February 11, 2009

Nuvi 760 - $199 Deal of the Day at Amazon


Speaking of the Nuvi 760, it's $199 at Amazon today only!!

Thanks to the dozens of folks who sent this in!

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February 10, 2009

Garmin Nuvi 700 Series on Sale at Costco


The Nuvi 750 and 760 are great products that offer a very good navigation experience. I had seen what was a great price online for the Garmin Nuvi 750 - $199 at Costco, but one of our readers Frank also sent in word that his local Costco was selling their stock on hand of Garmin Nuvi 760's at that price; well off what I found it for recently online which was about $249. Might be worth a call to the local club to see if they are doing the same.

Thanks Frank for the tip!

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February 4, 2009

More on the Nuvifone - "Several Nuvifone Models in 2009"

Garmin is hooking up with Asustek to work on a wider array of mobile phone offerings in the market. Not a surprise to hear that the Nuvifone is coming to the market, but what is interesting here is that the companies are already collaborating on multiple handsets ahead of the initial launch of the Nuvifone. It makes sense that Garmin would introduce several models eventually (just look at the broad line of GPS devices). This also starts to lay the groundwork for Garmin to be the OEM navigation application in a wider array of offerings.

Press release follows:

Garmin Ltd. and ASUSTeK Computer today announced a strategic alliance that will leverage the companies' navigation and mobile telephony expertise to design, manufacture and distribute co-branded location-centric mobile phones. Garmin and ASUS have already begun joint development on a diverse mobile phone product line, which will be known as the Garmin-Asus nüvifone series. The companies expect to bring to market several Garmin-Asus nüvifone models in 2009, and a new Garmin-Asus nüvifone model will be announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, February 16-19, 2009.

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January 30, 2009

Garmin FR60 Sportwatch with Heart Rate Monitor


Garmin is continuing to invest in the sports and fitness segment with the launch of the Garmin FR60 sportwatch (read: No GPS in there) that ups the ante from the Garmin Forerunner 50 watch that first brought the Garmin name to an entry level sports watch product. Fashioned after the Garmin Forerunner 405, the new FR60 has a sleek body, and is packed with some features that will allow it to compete well in the sports watch category.

Two versions will be offered: The Black FR60 sportwatch will come with a heart rate monitor (HRM), and footpod (The men's version in red and the woman's version in lilac include just the HRM), which offers a wireless connection to monitor the number of paces you have taken in your workout. The HRM is of course wireless too. The beauty of the unit is that the wireless capabilities run over Garmin's proprietary ANT+ system that offers short range low power consumption communication. They are including the ANT+ Stick that is a USB dongle/stick thing that you plug into your computer and when you want, you can wirelessly sync the Garmin FR60.

The Garmin FR60 in Black - with footpod and Heart rate Monitor will list for $199, while the Red or Lilac versions - with the heart rate monitor only will retail for $129. The Garmin FR60 will be available this spring.

Full press release below....

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January 15, 2009

Garmin Legend H and Vista H Handheld GPS

eTrexlegendH.jpgGarmin has announced an upgrade to the monochrome handheld line with the eTrex Legend H and eTrex Vista H. The new units will sport high sensitivity chipsets, which is an absolute must in a GPS these days. No doubt these will take their place as strong contenders in the value end of the Garmin Handheld line. Internal memory only on these; both the Legend H and Vista H at 24MB. Not a lot, but enough for more territory than I can hike or bike in a week.

My experience has shown that high sensitivity receivers offer you the ability to grab a signal and hold it under tree cover, and in tight limited view of the sky situations that you always find yourself in when you need a satellite fix most.

The Legend H will retail for $149 list, while the Vista H adds a barometric altimeter and retails for $199.

Garmin Product Page - eTrex Legend H and eTrex Vista H

Full Press Release After the jump....

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Garmin BaseCamp - Manage your trips, waypoints and more

Garmin announced that they are going to release BaseCamp - a new offering that will allow you to manage your outdoor pursuits on your computer - waypoints, tracks, geo-tagged photos, and more. It's a much needed upgrade and one that was long overdue. MapSource has been a bit of a sore spot for me for almost a decade, and I am excited to see more out of Garmin.

The software will interact well with TOPO maps by offering 24K and 100K maps in 2D and 3D perspectives. BaseCamp is compatible on both PC and Mac computers. Beginning in the first quarter of 2009, the utility will ship with all new TOPO U.S. 24K DVD and TOPO U.S. 100K DVD products. For those who currently own TOPO U.S. 2008, BaseCamp will be available for a free download at www.garmin.com at the end of the first quarter 2009.

"BaseCamp brings a whole new set of features to hikers, hunters, geocachers, and anyone else who wants to maximize their experience with their Garmin GPS," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "This new utility lets users view, organize, and transfer their data more quickly and efficiently - allowing them to make the most of their time exploring the great outdoors."

Full Press Release After the jump.......

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January 8, 2009

Garmin Approach G5 Golf GPS Video

Garmin has a quick look at the Approach G5 golf GPS, with its touchscreen interface and a few teaser capabilities. The interface looks pretty sharp with the ability to figure out distances to the green and distances to carry the hazards on the hole.

UPDATED: Garmin has introduced "Caddy Confidential" posts to its blog to introduce people to their Approach G5 Golf GPS. The posts will get a lot better as the weather gets better - I am thinking that maybe the caddie needs a little trip to warmer weather to build out those how-to video's and enjoy a little sun.

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January 7, 2009

Garmin Nuvi 885 and 885T - Enhanced MSN Features - Flight Status and Doppler Radar

Garmin announced the Garmin Nuvi 885/885T today, a top of the line voice recognition capable, MSN driven unit that now includes Flight Status updates from the MSN expanded capability. On top of that, you will now see Doppler radar weather on the unit which can give you a nice complement to the weather feature. Yes, lane assist and junction view are there for help through tough intersections and it's loaded with all kinds of POI and more. This is a good line expansion for the already successful Nuvi 850. Can't wait to try it out.

The nüvi 855 has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $699.99 and the nüvi 885T has an MSRP of $799.99. Both are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2009.

Also - See the garmin Product Page for the Nuvi 885T for specs and more.

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Garmin Zumo 660 Motorcycle GPS

Garmin announced a new Zumo today, the Zumo 660, a widescreen water resistant unit that can be operated with gloves on. Not only can it give you the fastest route, but you can pre-plan your rides offline and then take the scenic route to enjoy the ride instead of rushing to get there. The unit will have Lane Assist and Junction View which gives you a better understanding of what upcoming turns look like. The Bluetooth capability will mean that you can run Bluetooth headsets to hear your turn by turn directions and run it as a handsfree set for phone calls too. Not bad.

Full Press Release After the jump....

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Garmin Approach GPS Golf Companion


Garmin is announcing the Approach G5 - a Golf handheld companion that should give you an edge on folks who are still guessing on the distance to the pin. The Approach is based on the Garmin Oregon line - the touchscreen handhelds, and packs a customized interface giving you access to pre-loaded configurations. The Approach will recommend clubs to carry hazards and hit the fairway or green. Not bad; can't tell you how many times I have been a club short and dropped the ball right in the drink or sand. Skip the scorecard too, unless you have to sign it, because the Approach G5 GPS will keep score for your foursome.

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

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