March 8, 2009

More on EcoRoute

If you are interested in saving gas and getting more out of your Nuvi (205 or 705 series), you can download the free EcoRoute software update from Garmin. Check out the video below to learn a bit more - via Garmin Blogs

Update: The Nuvi 2x5 series has the ability to use the Garmin ecoRoute program that helps you drive more efficiently. It's not nirvana, but it can help those interested in being a little more gas conscious. See my post "Got ecoRoute? Playing with ecoRoute on the Nuvi 255W."

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March 3, 2009

Got Garmin EcoRoute? Now Available

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So do you have EcoRoute yet? The new, free software download that is available for Nuvi 205 and Nuvi 705 series owners who are interested in capturing their mileage performance and maybe even improving their performance while they are at it.

Offering you the opportunity to add your vehicle profile, ecoRoute captures information about your driving performance and plays it back to you. The software addition also offers the ability to set your routing preferences not to fastest, shortest, but also least fuel usage customized to your vehicle.

For more information - check out the ecoRoute MiniSite

See how to download ecoRoute at Garmin

Update: The Nuvi 2x5 series has the ability to use the Garmin ecoRoute program that helps you drive more efficiently. It's not nirvana, but it can help those interested in being a little more gas conscious. See my post "Got ecoRoute? Playing with ecoRoute on the Nuvi 255W."


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Garmin Announces the Nuvi 1200, 1250, 1260T, 1300, 1350, 1350T, 1370T, 1390T

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Garmin announced a new series of Nuvi GPS Navigators today as part of their CeBit announcements. The line of Nuvi 1200 and Nuvi 1300 navigators are going to supplement the current line of Nuvi units out there, but, appear to me to be a platform upgrade, as the unit is 25% thinner than the current already thin design.

Garmin saw fit to include the current innovations like a view of the upcoming intersections and free traffic subscriptions in several models which I think is a good move. I have to assume (and will check) that the free traffic is supported by the NAVTEQ ad model which inserts small innocuous ads on the screen after you have stopped for more than 10 seconds. I thought it was a good trade-off for free traffic when I used the first model to have this feature; the Nuvi 755T

Garmin has also created CityXplorer; a set of data that will allow the Nuvi to function and navigate you on public transit; making it easier to tour a city utilizing the full complement of options available to you for getting around. The modules will be available in the second quarter along with the 1200 and 1300 units. Cost for each city will be around $10.

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A quick feature and list price breakdown....


  • Nüvi 1300 - $249.99 - 4.3" screen, 48 States of Maps, and Text to Speech (Says street names) - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1350- $299.99 - Adds maps for All North America Coverage, and Lane Assist - More at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1350T - $349.99 - Adds subscription free traffic - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1370T - $449.99 - Adds Euro Maps to the North American Set, and Bluetooth Handsfree - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1390T - $399.99 - Adds "Junction View" to see realistic views of upcoming complex intersections - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon
  • Nüvi 1200 - $199.99 - 3.5" screen, and Text to speech with maps of the 48 states + PR - More at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1250 - $249.99 - Adds maps for all North American Coverage - More info at Garmin, available at Amazon

  • Nüvi 1260T - $299.99 - Adds subscription free traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree - More Info at Garmin, available at Amazon

Full press release follows.....

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February 24, 2009

Garmin Net off 49%; Retail Inventory Down

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Garmin announced earnings and said that while their net was off 49%, and their topline sales down 14% on a 17% sales drop in the automotive segment. While that might sound terrible, it is pretty good considering the world is falling apart for some companies. The outdoor/fitness segment was off just 5% as was the aviation segment. The marine segment showed flat sales. While North America was off 9%, Asia was off 17% and Europe was off 26%.

CEO Min Kao said,"A significant highlight for 2008 is our gross margin performance of 44.5% which is down just 150 basis points from 2007. We also achieved a strong operating margin of 24.7% which exceeded our earlier expectations. Throughout 2008, we maintained our strong cash position with free cash flow generation of $743 million which was enhanced by the significant reduction in inventory during the quarter. This cash flow allowed us to fund our stock repurchase plan, pay a $0.75 per share dividend, and remain a debt‐free company. "

They also indicated that the bloated inventories present after the holidays in the retail channel, appear to be dropping which is a good thing for Garmin as they will start to move more GPS units into the stores for spring selling events.

the Specific Press Release can be found at the Garmin Website

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February 22, 2009

Enterprise Car Rental Upgrades its GPS Fleet

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Enterprise Car Rental has announced that they are continuing their relationship with Garmin to offer its GPS navigators in the Enterprise fleet of vehicles as an optional item for rent. The new offering will be a Nuvi 265W - an easy to use unit that offers two key features that I believe make a big difference in the overall user experience: 1) Text to Speech, and 2) Widescreen. Good move on both Garmin and Enterprise's part. get yours for about $10 a day, or simply buy one yourself.

Full Press Release after the jump......


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Interview with Garmin's "Australian English Karen"

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There have to be real people behind those recorded voices for the non-text to speech offerings on your GPS, well the Houston Chronicle tracked down voice over artist Karen Jacobsen who is the female Australian voice on Garmin units. The interview is a fun read and she counts down 5 things she would never say to you as a GPS voice through a small audio feed on the Chronicle's website. Apparently a confident driver herself, she may not need a GPS all the time, but I would imagine if there is one in her car, it's a Garmin.

At the Houston Chronicle

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Garmin Nuvi 885T Now Shipping!

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Introduced at CES 2009, Garmin's new top of the line Nuvi 885T is now shipping, offering MSN direct, including the new doppler radar read on weather and the flight status updates to help you when you are heading to the airport. Based on the successful Nuvi 800 series, the new 885T has voice controlled navigation, allowing you to do voice inputs while driving. Easier to control and keep you mind on the road. The Nuvi 885T also offers Lane Assist, allowing you to see the best lane to be in while navigating confusing highways.

Best Buy has the unit for $699, or you can save over $100 and get it at Amazon for $559 - Garmin nüvi 885T

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February 20, 2009

Garmin Forerunner 405 with ANT+ is now Mac Compatible

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The Garmin Forerunner with ANT+ is now Mac Compatible. The ANT+ plug in is now available for the Mac, making the power of easy sync'ing and workout management easier for the Mac crowd. You can just cruise over to the Garmin website to sign-up for your free account download the plug-in. The Forerunner 405, with its touch sensitive bezel and its wireless HRM data connection is a powerful and pretty cool workout management tool. With 35 data fields to view, the Forerunner 405 is packed with information for all of the data hounds, but is easy to use at the same time.

Via Garmin Blog

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February 17, 2009

Garmin Nuvifone Up Close

Engadget has posted a quick story and more importantly a video on the iPhone, presumably while they were getting driven around for a first hand look at the Nuvifone. In the video, Jessica Myers, the Garmin PR specialist offers a quick overview of its capabilities, including their stated intent of targeting location based services with the phone. Quick tap to find local events, and then another to add them to your calendar. You can also elect to time, date and location stamp your emails..... cool addition.

Similar to Garmin's easy to understand Nuvi interface, the Nuvifone will have three main icons; Phone, a "Where to?" type button, and the Web Browser. The interface allows you to flick through a rotating menu of other application/features like a stock ticker. The unit auto-rotates from portrait to landscape in all situations, but most importantly when in the navigation screen. If you've ever been typing on a smaller unit, you'll be thankful that Garmin has included predictive text in the design to help you get through those tough typing situations.

Jump over to Engadget for the video.

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February 12, 2009

Garmin Nuvifone M20

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The Garmin Nuvifone was announced today with a lot more detail than we have seen on the Nuvifone, offering a glimpse into how the unit will perform. Garmin certainly is working to figure out the phone, the navigation and the other location based services that are enabled by the GPS capability.

The Nuvifone will have full navigation capabilities (of course), including turn-by-turn voice promoted turn commands. On top of that, the maps and Points of Interest are pre-loaded, and with internet search, you'll probably be able to find everything under the sun.

Teh Nuvifone will be running a windows operating system and as such will be using ActiveSync to sync up your Outlook, or photos. The 4GB or 8GB models should be available and will be capturing life with a 3 mega pixel camera that of course can tie to the location of where you took that shot.


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Full Press Release Below

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