September 30, 2008

TomTom Map Subscription Service - Residual Income from PND's

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Making a bold move forward, TomTom is essentially launching a map subscription service with quarterly updates, it was announced today by TomTom and can be read about at GPSBusiness News. Like the Navigon FreshMaps service that offers quarterly updates with NAVTEQ data, TomTom is now starting to offer quarterly updates with its TeleAtlas data. (Humm, if TomTom is doing this, and Navigon is using NAVTEQ quarterly updates, then the barrier for Garmin may just be internal, and you've got to wonder that if this is a lucrative idea, they will bust it down and bring it to market too.)

Blades and Razors
If you follow the blades and razor approach that Gillette uses, you start thinking about the hardware as the entry point and the maps as the money maker. When you start to consider that these units are now starting to ship with ultra thin profit margins the idea of selling a map subscription may effectively double the profit per unit given enough time. Big opportunity to get residual income from your installed base too. That 3 year old TomTom ONE is dead to TomTom unless they can sell it maps, and maybe a map subscription at that.

Garmin is starting to use small ads on their devices that are delivered through the TMC data feed from NAVTEQ traffic. When I used the new Garmin Nuvi 755T, I thought the ads were a decent trade-off for the free traffic service that comes with the unit as a result.

I tell you, with the markets fast approaching saturation (in Europe at least), the GPS makers are going to have to strive for something to keep the business models afloat, and grabbing an income stream after the sale could be big when you have millions units out there.

Thanks Jim for sending this in.

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September 30, 2008

The (Fun) History of the Mio GPS

Here's a tongue in cheek look at the history of the Mio GPS. And while the GPS system has a long history, and its civilian use was initiated by Ronald Reagan, apparently according to this video, there were Mio GPS units long before that. Good for a chuckle, thanks to John for sending this one in.

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September 29, 2008

Pink Nuvi 250 - Hot Deal for $145

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Garmin has a few unique colored Nuvi's out there, red or blue ones, and this Pink one. Well, this special edition appears to be on sale for a special price. The Nuvi 250, a standard screen unit with Maps of North America is a solid navigator - see my Full Review. It's gray cousin is selling for about $169 right now, but the Pink is hot and is also the #1 seller at Amazon.

At Amazon with Free Shipping - Pink Nuvi 250

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September 29, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 755T Full Review

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The Garmin Nuvi 755T, 765T, 775T and 785T were recently announced and will be available on the store shelves here in the coming weeks. I was able to get my hands on a Nuvi 755T unit ahead of their launch for a review of their new offering that includes a nice handful of including an updated interface that I think makes the dead easy interface even easier and more intuitive to understand; kudos to Garmin for this subtle but well done change. It makes understanding where to go and what to do even easier while rocketing down the highway. The unit also offers 3-D buildings as well as Lane Assist, a reality like image that helps you understand what to do in difficult highway interchanges. The Nuvi 755T, 765T, 775T and 785T also offer faster routing calculations and faster map drawing.

Finally, Garmin offers free traffic updates with an ad-supported model that I was a little hesitant about. After a couple of weeks of using the unit, I can offer that it's not a terrible thing. Read on for more details and the full review...

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September 26, 2008

TomTom ONE XL - $149 Hot Deal - Free Shipping

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Want a new (not refurbished) Widescreen GPS for $149? The well-known TomTom ONE XL is on sale for a pretty hot $149. The unit is being superseded by the TomTom ONEXL 330 these days, but it is still a reliable navigator. While it is a widescreen, it does not have Text to Speech.

At Amazon - TomTom ONE XL for $149

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TeleAtlas to Incorporate TomTom's Speed Profile Data

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TeleAtlas announced an upgrade to its product line; the inclusion of TomTom's speed profile database into the core mapping dataset. Recall that if you use a TomTom, they ask if they can collect anonymous data from your device, including the actual speeds you drive on roads. That's how TomTom can roll out technology like IQ Routes for more accurate travel times (See my review of the GO 930 with IQ Routes). Let's face it, some roads just don't let you go the speed limit, or alternatively a road with a bunch of stop lights is not going to let you effectively travel at the speed limit.

Interesting move here, and one that I wasn't sure TomTom would allow with its acquisition of their mapping partner, TeleAtlas. If this information as well as the information that is gathered with the MapShare changes, are all effectively shared, the TeleAtlas dataset could take a big step up in usefulness and quality.

This speed data will be available to other customers of TeleAtlas.

Full Press Release Below.......


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September 23, 2008

Garmin Edge 705 - Team Garmin Edition

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Garmin is letting a new Edge 705 - Team Garmin edition here soon to commemorate their run at the Tour de France and their hard work on the roads since. The Edge 705 is really a great piece of cycling gear that gives you all kinds of great data while on the road as well as after the ride. I liked the freedom to go get lost and still find my way back home again when riding with the Edge 705. (Read my Full Review of the Garmin Edge 705)

The Team Garmin Edge 705 will come bundled with a heartrate monitor, speed and cadence sensor and City Navigator mapping. You can meet Christian Vande Velde and two of his fellow Team Garmin cyclists from the Tour de France, Stage 3 runner-up Will Frischkorn and Canadian climber Ryder Hesjedal, will be meeting fans, signing autographs and discussing the Edge 705 from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday of Interbike (Sept. 24-25) in the Garmin booth #2630.

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Full Press Release after the jump......

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Navigon Traffic Deal - 50% off

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Do you need lifetime traffic for your Navigon? Well, try out the code above and get 50% off the Traffic Subscription for your Navigon 2100 unit. Lifetime subscription for less than a year's worth elsewhere. Use Promo Code TRAFFIC50 at checkout.

More at Navigon Website

Thanks Chuck for sending this in.

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September 22, 2008

GPSLodge On Kindle

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Do you have a Kindle? If so, GPSLodge can go with you as you can subscribe to it and hundreds of other blogs on it. Sure it will cost a nominal fee for a subscription to any blog on the Kindle, but being able to read your favorites on one of the coolest gadgets these days may just be worth it.

At Amazon GPS Lodge on the Kindle

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September 21, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 9/21

Lower prices this week in a lot of outlets. Staples has the Navigon 2100 for $99 after mail in rebate (See my Review of the 2100), while Circuit City is brining the Nuvi 260 to the show for $200; something that Amazon can only beat by $2 this week.

Best Deals this week have to be the Nuvi 260 with text to speech, and the Nuvi 260W for about $30 more.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info. For a more up to date unit, consider the extra $18 and look at the Nuvi 205. Faster Acquisition times and an updated interface.
  • 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 - $214

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed. - $134 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $198 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 270 - $178 - a Cheap price for North American AND Euro maps. Has text to speech.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $349 - Down $25 this past week. - 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 - $309 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 - $446 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 - $236 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $219. 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 $169 (Down $40 last week) - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $274; down $25 this week. - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL 330 - $202- the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and no text to speech - Move up to the TomTom ONE XL 330S for Text to Speech at $249;

  • Garmin Nuvi 880 - $669 - Has voice recognition and MSN Direct traffic, gas prices and weather data feeds. Let's you say your destination and it routes you there. Very cool; love the capabilities.

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September 17, 2008

Garmin StreetPilot C580 with MSN Direct - $149 - Hot Deal

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The MSN Direct connected Garmin StreetPilot C580 is available for a firesale price of $149 today, with MSN traffic, gas prices and more. The unit is a standard, 3.5-inch screen with maps of North America, and text to speech so it says the name of the streets. It's been discontinued, and is NOT a flat device, but at $149; it's an incredible deal. It comes with MSN Direct capabilities which deliver gas prices and traffic.

I reviewed its sister product the Nuvi 680 (Garmin Nuvi 680 Full Review) a while back and enjoyed the capabilities. These days, having the gas price capability is a nice plus.


At Amazon Garmin StreetPilot C580 with MSN Direct

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September 15, 2008

Garmin - Ads on GPS Provides Free Traffic Feeds

In a report last week by the KC Biz Journal, Garmin let out that the coming models (Nuvi 265T, 265WT, 275T and the Nuvi 755T, 765T, 775T, 785T) will provide free traffic feeds for life. To facilitate this, the GPS units will be coming with ads; location relevant ads at that. It's all a part of the NAVTEQ traffic and interactive ad delivery service. "Ads for nearby businesses will appear along the bottom of the screen only when the vehicle has been stopped for at least 10 seconds." according to the KC Biz Journal.

NAVTEQ delivers advertising, along with the traffic content, over its RDS network. The advertising is designed to complement the drivers' experience and is contextually relevant. For example, a driver can click on an ad to view specific restaurant information and route to the restaurant's location.

Research indicates consumers accept and even expect advertising if there is a clear value exchange and if the advertising is relevant and unobtrusive. According to research commissioned by NAVTEQ and carried out by Ipsos Understanding UnLtd in early 2008, traffic information has the highest perceived value and the greatest impact on consumers of all dynamic content types including gas prices, parking information, movie listings and times, and flight status information.

"By providing customers like Garmin an advertising-based revenue model in conjunction with RDS traffic data delivery, we believe that more drivers will have access to the most up-to-date traffic information to better manage their daily commutes," commented John MacLeod, executive vice president for NAVTEQ. "Drivers benefit by receiving free traffic while offering advertisers a new location-targeted environment to engage consumers."

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Navigon 2000S Announced

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Navigon is announcing the new Navigon 2000S entry level model with some higher level features that you might now find on other entry level devices, including Lane Assist PRO and Reality View PRO - enhanced capabilities over its previous generation Navigon units. The Navigon 2000S comes with a fast satellite acquisition capability, and text to speech. THe unit is expected to hit store shelves by October and carries a suggeted price of $199.

Full Press release after the jump....

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September 14, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 9/14

Prices dropped almost across the board on GPS units this week. "New Low Prices" showed up on Amazon, and let's hope they stick. Garmin dropped prices almost across the line with new low prices on a lot of models that are especially popular, like the Nuvi 700 series and the Nuvi 200W.



Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 - (Also $129 at Office Max - in store while supplies last) 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 - $214

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed. - $134 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $202 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • The Mio Moov 200 is $129 at Circuit City this week. A second tier brand that offers reasonable performance for the price.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $349 - Down $25 this past week. - ($399 at Best Buy this week) 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 - $309 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. (Also available at Circuit City for $399 this week!)
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $446 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 - $242 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $239. 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 $169 (Down $40 this week) - 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 330 - $199 (Down $30 this week) - Is the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and no text to speech - Move up to the TomTom ONE XL 330S for Text to Speech at $246
  • TomTom GO 730 - $339 (Down $60 this week)-New IQ Routes, Text to Speech, and more. Maps of North America.

Surging in popularity the Forerunners continue to be popular. The Forerunner 405 is still very hot, and Garmin announced recently that this reinvigorated Fitness line grew sales by 50% over year ago.


  • 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 - $205 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 - $138 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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September 10, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 650 - Widescreen Hot Deal - $219

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The Nuvi 660 has been a workhorse for Garmin and is still an excellent model that comes with maps of North America, bright widescreen and th dead simple Garmin interface. The unit just dropped from $249 recently to $219 at Amazon. The Nuvi 600 line has been discontinued and while it is still an excellent navigator, there are some thinner, newer units with new features.

This bargain price won't last for long.

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 650 at $219

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Dash Express - Voice Command - TellMe and Dial Directions Partnerships

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Dash Navigation has announced that there are two new plug-ins for their connected GPS unit that allow you to send voice commands to your Dash Navigation unit. THrough the open source platform, Dash has allowed developers to plug into the world's first connected navigator. The first announcement is from DialDirections; this one is easy:

Dial 1-DIRECTIONS on your mobile phone, and go through the very simple voice prompts to get directions from one location to another. Seems like a stupid thing to do when you have a Dash Express sitting right in front of you, et? Yes, but imagine when you are away from the car.... Call 1-DIRECTIONS and if you registered your phone number at http://my.dash.net, your directions will get sent to your Dash instead. Where ever you are, you can get locations sent to your Dash.

TellMe - Dash Express owners can dial 1-800-CALL-411 (1-800-225-5411) or 1-800-555-TELL (1-800-555-8355) and search for businesses by name or category, anywhere in the United States, using only their voices. Once they've selected a business, the name and street address are sent wirelessly to the Dash Express device - often arriving within a few seconds - and the Dash Express will then guide drivers to their destinations by showing and speaking step-by-step directions.

Pretty cool stuff....


Press Releases after the jump...

More at Dash Blog

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September 9, 2008

TeleAtlas Maps India

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TeleAtlas announced that they are now covering India with their maps. Not a surprise that India would be a good target as more and more global business is interested in setting up some affiliate there, and the overall wealth of the country continues to grow.

"Tele Atlas' new map offering of India covers the complete national highway network which includes expressways, national highways, and state highways and encompasses approximately 162,000 kilometers. The initial product offering also includes more than 108,000 points of interest (POIs) to help deliver an enriched user experience.

Subsequent database products are planned to include additional key cities and rich POI content. Tele Atlas also will offer an extensive range of enhancement products such as 3D landmarks and detailed city maps, aligning India product offerings with the company's global product offerings."

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September 8, 2008

How to Hijack a GPS Tracked Truck - GPS Spoofing

Interesting post on how it is possible to use a strong GPS signal to override cargo truck GPS devices so that they keep transmitting an "On Route" signal back to the home base, all while you or your accomplices are turning off into no man's land to steal the cargo and head off for the black market.

With trucks being tracked by GPS units these days, it's hard to just take a truck without setting off alarms and sending out the police as a result. Well, by sending erroneous signal so the truck makes it think that it is on its proper route, home base will never know it was hijacked and was just taken off-route on the way to a truck awaiting the cargo switch.

Read more at Philosecurity

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September 7, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 9/7

I expect a few deals to start popping up due to a couple of factors: 1) Left over inventory from the summer driving season, 2) Get rid of inventory ahead of new launches, and 3) Get rid of inventory ahead of the holiday shopping season that is going to start just 2 months from how.

We have a few examples below in the TomTom ONE XL @ $159, which is being replaced by the TomTom ONE 330 XL. The Garmin 300 series and 600 series are now officially discontinued and they will be moving out of the picture.



Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 - 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 3rd ed. - $137 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $208 ($269 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.

  • The Mio Digiwalker C230 is $99 at Staples this week. A second tier brand that offers reasonable performance for the price. Has text-to-speech and US maps pre-loaded. See my Full Review of the Mio C230 for more information.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $378 - 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 - $318 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. (Also available at Circuit City for $399 this week!)
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $454 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 - $255 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $249. 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 $205 - 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 330 - $229 - Is the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and no text to speech - Move up to the TomTom ONE XL 330S for Text to Speech at $251
  • TomTom GO 730 - $399 -New IQ Routes, Text to Speech, and more. Maps of North America.
  • TomTom 920 - $330 - 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

Cooler Weather time to get out and exercise! The Forerunner 405 is still very hot, and Garmin announced recently that this reinvigorated Fitness line grew sales by 50% over year ago.


  • 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 - $145 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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September 4, 2008

LAT LON Sign Customized for Your Town

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I saw this and I had to pass it along. This sign can be customized for your home town. Give them your town and state and they will pull down the Latitude and Longitude coordinates on the sign. IT's about 5-inches high and about 16-inches long.

At LLBean - Lat Lon Sign

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Garmin Nuvi 260W Clearance at Target - No Bargain

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I saw this at a local Target, and thought I would pass it along the fact that this is no bargain. A lot of people ask where to buy GPS units, and a lot of bricks and mortar stores have prices that are well above those prices you can get every day at online at trusted places like Amazon.

Here is a picture I snapped on a Clearance Price for the Nuvi 260W at $297; online today at Amazon for $261, with free shipping. Can't imagine paying the $349 at Target before the clearance price!!!

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 260W

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September 3, 2008

Navigon 2200T - Lifetime Traffic in Entry Level GPS

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Navigon announced that they are launching the Navigon 2200T - a new standard screen model that will come with Lifetime Traffic subscription. Following up on their well known Navigon 2100, and the recent announcement that they will be offering Lifetime Traffic on all models, the Navigon 2200T is the entry level model that has a long list of features and traffic available from the start.

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Garmin Oregon 200, 300, 400i, 400c, 400t - Now Shipping

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The newest Garmin handheld line is now shipping. The innovative touchscreen units are certainly easy to use, when I used the Oregon 400t for my review, I thought the Oregon with its touchscreen interface has a tremendous number of assets that make the Oregon the best designed, easiest to use Garmin handheld yet.

The units are not inexpensive, but are very capable handhelds.

Garmin Oregon 200 vs 300 vs 400t vs 400i vs 400c

The Garmin Oregon line has several models with various capabilities, all based on the same touchscreen handheld unit with HotFix technology for rapid satellite fixes, and the ability to add maps through micro-SD cards. I would recommend at least the Garmin Oregon 300 so that you have the Altimeter and Electronic Compass functionality that are a big plus when doing any navigation on land.

  • Garmin Oregon 200 - Full touchscreen unit with great new interface. Has a basemap
  • Garmin Oregon 300 - Adds wireless sharing capability along with electronic compass and altimeter
  • Garmin Oregon 400t - Adds the Topo map to the 300 model features.
  • Garmin Oregon 400i - Adds inland lakes maps to the 300 model features.
  • Garmin Oregon 400c - Adds Coastal maps to the 300 model features.


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  • September 2, 2008

    GPSLodge Monthly Round-up August 2008

    With the IFA show in Berlin going on the last week in August, the month really woke up with announcements coming from numerous GPS makers. The trade show is set just before the holidays and usually sees introductions that are headed for the shelves to catch some of that holiday cheer. The show saw a Euro only Connected TomTom (740 and 940 LIVE), while Garmin introduced extensions to their Nuvi 200 and 700 series by improving the product offerings and adding lifetime traffic capabilities (no subscription required).

    This month I also reviewed the Garmin Oregon 400t handheld GPS after using it for several weeks, as well as the new TomTom ONE 130/130S and 330/330S XL units.

    GPS Reviews

    Garmin GPS News

    TomTom GPS News

    Mio GPS News

    Navigon GPS

    Sony GPS News

    Other GPS News

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