May 2, 2007

Magellan Maestro 4040 Review


PC Mag has a review up on the Magellan Maestro 4040, the new middle of the Series 4000 line of widescreen GPS navigation systems from Magellan. They redesigned the interface, which was very much needed, as the older units looked like they were a bit cartoonish, and pixelated; way to out of date. The sad thing is the underlying system was pretty solid and offered a lot. Anyway, the Magellan Maestro 4040 comes with maps preloaded, a SiRF star III chipset, text-to-speech (TTS) capability and Bluetooth pairing to for handsfree phone calls. Not bad.

Craig Ellison liked the re-designed hardware and software with special notes on the large 4.3-ince screen, the new user interface, and the AAA TourBook integration. He said that while the Bluetooth Phone integration wasn't as good as the current state of the art Garmin systems, that "A large screen, fresh new user interface, AAA's TourBook functionality, and a great price make the Maestro 4040 a compelling in-car navigation device."

ReadMore at PC Mag

Magellan Maestro 4040 at Amazon

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March 22, 2007

DeLorme Earthmate BT-20 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

DeLorme, the company that pioneered GPS for laptops and PDAs, has now introduced the Earthmate GPS BT-20, a uniquely versatile solution for deploying GPS navigation on either Bluetooth-enabled PDAs and touch-screen phones, and on USB laptop PCs.

“The Earthmate GPS BT-20 provides the broadest spectrum of hardware-GPS compatibility on the market,” said DeLorme Marketing Director Caleb Mason. “It supports both Palm OS and Windows Mobile devices, and laptop PCs with or without Bluetooth. Even if you have a Bluetooth-enabled laptop, there are still going to be times when you’d prefer a USB connection. The Earthmate GPS BT-20 gives you that flexibility.”

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January 5, 2007

DeLorme Earthmate BT-20

DeLorme will be introducing the Earthmate BT-20 Bluetooth GPS receiver at CES 2007. The new Bluetooth receiver should be available in the coming weeks. It will be available with the Topo USA 6.0 and the StreetAtlas USA 2007 bundles. It's Windows compatible and works on a Mac running BootCamp. It will also work on smart phones that are touchscreen enabled. A quick search came up with bundled prices in the $150+ range.

I reviewed the StreetAtlas 2007 in November - read my review. Very full featured and very powerful.

Word on the street is that DeLorme will be introducing other items at CES 2007, so stay tuned.

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December 8, 2006

Emtac Mini-S3 Bluetooth GPS Receiver

There's a new tiny GPS bluetooth GPS receiver on the market, and it's pretty darn small, it's the new Emtac Mini-S3 Bluetooth GPS receiver. No you won't need a brick-sized GPS module hanging around on a cable anymore; this thing is small enough to fit in your hand and with its rubberized surface, it won't be sliding all over the place either. The SiRF star III chipset will certainly help you pull in a satellite signal, and make it a lot more convenient to carry. I have found that when you are using a SiRF star III chipset powered GPS, you don't have to be as careful about where you put the thing; you can carry the unit where it's convenient, not where it has the perfect view of the sky. Price should be around $99 list.

Prese Release Follows

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November 30, 2006

Digi-Guides of Paris – GPS Guided Tours


Ahh, so this is what the future is going to look like. I love the integration of the GPS into activities other than tromping through the woods. Here’s an offering for you to download a walking tour around Paris to your GPS enabled PDA for 1 euro. Pretty cheap, and you get to choose from around 40 different day and night tours. Don’t have a GPS enabled PDA, you can rent the whole package of the PDA, Bluetooth GPS receiver with a pre-loaded tour for 15 euros.

More at DigiGuides

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October 26, 2006

Pioneer AVIC-HD1BT GPS System - With Voice Recognition


Tired of typing your GPS navigation commands into your GPS? How about saying them instead? Well IBM has joined up with Pioneer to bring out a voice controlled GPS system, the Pioneer AVIC-HD1BT, a navigation and stereo system that has a built in 30GB hard drive with 10GB left over to store music, and comes fully loaded with maps and over 3.7 million points of interest. The unit can play music through its hard drive and through a connected iPod. It is Bluetooth enabled for handsfree calling on your phone. This bad boy is only available in the European market, and it will cost you - 2,500 euros, or roughly $3,100.

More at Pioneer Europe.

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October 19, 2006

Navicore - World's Smallest Bluetooth GPS Receiver


Navicore introduced the world’s smallest Bluetooth GPS receiver weighing in at only 30g. The Bluetooth GPS receiver saves satellite information such as the status of the satellite signal, the last location, as well as the date and time last used. It re-acquires satellite signals in 100 ms and updates position data every second.

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September 12, 2006

New Bluetooth GPS Receiver: Garmin Mobile 10


Garmin announced Garmin Mobile 10, a product that turns Bluetooth enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones, Pocket PCs, and PDAs into GPS navigators. Look familiar? This is the Garmin Mobile 10 that was approved by the FCC back in July and then leaked through their site. The Garmin Mobile 10 system includes either Garmin Mobile XT or nRoute navigation software, and the GPS 10x, a highly sensitive GPS sensor that determines location data using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and transmits that information to mobile devices enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology.

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August 17, 2006

GPS Review: Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition


Palm announced earlier this week that they released the Palm GPS Navigation System with TomTom Navigator 6 on board, and there is a great review out on the net already. The Palm GPS Navigator is designed to work with your Treo phone, with all the well known functionality of TomTom’s interface and dataset. The GPS receiver (a SiRF star III based system) is a small Bluetooth module that looks a bit more generic than the last version and is reported to have some fast acquisition times as one would expect from this chipset. The GPS module is powered by a 12Volt adapter or a battery back up that will offer some time untethered.

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August 15, 2006

New Palm GPS Navigator using TomTom Navigator 6


For Palm Treo smartphone users and GPS enthusiasts, Palm announced the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition, featuring new TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software - this is an upgrade from the Navigator 5 package. You can use this to turn your smartphone into a GPS navigation system. The GPS software is very good and intuitive. Drivers using the new GPS Navigator with their Treo smartphones can rely on voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to easily find their destinations as well as millions of points of interest, including gas stations, restaurants, parks, airports and more. TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 is available today exclusively for Palm's GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition. The unit also uses the SiRF star III chipset - a big plus.

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August 9, 2006

Review: Mio C710 Digiwalker GPS System


Another review has hit the net on the Mio C710 Digiwalker GPS System, and overall, give it a pretty balanced assessment. I reviewed the Mio C310, the little brother of the C710, earlier this year, and thought that the product was pretty good; the size was great, and it handled well. It definitely exceeded my expectations; Mio is a GPS player to pay attention to. There were a few things I would have liked to see done differently, that Craig Ellison picks up on in his review of the C710, namely search functions. The C310 is a fully functioning GPS system that has a slim PDA size form factor, and comes with MP3 capability and a 3.5 inch touch screen. The C710 adds a built in traffic update receiver, DivX playback and Bluetooth phone capability.

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July 20, 2006

Altina Bluetooth GPS receiver


Altina has a Bluetooth out, the GPS Receiver-GBT708 enables you to receive GPS data on mobile handheld, Pocket PC, Notebook wirelessly. The GBT708 Receiver provides high position accuracy and has reliable tracking capabilities with the SiRF star IIe chipset.  


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July 18, 2006

GPS Review: GlobalSat B-228 vs. GlobalSat B-338

There’s a nice review of the new GlobalSat Bluetooth receiver that you should check out. The folks at Geekzone have taken the new GlobalSat B-328 Bluetooth receiver through its paces and compared it to the GlobalSat B-338 Bluetooth receiver that is more expensive and sports the highly accurate SiRF star III chipset. Overall, they found that the GlobalSat B-328 Bluetooth receiver does fairly well in most situation, but sure enough the SiRF star III shows is prowess in tough urban settings where the buildings are high and the satellite signals are low.


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July 11, 2006

GPS Review: TomTom GO 910


T3, the Brit gadget mag, is loving the new TomTom GO 910 GPS; calls it the "King of Sat Navs". In their review, they loved the many features ranging from the great navigation, the ability to work with your iPod, and the ability to get traffic alerts. While the on-board speaker is not hi-fi quality, its audio out can connect to your stereo. Don’t have an iPod, well there is over 10GB of space for your MP3’s onboard.


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