November 25, 2012
Amazon is running Cyber Monday deals already today - there are some good ones to be had. The deals are running in the 40% off range for in-car navigation, and depending on the category, there are other deals that are up to 50% off. All pretty good.
If you are looking for an in-car unit, I would recommend the following features:
- Lifetime maps - you can get updated maps for free when you connect your GPS to your computer. You can do this a few times a year to keep up with road changes.
- 5" screen - For about an extra $10, you can get the larger screen. The extra real estate will make data entry easier.
- Advanced Lane Guidance - this gives you a quick look at what lane to be in when the highways get weird.
If you are really in traffic, and need to deal with it on a regular basis, I would recommend the higher quality traffic coverage that comes with the TomTom Go LIVE models. They use a GSM modem, and send out more detailed conditions that can get you around traffic on a regular basis.
See all the available deals at Amazon - CyberMonday GPS Deals
November 25, 2012
Garmin Forerunner 410 is on sale as the deal of the Day at Amazon - 50% off its MSRP. Now selling for $150.
The Forerunner 410 is a watch form factor, with several heavy duty capabilities that give runners the data they need to track their training progress. This deal comes with an ANT+ wireless heart rate monitor, and the ability to upload the data wirelessly to Garmin Connect; their training and analysis site via the included "USB ANT+ stick".
At Amazon - Garmin Forerunner 410 with Heart Rate Monitor
November 21, 2012
Over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving? Here are a few Apps designed to help you minimize Thanksgiving Traffic.
personally, I use all three together sometimes to get the best read. If you need to truly navigate around the traffic, buy the TomTom App. If you can dead reckon your way, you can use use the Inrix, because it doesn't navigate, but it does have high quality data. Waze offers both navigation and traffic, but the long distance navigation isn't quite as good as TomTom's.
1) Inrix Traffic App - It's free and it's backed by a powerful network of data feeds. I think it's accurate, but sometimes lags in picking up dynamically forming traffic jams. It's free and a must-have for a smartphone - available for iPhone, Android, BB, and Windows 8 - start at InrixTraffic
2) Waze - "Outsmarting Traffic Together" is their logo, need I say more? I like the fact that you can get earlier updates of fast forming traffic issues because of the user inputs. That means though that you need to have users ahead of you leaving you alerts that traffic is bad. Waze also has an underlying color-coded map for traffic issues. Its also a decent navigation App - I like it because people also alert you to speed traps! I use it in conjunction with Inrix - available for iPhone and Android - start at the Waze Website
3) TomTom Navigation with Traffic Subscription - It you're serious about smartphone navigation and traffic in one, bite off on TomTom navigation and upgrade to their HD Traffic for an additional $25. They alert to traffic along your route and then re-route you around it if possible. Save money by buying a regional product that only gives you what you need. Available for the iPhone - Start at the TomTom Website
November 4, 2012
If you are up for sharing and adventure, or checking out someone else's adventure that they have shared, you should check out the recently updated Garmin BaseCamp software. the idea is this; share your tracks, waypoints, and pictures with others to create an "Adventure", upload it and let others enjoy it on their GPS too.
Adventures can be hikes, bike rides, runs, motorcycle rides; you name it. If you want to lay down a GPS track while doing it, annotate it and share it, you can probably upload it. Garmin makes it easy, and has made BaseCamp the hub for your adventures. BaseCamp has come a long way, and was not on anyone's favorite list when it came out, but has gone through several rounds of improvements and I find it easy to work with now, and like its capabilities.
How to Create an Adventure in Garmin Basecamp
First, you need to go do something; hike, bike, run, whatever. Just do it and enjoy it. I took a walk in a local State Forest and recorded a track, along with a few pictures.
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