll need Flash).

I like the look at the Screens - very good insight into the unit and how things will look and function. All of the items are classic Garmin interface on there, just in the easy touchscreen format.

Go check out the Garmin Oregon Minisite

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July 14, 2008

TrafficCast Q&A with GPSLodge

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I sat down for a Question and Answer session with the CEO of TrafficCast, Connie Li. TrafficCast has developed an algorithm to aggregate not only traffic data but data impacting traffic, like weather and events. We all know that heavy traffic and accidents slow your drive, but so does rain and snow.

As we move forward, and more people have and use smart navigation devices, the ability to tie up all kinds of data into usable information streams will play a big part in our lives. TrafficCast is getting a jump on reliable traffic information gathering and on gathering all that other information too.

Q&A After the jump...

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TeleNav: iPhone 3G Navigation

Well, it didn't take long to hear more news on a true navigation package coming to the new iPhone 3G after it's well publicized launch this past week. It seems that TeleNav is working on a new application for the iPhone that will give true Navigator functionality with turn-by-turn directions, visual cues and traffic alerts on the new faster iPhone with a true GPS chip.

The GPS-like applications currently in the iTunes Apps Store are no true navigation applications and the Google Maps interface on the iPhone is better at showing you what to do while walking and not driving down the road at 50 MPH.

TeleNav website; more on TeleNav here at GPSLodge.

Via Twice

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July 13, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 7/13

The Nuvi 760 widescreen GPS is hot this week with a recent price decline. It is a high quality unit at a very attractive price; see my notes below and my review.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $199 this week; very hot prices point for this unit. North American Maps, Text to Speech, and 5+ Million Points of Interest. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for a few bucks more at - $239 up $10 this week.

  • TomTom ONE - $149 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. Consider spending the extra $1 for the updated model - The TomTom ONE 130; same features with a thinner design and a new fold-flat mount. The TomTom ONE 130S ($201) adds Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $156 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $224 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.
  • A hot Sub- $130 unit available this week:

  • Magellan 3210 - 6 million points of interest, and maps of North America. No Text to speech.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $379 - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning, adds Bluetooth handsfree and built-in TMC traffic. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.
  • Nuvi 750 - $355 - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning. Doesn't have the Bluetooth, or the Traffic capability that the 760 has.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $529 - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $264 at Amazon; down ~$75 in the last few weeks; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $254. Text to Speech, North American Maps, See My Full Review - Nuvi 660, which is the same model with the addition of the TMC Traffic, which is the main feature not included on the Nuvi 650.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $189 - Down $11 this week. - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $325; still the best seller at Amazon - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $251 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is $196.
  • TomTom GO 730 - $406 -New IQ Routes, Text to Speech, and more. Maps of North America.

Fitness stuff - get out and exercise! The Forerunner 405 is very hot right now, as the summer kicks in and the runners realize its benefits.


  • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available now at $349. - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing.
  • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $154 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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July 11, 2008

TomTom Maps - Update now for 30% off

TomTom is running a discount for those of you who want to update your maps; up to 30% off the update. You can head over to TomTom.com, or use your TomTom HOME application on your PC to update the maps. Not a bad idea if they are over a year old.

At TomTom or download and use the TomTom HOME application to get your maps.

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July 10, 2008

Garmin Oregon Handheld - Touchscreen Handhelds - 200, 300, 400t, 400i, 400c

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Garmin has officially announced the Garmin Oregon line of handheld receivers. The line features a touchscreen interface that should make huge strides in the way you interact with a handheld device. Hopefully it maintains the ruggedness; it does maintain the IPX7 waterproof standard rating. The sleek design is sure to raise some eyebrows; looks like a pretty impressive change to both hardware and software.

The entire line also gets HotFix - the ability to store information about satellite positions so that you get fast satellite fixes when you turn the unit on.

The Oregon 300/400 units will also include the wireless functionality that the Colorado series also shares. This allows you to swap routes and waypoints with other wireless units as well as collect data from Heart rate monitors and cadence sensors. When I reviewed the Colorado, I loved the wireless features, and was pretty happy to see the capability to finally come to handheld GPS units. Glad to see it continues in the plans for Garmin.


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Team Garmin - Win Garmin Edge 705, Felt Bike, Burritos for a Year

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It's a mixed up world when Burritos fuel world class biking teams, but I'll take the winnings if I can win the drawing for a few choice prizes associated with the Tour de France appearance for Team Garmin Chipotle H3O.

The prizes are pretty sweet:

  • Grand Prize - Team Garmin Felt Bike
  • First Prize - Garmin Edge 705 with wireless speed/cadence and Heart Rate Monitor - five to be awarded.
  • Second Prize - Team Garmin Biking Jersey with shorts, gloves and socks - five to be awarded.
  • Third Prize - A Weekly Chipotle Burrito for a year - a Deck of 52 cards good for one each week for a year - Twenty to be awarded.

Sign up at the Team Garmin Website


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July 9, 2008

Upgrade your Navigon Software - Free Maps

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If you were one of the cold souls who waited out for a Black Friday deal and got an early Navigon unit, you may be ready for a software upgrade. If you haven't, and you regeistered your unit, you probably got an email like the image above that urges you to get the map upgrade.

The software upgrade to Version 1.2 includes:

  • Free Map Update (through 7/31)
  • Improved Routing
  • Revised Voice Prompts
  • Improved ETA estimates
  • Updated Zagat's information if you have this on your device already

Head over to the Navigon update website for login and download information

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BestBuy - Free GPS "Set-Up"

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I'll say it right off, I am not a big fan of BestBuy, with the illusion of low prices, they suck people in. On a typical GPS, when you take a look at online prices, you can usually beat them by a tank of gas worth of money. At today's prices, that's saying something! What galls me the most is when they offer "Now $100 off", and you can still beat their new price by $40 online everyday.

They have smartly been offering free "Set-Up" for you when you buy a GPS; it's been advertised on TV and in the papers. Someone in the marketing department should pat themselves on the back for this one, because if they keep to Garmin or a TomTom, this should take no more than a couple of minutes. Any idiot can do this "Set-up" for themselves.

As you would imagine, I offer a lot of advice to people in person about buying a GPS, and from elderly friends right down to post-college 20-something's, I always hear back that they "So easy to use. I just took it out of the box and it worked."

I will say that some of the higher end units may be a bit more difficult to master, but advanced set-up and instructions won't be dispensed by your average geek squader.

So, feel free to ask questions here, and to take the leap of faith to buy a quality brand name GPS where you can get a good value, and don't worry about the geek patrol, you won't need their help.

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July 8, 2008

Mio Knight Rider GPS Launched

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Mio has officially let the Knight Rider GPS out of the bag and it should be hitting stores later this quarter for a list of $269; news came out last month on it. The Wide screen unit will have the red lights and the classic voice of KITT from the famous show of the 80's. The unit will also speak your name when it starts and will guide you on your way to fight crime and buy milk too. The unit will run the new software that is on the Mio Moov 300 series. See my Full Review of the Mio Moov 300/310 for more information.

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GPS Arkon Friction Mount Review

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For a lot of people mounting a GPS on a windshield is not legal (CA & MN), or just not desirable which leaves them either sticking an adhesive disk on the dashboard, or investigating the idea of an alternative mount like a friction or vent mount. I got in a friction mount and a vent mount with various connectors recently for a review of how they do on my dash and how they hold up. The company is Arkon, and they make a dizzying array of mount styles with some great capabilities.

Friction Mount
This Arkon Weighted Friction Mount has a flat front that allows you to use your stock suction cup mount from makers like Garmin, TomTom and others that have some pretty small, minimalistic mounts. The mount has plenty of heft and sits firmly on the Dash through a normal week of driving. It's a pretty confidence inspiring mount and while it may not stand up on the NASCAR track pulling a few G's it performed well in my normal driving through traffic, around town and on the highway. Just in case you decide to take the fourth turn at Daytona, you'll keep things steady with the little safety loop on the back of the mount that allows you to put it around the adhesive hook (included) that you can fasten to the dash. Its base is about an inch wide, is pretty unobtrusive, and doesn't scream - "Steal the GPS under the Seat" like a regular adhesive disk might. The Hook is a bummer if you wanted a clean dash. To be clear in my time driving I didn't bother with the hook and the mount didn't move at all, even with a Dash Express suction cupped to it.


FrictionMountTomTomXL.jpgI was able to use factory mounts on the friction base as well as Arkon mounts made specifically for TomTom and for Garmin. The factory mounts were a bit slimmer and smaller, while the Arkon adapters had some more length to them and added the ability to adjust to different heights and lengths.



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PDA/Phone Mount - I was also supplied with a mount for a PDA/Phone; which comes in customized styles. I had the generic, which fit my iPhone well, and when it comes time to navigate with the iPhone 3G, the Arkon mount should help.
iphonemountrelease.jpgThe mount has configurable bottom "feet" to hold the bottom of the phone so you can slide them back and forth to get plugs into the bottom of the phone. The sidewalls slide in and out and have a soft rubberized interior to cushion your phone. A quick pinch of the sidewalls keeps the mount snug on the phone, while a touch of a button on the side of the mount allows the sidewalls to pop out and release your phone. Simple and fast.


Vent Clip
VentClipNuviMount.jpgGarmin Nuvi Vent Clip - The Garmin Nuvi Vent Clip is a very discreet option for mounting a GPS; allowing you to pop the GPS on and off while leaving the mount right there on the vent. Small and almost invisible, hardly any thief would guess that there is a GPS prize associated with your car. After enlisting friends to try the mount, on the four cars I fitted the mount to, we were pretty happy with the performance. The little clips that snap into the louvers and attach to the mount swivel to accept louvers that are either vertical or horizontal. I would recommend using both hands to remove the Nuvi from the mount instead of just indiscriminately ripping the thing off that may just pull a louver with it depending on the shape of your ride. Using both hands, made the removal quick and easy. Reception was not affected and having the unit closer to me made for easy programming. I also tried this out on the vent to the left of the steering wheel which makes for another very desirable mounting option for lefties.

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July 7, 2008

TomTom GO 930 Full Review

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The TomTom 930 is the new top of the line TomTom that is starting to gain some steam these days in the stores. TomTom has folded in Historical Average Speeds into the GO 930 to make the unit more accurate in setting travel times, especially when traffic is concerned. While TomTom's map supplier, TeleAtlas is teamed up with Inrix, and has the ability to fold their traffic speed data into the Map offering, TomTom went out and grabbed their own historical average speeds from users like you and me. If you agreed to submit anonymous user data when you sync'd your TomTom to TomTom HOME, you sent up some data that presumably included some road speed data; including traffic hot spots and slow downs. We will see how broad the coverage is and how it affects our usage of the unit.

Other than the TomTom IQ Routes, the unit offers "Lane Guidance" which shows you what lane to be in when the going gets tough on the highways.

The TomTom 930 still encompasses a lot of features that were rolled into the GO 930, including membership to the MapShare community, a Map guarantee for up to date maps for the first 12 months that you own the device, enhanced positioning that helps to track your position through an accelerometer when you enter tunnels, Bluetooth Handsfree and voice address input.

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July 6, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 7/6

Half way through summer and there are still some great deals out there. The Nuvi 350 is under $200 this week, while TomTom has dropped it's price on the TomTom ONE 130 to $149. The higher end Garmin units are falling in price too - the Nuvi 750 and 760 are down in recent weeks; good time to consider those.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - $199 this week; very hot prices point for this unit. North American Maps, Text to Speech, and 5+ Million Points of Interest. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for a few bucks more at - $229.

  • TomTom ONE - $148 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. Consider spending the extra $1 for the updated model - The TomTom ONE 130; same features with a thinner design and a new fold-flat mount. The TomTom ONE 130S ($199) adds Text to Speech. Down $50 this week.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $161 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $218 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.


Widescreen Models

  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $261 at Amazon; down $75 in the last few weeks; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $249; Down $20 since last week. Text to Speech, North American Maps, See My Full Review - Nuvi 660, which is the same model with the addition of the TMC Traffic, which is the main feature not included on the Nuvi 650.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $198 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $329; still the best seller at Amazon - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $270 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is $210.
  • Nuvi 750 - $351 at Amazon down $30 in recent weeks - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.
  • Nuvi 760 - $391 - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning, adds Bluetooth handsfree and built-in TMC traffic. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $529 - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • TomTom GO 730 - $406 -New IQ Routes, Text to Speech, and more. Maps of North America.

The Forerunner 405 is finally shipping. Very hot, very popular.


  • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing.
  • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $154 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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July 4, 2008

Garmin Garage - New Garmin Icons for Tour de France

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The Tour de France kicks off tomorrow and Garmin is there with their newly sponsored biking team; Team Garmin. Garmin co-sponsors the team with Chipotle the burrito kings of franchisedom. Well, sure enough, just in case you can't bike up the Alp d'Huez yourself, you can download these icons for your Garmin GPS and pretend that you are ahead of the peleton. If you are more of the Race to lunch type, you can also download that burrito and slap it on the screen.

Team Garmin will be using the Edge 705 GPS bike computer for the race. I just posted my Full Review of the Garmin Edge 705 this week.

Download these and other icons at the Garmin Garage

Via Garmin Blogs

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July 2, 2008

Garmin Edge 605/705 Full Review

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The Garmin Edge 705 is a great little Bike computer/GPS unit that brings data capture to a new level. With the ability to capture not only bike computer information, but to combine it with location specifics, wrapping in the wireless data capture of a heart rate monitor and a cadence meter, the Edge 705 rocks. By GPS standards, the unit is small, maybe not small in the bike computer world, but unless you are climbing the Alp d'Huez during July, you won't notice the added weight. The Garmin Cycling Team must think they are great - the Tour de France starts Saturday for them - Good Luck!

The Edge series has been around for a couple of years, but the Edge 605/705 series made two huge leaps in capability. The Edge 605/705 now offers mapping and in my mind this was a big disadvantage of the original 205/305; something that is worth paying up for in the 605/705. I think it makes all the difference. The Edge is also now in color, which as a veteran of the original Garmin eTrex monochrome days, I can say that without a doubt, the change makes a huge difference in the readability of the screen. It makes a difference on the trail with an eTrex and makes a difference on the road with a color Edge. Finally, the Edge 705 offers wireless sharing; an innovative feature that I think is a total luxury, and one that I have been wanting for a long time across a lot of Garmin models. When you are hiking or biking, being able to show up and immediately share what the route plan is with everybody there is a huge deal. In this case though it means that you need a lot of like-minded friends who also see the value of dropping a few hundred bucks on a GPS enabled bike computer. For those of us here at GPS Lodge, we think it's totally justified.

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July 1, 2008

Monthly Round-up for June 2008

The Summer driving season is here and folks are grabbing GPS units and taking off on their $4 a gallon roadtrips. If you need to save money on gas, check out how a GPS can help save money on gas. Also from the achieves, if you are heading to Europe, check out GPS Options for Europe.

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Google and TeleAtlas in 5-Year Tie Up - Share Map Improvements

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TeleAtlas announced that they are in a 5-year agreement with Google to use the TeleAtlas data and maybe more importantly get the Google Map user base to send back map improvements. The MapShare movement on TomTom's side (TeleAtlas' new owner) was a brilliant move to get community involvement in fixing map errors. While the numbers of fixes coming in from MapShare users pale in comparison to the changes initiated by TeleAtlas in-house changes, the program collects potentially obscure changes that it wouldn't normally catch. Extending the community aspect to this error fix makes sense and continues to spread the message that TeleAtlas has up-to-date maps; a perception that they haven't always enjoyed here in the US.


Press Release follows.....

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