January 16, 2007

Garmin Nuvi: Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 370 vs. 660 vs. 670 vs. 680


So a lot of readers are interested in the Garmin Nuvi, and asking what's right for them. "Should I get the Nuvi 350?" "What's the advantage of the Nuvi 360?" "What's the difference between the new Nuvi 680 and the Nuvi 660?" "Is the Nuvi 660 the best GPS for me?" Well, let's look at a quick review of the capabilities of the North American models of the Garmin Nuvi.

First a little background: The Garmin Nuvi was launched with the Nuvi 350 as a travel companion, most likely figuring that only a business traveler would pay the $900 for the flat pocketable model. Well, a year later, Flat is in, the Nuvi has dropped significantly in price, and the idea that these are for travelers alone, is absurd. Anyone who owns a GPS would benefit from the flat form factor.

The Nuvi 660 was launched in the late summer of 2006, and as their first widescreened GPS, it got some pretty good reviews; mine included.

The Nuvi 370, 670 and nuvi 680 were recently announced at CES 2007, with added capabilities, the most noteable being the MSN Direct connectedness for the Nuvi 680.

Jan 17th Update: We have the Garmin Nuvi 680 in for review.

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January 15, 2007

SMS Text Messages through you GPS


Did you know that you could have your Garmin Test to Speech GPS read you your Text Messages? Well with a recent firmware update the StreetPilot C550, Nuvi 360 and Nuvi 660 can. These are the Bluetooth connected units that can act as a handsfree device for your mobile phone. These units will also be able to send SMS messages through your Bluetooth connected phones.

So, update that Firmware! More at Garmin

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January 12, 2007

Garmin Training Center - Mac Compatible

applelogo.pngGarmin has posted an update on their integration with Macs for their software. We've been waiting a long time, but applaud the work as they continue to make progress. Apparently at Macworld they are handing out advanced copies of their Training Center software that will be Mac compatible. If you didn't get to go to Macworld, you can always get your own copy later this month when they post it for download.

Update: Go to the Garmin Blog Post and look at the comments for places you can acquire the software before it is posted by Garmin.

Via Garmin Blog

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Garmin Forerunner Bike Mount

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After the tidal wave of GPS units hit the US with the CES 2007 show, Garmin announced that a nice little accessory is available to Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 users. The $25 accessory is a bike mount for the popular Forerunner units that allow you to easily jump on the bike, snap in your forerunner and go.

Not sure if it will be popular in the transition zones of the biggie triathlons, but it just might make the Forerunner a little more versatile for the rest of us.

More at Garmin

Via

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January 10, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 360 Upgrade

I cruise the software upgrade notices over at Garmin, and every now and then some firmware comes along that's actually worth the upgrade; this is one of them. The latest Garmin Nuvi 360 firmware upgrade does a few things, but most noticeably it increases the volume on the speaker when you are using the Bluetooth handsfree feature on the Nuvi 360. Now, with this upgrade you'll also be getting upgraded support for Russian, Turkish, Slovak, and Estonian Pre-recorded voices, so you've got that going for you too! Anyway, if you are having a problem on the Nuvi 360 with the handfree calling volume checkout this 3.40 version upgrade.

Link to Garmin Download

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January 5, 2007

Garmin Acquires LBS Provider Digital Cyclone Inc.

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Garmin announced that they would be acquiring Location Based Services (LBS) provider Digital Cyclone Inc. ("DCI") for $45 million in cash. DCI has been an early mover in the emerging location based services market offering weather solutions for consumers, outdoor enthusiasts, and pilots on a subscription based model that are delivered to customers in partnership with top national wireless carriers as well as regional carriers. DCI offers weather, and fishing forecasts over mobile phone networks.

Nothing signals Garmin’s move into LBS like the launch of the Nuvi 680, and the StreetPilot C580 with MSN Direct, AND the acquisition of an LBS provider in the same day. It’s obvious that they understand the future of where the market is going (connectedness) and I look forward to seeing what else hits the market in the coming months.

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Garmin Nuvi 680

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As we previously mentioned in November, Garmin is launching the Nuvi 680, a beefed up Nuvi 660 with SPOT technology that has access to MSN direct information like traffic, gas, weather and movie times and locations (see images after the jump). The unit will also get traffic feeds through MSN. In looking at the display, it looks like Garmin is up-versioning the capabilities of the traffic feature, including comments about delays. It will be interesting to see this play out as the MSN Direct traffic is through Traffic.com, which was recently acquired by NAVTEQ, and not Inrix, the data supplier of TMC traffic. The unit gets 12 months of MSN service for free with the purchase of the unit. Garmin is launching the Nuvi 680 at the CES 2007 show along with a whole bunch of new GPS units.

UPDATE: I have posted my Review of the Nuvi 680

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Garmin StreetPilot C580

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Garmin has also announced in conjunction with the Nuvi 680, the StreetPilot C580, which will also be connected with MSN Direct data feeds, so you can get traffic, gas, weather and movie times and locations. The unit will also get traffic feeds through MSN. In looking at the display, it looks like Garmin is up-versioning the capabilities of the traffic feature, including comments about delays. It will be interesting to see this play out as the MSN Direct traffic is through Traffic.com, which was recently acquired by NAVTEQ, and not Inrix, the data supplier of TMC traffic.

The unit gets 12 months of MSN service for free with the purchase of the unit. Garmin is launching the StreetPilot C580 at the CES 2007 show along with a whole bunch of other new Garmin GPS products.

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Garmin Nuvi 670

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The Garmin Nuvi 670 isn't groundbreaking, but is a step in the right direction for a lot of people who travel across the Atlantic Ocean, as it will come with North American and European maps preloaded, and have the ability to run traffic alerts in both locations as well. It is an upgrade to the existing Nuvi 660, so it will have Bluetooth capabilities too. I have had a lot of readers write in about just this need, so it's good to see Garmin responding to their consumers. The Nuvi 670 is being launched in conjunction with the Nuvi 370 (non-widescreen version) along with other new Garmin GPS units at the CES 2007 show in Las Vegas.

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Garmin Nuvi 370

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The Garmin Nuvi 370 isn't groundbreaking, but is a step in the right direction for a lot of people who travel across the Atlantic Ocean, as it will come with North American and European maps preloaded, and have the ability to run traffic alerts in both locations as well. It builds on the capabilities of the Nuvi 360, so it will include Bluetooth. I have had a lot of readers write in about just this need, so it's good to see Garmin responding to their consumers. The Nuvi 370 is being launched in conjunction with the Nuvi 670 (widescreen version) and other new Garmin GPS units at the CES 2007 show in Las Vegas.

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