November 9, 2006

More Garmin Ads.... Funnier than the last

So Garmin is showing off their clever holiday ads coming to a TV You-Tube connected computer near you. They are featuring the Garmin Nuvi 660 (See our review of the Garmin Nuvi 660) in its widescreen glory. While the first one had some goofy guy getting lost on the way to a party, this one has a unibrow faced woman searching for all of her presents and holiday needs. Of course with the traffic feed equipped Garmin Nuvi 660, she passes poor santa who is stuck and getting a ticket. Well worth a view.

Via Garmin Blog

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November 7, 2006

Garmin Enters LBS Market With Garmin LBS Toolkit

Garmin is moving to solidify its role in mobile phone solutions by launching a location based service, or LBS, toolkit that will allow providers to incorporate Garmin's navigation capabilities into their service offerings. A long standing question in my mind has been the GPS titans' roles in the emerging market for mobile phone applications. With this move, it appears that Garmin is continuing to make sure that mobile phones are inside their circle of influence. It's my point of view that giving solid navigation directions is fairly easy, but that having an easy to use interface integrated with a solid dataset is not, and that's what Garmin can bring to the party here.

The other thing that is interesting here is that it reminded me of the gas price advisor functionality in the Garmin mobile product. Inrix recently announced that they were going to offer fuel price data through their datafeeds (they provide traffic data through most GPS systems in the US). While it may take a while to get Gas price data to your GPS system, this release here reminds me that Garmin knows this is a nice offering and if the technical hurdles could be cleared, they'd like to see it in a new product too. I think that would be great.

More on the press release below:

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November 1, 2006

Garmin GPS Holiday Commercial

So Garmin has a new spot for the holidays where they are featuring the Garmin Nuvi 660 (See our review of the Garmin Nuvi 660) in its widescreen wonderment. The spot plays on your fears of getting lost in the snowy night and going through some bad neighborhoods and never getting to where you're going. My only thought is that I have had GPS units route me through bad neighborhoods getting me to where I am going, and Garmin never really showed the upside of the GPS as the solution. The tune is well done, and catchy. Try it out.

I wonder if TomTom is planning anything similar, to coincide with their "GiveGive" Promotion that offers $50 off TomTom GPS units and starts later in November.

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October 30, 2006

Forbes Loves that Garmin StreetPilot C330

Garmin StreetPilot C330

We like the Garmin StreetPilot C330, and apparently Forbes loves it. In their annual "Gadgets we Love" article, they cited the ease of navigation and its ability to do its job well. They say, "The c330's 3.5-inch display is bright and clear and works well enough, as long as I'm not craning my neck to read street signs. For now I'm thrilled having a device that does one thing and does it remarkably well. I haven't pulled out my laminated San Francisco map in a year."

Want more info? Read our posts:

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 Review Revisited
  • Garmin StreetPilot C-series: Compare the C320 vs. C330 vs. C340 vs. C530 vs. C550

    Via Forbes

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  • October 27, 2006

    Garmin Zumo 550 - Routes in Action


    One of the things that I think is a great move by the Zumo 550 designers is the fact that the Zumo can load hard coded routes and navigate you on them. See, I got my "GPS start" using a handheld eTrex and have used them extensively to plan bicycle routes on a computer, download them to the eTrex and then navigate them with the eTrex leading the way. In these situations, like taking a touring ride on a motorcycle, you don't want the "Optimum" fastest route; you want the route you plan. For a while now, I have wondered why you can't plan, navigate and save a route, or simply save the route you just took as a "good route" when you find an alternative to the initial route that was recommended. Now this gets into consumer feedback to the GPS, and I am all for that, but it's a little off-topic here. Anyway, there is a good easy to follow explanation of how a pre-programed route will be managed within the Zumo 550.

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    October 26, 2006

    New Garmin Logo


    Out with the old and in with the new. Garmin has begun to rollout a new corporate logo. "The contemporary and easy-to-read logo builds on Garmin's rich brand awareness while integrating new modern elements. One of the most noticeable changes is the elimination of the globe and the introduction of a triangle, which is in Garmin's signature blue."

    There you go....

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    October 24, 2006

    Garmin Courses – Forerunner 205/305 and Edge 205/305

    Garmin Forerunner 205

    One of the things that I think was most innovative in the Garmin Forerunner 205 /305 and Edge 205/305 product launches is the idea of working out on a course. Instead of just trying to hit an average time across a distance, you actually run versus a previous workout (yours or someone else’s), which then takes into account that you go slower on the uphills and faster on the downhills, etc. The Garmin Blog laid out some nice step by step instructions on how to use the Courses feature on the Forerunner 205/305 and the Edge 205/305 products.

    ReadMore at the Garmin Blog

    Read our review of the Forerunner 205: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge, and some user tips sent in by a GPS Lodge reader: Garmin Forerunner 205/305 User Thoughts and Tips

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    October 19, 2006

    Nuvi 660 Hotter than Hot - #1 GPS


    I know, this just blows me away too. To follow up from yesterday's post, the Nuvi 660 is now the #1 selling GPS at amazon, and at this writing, #16 in all of electronics.

    What's so mind-blowing is that there is nothing more expensive at a higher rank. In fact you need to head down to about #60 to find a Sony DCR-SR100 3MP 30GB Hard Drive Handycam that is more expensive. In other words, Garmin has created so much value in this device that even at this relatively high absolute price, people think that its an incredible value. (Value = Benefit/Cost) Well, despite the high cost, people are flocking to this thing because of the incredible benefits. Want more reasons to consider the Nuvi 660: See our post to Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660, or our Garmin Nuvi 660 Review.

    If you want a chance at $50 off your Nuvi 660 - sign up for our newsletter this month for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate from us for Amazon. See the top of the left column on any page to subscribe; you'll get a newsletter every Monday and we'll enter you to win at the end of the month.

    Finally, yesterday I used this GPS Sales Rank, which is updated daily (or so), whereas this electronics ranking is updated hourly.

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    October 18, 2006

    Garmin StreetPilot C-series: Compare the C320 vs. C330 vs. C340 vs. C530 vs. C550

    So a lot of people have been asking about what the right Garmin StreetPilot is for them. "What is the difference between the C-series?" "Do maps come pre-loaded on the Garmin C330?" "What's the cheapest Text to Speech Garmin GPS?" Well a quick review of the features and the capabilities will help us understand what the best GPS is for you.

    The Garmin C-series has been around a long time (in electronics years), since their launch in the summer of 2005. The StreetPilot C320 and C330 came first with a nice line extension in the StreetPilot C340 a bit later that summer. In the summer of 2006, Garmin grew the line by adding some even more exciting capabilities to the now established line. It was obvious by that time that the C-series was firmly entrenched as a staple line of GPS navigation systems, and the prices had dropped on the C320, C330 and the C340 to a point that they were very affordable for the capabilities. My recommendation is to skip the tiny i-series if you can afford it and move to the C-series, because the touchscreen on the C-series makes data input a lot easier.

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    October 17, 2006

    Garmin Nuvi 360 in Hyundai Cars for US

    Well, well, will the wonders never cease, we find another agreement to get aftermarket GPS systems into cars, this one is for Garmin and Hyundai. Garmin announced that Hyundai Motor America will begin offering the award-winning nuvi 360 personal navigation device at its 725 dealerships across the United States. This is not the smart semi-integration set-up like the TomTom/Seat agreement that I posted yesterday, but nonetheless, it is a good thing. (More on the Nuvi 360? See our comparison of the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660)

    If Garmin really wanted to make a splash, they would get in with Ford here in the US. Garmin is the market leader here in the US, and Ford, unlike GM with their OnStar, doesn't have a major equity to risk by offering an aftermarket product on their car lines. Car manufacturers sell Bose stereo systems, why not a Garmin GPS System? If they were to do it, I'd love to see a universal mount that allows for the current Nuvi to be mounted on a Ford, with the anticipation that better products that follow will still mount on that Ford mount. Garmin has already crafted limited time deals with overseas Ford divisions for offering Garmin GPS systems.

    Anyway, back to the Hyundai News....

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