September 4, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 260W Clearance at Target - No Bargain

I saw this at a local Target, and thought I would pass it along the fact that this is no bargain. A lot of people ask where to buy GPS units, and a lot of bricks and mortar stores have prices that are well above those prices you can get every day at online at trusted places like Amazon.

Here is a picture I snapped on a Clearance Price for the Nuvi 260W at $297; online today at Amazon for $261, with free shipping. Can't imagine paying the $349 at Target before the clearance price!!!

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 260W

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September 3, 2008

Garmin Oregon 200, 300, 400i, 400c, 400t - Now Shipping


The newest Garmin handheld line is now shipping. The innovative touchscreen units are certainly easy to use, when I used the Oregon 400t for my review, I thought the Oregon with its touchscreen interface has a tremendous number of assets that make the Oregon the best designed, easiest to use Garmin handheld yet.

The units are not inexpensive, but are very capable handhelds.

Garmin Oregon 200 vs 300 vs 400t vs 400i vs 400c

The Garmin Oregon line has several models with various capabilities, all based on the same touchscreen handheld unit with HotFix technology for rapid satellite fixes, and the ability to add maps through micro-SD cards. I would recommend at least the Garmin Oregon 300 so that you have the Altimeter and Electronic Compass functionality that are a big plus when doing any navigation on land.

  • Garmin Oregon 200 - Full touchscreen unit with great new interface. Has a basemap
  • Garmin Oregon 300 - Adds wireless sharing capability along with electronic compass and altimeter
  • Garmin Oregon 400t - Adds the Topo map to the 300 model features.
  • Garmin Oregon 400i - Adds inland lakes maps to the 300 model features.
  • Garmin Oregon 400c - Adds Coastal maps to the 300 model features.

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  • August 29, 2008

    New GPS Models Mean Deep GPS Discounts


    The end of the summer is almost here, and the IFA show is going on in Berlin which is the big Euro electronics show ahead of the holiday shopping season. With new Garmins and new TomToms announced there are now some signs that there are good bargains. I have seen it time and time again in the GPS world.

    A few to keep in mind:

    TomTom ONE XL
    - The TomTom ONE 330 XL has been launched and the very capable TomTom ONE XL is now down about $30 in recent weeks. No Text to speech, but TomTom has a good software upgrade program that allows you to keep these models as current as ever. At $169, it's a $20 upgrade to a widescreen.

    Garmin Nuvi 350
    - Now that the Garmin Nuvi 300 series has been discontinued, the Nuvi 350 and Nuvi 360 are prime candidates for low prices. As an aside, the Nuvi 350 started it all, as the first thin format factor GPS that was at the time targeted at business travelers. The rest of the industry followed, and now you can barely find a unit that is thicker than 1-inch. The Nuvi 350 is still priced at $199, while the Nuvi 360, which adds Bluetooth, is priced at $324.

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    August 27, 2008

    Garmin Nuvi 755T, 765T, 775T, 785T - Lifetime Traffic and 3-D Buildings

    On top of the Nuvi 200 series announcement, Garmin let out the upgrades to the Nuvi 700 series today too. The new 7X5T units are set to drop by October, just in time for the holiday shopping season. There are a few nice additions to the line that will make the line a lot more attractive.

    Lifetime Traffic - The "T" designator gets you lifetime traffic on the units. A strategic change for Garmin who has had a subscription model on their units until now. The Nuvi 785T has MSN Direct traffic, while the other units have TMC Traffic.

    Lane Assist - Garmin brings Lane Assist to its line, which I think is great. It helps you decide which ramp to take when you hit complicated highway situations. I have seen this on Navigon, and think that it can really help.

    3-D Buildings - Garmin is now bringing 3-D buildings to the Nuvi 7X5T line with semi-transparent representations of the actual buildings that are there. Cool stuff, can't wait to see it.

    Garmin will add Garmin HotFix technology to the line which lets the GPS units predict where satellites will be and grab a signal faster when you turn it on.

    The Nuvi 755T ($499 SRP), will have North American Maps, the Nuvi 765T ($599 SRP), will add Bluetooth, the Nuvi 775T ($799 SRP) will include North American and European maps pre-loaded, while the Nuvi 785T ($699 SRP) will have Bluetooth, North American Maps and offer MSN Direct traffic.


    The Garmin Nuvi 7X5T series is expected to ship at Amazon October 1:

    Full Press Release follows....

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    Garmin Nuvi 265T, 265WT, 275T - Lifetime Traffic and More


    Today Garmin announced an update to the Nuvi 200 series, that is aligned with the Nuvi 2X5 set (205, 255), that were announced earlier this year, and that add a couple of highly sought after features to the entry level line: Bluetooth and Traffic.

    Garmin is getting on the bandwagon with the Nuvi 265T, 265WT and 275T models and offering Lifetime Traffic with these new models, a departure from the older 3-month free trial and a monthly subscription after that. Interesting little feature that is mentioned is the "patented auto time zone feature", which will set the correct time while navigating. I always wondered why a GPS couldn't do this, now it can. (A GPS is a very sophisticated calculation device that calculates the time it takes to get a signal from a satellite and triangulates its position on a known map. The satellites send their signals with time stamps, so the nav unit should be able to tell you what time it is!)

    The new Nuvi 2x5 models come with the enhancements that you get with the rest of the 2x5 line, including:

    • New faster processor, making for a faster routing and map drawing.
    • New shaded elevation maps.
    • Now compatible with optional TMC traffic receivers, or MSN Direct service (Gas prices, traffic, local events, stocks, news, and weather.
    • Garmin HotFix capability to automatically calculate and store satellite locations so that you will be able to turn the unit on and go a lot faster greatly reducing satellite acquisition time.
    • Geolocated Picture capability - Download geotagged photos to the Garmin to be able to navigate to a loaded picture; works with Google's Panoramio photo sharing community and Garmin Connect Photos website.

    With all of these features, the Garmin Nuvi 265T, and 265WT seem to be a very well appointed and well targeted to the masses. The Nuvi 265T, will have standard screen, Bluetooth and Traffic, Nuvi 265WT will expand to a 4.3-inch screen, while the Nuvi 275T will come with North American and Euro maps, plus traffic. They all have text to speech turn directions; "Turn left on Main Street."
    Full press release after the jump....

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    August 19, 2008

    Garmin and uLocate Team up for Buddy Beacon


    Garmin is teaming up with uLocate to roll out Peer to Peer tracking with the ability to share your location with friends and see where they are on your GPS. Sounds like a great application for the Nuvifone. The deal here with uLocate is that it will interface with social networking sites like Facebook. Not a new idea, as Garmin has rolled this type of business based service out for tracking your own fleet, and TomTom has had the TomTom Work capability for fleet tracking too. The Buddy Beacon is a nice reapplication of a good idea. Now you just have to get past the privacy concerns.

    Full press release follows.

    Via ComputerWorld

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    August 18, 2008

    Garmin Oregon 400t Handheld GPS Full Review

    The Garmin Oregon family of Touchscreen handlheld GPS devices were announced just a few weeks ago, and I have been fortunate enough to be playing before they were available to the public (The Oregon line is expected to ship in the 3rd quarter of 2008). The unit offers the breakthrough of a touchscreen interface on a rugged handheld that can be taken into the woods, rained on and still give you directions to the cabin, the geocache or just back to the car. The Oregon line sits firmly at the top of the Garmin handheld series with a set of features that are pretty strong, and for some units, wireless capabilities to make it possible to communicate between units and accessories (Heart rate monitor for instance). The base model, the Garmin Oregon 200 offers the same touchscreen interface, a smaller amount of memory, and no preloaded maps. The Garmin Oregon 300 adds the wireless features, and electronic compass, a barometric altimeter as well as some more memory onboard. Finally when you get into the Garmin Oregon 400t, 400i, and 400c, you keep the wireless capabilities, but also add either Topo, Inland water ways, or Coastal waterway maps respectively; hence the t/i/c designator.

    The Oregon line uses a high sensitivity GPS chipset, has a 3-inch touchscreen and is HotFix capable, which is to say that it can remember where satellites SHOULD be in the future, so start up time (the time it usually spends looking for those same satellites) is minimized. The interface, while touchscreen enabled, is very much a carry-over from the recently released Colorado series (See my review: Garmin Colorado 400t Full Review). I already have a pretty good idea of the functionality from using my Colorado 400t. The Oregon is also an inch shorter than the Colorado due to the antenna sticking out the top of the Colorado.

    The big questions in my mind were going to be around visibility of the touchscreen, and the overall usability of the touchscreen interface.

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    August 14, 2008

    Garmin Nuvi 270 & 370 - Pre-Loaded European + North American Maps

    I know that a lot of people are heading to Europe for the end of the summer and beginning of the Fall; have you heard of Octoberfest? Yea, I thought so.

    So, if you are looking to get a GPS with pre-loaded maps of both the US and Europe, one of the ones that is inexpensive right now is the Garmin Nuvi 370. At about $280, it's a pretty good deal for a unit pre-loaded with both sets of maps. The big deal is that the Nuvi 370 has Text to Speech; it says street names, which may be GREAT when you are driving in a strange place.

    Don't need text to speech? Try the Nuvi 270 - a very affordable unit that at $219, is a great buy.

    At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 370

    and the Garmin Nuvi 270

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    August 7, 2008

    Pink, Blue, Red Garmin Nuvis - Color Coordinated Navigation


    Garmin may have hit upon something here with some special colored editions of Nuvi navigators. Sure they can cost more, but after seeing a few of these in person, the colored units are cool, and hey just different enough to stand out in a crowd.

    Pink Nuvi 200 - The basic Garmin Nuvi that has Maps of the 48 states, and a dead simple interface.

    Red Nuvi 205W
    & Blue Nuvi 205W - Widescreen upgrades that have an updated interface and maps of the 48 states. The units also boast a faster satellite acquisition time and the ability to navigate to geotagged photos that you have loaded up.

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    August 4, 2008

    Harley Davidson Zumo GPS - The Road Tech Zumo


    Garmin is launching a specialized version of the Garmin Zumo - the Road Tech Zumo, a Garmin that is Harley customized; no not with chrome pipes, but with all the Harley Davidson dealerships pre-loaded and a special program to share rides at Harley-Davidson website. The Zumo of course allows riders to not only get from here to there, but also plan, swap and share rides online where the idea isn't to get from point A to B on the fastest route, but maybe the one with the most sweeping curves and vistas available.

    Garmin has started several communities centered around their units, and this is a nice outgrowth of the Zumo Connect site where ride sharing is taking off with 1000's of rides uploaded.

    You can find the latest Garmin Zumo - the Road Tech Zumo at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally going on this week in SD.

    A full press release follows......

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