February 4, 2007

Win A Garmin Nuvi 660


Yes, you could win a Garmin Nuvi 660 if you have what it takes to spoof the Garmin Super Bowl commercial. The folks over at Garmin are having a lot of fun and creating a bit of buzz to go along with the company's first Super Bowl commercial, and as a result, they are offering you a Nuvi 660. The catch is that you will need to spoof the Garmin commercial that is going to air on the Super Bowl and be the best of all the submissions. So, get out the camcorder, wrap yourself in aluminum foil and get going. Full rules at Garmin Blogs.

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January 30, 2007

Garmin and the Super Bowl Ad

Garmin sure seems to be having a lot of fun these days with their Super Bowl commercial where they created the super hero Garmin Man to defeat the evil Maposaurus as it tries in vane to take over at least one car in the world.

They have a behind the scenes interview up with Garmin Man, and have put up a MySpace page for the man in silver tights.

Definitely have to laugh at the whole thing, as it's a total over-the-top rip on all of the goofy sci-fi movies that are just fun to watch. Looking forward to that ad.... with somewhere around 90+ million Americans watching the Super Bowl, and 30% of households saying that they have or want to buy a GPS this year, this might just pay out too.

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January 25, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 680 Full Review


-A Hands on Review by GPSLodge-

The recently announced Garmin Nuvi 680 is a widescreen, bright, flat form factor GPS system that is based on one of the best GPS units out there, if not the best, the Nuvi 660. The key difference is that the Nuvi 680 has the capability to get information updates from the MSN Direct service that provides data feeds over the FM band in many major cities across the US.

"Having the MSN Direct Service onboard the Nuvi 680 is a great addition to an already excellent navigator."
While these data feeds can be seen in gizmos like this Melitta Coffee Maker, these feeds can also be seen in other useful places like on a GPS on my dashboard! (Let's face it the Melitta wouldn't fit on the dashboard anyway.) For the Nuvi 680, it has the ability to pull down information about weather, movies, traffic and gas prices.

For a full list of my own Full Reviews of GPS units; Click - GPSLodge.com Hands On Reviews

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January 24, 2007

Compare Garmin Forerunner 101 vs 201 vs 301 vs 205 vs 305

While it may be the dead of winter, it is also the start of marathon training for a lot of people who are getting into Spring and early marathons, like the Boston or maybe the Pig. Well, I have had some readers write in asking more about the Forerunner series and what the differences are between the models.

Garmin opened up the GPS fitness market a few years back with the introduction of the Forerunner 101/201/301 series. These were obviously successful, and user feedback sparked a redesign to what is now a very popular series, the Forerunner 205/305 series. In a parallel development they also designed the bikers version of the Forerunner; the Garmin Edge 205 and 305 group.

Rebate: From Now through May 15, 2007 there is a $50 rebate on the Forerunner 205 and 305. - ReadMore

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Garmin Super Bowl Ad


Update: See a video of the Ad at this post.

Also see My Review of the New Garmin Nuvi 680 and My Review of the Garmin Nuvi 660 which was featured in the Garmin Super Bowl Ad. Finally, want to win a Garmin Nuvi 660? ReadMore about how to win.

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Garmin has put out more information on its upcoming Super Bowl ad, citing that it is a humorous take off on a 1960's sci-fi piece. From the description this should be a n over-the-top kind of fun commercial to watch, as it features a Nuvi turning into a super hero and taking out an evil villain. Obviously not the ad they are talking up over at the Garmin Blogs, as I skeptically hypothesized yesterday. More below from Garmin's release today:

The theme of the commercial is "Grab your Garmin, Take on the World" - demonstrating how Garmin personal navigation devices can save the everyday consumer time, money, and hassles. Taken to the extreme, the commercial is a humorous 1960s-style sci-fi piece. The commercial's quirky low-tech production treatment is in playful contrast to Garmin's cutting edge GPS technology and other advertisers' use of complex computer effects.

Update: See their Music Video that they put together with some of the extra footage. You Tube Video after the jump...

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Garmin Forerunner 205 & 305 - $50 Rebate


Garmin posted a $50 rebate today on their uber-trainer Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 GPS devices. The wrist mounted training aids are able to track where you go including a lot of aspects about your workout: pace, speed, time, calories burned, and in the case of the Forerunner 305, your heart rate due to the included heart rate monitor strap.

Garmin also recently announced a new quick release strap for the unit that allows a fast change over from the wrist strap to a handlebar mount. There are a lot of multi-sport users out there who are screaming "Thank you!" For those of you who are Mac users, Garmin's software companion, Training Center, is also coming soon for download; it was available in an English only version at Macworld. This all adds up to a pretty good deal on the Forerunners - Great fitness tracking, software support for the Mac and easy switching from wrist mounted to your bike.....

We had the opportunity to use the Forerunner 205 - read my review of the Forerunner 205, and an update with more user thoughts and comments.

The Rebate is effective today and runs through May 15, 2007.

Download Rebate Form (PDF)

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January 23, 2007

Garmin to Show Super Bowl Ad

In a bullish move Garmin is set to show their first Super Bowl ad, sometime in the second quarter. The spots are going for big money, exactly what, I don’t know. I have to admit that I am sad that the New England Patriots aren’t going to the big game (I live near Boston), but with an outing like the Colts had last Sunday they deserve to step up to the Super Bowl.

The Garmin Blog has been running a series of posts about an ad shoot that is going on, and one has to wonder if this is the Super Bowl ad that is being put to film right now. I know that you can work wonders when you really have to, but can you crank out a commercial in two weeks’ time? Especially one that will cost so much money to air the very first time?

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January 19, 2007

Forerunner 205 305 Quick Release Strap

ForerunnerBikeClip.jpgWe posted the announcement that Garmin is coming out with a better mount for its Forerunner 205 and 305 units recently, and now Motionbased (owned by Garmin) has a nice post about how the mount will work. The wrist strap will have a snap in base for the Forerunner 205 or 305 that will allow for a quick release. The Forerunner can then quickly snap onto a bike handlebar mount for a fast transition or just an easier way to track both biking and running workouts.

See the quick release Wrist Strap in action after the jump…

More at Motionbased

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January 18, 2007

Garmin: Company Background and Success Story


There's a stunning article about Garmin coming out of US News and World Report that walks you through their business. It details how they keep costs down and maintain their market share of 50+% in the US despite attracting huge electronics competition to the high margined growing GPS market (Think LG, Sony, Pioneer, Philips....). They are cheap and manufacture things quickly through a mainly in-house program of design, manufacture and deliver (except apparently the aviation line). Some execs fly on Southwest airlines even, saving money the smart way. What do they do with that savings? Plow it relentlessly into design and marketing to keep ahead of competition. It's a good profile of what's happened. There are new challenges everyday though....

ReadMore at US News

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Garmin Nuvi 680 arrives for Review

The Garmin Nuvi 680 was announced for last week's CES 2007 show, where it was one of the most talked about GPS units due to its MSN Direct connectivity. The Nuvi 680 is based on the Nuvi 660 platform - super bright widescreen, thin form, and solid navigation (See our review of the Nuvi 660). The MSN direct capability connects the unit to FM data feeds sent out with four core features that you can receive on the Nuvi 680: Weather, traffic, gas pricing and movies. True to form, Garmin has integrated the features into the existing interface so that is easily recognizable.

In a quick look at it, there are a few changes that tip you off that this is is different, as it has the little MSN butterfly on the main menu page as well as a temp reading in the top menu bar. So, I am off to but some gas and maybe check out the movies; I hope the traffic isn't bad on the way; but I guess the Nuvi 680 will tell me if it is.

UPDATE: I have posted my Review of the Nuvi 680

(what's in the box after the jump...)

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