November 30, 2008

Cyber Monday GPS Deals and Sales

With Black Friday a distant memory, online retailers are going to battle it out for your dollars. Black Friday continues to move its sales online and CyberMonday looks like a great time to grab bargains as the discounts get extended another few days.

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Check out my Holiday GPS Buying Guide for tips on what I think are good units for gifts this year.

BestBuy has already started their 2-Day "Cyber Monday" sale going Sunday and Monday - check out these GPS units that they have.

  • Garmin Nuvi 760 - $199 with Free Shipping (Online deal only) - Best Buy changed this errors and is offering the Garmin 260W instead (Thanks Rich) - Very good unit - see my Full Review of the Nuvi 760. Recently seen online at $249 - Check Amazon as a reference price before going to BestBuy.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $199 with Free Shipping (Online Deal Only) - Text to speech, maps of North America, and a pretty good price for the unit, just not as amazing as the Nuvi 760 for this price.
  • Garmin nuvi 780 - $359 with Free Shipping (Online Deal Only) - Upgrade from Nuvi 760 in that it includes MSN Direct service for traffic, movie times, weather and more. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780. Recently $426 online.
  • Mio Moov 300 - $129 with Free Shipping (Online Deal Only) - Widescreen Mio that has text to speech. See My Full Review of the Mio Moov 300. See My Full Review of the Mio Moov 300. Recently online for $152.
  • Insignia Connected GPS units - See my review on the Insignia CNV-20 before thinking about buying these.
  • TomTom ONE 130S - $199 with Free Shipping (Online deal only) - This includes a case and wall charger. Everyone has the unit for $199 starting today (some with the charger/case), but BestBuy is throwing in the case. See My Full Review of the TomTom ONE 130S
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Amazon - Seems that they are carrying their deals all weekend and into Monday.

Other Deals this week:

  • TeleNav Shotgun - With the launch of their new connected GPS, TeleNav is in the holiday rush ballgame with a special offer for the CyberMonday crowd. Buy the TeleNav Shotgun connected GPS and use the code 'sgcybermonday' at checkout and get a total of 6 months of subscription service - twice as much as normal.
  • Mio Store 30% off - accessories and map updates for older units. Not a bad savings for these items.
  • Mio Moov 200 - $99 at Office Max - Standard Screen unit with decent capabilities. Check out my review of the Mio Moov 300 (the widescreen version of the same unit) for insight into its operation.
  • TomTom is running their own specials with their discounts at $50 - $100 off models. These prices are competitive with a lot of other outlets, but you may be able to find a good deal on one of the higher end units. See TomTom's Website
  • Magellan 1212 - $119 at Staples. If you missed the $99 deals on this unit on Black Friday and still want one, check it out for only $20 more.
  • Magellan 1412 - $149, Widescreen unit with text to speech. Good price on a widescreen. (Note- at this writing the site has the standard screen unit pictured - see the description - it's a widescreen)
  • Nuvi 200 - $128 (w/ case) - At WalMart. Standard screen unit with maps of the 48 States. No Text to speech - basic navigation but with high quality capabilities. See My Full Review on the Nuvi 200



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November 27, 2008

Download your Black Friday GPS Guide from GPS Lodge

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Happy Thanksgiving everybody. You can download our Black Friday guide and shopping list covering all the units here and take it with you to shop. The PDF has key product features, listings by store what units are being offered and recent priced seen online to help you compare the bargains. Enjoy, We hope it helps.

Cruise over to our main Black Friday GPS Deals page to download your Black Friday Shopping Guide as well as see a full listing of the GPS deals by store with links to detailed information and our hands-on, Full Reviews of the units.

Good luck out there.......

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November 26, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 750 - $198 Sam's Club Now

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The Garmin Nuvi 750 is a good widescreen unit with Maps of North America, Text to Speech capabilities, and multipoint routing which allows you to enter in several addresses and let the Nuvi tell you what the optimum route is.

More information at My Full Review of the Nuvi.

At Sam's Club for $198 - Garmin Nuvi 750

Thanks David for sending this in.

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November 25, 2008

TomTom ONE 125 Pricing - $99 Now, Higher Later

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Lots of buzz about the TomTom ONE 125; readers writing in and asking about it and its availability. So, if you were thinking about grabbing a TomTom ONE 125, you'd be better off doing it now than later my sources say. Retailers are always free to set their own prices, but my information has the TomTom ONE 125 going up to $129 after November 30th.. So, with it at $99 all over the place, grab one now. You can go read my Full Review of the TomTom ONE 125 if you want more information on it.

If you don't want to wait out on Black Friday for one, you can always get it for the Black Friday price $99 today with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.


At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125


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November 24, 2008

Delorme PN-20 and PN-40 - $50 Rebates

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UPDATE: Rebate Form Link Added.

Word on the street is that DeLorme has a $50 Rebate out for the PN-20 or the PN-40 handheld GPS units that offer overlays of maps, satellite and aerial images. The PN-40 also has a triaxial compass allowing you to grab a heading from whatever angle you're holding the unit. It's got a faster processor for faster map draws and plenty of capacity to load up extra map layers that you can download for a cheap $29 subscription price.

Buy the units anytime between now and 12/31/08 - postmark by 1/31.

Rebate Link HERE (PDF Link)

At Amazon the Delorme PN-20 or the newer faster Delorme PN-40

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November 23, 2008

GPSLodge GPS Holiday Gift Guide - 2008 - Best GPS Gifts!

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OK the economy stinks, but the deals on GPS navigation systems have never been better as the innovations continue to roll in and the prices continue to roll back. It's always tough to put together a concise guide to the best GPS units for the holidays every year, but I do come back to a couple of things each year that I stress: Pay for quality, and if you can afford it upgrade to Text to Speech (Says Street Names) and a widescreen. Beyond that, advanced routing capabilities, Bluetooth handsfree, voice commands and data feeds help round out the awesome splurge GPS units out there. Let's Start.

Solid Navigation at Great Prices - No Text to Speech, 3.5-inch Screen

TomTomONE125Front.jpgTomTom ONE 125 - $99+ - Special deals have this at $99 for a limited amount of time, and while it has no Text to Speech, and only US Maps, it is a solid device with good performance at a great price. See My Full Review

Garmin Nuvi 205 - $135+ - Garmin's entry level unit that offers a lot of quality from Garmin. No Text to Speech, and a standard 3.5-inch screen, but with a dead simple interface (recently upgraded) that start's out asking you "Where to?" or "View Maps" - yea it's that easy. See My Full Review

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Garmin Nuvi 255 - $169 - $189 - Adds Text to Speech and a great interface enhancements that makes the Garmin Nuvi 255 my pick for Best Entry Level GPS this year. See My Full Review

Navigon 2200T - $169+ - Has Text to Speech as well as a lot of advanced features like lifetime traffic feeds and help to show you which lane to be in when you are approaching complex highway intersections. I am finishing up my review on it and I like it, but its interface is not as straightforward as others. It's a trade-off on the advanced features, and control over a lot of configurable details. My review will be coming soon.

Upgrade to Widescreen and Text to Speech

Garmin Nuvi 255W - $219+ - Again, a solid performer with an upgraded interface that I like a lot. Has maps of North America, widescreen and Text to Speech. All around easy to use and an easy gift that anyone will be able to pick up, and use easily. See My Full Review

TomTom ONE XL 330S - $249+ - A good GPS with a few more features that offer a nice bit of extra differentiation, including "A --> B" planning. This allows you to sit there in your living room before your airplane trip,and plan a route from from one other location to a different destination, save it and use it when you land. See My Full Review

Splurge - Advanced Features and Tricked Out GPS

Garmin Nuvi 765T - $450+ - Bluetooth Handsfree calling, Text to Speech, North American Maps, free traffic feeds, and a Lane Assist feature that helps to tell you what lane to be in when you get to key highway intersections. Optimized routing to multiple destinations. See My Full Review

TomTom GO 730 - $349 - Fun navigator that has a lot going for it with North American Maps, Text to Speech, Lane Guidance, and the ability to record your own voice (or someone else's) that plays when you need voice commands from the GO 730. The GO 730 also takes voice commands. See My Full Review of the GO 930 (GO 930 has extra maps as the main difference.

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Garmin Nuvi 880 - $450+ - Voice Recognition on the Nuvi as well as Bluetooth, Text to Speech, and MSN Direct capabilities that offer gas prices, traffic and movie time feeds. Loads of capabilities, top of the line quality.

Going to Europe? Get Their Maps Pre-loaded

If you are heading over to Europe and need a GPS now, get one with Maps of North America AND Europe preloaded - get used to the unit here and make the seamless transition there.

Garmin Nuvi 270 - $160+ - compact with a small screen, no Text to Speech, but pre-loaded maps and high quality interface.

Garmin Nuvi 770 - $330+ - Widescreen with Text to Speech and Bluetooth Handsfree capabilities.

TomTom GO 920 - $325+ - Widescreen and text to speech with Bluetooth Handsfree. This is one generation older, and is a great value. See My Full Review. The latest is the GO 930 - See My Full Review.

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TomTom ONE 125 - $99 at Amazon - Black Friday Pricing TODAY!

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Last year for Black Friday, TomTom drove a lot of business with its TomTom ONE, and is again poised to grab a lot of business this year for Black Friday, as they have a boatload of stores lined up to offer their new TomTom ONE 125 for $99. You want to wait out in line to maybe grab one of the limited supply at 5AM? Go ahead. If not, grab one at Amazon right now for the same price and get it shipped free to you while you can do things that are better than hanging out in the cold.

At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125

More information see My Full Review of the TomTom ONE 125

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TomTom ONE 125 Full Review

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The new TomTom ONE 125 comes to the market at a time of intense competition and high expectations for the major GPS makers as they vie to marketshare and the attention of the millions of shoppers who are discovering the wonders of not getting lost and actually getting to where you want to go without stopping, backtracking or imagine that, asking for directions at a gas station. It also comes to market at a time when shoppers are starting to parade out to stores with cash in hand for holiday shopping.

TomTom ONE 125 vs. ONE 130

The TomTom ONE 125 brings a special edition that may or may not be around after the holiday push. The only difference between the TomTom ONE 130 and the TomTom ONE 125 is that the TomTom ONE 125 has US maps, and not the full North American maps like the TomTom ONE 130. Not a big sacrifice for people who may never venture north to Canada. I predict that it will be a big seller for Black Friday - If you want more info on Black Friday 2008 see all of the Black Friday GPS deals. The TomTom ONE 125 continues the slimmed down design with an ultra thin look, and an innovative mount, dubbed the EasyPort. Fold flat profile and a twist to adhere suction mount make the EasyPort different in the GPS world.

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Countdown - Black Friday GPS Deals Get our Guide Mailed to You!

blackfriday_gps_guide.jpgJust a few days left until Black Friday this week, and almost all of the ads are out and deals listed here at GPSLodge. We know that you'll want to head out shopping for a GPS on Black Friday and that you'll want to compare all of the unit features. GPSLodge will be compiling all of the GPS units offered for Black Friday with lists of features, and prices so that you know which units to buy and which unit to avoid.

Get the GPSLodge.com Black Friday GPS Shopping Guide emailed to you on Wednesday before Thanksgiving so that you can take the full list of Black Friday GPS Units with you shopping while you compare and contrast the various models at the various stores. It's simple and easy.

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November 20, 2008

Navigon Details the Woes of the American Driver

Navigon has done a few surveys and are letting us know that there really are a lot of people out there hurting from the impact of traffic. On average, these commuters spend 18 minutes stuck in traffic each morning, or a whopping 78 hours a year. With 85% of drivers admitting that they have gotten lost and 91% have missed an exit. Come on folks, get a GPS!

OK - so a GPS isn't going to eliminate all traffic, they can help let you know how bad it will be and let you know if you need to get around it. Just ask Navigon, they have traffic on their new models....

More data on the woes of our driving..... after the jump.

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November 19, 2008

Alpine PND-K3 Review

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Not well known for their GPS products, Alpine is known for their quality car electronics. Their PND-K3 GPS is a widescreen (4.3-inch) gps that comes with US and Canada NAVTEQ maps preloaded, Bluetooth handsfree calling, with text to speech capabilities. The unit features a new interface that was not carried over from its older models. The K3 also comes with advanced positioning that allows the unit to maintain its approximate location when it goes through tunnels. This is type of capability was also debuted on the TomTom GO 920. I found it effective driving through Boston's Big Dig tunnels. The Alpine PND-K3 offers a split screen view when you are heading through difficult intersections on the highways. As one would expect from Alpine, they offer music player functionality that will accommodate MP3 and WMV files. Load your songs on an SD Card (up to 4GB) and supports decent functionality including playlist creation.

CNet recently put up their review of the Alpine PND-K3 and rated it middle of the road. It offered decent navigation, and quick route recalculations when a turn was missed, but they didn't always agree with the routes picked as the best way to get to their destination. Battery life, rated for 2 hours, barely met that hurdle. The price can be steep, but the interface is much improved.

Read More on the Alpine PND- K3 at CNet

At Amazon - the Alpine PND-K3 GPS

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November 18, 2008

Inrix Pumps Up their Coverage

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Inrix is on fire, and provided the world with a little status update and a little bragging in their recent press release. Read it and you'll see that they might just have pretty good right to brag a bit. I liked the "we saved Alabama's traffic alert program" paragraph where the previous traffic provider couldn't deliver accurate data. In steps Inrix, the data is flowing, and boards are lit up 2 weeks later.

Inrix has a lot of their data coming from GPS probe data - cars and trucks in a fleet (think delivery trucks, tractor trailers, etc) that report back traffic patterns. They like this model, and combine the data with road sensor data, crunch it in a model and feed it out to traffic providers like Depts of transportation, TMC traffic services on your GPS, and websites that offer traffic. Read the press release; they are laying the case out against using cell phone sniffing technologies that they have not fully adopted due to accuracy concerns. Interesting stuff if you are a traffic geek (like me).

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November 17, 2008

TomTom New Maps Available v. 8.15

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Did you get the email? TomTom's new maps are available for purchase and include a lot of updates. With millions of changes a month coming into the mapper's headquarters, it is not surprising to see some of the changes below to their maps.

US only maps cost $79 for TomTom ONE's, while North American Maps cost $99 - $109.

More at TomTom's website

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November 16, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 205/255 Full Review

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The Garmin Nuvi 205/255 were announced earlier this year and are quickly taking their place as solid entry level units in the Garmin line-up. The Nuvi 205/255 offer a series of new features and upgrades that improve on an already top notch interface, making the Nuvi 205/255 my pick for Best Entry Level GPS Navigators. I would urge you to upgrade to the Nuvi 255 for its text to speech (TTS) capabilities, as I feel TTS is one of the best investments to make when purchasing a GPS - it makes the navigation simpler and easier to follow in an ever more complex world of driving.

The Nuvi 205/255 feature several upgraded features:

  • New faster processor, making for a faster routing and map drawing.
  • New shaded elevation maps.
  • Now compatible with optional TMC traffic receivers, or MSN Direct service (Gas prices, traffic, local events, stocks, news, and weather.
  • Garmin HotFix capability to automatically calculate and store satellite locations so that you will be able to turn the unit on and go a lot faster greatly reducing satellite acquisition time.
  • Geolocated Picture capability - Download geotagged photos to the Garmin to be able to navigate to a loaded picture; works with Google's Panoramio photo sharing community and Garmin Connect Photos website.

The subtle changes don't sell themselves in any huge way as breakthrough innovations, but these changes add up to a whole lot more in use than the quick read might lead you to believe. Garmin clearly did some work here to make the interface better and easier to understand. The tweaks are another step on their continuous line of interface changes that make the units simple enough for all to use.

Let's take a look at what's inside and why these are worth the upgrade.

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GPS Steals and Deals - 11/16


Hands down best deal this week on a new GPS is the Garmin Nuvi 760 - $269 - Down about $90 this week. Widescreen, North American Maps, Bluetooth Handsfree, traffic, and a lot more - See my Full Review.

I recommend some upgrades as your budget allows, Text to Speech, and a widescreen in that order. Other additions such as Traffic, Bluetooth Handsfree, etc. are definitely nice to have.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 270 - $159 - still a great price. - Has US and Western Euro Maps pre-loaded for the same price as the US only unit (Nuvi 200) No Text to Speech, but if you are heading to Europe and need a unit, this is a great deal.

  • Nuvi 205 at Amazon - $149 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. This is an updated version of the Nuvi 200 with faster satellite acquisition times and a better interface. For a more up to date unit, consider the extra $38 and look at the Nuvi 255. Faster Acquisition times and an updated interface.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $158 this week - very capable older unit that has an older interface. 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 - $179

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed. - $138 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Mio Moov 200 - $129 at Office Max - See my Full Review on the widescreen Moov 200 for an idea on how this works.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $269 - Down almost $100 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.
  • Garmin Nuvi 255W - $235 - Text to speech, improved interface, maps of North America. More Info - See my Full Review on the Nuvi 255W.

  • Nuvi 750 - $262 - Down over $40 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. Doesn't have the Bluetooth, or the Traffic capability that the 760 has.

  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $439 Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information. A Special note (because this rarely happens) - BestBuy has a better price right now - $399 on the Nuvi 780.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - Skip it and get the improved unit the Nuvi 255W (above) instead.

  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $199 - Down $20 in recent weeks. Older design with 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 $158 - Entry Level Widescreen - I recommend skipping it and moving up to the Nuvi 205W for $20 more. The new interface is worth it. No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 205W.

  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $266 - Older Design with Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660


  • TomTom ONE XL 330 - $199- 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 $218 - well worth the extra $19;

  • Garmin Nuvi 880 - $554 - Down over $90 in recent weeks. 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.

Refurbished GPS units - There are a lot of Rerubs out there for consideration. Amazon has a good selection. Magellan Maestro 4250 - $119 widescreen with lots of features, including AAA database of hotel and restaurant recommendations, or the TomTom ONE XL - Widescreen with no Text to Speech, a solid navigator at a great price ($99 no MIR!), or the TomTom ONE 3rd ed. for $79.

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November 14, 2008

Circuit City Black Friday Ads Out - GPS Sales and Deals - 2008

Ok - busy days these days. Black Friday Ads are coming fast and furious. I like the Nuvi 260 here, with text to speech, and a solid interface. The TomTom ONE 125 appears to be popping up all over the place as potentially the most popular GPS of the shopping madness.

Check out all of our Black Friday Best GPS Deals and Sales - 2008 and sign up for our Black Friday Shopping Guide emailed to you the day before Thanksgiving.

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Update - 11/23: The TomTom ONE 125 is available for Black Friday Pricing Today At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125

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TomTom GO 630 in Time for the Holidays

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TomTom has announced a new exclusive in the TomTom line up that has the new GO 630 sneaking in under the GO 730 with nearly identical feature sets. The GO 630 will be available exclusively at Radio Shack. The GO 630 has a lot going for it with its widescreen (4.3-inch), maps of North America, IQ Routes and Lane Guidance as well as Text to Speech (TTS), and the ability to record your own voice commands. This first appeared on the TomTom GO 720, and I thought that it was a pretty cool addition to the feature set.

IQ Routes - this is TomTom's technology for gathering travel history from the millions of users who agree to have their travel data aggregated when they sign into TomTom HOME on their computer allowing TomTom to see how fast people really can go on any particular road. This gives TOmTom insight into the impacts of traffic and other events that make travel time deviate from what would normally happen if you were doing the posted speed limit.

Lane Guidance - This is a technology that offers the ability to see what lane you should be in as you approach difficult intersections. The animation complete with normal looking street signs allows you to be a lot more confident in driving through difficult highway interchanges.

The TomTom GO 630 also has Bluetooth handsfree capabilities to pair up to your phone so that you can take phone calls over the GPS easily and hopefully more safely.

Available At Radio Shack at $399

More Information at TomTom

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Black Friday GPS Shopping Guide Mailed to You!

blackfriday_gps_guide.jpgWe know that you'll want to head out shopping for a GPS on Black Friday and that you'll want to compare all of the unit features. GPSLodge will be compiling all of the GPS units offered for Black Friday with lists of features, and prices so that you know which units to buy and which unit to avoid.

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November 13, 2008

Best Buy & Radio Shack Ads Out! - Black Friday GPS Deals 2008

Best Buy is going to be the biggest madhouse Black Friday, and there are a few good GPS deals to keep you entertained after you figure out that the laptops are sold out..... The Nuvi 205 is a decent deal off by about $30, the Nuvi 260W about $50, the Nuvi 780 saves about $80 off the online prices, and about $100 off the TomTom.

Radio Shack has some good deals, and some not so good - You can get a Garmin Nuvi 255W for about $6 more online right now.

Check out all of our Black Friday Best GPS Deals and Sales - 2008

Best Buy

Garmin Nuvi 205 - $119 - More Info

Garmin Nuvi 260W - $189 - More Info

Garmin Nuvi 780 - $349 - See My Full Review

TomTom GO 720 - $249 - See My Full Review

Radio Shack

Garmin Nuvi 250W - $169 - See My Full Review

Garmin Nuvi 255W - $229 - See My Full Review

Mio Moov 300 GPS - $129 - See My Full Review

Motorola TN20 - $149 - More Info

Motorola TN30 - $249 - More Info

TomTom ONE 125 - $99 - See My Full Review

TomTom ONE 130S - $199 - See My Full Review

Update - 11/23: The TomTom ONE 125 is available for Black Friday Pricing Today At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125
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November 12, 2008

Toughskin Cases for Garmin Nuvi and TomTom

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Now there's no excuse to protect that GPS from lumps and bumps while traveling. The Toughskin GPS case line slips on over the GPS while still giving you access to the key buttons and ports on the unit as well as the mounts.

Featuring ultra-tough ruggedized protective silicone, ToughSkin cases are currently available in custom-fit designs for the Garmin Nuvi 200, 205, 250, 260 and 270 models, as well as Garmin nuvi 300, 310, 350, 360 and 370 devices. The ToughSkin family has also been expanded to include cases for new Garmin nuvi widescreen models 200w, 205w, 250w, 255w and 260w. This new line of cases are also available for the TomTom XL 330 and 300-S, as well as TomTom ONE 130 and 130-S models.

Check out the Nuvi 200 series Widescreen Case, the Nuvi 200 series case, or the TomTom 130 series, TomTom ONE XL 330 series cases.

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Garmin Holiday Ads - 2008

Garmin has their holiday ads out for the masses, and for the ad above, they are bringing back their "Give a Garmin" theme with the holiday shopper franticly driving around looking for things; ad named "Coffee Shop" Gone is the monobrow version from last year, and in is the woman using the Garmin Nuvi 880 - voice controlled GPS.

The Ad below has a Garmin for everyone, and shows their various lines of products, all in use for the one for everyone type theme. The music is either annoying or really catchy; I happen to like them. Good for a couple of laughs.

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November 11, 2008

Nokia/NAVTEQ working Traffic with UC Berkley - Mobile Millennium Project

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Nokia/NAVTEQ are working with UC Berkley on the Mobile Millennium project, a project to create a system to collect traffic flow patterns from mobile phones, and create real-time traffic condition reporting. The project will span 18 months and utilize the power of the partnership between government, academia, and industry.

This is not unlike a few companies out there that already capture traffic data from cell phones - passively, and utilize algorithms to measure the speeds of traffic on highways and surface roads.
"The Mobile Millennium project includes a six month pilot deployment of GPS technology, where thousands of GPS mobile phones will be placed in vehicle within a focus area. Participating users agree to place these cell phones in their vehicles in order to transmit positioning data. The phones receive live traffic information from a map application."

Good stuff - the more the merrier on this one. Let's figure it out and nail the applications so my life gets better with less traffic.

More at Mobile Millennium

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TeleNav Shotgun - More Pictures


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The TeleNav Shotgun hit the virtual shelves this week, and I should have one in for review within days. The folks at TeleNav were nice enough to send over some advance pictures for the unit that show off a few capabilities that detail some of the capabilities and the overall interface. There sure seems like a lot of information and it's good to have the 4.3-inch widescreen display to view it all.


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Shotgun's Main Menu


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November 10, 2008

Staples Pushes the TomTom ONE 125

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Staples issued their holiday gift guide today featuring the TomTom ONE 125, a derivative of the TomTom ONE 130; with maps of the US and not North America like the ONE 130/130S units. From Staples Holiday Gifts 2008 guide:

"The TomTom GPS features pre-installed maps of the U.S. on a 3.5" full color touchscreen. The system offers direct access to emergency numbers, as well as pre-installed 2+million points of interest, from gas stations to hotels. ($179.00) "

I was at Staples this weekend and saw the TomTom ONE 125 for sale right there in the front aisle along with a bunch of other items that they were pushing. The TomTom ONE 125 was featured in festive red box; although the box itself was empty, and you had to bring the box up to the customer service counter to get a real unit....my hunch is that this is a featured unit of the Black Friday festivities at Staples.

Update - 11/23: The TomTom ONE 125 is available for Black Friday Pricing Today At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125

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Navigon 8100T - 3-D Terrain on an Auto GPS; 4.8-inch Screen

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Navigon is launching a pretty wild looking unit, the Navigon 8100T - a unit with a 4.8-inch display, and a 3D view that allows you to see not only roads, but terrain height data which shows rolling hills and digital elevations. If this isn't a reason to keep the unit in a 3-D view and out of the bird's-eye view, I don't know what is. The Navigon 8100T also comes with lifetime traffic, voice destination entry, and Bluetooth handsfree.

Full details after the jump......

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NAVTEQ - Flight Update Status Service from your GPS

NAVTEQ is going to be providing more content to those connected GPS units in the new year, including Flight Status reporting. This is cool is you are heading to the airport with that GPS navigator while on a business trip, etc. Think connected GPS units that have a good and frequent connection to the internet.....

NAVTEQ is also positioning itself with "Dynamic POI" for that connected GPS also. This will expand their Fuel Prices work where users will be able to search based on E85 and Diesel on top of the other gasoline grades.

The access to content by the map provider of choice by Garmin, should continue to hang that big old carrot out there for them on the connected GPS front. Not surprising that NAVTEQ is launching this after Nokia bought them. I would imagine this type of work is exactly what Noika had in mind when they acquired NAVTEQ citing location based services as a key development area in the future.

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Inrix Traffic on the TeleNav Shotgun Connected GPS

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The newest connected GPS device out there, the TeleNav Shotgun, will be using Inrix traffic feeds which cover a lot of roads and with the sophistication of their systems, we expect a solid updating of timely data.

"We selected INRIX as the traffic information provider for TeleNav Shotgun to help deliver the highest quality navigation experience to our customers," said HP Jin, TeleNav's president, CEO and co-founder. "Real-time traffic continues to be one of the most popular requests from our navigation subscribers."

Full Press Release below....

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November 9, 2008

Insignia CNV10/CNV20 Full Review

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Update: The CNV-10 and CNV-20 are on sale for $99 and $149 respectively; are they worth it? Maybe.......

BestBuy brought the Insignia CNV10/CNV-20 Internet Connected GPS to the market a few weeks ago as the second Internet connected GPS to hit the US market. There are others out there, the first one being the Dash Express, an internet connected GPS that also connects via WiFi to utilize the cheaper and high bandwidth to update maps while sitting in your garage. Magellan has talked for almost a year about having the Magellan 5340+GPRS come to market (and recently announced that they are suspending development on it), as has Garmin with their Nuvifone. Finally, TomTom has hit the market in Europe with their HD designated units that have a SIM chip in the power cord, connecting their units to the internet; if we're lucky, it might even hit the shelves in the US. OK - you get the picture, everyone is thinking about one, but in the end, Dash was here and now Insignia, but not all the others.

The Insignia CNV10 is the standard screen unit (3.5-inch) while the CNV20 is the widescreen unit on the market that offers the ability to search via Google (nearly infinite Points of Interest as a result, right?), send an address to your unit over the airwaves from Google Maps, but most importantly get high quality, high definition traffic updates to the unit. The higher bandwidth allows for a finer resolution in theory of the current traffic situations versus the low bandwidth TMC system that goes over the FM airwaves. Dash takes this to the next level by making the units separate traffic probes, reporting back the situation that you are in, and if you are stuck, it will warn other Dash units that the traffic is bad at your current position.

The Insignia CNV10/CNV20 units come with a 1-year subscription to the cellular network, which gives you an answer to why the fairly basic 3.5-inch screened unit costs $399; a similar, non-connected Garmin costs under $200, while the Dash Express costs $299 + the cellular plan of about $12 per month. See my Unboxing of the Insignia CNV10 for more product shots.

So, doe the Insignia CNV10/CNV20 offer these advanced features in an easy to use format? Did it keep me out of the traffic commuting around Boston? Read on......

See our Unboxing of the CNV-10 for more information and pictures on the unit.

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GPS Steals and Deals - 11/9


I recommend some upgrades as your budget allows, Text to Speech, and a widescreen in that order. Other additions such as Traffic, Bluetooth Handsfree, etc. are definitely nice to have.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 270 - $157 - Has US and Western Euro Maps pre-loaded for the same price as the US only unit (Nuvi 200) No Text to Speech, but if you are heading to Europe and need a unit, this is a great deal.

  • Nuvi 205 at Amazon - $150 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. This is an updated version of the Nuvi 200 with faster satellite acquisition times and a better interface. For a more up to date unit, consider the extra $38 and look at the Nuvi 255. Faster Acquisition times and an updated interface.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $149 this week; Down $30 - very capable older unit that has an older interface. 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 - $179

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

  • RoadMate 1212 - $169 at BestBuy this week. North American maps and text to speech for this price. A good price text to speech unit this week, but I would recommend the Garmin Nuvi 255 (above) for $20 more - a better overall product, or even the older Nuvi 350 for $20 less.

Widescreen Models

  • Garmin Nuvi 255W - $234 - Text to speech, improved interface, maps of North America. More Info - See my Full Review on the Nuvi 255W. Nuvi 760 - $373 - 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 - $307 - 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 - $442 Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information. A Special note (because this rarely happens) - BestBuy has a better price right now - $419 on the Nuvi 780.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - Skip it and get the improved unit the Nuvi 255W (above) instead.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $199 - Down $20 in recent weeks. Older design with 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 $175 - Entry Level Widescreen - Honestly - I recommend skipping it and moving up to the Nuvi 205W for $10 more. The new interface is worth it. No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 205W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $282 - Older Design with 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 $238;

  • Garmin Nuvi 880 - $594 - Down over $50 in recent weeks. 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.

Refurbished GPS units - There are a lot of Rerubs out there for consideration. Amazon has a good selection. Magellan Maestro 4250 - $129 widescreen with lots of features, including AAA database of hotel and restaurant recommendations, or the TomTom ONE XL - Widescreen with no Text to Speech, a solid navigator at a great price ($99 after Mail in Rebate must be bought by 11/14).

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TeleNav Shotgun - Connected GPS

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TeleNav has a new GPS available at its website, the Telenav Shotgun, that offers internet connected GPS capabilities to a growing list of GPS makers that have a unit in the marketplace or have announced the development of one. The trend has yet to catch on, but not for a lack of trying. Dash brought one to the market, and recently announced that they will be stopping the manufacture of hardware, instead trying to sell the software capabilities to other makers (phones and OEM's come to mind). Magellan recently announced that they were suspending work, Garmin has delayed its Nuvifone - hopefully coming in 2009, while Mio has announced their own co-development. Finally BestBuy and their Insignia brand have a pair of duds on the market - see my Full Review of the Insignia CNV-10/20.

In the scope of capabilities, the TeleNav looks to be in the middle, offering connected search, updated traffic, gas prices, and map updates pumped down via the cellular modem. They don't talk about you and your GPS acting as a GPS probe like the Dash Express did. They also shed the WiFi connectivity that Dash offered, as it may have pushed costs without all the benefits originally believed to be there. TeleNav also cites several items that are still in the works, like weather and advanced address sharing - they also reserve the right to charge more for the features.

The 4.3-inch widescreen unit is marketed as a unit for business travelers who need the best up to date information at their fingertips. The Telenav Shotgun costs $299 and comes with a 3 month subscription to the connected services. A month to month subscription cost is $11.99/mo, while a 1-year subscription costs $129.

More at TeleNav

UPDATE Monday Morning - Full press release is now below after the jump. Also, see more pictures of the TeleNav ShotGun.

Thanks Jim for sending this in.

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November 8, 2008

Omnitech 4 Widescreen GPS


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The Omnitech 4 GPS is another entry level unit at en entry level price in the ever expanding GPS arena. The maker of all things electronic has its GPS entry that offers several key features that make it an interesting value. The 4.3-inch screen unit has text to speech, maps of the 48 states, and 1.5 million Points of Interest (a bit light on POI here - see my post on How Many Points of Interest is Good). The internal battery is rated for up to 5 hour's use.

I first wrote about an Omnitech about a year ago, and saw some trouble around the internet. I continue to see poor comments. The trouble here is that when you take a look around at the consumer feedback on this unit, it's pretty bad - with buyers citing it freezing up, and just dying. Read at Yahoo Answers, or comments on Amazon.

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November 6, 2008

Magellan Maestro 4350 & 4370 Announced - Traffic, Improved Interface


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Magellan has announced a new unit at the high end of the line, the new Magellan Maestro 4350. It includes some pretty innovative features including a "One Touch" interface that allows you to get what you need in rapid fashion with a single click. The One Touch interface has you setting up various points of interest in a single location that you acces with a single tap. The Maestro 4350 carries forward the AAA TourBook data which is an expanded information set of specific POI locations such as hotels and restaurants. The Maestro 4350 also includes traffic alerts in a new interface, with several other improvements to the unit's interface to speed data entry and give a better overall look and feel.

The Maestro 4350 is available now with a list price of $499, but is already seen online at about $400.

The Maestro 4370 uses a high quality WVGA screen for even better looking maps and navigation. The Maestro 4370 will be available at BestBuy exclusively.

Full press release follows....

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November 5, 2008

Garmin Mobile PC Pre-loaded on Fujitsu Sub-Notebook with GPS

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Garmin released a new GPS today that has a physical keyboard and runs the Windows Operating System, er, ah, I mean Fujitsu released a sub-notebook that weighs in at less than 2 pounds (U820 model), has a built in GPS chipset and comes pre-loaded with Garmin's Mobile PC software that will turn the notebook into a fully functional navigator. The notebook has a 5.6 inch screen, wireless, a fingerprint reader, Bluetooth and starts with a 60GB hard drive.

Interesting and not a surprising move for the mobile professional set; I like it. The configurations start at $999.

Read the Full Press Release at MarketWatch

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November 4, 2008

Black Friday Best GPS Deals - 2008

UPDATED: 11/25

Looking for the TomTom ONE 125 for Black Friday? Check out the Black Friday pricing now at Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125 - $99 with free shipping.

Well, it's time to check out the fliers to see what's going to be on sale for Black Friday for great GPS deals. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving typically brings a slew of great sales and deals that have grown in number since I have been reporting on it, and waiting out there to see first hand how things go - from just a handful in total a few years ago to each major outlet offering major GPS Deals. It's going to be crazy fun to watch the GPS Sales and Deals for Black Friday 2008.

I will update this post as time goes on to keep up with the deals - Bookmark this page and check back often. Check the GPS Features to Consider at the bottom of the post.

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Don't miss the coming Black Friday Deals at Amazon

Ace Hardware

  • Nextar M3 - $89 after $30 Mail in Rebate - More Info

Bass Pro Shops

Best Buy

BJ's Club

Burlington Coat Factory

  • Amcor 3.5" GPS - $79 (They say compare at $199 - come on, cut it out!)

Cabelas

Circuit City

Costco

  • Magellan RoadMate 1212 - $99 (With Coupon) - More Info

CVS

  • GPS For Dummies - $89 w/ Card + $10 In Extra Bucks back

Dell Home

  • Pharos PDR-200 - $95 after $25 MIR

Dicks

Gander Mountain

  • eTrex Summit Handheld Bundle - $199
  • Garmin Nuvi 255W - $199 - See My Full Review

K-Mart - Thanksgiving Day Sale (Not Black Friday)

  • Nextar X3-03 - $79 after $20 Mail in Rebate

K-Mart Black Friday

Kohl's

  • Nextar GPS - $79 after $20 MIR

Meijer

  • Magellan Maestro 4350 Elite (Free Case) - $199 - More Info
  • Magellan RoadMate 1200 - $89 - More Info
  • Magellan RoadMate 1412 - $149 - More Info

Navy Exchange - open to all members of the military, retired military and their dependents

Office Depot

Office Max

Pep Boys

Radio Shack

Ritz Camera

Sam's Club

Sears

Staples

Target

Toys R Us

Walgreens

WalMart Black Friday


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Garmin Announces Nuvi 880 and Nuvi 760 For BMW

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Garmin is continuing to work with BMW to offer GPS navigation systems in BMWs that are adapted from the higher end of Garmin's PND line. The new models are going to be based on the Voice Activated Nuvi 880, dubbed Portable Navigation System Pro with traffic, weather and gas prices. The Nuvi 760 will be dubbed Portable Navigation System Plus with Bluetooth and maps of North America.

Both systems will utilize mounts that are specially engineered by BMW that will mount to the dash and not the windshield. The mounts are engineered for the 1-series and 3-series as well as the X3 cars.

Full Press Release Follows.......

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November 3, 2008

Dash Navigation - Change on the Horizon - Lays off Staff


Word has come out that Dash Navigation is changing its approach to its business model, and in doing so, laying off 50 employees, leaving the hardware business, and concentrating its focus and going Business to Business.

Wow; that will change its offering and its value proposition in the marketplace. According to Gigaom, they will be laying off 50 employees, and keeping abut 30 mostly engineering positions that will support their software based business model going forward. As they do go forward, they will be targeting other hardware, think phones and maybe OEM navigation devices in cars, so that they are out of the cutthroat GPS hardware business. They will continue to support current users.

The traffic collection and processing capabilities are advanced, and in my opinion, highly accurate, but the Dash Express ran into a lot of barriers to its success:

  • Entrenched competition with growing downward price pressure.
  • Monthly payments that were hard to get people to buy into
  • A good interface and overall navigation solution, but not an amazing one.
  • The Economy.... don't under estimate what a sagging economy did to this high end launch.

    I loved the promise of the Dash Express better than the reality of it. I found that while I knew that getting up to Boston would take 1:12 minutes, the route that was plotted out still stunk. What about all of those surface roads that "must" offer a faster route? I realized that I don't think that they existed. It may just be a sad reality that I don't need the super advanced routing but just a consistent and accurate read on what my various travel times are going to be.

    Poisoned Pond?
    A lot of people talk about a poisoned pond effect where the failure of the first offering out ruins the ability of others to follow. Well, the Insignia CNV-10 and CNV-20 are following in the connected GPS pathway, but let me tell you, if Dash made the pond slightly unpalatable, the Insignia will ruin it like dumping a drum full of toxic waste. I hope that TomTom's HD, and Garmin's work on the Nuvifone somehow come to the US and offer not only the promise, but the scale to make a true difference in everyday lives of the masses out there. If they can't, maybe I can buy the new Dash software for my iPhone.....


    Thanks Jeff for sending this in.


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  • Navigon 5100MAX and 2090S

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    Navigon announced a pair of models that will be exclusively available at Radio Shack and will include Navigon's FreshMaps - a two year subscription to updates their maps Quarterly so that your GPS has the most up to date maps available. The 5100 MAX has a lot going for it; widescreen, traffic updates, text-to-speech, Bluetooth Handsfree, reality view of the road ahead at tricky intersections and the ability to find the nearest help with the touch of a button. The Navigon 2090S is based on a 3.5-inch standard screen and offers text-to speech, reality view, direct help button, but not the traffic updates.

    The Navigon 5100Max with FreshMaps included will be list priced at $299, and the Navigon 2090S with FreshMaps included will be list priced at $199.

    Full Press Release After the Jump.......

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    GPSLodge.com Monthly Round-up October 2008

    It's always busy coming into the end of the year for the GPSLodge.com; deals are coming, merchandise is lining up for the big holiday push and just around the corner, CES will be launching new GPS models into the market. Here's a look at some of the stories we published over the last month.

    GPS Reviews

    Garmin GPS News

    TomTom GPS News

    Mio GPS News

    Fitness GPS

    GPS News

    Geocaching


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    November 2, 2008

    Motorola TN20, TN30 GPS

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    Motorola has a couple of GPS units coming to market for the end of the year, the standard screen Mororola TN20 and the widescreen Motorola TN30. Both units were announced recently and are set to go on sale exclusively at Radio Shack. The Moto TN20 GPS looks like a fairly standard GPS entry level GPS that offers a 3.5-inch screen, maps for he 48 continental states, and text to speech (something that isn't on all entry level units). It cuts corners on the claimed 1 million Points of Interest, hardly enough to pass my test of reasonable amounts. I can hardly stand 1.3 million POI, let alone 1 mil.

    The Moto TN30 is a widescreen version GPS (4.3-inch) that adds a few features to make the offering a bit more rounded out. The TN30 has text to speech and maps of North America, while adding POI - in fact a total claimed POI of 4 million, which is more like it in my mind.

    The Motorola TN20 GPS has a list price of $199, and the Motorola TN30 for $299.

    Both are available at Radio Shack.

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    November 1, 2008

    TomTom ONE 125 - Special Edition?

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    UPDATE: See My Full Review on the TomTom ONE 125

    TomTom is shipping a TomTom ONE 125 for the holidays that appears to have some slight modification that will allow stores to price slightly different than others offering the TomTom ONE 130. This unit only offers US maps, not all of North America like the TomTom ONE 130/130S.

    TomTom did this last year with the TomTom ONE LE that was offered exclusively through BestBuy. This was a version with older hardware and a new software update - not a big difference and offered a good deal for a lot of shoppers.

    We see the TomTom ONE 125 offered on Black Friday for $99 through several stores.

    Also At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125

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    Nextar M3, M3-01, M3-03 GPS Systems

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    Nextar has a fairly large line of GPS models, with the M3 series making up an entry level standard screen (3.5-inch) set of units that anchor the line. The Nextar M3 and the M3-03 come with 1.6 million Points of Interest (a little light), voice guided directions with text to speech, maps of the 50 states, and offers automatic recalculation of routes should you miss a turn. The Nextar M3 also plays MP3s. The Nextar M3-01 has similar capabilities, but does not offer Text to speech (says street names). I reviewed the Nextar Q4-01 earlier this year an while it's a widescreen unit, it will give you a good overview of the interface capabilities and overall performance of the Nextar models.

    More info at the Nextar Website

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