March 15, 2007

More on the Garmin Nuvi 200, 250, 270

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The Garmin Nuvi 200 series was officially announced after being leaked a few days ahead of time. Included here are some information and links about the newest Nuvi to the line-up.

Reviews

  • We have the Garmin Nuvi 250 in for review at the GPS Lodge.
  • My Review of the Nuvi 200/250/270 is now posted.
  • Craig Ellison has a review up at the PC Mag site. I think he missed the mark on a couple of points; follow the link to see why.
  • CNet has their review up of the Garmin Nuvi 200.


    Garmin Nuvi Product pages:

  • Garmin Nuvi 200
  • Garmin Nuvi 250
  • Garmin Nuvi 270

    Check out the Garmin Nuvi 200 series Mini-site

    Other News:

  • Compare the Nuvi 200/250/270 vs the Nuvi 350/360/370.
  • New of the new Garmin Nuvi 200W and 250W

    The Garmin Nuvi 200 series is available At Amazon:

  • Garmin Nuvi 200
  • Garmin Nuvi 250
  • Garmin Nuvi 270


    Compare the Nuvi 200 vs. 250 vs. 270

    The only differences between the units are the pre-loaded maps:

  • Nuvi 200 preloaded street maps, European regional coverage or continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico
  • Nuvi 250 preloaded street maps, full coverage
  • Nuvi 270 preloaded street maps, full coverage for U.S. and Europe

    Specifications on the Garmin Nuvi 200 series:

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  • Garmin Nuvi 200, 250, 270 at CeBit

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    Garmin officially announced the nüvi 200, nüvi 250 and nüvi 270 today at CeBit. This was leaked Wednesday, and the details look juicy. The features are sound, the product looks great and the price is sure to please. Garmin clearly saw the opportunity in the value end of the market, and had to have a smile on their face as that end of the market exploded over the holidays in 2006, knowing that they were sitting on these.

    The Nuvi 200, Nuvi 250 and Nuvi 270 still offer the ease of use that Garmin is known for and the great flat form factor, as it's about 105 slimmer than the Nuvi 350, and these flat units are sweeping bulkier GPS units off the market.

    Make sure you stop back to the GPS Lodge tonight for more news on the Nuvi 200.


    Update: We have the Garmin Nuvi 250 in for review at the GPS Lodge.


    More after the jump...


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    Garmin Nuvi 600, Nuvi 650 and Nuvi 660FM

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    Garmin announced several new widescreen navigators – the Nuvi 600, Nuvi 650, and Nuvi 660FM. The Nuvi 600 is a base widescreen model that will offer regoinalized maps, the Nuvi 650 will have Euro maps, while the Nuvi 660FM will add an FM modulator to the existing capabilities of the Euro model.

    “The nüvi is an indispensable travel tool,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether you’re navigating in a car or you’re using the nüvi’s pedestrian mode and walking, the nüvi 600-series’ widescreen makes traveling from point A to point B straight-forward and convenient.”

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    Garmin and GPSBuddy - Workforce Management

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    Garmin announced that Garmin Mobile XT can now be paired with GPS Buddy on virtually any GPS handset or Bluetooth wireless-enabled smartphone -- providing complete mobile resource management that is designed to enhance the productivity of a workforce. This underlines the surge into Mobile Phone and/or location based services that is happening around us now.

    "Paired with GPS Buddy, Garmin Mobile XT gives companies the tools they need to ensure their business runs smoothly," said Roger Jollis, Garmin's director of OEM and mobile marketing. "And since many mobile workforces already own smartphones, incorporating Garmin Mobile XT and GPS Buddy is a cost-effective solution as well."

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    March 13, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 200/250/270 GPS at CeBit

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    Update: The Garmin Nuvi 200, 250, 270 have been officially launched.

    Update: We have the Garmin Nuvi 250 in for review at the GPS Lodge.


    We're pretty excited to hear about new CeBit announcements, and one that has been leaked is the Garmin Nuvi 200. According to the DigiTimes, Garmin will unveil a new entry level GPS that has a low cost structure that will have it replace the current Garmin C-series that is getting a little old; reliable, but old. I much prefer the flat form factor of the Nuvi line. With the Nuvi 350 retailing online for $450 or so, I would hope and expect this to have a list price of $349 - $399, and retail for $299 - $349 online.... but who knows maybe we'll even be dropping to below the magical $200 price point by the holidays. (Total speculation here.....)

    While the Nuvi 200 is lower in price, it still appears that it will come with the traveler aids like a currency converter. Check out the Danish Garmin site with the unit already pre-loaded into the site.

    Expect a Nuvi 250 and a Nuvi 270 (Euro and US maps, like the 370, and 670 models) too.

    I have to say that I am pretty happy to hear that they are launching a low end Nuvi, as I called for just such an entry last fall when I said that Garmin should launch a value oriented GPS that took on the flat form factor of the Nuvi.

    We'll keep you posted as we hear more.


    More at DigiTimes


    Via GPS Tracklog

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    March 11, 2007

    Nuvi 680 Available Exclusively at Best Buy; Pre-order Elsewhere

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    In the Sunday newspaper, Best Buy ran a spread that says that they have the new Garmin Nuvi 680 exclusively on sale at Best Buy for $999. Interesting move by Garmin; hope they got something from Best Buy for the favorable treatment.

    A quick check around: The Nuvi 680 is available for pre-sale at Amazon (same $999) and on other sites, it's not even up on the site yet. The hope you be that the Nuvi 680 would be broadly available within a few weeks or so.

    Get a whole lot more information on the Garmin Nuvi 680.


    Stay tuned....

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    March 7, 2007

    Garmin Zumo 550 Software Update

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    The Garmin Zumo 550 launched last year, and has done pretty well in the marketplace as more and more people cruise the roadways on their motorcycle, and more and more want the confidence of a GPS. Garmin's recent software update for the Zumo 550 looks like it's the product of some good solid consumer research, listening to requests and changing how the Zumo interacts with the rider.... and just in time for the 2007 riding season which is beginning in the warmer areas.... me? I am walking out into single digit temps this morning, but I digress.

    Here's a partial list of the updated features:

  • Allow panning from main map. Touching vehicle on main map displays coordinates and elevation in save dialog.
  • Added more fields to the trip computer including fuel gauge odometer.
  • Enabled compass display full time with additional data fields.
  • Enhanced XM weather support which is available from XM button on the main menu.
  • Enhanced traffic incident reporting.
  • Added support for SDHC cards and increased MP3 playlist limit to 1000 songs.
  • Added Audible books support.
  • Added option to limit BT headset audio to phone only.
  • Added option to display track log on map.
  • Modified import /share pictures to work directly from jpeg viewer without the checklist.
  • Disables auto-zoom operation when off-road.
  • Updated US/Canada Daylight Saving time support.


    Use your Webupdater program to update the software.


    More at Garmin Blogs

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  • March 1, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 680

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    The Garmin Nuvi 680 is a widescreened (4.3-inch) Garmin Nuvi that followed the successful Nuvi 660 into the market. It was announced in early 2007 at the CES show in Las Vegas, and makes a solid first step for Garmin in the connectedness game for their GPS line.

    It keeps with the thin is in Nuvi Form Factor, and offers traveler's aids (audiobook, music, conversion calculator, etc) in addition to navigation. The Nuvi 680 also features a very bright screen that in my use stands up to direct sunlight so that you can see what the GPS has to tell you in the brightest conditions.

    The big news for the Nuvi 680 is that it is equipped with MSN direct, that allows the unit to receive data through the FM band including Traffic reports, Weather forecasts, local gas prices, and local movie information.


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    Garmin Adopting MediaTek GPS Chips?

    newgarminlogo.jpgWord has it that Garmin is looking at MediaTek GPS chipsets for some of its GPS units moving forward. This is the second sign that SiRF is taking hits in the market, as TomTom moved its TomTom ONE over to Global Locate chips earlier this year. So as technology catches up and prices drop, it's not a big surprise to see manufacturers look at new suppliers. The price pressure has got to be intense in the GPS world right now, and while the chipset reportedly costs around $10, the map data license costs upwards to $50 per unit. I would imagine that the mapping folks are under pressure too.

    Via DigiTimes

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    February 23, 2007

    Can I use my Car GPS for Hiking and Geocaching?



    A lot of readers have been writing in asking "Can I use my Mio C310X, Nuvi 350 or 660, StreetPilot 330, etc, for Geocaching? Or Hiking?" Well, the answer is not very well. There are some features that make hiking and geocaching with a handheld GPS great, and trying it with an average automotive GPS not so great. Generally when I use a handheld GPS for hiking and geocaching, I program in coordinates and use the map page with a pointer and a "Distance to Destination" readout to tell me: 1) Which direction I need to go to get to the destination, and 2) How far away I am. With these two pieces of information, I can get to a geocache pretty quickly. Even with an automotive GPS that accepts latitude and longitude coordinates, navigating to a geocache is tough without this specific help. When I go for longer trips I like to use Topo maps and established sets of waypoints and trails that are marked if possible.

    So, there are a couple of options for automobile navigators that can do on road navigation and off road hiking and geocaching. Below are a couple of examples:

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