April 22, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 650 Now Shipping

The new Garmin Nuvi 650 is shipping. This is the new “Value” Nuvi widescreen that has a beautiful widescreen, solid navigation and sheds some of the expensive options that the Nuvi 660 offers. Primarily the Nuvi 600 drops the traffic capability, and the Bluetooth handsfree capability. It retains the bright, beautiful widescreen, the preloaded maps of North America, and a great interface that is easy to navigate.

The Nuvi 650 is available at Amazon, and GPSNow. Check both out for comparison sake; at this writing, GPSNow had a slightly better price.

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April 20, 2007

Foarm eTrex Case - Excellent


I am always searching for a good solution for carrying my eTrex Vista C while hiking or Geocaching, and I bought this case recently that is the best I have seen in a long time. The case is made by Foarm, and is designed specifically for the eTrex Cx line, including the Garmin eTrex Venture Cx , Garmin eTrex Legend Cx , Garmin eTrex Vista Cx . The case WILL also fit the now discontinued eTrex “C” series that preceded the “X” designation; the case WILL NOT fit the monochrome eTrex line as those are longer and narrower than the newer Cx line.

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April 15, 2007

Shipping Alerts for Nuvi 200/270

If you want to be first on your block to have the Nuvi 200 or the Nuvi 270, GPSNow is offering a first notice service to those who want to know when they get them in.

They have placed early orders with Garmin and expect them any day now, so if you want to know when they get them in and what they will be priced at, drop them an email, and they will email you when the units are available:

Info on a Nuvi 200, email: Nuvi200@GPSnow.com

Info on a Nuvi 250, email: Nuvi250@GPSnow.com

Or see their website for more information.

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Nuvi 200 series to use SiRF Star III LP


So, when I reviewed the Nuvi 250 a few weeks back, Garmin was a little guarded about the chipset used in the Nuvi 200 series, well it appears that they will be in fact using a SiRF star IIILP chipset according to GPS Business News. The competition is fierce for GPS chipset manufacturers, just check out the mini-war between SiRF and Global Locate, as the market soars, so do the stakes in this war. Word had it that Garmin would use MediaTek for their Nuvi 200 series, and honestly if that's what was in the Nuvi 250 I used, I'd be fine with that. In practice, I thought it worked well.

Craig Ellison at PC Mag didn't see it that way in his review as he saw differences indoors and wasn't happy despite the fact that the Nuvi 250 he had wasn't noticeably different in actual use.

Either way, I am looking forward to seeing the street prices when the Nuvi 200, Nuvi 250 and Nuvi 270 come out later this month.

I've got a lot more information on the Nuvi 200/250/270

Via GPS TrackLog

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April 13, 2007

Compare Garmin Nuvi 350/360/370 vs. Nuvi 200/250/270

A lot of people have been asking about the difference between the Nuvi 350/360/370 and the Nuvi 200/250/270. The differences are straight forward, and come down to a few features that can be easily explained.

Introduced a couple of years ago, the Nuvi 350 is still a very solid unit, which is a testament to its well thought out design and feature set. Don’t think it’s a dinosaur worth skipping; it’s not.

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April 11, 2007

Where's the Garmin Nuvi 380 with MSN Direct?


So in taking a look at the Garmin Nuvi line and their model nomenclature, you have to ask "Where's the Nuvi 380 with MSN Direct?" Garmin is doing a good job of segmenting the market with their Nuvi models while attempting to make sense of the model numbers and features...

  • The Nuvi x50's have North American Maps and no traffic or Bluetooth (Nuvi 250, 350, 650).
  • The Nuvi x60's have Bluetooth (Nuvi 360, 660).
  • The Nuvi x70's have North American and European maps (Nuvi 270, Nuvi 370, and Nuvi 670).

  • The Nuvi x80's should get MSN Direct capability for traffic, movie times, and gas price feeds. That means the Nuvi 680 and the new Nuvi 380.....

    This trickle down type of move is a classic way to introduce technology; start at the high end, get some financial run out of the features, then roll it down to the lower priced lines. If I ran the Nuvi brand, I'd consider launching the Nuvi 380 mid-summer as the next new Nuvi after the Nuvi 680. This would be after Nuvi 680 sales have shown signs that they need to start rolling the prices down; but hey I that's just me.

  • Read my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680 with MSN Direct.
  • Read More on the Nuvi 680.

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  • April 9, 2007

    Mobile Phones from Garmin and TomTom?

    So, everyone is moving their handsets to include GPS capability, and for the most part the jury is out on how these are going to fare in the marketplace. I personally think that it's more easily understandable for consumers to add a GPS to a Known device (Phone, PDA, etc) than for a GPS to add other capabilities that will allow people to use navigation and other things like personal organizer functions, and such.

    I saw this article this morning and had to look twice at it. DigiTimes is reporting that the folks over in Taiwan are hearing rumors of both Garmin and TomTom working on handsets with GPS functionality. Now these folks report on the cutting edge of what's coming down the line and what the rumors are in the land of GPS manufacturing. It wouldn't surprise me if both GPS giants are playing in this area with other makers or even venturing out on their own. It's a high bar though; you'll use a mobile phone as a phone 75+% of the time, so that aspect better be right before you even think about the navigation aspects.

    More at DigiTimes

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    April 2, 2007

    Garmin Software for Macs - WebUpdater, POI Loader


    Garmin introduced Training Center for the Mac in January, and have followed that on with two key software releases to further their pledge to be Mac compatible.

    Garmin just released Webupdater for the Mac, which allows you to download software updates onto your Mac and install them onto your GPS unit.

    They also released POI Loader for the Mac, which allows you to get your own collection of Points of Interest (POI's) and load them onto your compatible GPS system. This can be helpful when you get POI collections for restaurants, campgrounds, etc and want the latest on your GPS.


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    April 1, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 350


    The Garmin Nuvi 350 (simply called the “Nuvi” back then) was introduced in the Fall of 2005 and kicked off a bit of a frenzy as thin was in and the standard was set for many future GPS units to come in terms of portability and added features. Not only did the Nuvi 350 come with the ability to navigate, but it also came with many Travelers’ aids to help position it as the businessperson’s GPS. This positioning was needed, as the price tag for the Nuvi 350 was close to $1,000 when it came out, and the general public was not ready to snap them up to adorn the dashboards of middle America.

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    March 30, 2007

    Garmin C530 Text to Speech Hack

    So if you were wondering how to upgrade your new Garmin C530, to Text to Speech, look no further; note: Hacking required. For some of us, it might be a total nightmare, for others it might just be a dream come true to add a hidden capability by hacking a few lines of code, but here you go, directions on how to take a non-text-to-speech model like the C530 and adding the capability found at higher prices.

    Hack at your own risk and enjoy the results.

    Thanks atcMonkE for sending this in.

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