June 23, 2006

Mio Euro news: C710, C510E, C210, A701, P550 and P350

Mio recently launched the Mio C710 and the Mio C510E, essentially Euro versions of the Mio C710 and the Mio C310 that are on the US market. The Mio C510E is a personal navigation device with a small PDA style form and has a lot of nice features to it. We are writing up our Review of the Mio C310 GPS and it will publish next week. The Mio C710 essentially has added traffic (included) and Bluetooth; common features these days for the new crop of higher end navigation devices.

There’s a nice run down of the products from Crave in the UK – see Crave.

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June 20, 2006

Update: Mio 350 and Mio 550 PDA GPS

We wanted to pass on more information on the Mio P350 and Mio P550 PDA GPS units available in Europe. The Mio P350 and P550 were leaked, and then announced earlier this year. The units come loaded with a fair number of goodies on top of a Windows Mobile platform which allows you to use the full functionality of such applications as Pocket Office: Power Point, Excel, Word and Outlook. With synchronization you’ll be able to bring your MS documents with you as well as your contacts from Outlook. I am sure you’ll be able to find plenty of games online too if you get bored.

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June 7, 2006

Setting Up a GPS on Win Mobile 5

Ever have trouble setting up a GPS device on Windows Mobile 5? Ever wonder what that GPS control panel really does? Well, the folks over at the Windows Mobile Blog have heard you and they recently posted a solution for you. Windows Mobile 5 introduced a new feature called the GPS Intermediate Driver which allows multiple apps to share one GPS device. In the past, if one app had the GPS COM port open, no other app could use it. But the Intermediate Driver creates a virtual COM port that multiplexes the real GPS port, and can handle multiple client apps simultaneously.


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May 15, 2006

GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550

Garmin StreetPilot C550

The Garmin StreetPilot line is a popular line in the mid-tier for automotive GPS devices. I had a chance to review the StreetPilot c340 last year, and I thought it was a great GPS. Garmin has announced the StreetPilot C550 model and the first reviews are showing up on the web; verdict is that the new unit is good. Overall, the big news on the new StreetPilot C550 is that it has Bluetooth connectivity, which is something that TomTom has had for a while in their GO line. But that’s not all the new StreetPilot C550 has going for it.

Update: See what we had to say about the Garmin StreetPilot C550 in our Review after using it for a month at the GPS Lodge - ReadMore

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January 5, 2006

New Mio C710 and Mio C310

Mio has been releasing GPS devices all last year with lots of interest, and now they have announced two more devices. The Mio C710 is a high end device with Bluetooth connectivity, media player functionality for photo and video playback, and if you are lucky enough to be in a traffic feed served market - you get to use the lifetime live traffic feed service. The Mio C310 lacks the Bluetooth and the traffic feeds.

See our Review of the Mio C310 - Read Review

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December 22, 2005

Nokia LD-1W Wireless GPS

Nokia has come out with a wireless Bluetooth GPS module to hook up with your mobile phone or PDA to help guide you to your destination. To install the Wayfinder Navigator Service, your phone must support MMC flash cards and the Symbian OS, but other phones and PDAs can use third-party programs. The GPS module works seamlessly with the Nokia 6682, 6630, and 6670 phones.

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December 19, 2005

Magellan Roadmate 760, Cobra 4500, CoPilot Live & Parrot Honored

The Magellan Roadmate 760, the Cobra 4500, the CoPilot Live Smartphone 6 and the Parrot 3400 LS- GPS were named a 2006 Innovations Design and Engineering honorees in the Vehicle/Mobile Electronics category by the Consumer Electronics Association. While they didn't win the category - that honor was given to the maker of a rooftop that turns your car into a rolling WiFi hotspot, it's still good recognition that these folks are turning out well designed products in the GPS category.

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TomTom updates phone compatibility list - GO 300 and GO 700

Most people know that TomTom GO 300 and TomTom GO 700 are compatible with Bluetooth phones to deliver on their TomTom Plus services (weather, traffic feeds as well as the ability to download extra voices to navigate by), as well as, in the case of the TomTom GO 700, operate as a hands free unit for phone calls. Well TomTom has released the latest update 5.420, which has the ability to work with a few more phones.

For a phone compatibility list look HERE. For the GPS Lodge review on the TomTom GO 300 - click HERE.

If you need the latest TomTom update, click HERE.

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December 13, 2005

New Mio A201 GPS Handheld

Mio has released the new Mio A201 GPS with the now popular SiRF star III chipset, known for its low power draw and its high accuracy even in low reception situations. It's a Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system Personal Information Manager and features a bunch of things that you might find on a typical PDA - including pocket versions of Microsoft Office. The A201's favorite feature is its rotating GPS antenna, which lets you navigate in either portrait mode - like most of the PDA competition - or in the landscape orientation favored by most dedicated devices.

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December 2, 2005

TomTom Rider - The GPS for motorcycles

TomTom has taken a bold step and developed the TomTom Rider a GPS very much designed for motorcycles (or scooters) and all the challenges of using a GPS on a two wheeled vehicle. They have packaged their unit is a nicely sized unit that is packed with features. The expectations are that the TomTom Rider is solid TomTom all the way through meaning that it would be easy to use, have a quality look and feel as well as a friendly design interface that makes the GPS fun and friendly. We recently reviewed the TomTom GO 300 and really liked it. Check out our review.

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