November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday GPS Deals - Updated

Hope your Thanksgiving holiday went well and if you didn't find a GPS, there are still some good deals out there for GPS specials.

Net: For raw prices on a high quality deal, WalMart still has a nice offer on the TomTom XL 335 SE. For a nice selection on several deals at the $99 price point, check out Amazon.

WalMart

Still offering the TomTom XL 335 SE now in their "CyberWeek" sale. Check it out for $79. Read my Post on the TomTom XL 335 SE for more information and features.


Amazon

UPDATE: This is a hot one for only $89 as Amazon's second Deal of the Day: "Due to high demand the VIZIO LCD HDTV has sold out, but we have another great deal for you today....." -TomTom XXL 540M 5-Inch Widescreen (Lifetime Maps Edition) from Amazon:

I pulled several deals that looked good at or below the $99 price point. Looking at the GPS Best Sellers List at Amazon, it looks like people want Garmins, but are looking past a solid entry level product from one of their latest launches - the Nuvi 1300 for $99, instead opting for older models or smaller models for a slightly lower price. The newer layout is a good one, and is more intuitive. Check it out first if you want a $99 unit.

Threw in the Forerunner 305 at $129 as this is a good price for this standard in the GPS running monitors.



Garmin and TomTom Specific Deals directly from the makers

Garmin Deals on Accessories - here are a few of the highlights....

  • NuMaps Lifetime subscription - $69, down from $99 (great for Nuvi units that don't already have a lifetime map subscription)
  • BirdsEye Satellite Images - $24, down from $29 per year. Great for handheld owners (Dakota, Oregon and Colorado units) to show satellite images right on the units.
  • Topo 100K - great for handheld and fitness units. $69 down from $99.
  • HeartRate Monitor - $35 down from $60 - works with ANT+ spectrum on Garmin units, or with the iPhone using the Fisica Sensor Key.

At the Garmin Cyber Monday Event


TomTom Star Wars Limited Edition Navigators and Star Wars Voices

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Come on now, you know you want one. TomTom is selling special Star Wars navigators with Star Wars covers that will help you navigate a star system or at least a neighborhood near you. There are also deals today on the Star Wars voices for the TomTom. Shop TomTom for more details.

At the TomTom Cyber Monday Event

TomTom iPhone App Deal

Mentioned this yesterday, but the TomTom iPhone App is on sale today; as little as $35 for the US Only version of the Application.

Available at TomTom iTunes


Other Deals to Consider

Staples

They already sold out two GPS deals - the TomTom XXL 540S for $79 (killer deal), and the Magellan RoadMate 3045 - $99. They still have a good solid Garmin deal that offers lifetime traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree.

Garmin Nuvi 265 WT - $119 - Widescreen, 4.3-inch unit plus lifetime free traffic subscription. This includes a Bluetooth Handsfree feature that adds some nice appeal for people who want to talk handsfree on their Bluetooth phone.

BestBuy

BestBuy is offering two Garmins online; the Nuvi 205 for $79 and the Nuvi 1300 for $99 - I would recommend the extra $20 for the Nuvi 1300. The newer design, wide screen and new features make this well worth the extra $20.

Garmin Nuvi 1300 - $99 - Widescreen, US Maps + PR (except AK), text to speech, and ecoRoute which gives you fuel saving routes to choose from.

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November 28, 2010

TomTom iPhone App - On Sale Now

If you missed out on other deals on Black Friday, or maybe missed out on Navigon's Black Friday iPhone App Sale, TomTom has their own going on right now, up to $20 off their iPhone App.
The lowest price is only $35 for navigation across all US. It continues to be one of the top grossing Apps in the iTunes store.

The very capable TomTom iPhone App continues to evolve, offering quick and easy navigation in your pocket, along with traffic, iPod integration and can pull addresses from your contact list. I reviewed the original, and the version 1.2 upgrade which was a major feature upgrade. I continue to see high quality progress with the recent addition of traffic (ver 1.3), and iPhone 4 compatibility (ver 1.5).
  • TomTom USA Version is only $35
  • TomTom US & Canada is only $40
all available at TomTom iTunes
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November 26, 2010

Black Friday Deals - Amazon: TomTom XL 335 T - $79

While WalMart is selling thousands of TomTom XL 335 SE units right now for $79, you can get essentially the same unit plus lifetime traffic coverage for the same price at Amazon.

The TomTom XL 335 T has lifetime traffic updates, along with IQ Routes, Advanced LaneGuidance, a 4.3" screen and more.

Amazon is offering a limited time sale on these and they will be available until about 1:30PM Eastern time.

At Amazon -TomTom XL 335T 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator (Lifetime Traffic Edition)

Later today Amazon is teasing that they will be selling a Golf GPS ("This GPS gives you an eagle's eye view of the hole to provide critical distances you need to play confidently and shoot lower scores.")

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November 25, 2010

Black Friday GPS Deals Online NOW

Black Friday sales online have begun. Shop now for some great deals that are either full Black Friday sales, or special Thanksgiving Day offers.

Before starting, check out two other posts:

Black Friday or Thanksgiving day Sales going on now:

Amazon

BestBuy

Radio Shack

Target

WalMart

  • TomTom XL 340 SE - $79 - 4.3" screen with text to speech and lane assist - This is a good deal on a 4.3" screen unit.


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November 23, 2010

Amazon Black Friday "Week" - Best Values Going

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The deals keep coming, but I have to say that right now, the TomTom XXL 540M is the best value out there. Sure there are cheaper deals, but right now, the value is here.

TomTom XXL 540M Features

You get a 5" screen, text to speech, lane guidance, and lifetime map updates for the unit. Right now that means that you can update the maps about quarterly giving you pretty much the freshest maps available in a stand alone navigator. (This is the XXL 540S model plus Lifetime Maps)

Compare vs. Black Friday Deals

The price of $99 isn't going to be beaten for value on Black Friday GPS Deals, (See our Black Friday Buying Guide) and so why not buy now and focus on other stuff later this week?

The TomTom XXL 540M is only $99, and being the best GPS seller at Amazon at this writing, the inventory may not last.

at Amazon - TomTom XXL 540M (Lifetime Maps Edition)

OK - Too Late - the price just went up! Check out the other Black Friday All Week GPS Deals

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November 22, 2010

Black Friday Deals All Week at Amazon

Amazon is running Black Friday type deals all week on a whole list of products, including over a dozen deals on GPS units.

One deal that is pretty good is the TomTom XXL 540S at $99 - which is about as good as the Black Friday deal at Staples for $89 with Mail In rebate. Go with Amazon today and you'll see free shipping and no frustrating rebate forms.

At Amazon see the - Black Friday All Week on GPS Deals
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November 21, 2010

Black Friday GPS Buying Guide - 2010

Ok - Black Friday is coming fast, and the planning has begun. If a GPS is on your list, there are plenty of good deals at several locations, all but assuring you that you will be able to get a good GPS.If you want to browse our Black Friday GPS Deals 2010 by store listing, you will find a comprehensive list of offers out there.

Year of the Large GPS Screen- 2010

This year, the larger 5-inch screen really went mainstream, especially for Black Friday. All but gone are the standard screen (3.5-inch) deals for Black Friday. I think it's worth spending the extra money for the larger screens, a 4.3" screen is enough, but a 5" screen is great. Don't go for a 7" screen unless you have special circumstances because they are unwieldy to handle. Those special circumstances might be RV driving....

Best Black Friday GPS Deal Under $50

  • NONE - There is one refurbished Magellan at PepBoys for $49 - there are so many great deals out there, don't opt for a refurb; spend a few more dollars and get a great product. Sorry PepBoys.

Best Black Friday GPS Deal Under $80

  • TomTom XL 325T - $79 at Target - 4.3" screen with text to speech, and maps of the US
  • Runner Up is TomTom XL 335 SE - $79 at WalMart - 4.3" screen, text to speech, and maps of the US and Canada

Best Black Friday GPS Deal Under $100

  • TomTom 540S - $89 at Staples (after Mail in Rebate) - a 5" screen and a lot of great features make this a nice choice.
  • Runner up is TomTom 540T at Radio Shack - A 5" screen that also has lifetime traffic

Best Black Friday GPS Deal Under $150

  • Garmin Nuvi 1450T - $149 at Radio Shack - 5" screen with lifetime traffic, stores up to 10 pre-programmed routes, and Lane Assist

Just Want a Garmin?

  • Garmin Nuvi 1300 - $99 at OfficeMax, PepBoys, Radio Shack - 4.3" screen with maps of the 48 states plus Lane Assist; updated operating system for easier use
  • Garmin Nuvi 1450T - $149 at Radio Shack - 5" screen with lifetime traffic, stores up to 10 pre-programmed routes, and Lane Assist

Just want a TomTom?

  • TomTom 540S - $89 at Staples (after Mail in Rebate) - a 5" screen and a lot of great features make this a nice choice.
  • TomTom 540 TM - $129 at Staples - a 5" screen and lifetime map updates and lifetime traffic included.

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November 19, 2010

Review: Garmin Nuvi 3790T/3790LMT Review - Impressive Next Generation of GPS Units


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The Garmin Nuvi 3790T brings a fresh physical and interface design to the GPS category that makes using the navigator a pleasure; not overly touted as a major improvement, but clearly tipping the awesomeness scale is the quality of the screen. The new 800x480 pixel WVGA display makes the screen pop that, combined with the 3-D shaded map, make for a richer overall experience. This is the gold standard against which other GPS units will be compared.


I used the Nuvi 3790T across several weeks, on two long trips to the White Mountains, NYC and upstate NY from our house near Boston, and logged a lot of local miles while testing the unit out for over several weeks' time. The navigation is typical Garmin (very good), the overall experience of using the GPS is impressive. It's the best looking, and most refined GPS I have used.


The product design changes that make the difference on the Nuvi 3790T are:

  • Rich multi-touch display - beautiful colors and brightness, with easy zooming and menu navigation
  • Portrait or Landscape orientation - auto-rotating makes use of the Nuvi easy
  • Mount-based amplified speaker - super loud directions with windows down on the highway
  • Super thin design - nice to look at, easy to store

More after the jump....

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November 17, 2010

TomTom 20% Off at Amazon - Black Friday Pricing NOW with Promo Code

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Just cruising Amazon and saw this deal; it is a pretty amazing one; it's like Black Friday a week and a half early.

The Amazon 20% off deal for all qualifying TomTom units (Sorry not the new GO 2405 and 2505 units) until November 21st. Just enter "TomTom20" as the promo code to get the additional discount.

Black Friday Pricing Now!

Let's look at a few examples from the Black Friday GPS Deals list vs. the price of the same unit at Amazon with the additional 20% discount:

  • Black Friday - Best Buy TomTom XXL 540 TM - $129
  • Now at Amazon TomTom XXL 540 TM - $132 (with Free Shipping)
  • Net: Extra $3
  • Black Friday - Best Buy TomTom XL 340S - $99
  • Now at Amazon - TomTom XL 340S - $95 (Free Shipping)
  • Net: Save $4
  • Black Friday - Radio Shack TomTom XXL 540T - $99
  • Now at Amazon TomTom XXL 540T - $87 (with Free Shipping)
  • Net: Save $12

Hurry before stock runs out.

Shop the whole TomTom line at Amazon for 20% off now through November 21st. Use "TOMTOM20" as the Promo code.

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TomTom XL 335 SE - WalMart Black Friday Special

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WalMart is going to be offering the TomTom XL 335 SE for Black Friday so we wanted to fill people in on the features and capabilities of the unit ahead of the day so you know what you are going after. TomTom and WalMart have worked together to move a lot of units on Black Fridays before, reportedly sold over 700,000 units last year according to GPSBusiness News. We believe that the TomTom XL 335 SE will be almost exactly the same as the TomTom XL 335 S

Main Features TomTom XL 335 SE

The TomTom XL 335 SE is a 4.3-inch widescreen navigator offering maps of the US and Canada, 7 million points of interest (very good number), IQ Routes - navigation time estimates based on historical data, and lane guidance - giving you information on which lane to be in when you hit that complex highway interchange.

Additional Basics

The TomTom XL 335 SE will also give you text to speech - it says street names, a Help Me menu to get you to important information if you are in trouble like your location, the closest services station, etc, and TomTom's latest Map Guarantee - if there is a new map available when you buy the unit, hook it up to your computer in the first 30 days and update it for free.

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Waze + Foursquare = Social Good for TGiving


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Waze and Foursquare are teaming up to do a little social good this year for Thanksgiving; check in at a Food Pantry using foursquare, and Waze will donate to Feeding America. This helps show how Apps can work together to highlight a cause and raise awareness to further the mission of a charity. They are of course highlighting a big need; hunger is more prevalent that you might imagine in the US, and a campaign like this can help spur donations for food.

A few cool features that can drive engagement are:

  • Waze has worked with Feeding America to show locations of foodbanks on the map so you can see them as you drive.
  • You are encouraged to bring a food donation to the foodbank.
  • Waze and Foursquare will check you in without even leaving the Waze App, under settings, then Profile, just log into Foursquare and you to enable this feature.

More info after the jump.....


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November 16, 2010

Global Market Shares for GPS Makers - Market Down 12%

Digitimes, always good for some GPS/PND insight every now and then, offered a look this morning at the Global market share from a recent Canalys report. The verdict? PND volume is down 12.4% globally.

The market share of TomTom in the US is up dramatically from 20% in Q3 2009, to 31% in Q3 2010. While they are surging, they are still a ways behind Garmin who is at about 58% share in the US market. The TomTom share has to be coming out of the contraction of other brands.

Globally, Garmin holds 34.1%, TomTom 30.9% and a much lower 8.2% for Mitac/Magellan/Navman.

ReadMore at Digitimes

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November 14, 2010

Black Friday GPS Deals & Guide - 2010

Black Friday is just around the corner, and we wanted to make sure you knew what was going to be offered.

I will scope out the deals and offer my opinions on what to get and what to skip in terms of GPS units by Thanksgiving week to help you cut through the clutter.

See my Black Friday GPS Buying Guide for specific recommendations on the best GPS units and values to shop for on Black Friday

Black Friday GPS Deal Listing By Store

Bass Pro Shop

  • Garmin GPSMAP 60 CSx Bundle (w/ TOPO US, Case, Micro SD Card) - $219 - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1450 - $169, 5" screen - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1490T - $199 (Early), 5" screen - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 265W - $99, 4.3" screen - More Info

BestBuy

  • Garmin Nuvi 1300 LMT - $129, 4.3" screen, lifetime Maps and Traffic. With "Bundle" (Case and Friction Mount) - $159 - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 255WT - $99, 4.3" screen - More info
  • Magellan RoadMate 3045-LM - $109
  • TomTom XL 350TM - $99 - More Info
  • TomTom XXL 550TM - $129 - 5" Screen - More Info
BJ's Club
  • Magellan RoadMate 1420 - $69
  • TomTom XXL 540TM - $119 - More Info

Costco

  • Magellan RoadMate 2036 - "$30 Off" - 4.3" screen
  • TomTom XXL 550TM - "$70" Off - 5" screen - More Info

Dick's Sporting Goods

  • Garmin eTrex Venture HC bundle - $119
  • Garmin Nuvi 1350T - $129

Gander Mountain
  • Garmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS Bundle - $229 (Includes TOPO US) - More Info
  • Garmin eTrex Venture HC - $99
  • Garmin Nuvi 1300 - $99 - More Info
  • Magellan eXplorist GC Geocaching Handheld - $149 More Info

HH Gregg

  • Garmin Nuvi 205 - $79, 3.5" screen - More Info
  • Magellan RoadMate 5405T - $99 - 5" screen
  • Magellan RoadMate 1700 - $149 - 7" screen
  • TomTom Ease - $69 - 3.5" screen - More Info
KMart
  • (TGiving Day) Magellan RoadMate 1424 Garmin 265W - $99, 4.3" screen
  • Magellan RoadMate 2035 - $79
  • Sylvania SGPD432 - $69 - 4.3" screen (Reco that you skip this opportunity for a better brand name)

OfficeMax

  • Garmin Nuvi 1300 - $99 - 4.3" screen - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1350T - $129 - 4.3" screen - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1450 - $129 - $129 - 5" screen - More Info
  • TomTom One 130 - $74 - 3.5" screen - More Info
  • TomTom XL 340S - $89 - 4.3" screen - More Info
  • TomTom XXL 540S - $99 - 5" screen - More Info

Pep Boys

  • Garmin Nuvi 1300 - $99 - 4.3" screen, 48 state maps -  More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 255W - $79 - 4.3" screen - More Info
  • Garmin 265WT - $109 - 4.3" screen, Traffic - More Info
  • Magellan RoadMate 1440 - $49 (Refurb!!) - Reco that you skip this one.
  • Rightway 550 - $69 - Reco you skip this one too; get a good brand name.
  • TomTom XL 340S - $89 - 4.3" screen - More Info

Radio Shack

  • Garmin Nuvi 1300 - $99, 4.3" screen, 48 state maps -  More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1350T - $129 - 4.3" screen, N.American maps, plus lifetime traffic -  More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1450T - $149 - 5" screen plus lifetime traffic - More Info
  • Mio R403 - $69 - 4.3" screen - More Info
  • TomTom XXL 550T - $99, 5" screen - More Info

Sam's Club

  • Garmin Nuvi 1450 - $129 - 5" Screen,  More Info

Sears

  • Magellan RoadMate 1700 - $149 - More Info
  • Magellan RoadMate 2035 - $79
  • Magellan RoadMate 5045 - $99
  • TomTom XL 340M - $99 - 4.3" screen, Text to Speech, Lifetime Maps - More Info on 340

ShopKo

  • Garmin Nuvi 1300 - $99 - 4.3" screen - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1390T - $159 - 4.3" screen - More Info
  • Magellan RoadMate 2035 - $79 - 4.3" screen
  • Magellan RoadMate 1700 - $149 - 7" Screen
  • Magellan RoadMate 3045 - $99 - 4.7" Screen

Staples

  • Garmin 265W - $99 (Early) - 4.3" Screen - More Info
  • Garmin Nuvi 1490T - $169 - More Info
  • Magellan RoadMate 1700 - $149
  • TomTom XXL 540S - $89 (After MIR) - More Info
  • TomTom XXL 540TM - $129 - More Info

Target

  • Garmin Nuvi 1450 - $159, 5" screen More Info
  • TomTom XL 335T - $79, 4.3" screen, with Lifetime Traffic - More Info

Walgreens

  • Maylong GPS - $69 - [I really recommend you buy something from a name brand maker!]
WalMart - Unconfirmed reports in the news are out that the TomTom XL 335 SE model will be offered on BF.
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WahooFitness - ANT+ Fisica Sensor Key to be Chirp Compatible


WahooFitnessLogo.jpgWahoo Fitness is working to enable their Fisica ANT+ Sensor Key so that it will "talk" to Garmin's Chirp chip for wireless geocaching on the iPhone. That's pretty cool.

So while they are working on getting the API's working, CompeGPS has Tweeted that their next version of the iPhone TwoNav App will be ANT+ Chirp enabled through the Fisica Sensor Key.

All good stuff.... stay tuned

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November 11, 2010

New GPS Satellite Operational - GPS IIF - More Capabilities

I Tweeted about this already this morning, but thought I would post for all to see. (Follow us if you don't already on Twitter). The new GPS satellite (#31 in the air), is operational and brings several new improvements to the GPS constellation that make for a bright GPS future. Quick rundown:

  • Military Channel more resistant to jamming - remember that North Korea just boasted about having GPS jamming trucks?
  • New Civilian high power signal to help airplanes operate with GPS for better positioning accuracy saving time and fuel
  • New Civilian signal can cooperate with other signals to eventually offer sub-meter accuracy - yea baby!
  • Update ability - need to fix something; they can upload new patches and new software more easily
  • Longer operational expected life - plan is for 12+ years, longer than the current crop that is already operating 3X expected life. Like the fact that it is saving me money when we don't need to replace them so soon.

Only one of the new generation in orbit now, but they are expected to be the "backbone" over the coming 15-18 years.

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Best Innovations for CES 2011 - DeLorme, Garmin and More

Known maybe only to the CES -groupies the show honors innovation ahead of the show each year. Builds excitement and gets stories like this out there ahead of the show. CES is a big thing, attracting thousands of people to Vegas to preview the best and brightest ideas that our electronics innovation society has to offer. this year there are a few cool devices that I want to point out, and yes they are GPS related.

Honorees

  • DeLorme PN-60W with SPOT satellite communicator - get out there, deep int eh wilderness and communicate from the PN-60W through the SPOT transmitter to give your location and SMS your friends (on Twitter or Facebook). At Amazon - DeLorme Earthmate PN-60W with SPOT Satellite Communicator
  • Garmin Nuvi 3790T - Great new design, with super thin architecture, and a supurb new multi-touch screen. At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 3790T
  • Nike+ Sports Watch - New Sports watch from Nike (Details to follow.....)

Innovation Winner

  • Recon Instruments Transcend Snow Goggles - includes a GPS readout in a head mounted display system. "Speed and Total Vertical today is....." Able to capture the day's activities, Tweet about it and download to share with friends and compare results. See the video below or The Recon Instruments website for more info and purchase (shipping in a few weeks)


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Magellan/Mitac Move to TeleAtlas Maps - Dump NAVTEQ

It was only a matter of time after the acquisition of Magellan by now parent company Mitac/Mio before they dumped NAVTEQ maps and went with TeleAtlas. The news hit the wire this morning.

Magellan had long used NAVTEQ maps whereas Mitac used Teleatlas. With a need to simplify, and cost save, Mitac did the predictable thing; go with their preferred supplier. The move has long been rumored by insiders and GPS-geeks alike on GPS forum boards and on Twitter.

TeleAtlas used to be under constant fire in the US for its poor quality maps, but they have largely erased that deficiency offering updated maps on a regular basis, taking crowdsourced input on map fixes, sending vans out to map more and more details so that they can offer lane guidance and more.

Press Release Follows......

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November 10, 2010

Garmin Thanksgiving Icons from the Garmin Garage

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Give your Garmin Nuvi a Thanksgiving Makeover

The Garmin Garage has a lot of options for pimping your ride, customizing the vehicle icons on your Garmin Nuvi. The Garage started a few years back offering icons other than the standard ones that come with the Garmin units. They have one for just about any occasion, and if they don't you can recommend one for them to create.

Head over to the Garmin Garage for the Thanksgiving Bundle of icons, and load them up and enjoy the season a bit more. They are easy to download and install, just check out Garmin's directions for how to install new vehicle icons.

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November 9, 2010

Garmin Teams up with Rails to Trails Conservancy - Maps of RTC Trails

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Nice move by Garmin - they are teaming up with Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) to offer maps of the popular recreation ways all over the country.

The maps cover more than 17,000 miles across the country, offering hikers, bikers, bike riders and maybe just pure recreationalists a way to enjoy the outdoors in easy to access bite-sized pieces.

I've used the RTC system a lot in hiking and biking as a way to either take kids biking in a safe area away from car traffic, or as a way to get out of the city to better, clearer roadways that are more bike-friendly.

The maps are available as downloads to your Garmin device, in six regions that cover the country; each region costs $9.99.

Preview the Maps

You can head over to search TrailLink.com, the RTC website, to find trails in your area. If you want to pick the trails one-by-one, you can register there, view the maps and then download them for free as a GPX format. If you instead want to go and grab a whole region, head on over to Garmin to buy the set.

Rails to Trails Map Packages

Via Garmin Blog

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November 8, 2010

Garmin Nuvi 295W - $85 Today Only

The Garmin Nuvi 295W looks like an odd bird, but when you realize that it is based on a mobile phone footprint, it stars to make sense. The 3.5-inch widescreen layout is like a 16::9 type layout that offers a little more width and a little less height. The features for the price make this an outstanding value.

It has a built in 3-MP camera, with Wi-fi connectivity to offer you another place to grab email. So, not only can you take a picture, geotag it with the location but email it out from a hotspot, and then move on and browse the internet while connected.

The navigation is Garmin through and through with the added bonus of seeing portrait and landscape navigation layouts. A big plus for a lot of users.

This is an Amazon Deal of the Day - they usually sell out fast.

At Amazon - more on the Garmin Nuvi 295W

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November 5, 2010

Amazon $100,000 Wishlist Sweepstakes

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Hey, we know that you keep up on the latest GPS units and their prices, and a lot of people trust Amazon for good prices and good customer service on GPS units. As such we thought we would pass this along; the chance to win a $100,000 Amazon sweepstakes. We figured that with the economy as it is, and $100K up for grabs, you might just want to take a shot.

The deal is that you need to add and then use the Amazon Wishlist toolbar to your browser; a bit of a pain, but a small task if you end up winning the grande (and only) prize of $100K in the form of a gift card.

At Amazon - See the main Amazon Wish & Win $100,000 Sweepstakes page for more information

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November 4, 2010

Garmin Offers Lifetime Traffic and Maps on Top End Models: Nuvi 3760 LMT and Nuvi 3790 LMT


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Garmin listed new models on their website - the Garmin Nuvi 3790 LMT and the Nuvi 3760 LMT, both come with lifetime maps and traffic subscriptions. More and more models are going the route of offering the lifetime subscriptions on both maps and traffic as a way to tie up the upfront expenditure on the consumer's part and lock in loyalty from the better overall experience.

Formerly a pain-point for consumers, out of date maps are slowly losing their sting as many options exist for users to keep their maps up to date, including annual updates, annual subscriptions that include quarterly updates and these lifetime subscription models that also tend to work on a quarterly basis.

The Nuvi 3790LMT is obviously based on the Nuvi 3790T, and charges an extra $50 for the lifetime subscriptions; a bargain considering the cost of even one map upgrade. The beautiful touchscreen, rotatable portrait of landscape layout and revamped menus make this a favorite here at GPSLodge. the lower priced 3760LMT doesn't offer the 3-D building view or the voice activated controls, but still offers a lot of top end features.

More on the Garmin Nuvi 3790 LMT (List $499) and the Garmin Nuvi 3760 LMT (List $449) at the Garmin Website. These are currently listed for Pre-order at the Garmin website.

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First Chirp Enabled Caches Appear

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The first Chirp-enabled Caches are appearing around the world, with a few dozen already hidden. They seem to be concentrated here enthusiastic Cachers are hiding a few of them; there is even one already hidden in New Zealand and in the UK.


It's only been a little over two weeks since Garmin Announced the Chirp wireless module for helping people enjoy the Geocaching treasure hunt game.


Like I thought, a lot of these are Chirp-Only caches where you need the Garmin Wireless handhelds to pick up the Chirp signal along the way or path continuing on to find the ultimate cache. Also, unfortunately for the general member, a lot of these are Premium Member only caches. Caches with a "Wireless Beacon" requirement will be shown with the icon below in the right margin showing off the attributes of the cache.

Have fun; the Chirp works with the select Dakotas, Oregons and GPSMap units.

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November 3, 2010

Garmin Earnings; Off 11% Year over Year - Promising Fitness, Outdoor GPS Results


Garmin released their earnings today and revenue is off by about 11% versus year ago, mainly on the back of lower volume sales. They also announced that they are killing the disappointing Garmin Nuvifone; the Garmin Asus smartphone entry and re-deploying R&D resources from that team to other teams in accordance with market demands.

App Development - Garmin also mentioned that some of those resources from the phone area are being deployed to the App space, but cautioned that the space is a "tough area" and that they want to be "conservative" with their investment.

Tough Margins - While margins are solid on the Outdoor and Fitness segments, the margins on the automotive segment continue to be tough with historically lower margins due to the tough competition. the outdoor and Fitness areas continue to be a bright spot in terms of growth for Garmin.

To sum up the segments:


  • Automotive/Mobile segment revenue decreased 19% to $442 million
  • Outdoor/Fitness segment revenue increased 9% to $144 million
  • Aviation segment revenue increased 4% to $60 million
  • Marine segment revenue increased 1% to $46 million

Geographically, Asia continued to contribute growth in third quarter 2010 while North America and Europe declined:


  • North America revenue was $413 million compared to $503 million, down 18%
  • Europe revenue was $216 million compared to $237 million, down 9%
  • Asia revenue was $63 million compared to $41 million, up 54%

In looking for clues to the future, Garmin realizes that in their segments they have needed to go down market to reach the lower selling prices with new units. That's why we have seen lower priced units in Gold (The new Approach S1), and the fitness market where lower priced Forerunners have recently hit the market. They also are happy with their outdoor and fitness segments.

Garmin continues to see lower average selling prices in the Auto PND/GPS segment, dropping about 10% a year. This holiday season they cited that "low cost" (to them) deals will be available. This is not a surprise, as they tend to offer solid discounts while saying away from craziness in the holiday season.

We live tweeted the Garmin Conf Call. Follow us on Twitter to get more on GPSLodge.


Full Press release after the jump.......


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Inrix Announces XD Traffic; Super Accurate, Super Smart

inrixlogo.jpg Inrix has announced XD traffic (not to be confused with HD traffic from TomTom), and it sounds like a big jump in capability and accuracy.

The new B2B service will be included in the new Ford Sync equipped vehicles starting in 2011, and available to App makers for inclusion in their applications.

Super Accurate

They are the first to "fuse agency, journalistic and community-based incident data to deliver more timely alerts, better routes and more accurate travel times and ETAs." The result is accurate travel speeds over 90% of the time.

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The name of the game here is getting as much data in the pipe as you can, making sense of it and then sending out usable predictive models and accurate pictures of the current status. Inrix has the data inputs, but also crunch the data from the traffic inputs as well as weather, sporting or concert events to help build a sophisticated model of what's to come. They don't stop there, and do regular testing of their routes to compare actual vs. predicted speeds and adjust the output based on this learning; this is done 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They call the artificial intelligence modeling Fully Automated Speed Testing or F.A.S.T.

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November 2, 2010

Review: Fisica ANT+ Sensor Key for the iPhone

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The Fisica Sensor Key ANT+ receiver for the iPhone is a small wireless receiver that allows you to hook your iPhone up to ANT+ sensors giving you access to a number of fitness data feeds. These data feeds can include available heart rate monitors, cadence sensors, power meters, foot pod, and even some health related sensors like a scale and blood pressure devices. The possibilities are vast, not only for developing fitness Apps, but also for building some advanced health trackers. Today we'll concentrate on the lighter stuff like going for a bike ride using the iPhone as a monitor including a heart rate monitor.

Fisica Sensor Key and Line of Fitness Sensors

The Fisica Sensor Key was sent to me by their maker, Wahoo Fitness who also makes a line of fitness sensors that run the ANT+ wireless spectrum (Available At Wahoo Fitness). There are also several other makers that offer ANT+ sensors that will now work with your iPhone. Wahoo has a list of compatible ANT+ sensors at their website, and offers their own sensors if you don't have one already. They also publish an API, allowing App developers to use the sensor in a customized way inside their applications, giving readouts, capturing data, and offering visual and audio feedback during or after a workout. The ability to capture this information in a connected device has the power to significantly improve the capability of applications that utilize the sensor data feeds.

Wahoo Fitness has a good stable of Apps that use the Fisica Sensor Key capability already, with more on the way. I am trying it out with the MapMyRide application on my iPhone 4, and used the 3.7 version of the App - the Free version to start and then the "+" version that currently costs $4.99 on iTunes (It was provided to me by MapMyRide).

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Breadcrumbs - New GPS Track Management Service

Breadcrumbs just launched their service today and it let's you manage your GPS tracks like you would a set of photos, assign them to an event or an outing type, group them together, edit them and then share them with friends. I have been playing with the Beta version for about a week now, and now have tested out the live version this morning.

With Breadcrumbs, you are able to load still photos and movies with your friends too by dropping them on the GPS track (automated through their process), which allows you to create a story out of your GPS track and tell it to others. It lets them click on the picture, movie or waypoints that you dropped to learn more about the outing. When you are done, share it on Facebook, or grab the link to the trip and share it out with others via email, etc.. The Facebook integration is automatic if you want to tie the services together. I posted the ride to my FB account; here's what it will look like.

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November 1, 2010

New TomTom GO 2405 TM and GO 2505 TM

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TomTom has announced a new pair of top of the line GPS navigators just in time for the holidays, the GO 2405 TM and the GO 2505 TM. They offer a fresh look for the TomTom GPS makers, with a sleek new look, a multi-touch screen allowing for easy manipulation of the map and menus, along with a magnetic mount that allows for easy snap in and out of the GPS from its cradle.

The new GO 2405 TM and 2505 TM also offer a new faster, almost instantaneous, routing allowing for faster route planning and re-routing should you miss a turn or find that traffic stands in your way. The new patented algorithm continuously examines your routes and offers a better suggestion if one exists.

More Intuitive Screen Layout

The new screen layout offers users the ability to get navigating to their destination in just a few taps. The Navigate To and View Map buttons are the two major needs when turning on the GPS or interacting with it. The addition of the lower level of buttons must come from the research that shows these are the next level of primary functions and by bringing them to the top level, drill-downs on the menus are reduced.


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The units come with lifetime map and lifetime traffic subscriptions, a significant value to the buyer.
TomTom GO 2405 TM vs. GO 2505 TM

The difference between the two models in the line is simply the screen size; the GO 2405 TM has a classic widescreen at 4.3-inches diagonal measure, while the GO 2505 has a larger 5.0" diagonal measure.   


Offline retailers will have them mid-2001, while some online retailers are showing them now and will have them on sale for the holiday season. They are listed right now at Amazon for shipment in 1-4 weeks.

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