October 9, 2006

Price Drop: Garmin Nuvi 350

I hope I have to write these for the rest of the year (I doubt they will keep up the price drops), but the price on the Garmin Nuvi 350 is below $540! If you review the capabilities on this, and some other GPS units, you'll see that this is a great deal for a really good GPS. I haven't seen them this cheap ever. Just a week ago they dropped this price to $599, from about $640. A $100 drop in price in 8 days. The flat form factor is great. See our Nuvi 350 Review Revisited for more information.

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Update your Garmin C330 Software

Garmin StreetPilot C330
So, every now and then you need to update your unit software on your GPS. The Garmin StreetPilot C330is no exception. Sometimes this might be for better map data, and sometimes it might be because Garmin has stuck a nice feature into the software. Well we recently revisited our review of the Garmin StreetPilot C330, and we still think that its a great value GPS in the mid-tier line. Well recently Garmin added the ability to navigate to your destination via another location into the StreetPilot C330 software. If it's been a while, the features that they added a while ago are even more compelling. It's not hard to update, just go to this page and follow the instructions.

ReadMore at our Review of the Garmin StreetPilot C330.

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Review: Garmin Forerunner 305 - Popular GPS for Runners

Another good review has been put up on the Forerunner 305, citing its ease of use and its ability to help you train better. Since we originally reviewed the Forerunner 205, Garmin has introduced the Foot Pod, which straps onto your shoe and allows you to use your Forerunner on a treadmill. Admittedly, the reviewer felt a little silly wearing the thing on his shoe, but it worked well and as advertised. This is a big plus in my mind if you want to keep all of your training data in one place, whether you are on a treadmill or on a nice outdoor run.

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October 8, 2006

Garmin Nuvi: Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660

January 2007 Update: Check out the comparison of the new Nuvi line including the Nuvi 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?" "Is the Nuvi 660 the best GPS for me?" Well, let's look at a quick review of the capabilities of the three 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.

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October 4, 2006

Editorial: 11 things I would do if I were Garmin

I thought I would write down a few of the things that have been nagging at me about how to improve Garmin and make it better. This isn’t a rant or a flame on the company; it’s just that I love seeing GPS’s adopted and used by new people. I think that some of these ideas can help with the adoption of the products and the quality of what Garmin offers to the marketplace. If you have some ideas, I’d love to hear them; leave a comment. If you think I am being unfair, hold on, the TomTom list is coming tomorrow. Here we go:

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September 29, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 Review Revisited

The Garmin Nuvi 350 cracked open a big market for Garmin in small svelte GPS navigation systems that could be carried anywhere. The Garmin Nuvi 350 came out priced to blow your pocketbook away but has eased greatly since its debut, and prices online can be found hovering around $600; not bad for such a slim and power packed device. The unit comes equipped with the usual easy to use Garmin interface, but also adds on some components that allow for easy travel; it is billed as a travel companion. The unit has currency converters, and audibook and MP3 playing capability. What really makes it stand out is the simple and small design wrapped around a solid software platform that really makes traveling easy. It’s based on the SiRF star III chipset, so you’ll get great reception almost anywhere you can see the sky.

ReadMore at GPS Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 or at Amazon.com

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September 28, 2006

Garmin Nuvi 660 Mini-Site


If you wanted to check out what the marketing folks over at Garmin have been up to, check out the new Nuvi 660 minisite. This little flash wonder is basic in its dataset, but crisp and cool in the presentation. Nicely used in conjunction with other marketing campaigns, it can help the hipster target audience review what the Nuvi 660 can do.

Check it out - it'll only take a few minutes...

"Nuvi 660 wider, brighter"

Click HERE for the original announcement on the Garmin Nuvi 660.

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Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review Revisited


The recently released Garmin StreetPilot C550 caps off a run that is a good one for Garmin. The very full featured Garmin C550 features a lot of technology that is cutting edge and well designed. The C550 builds on the C-series by adding some fun features like MP3 player capability, and Bluetooth integration with your phone to make handsfree calling possible. The element that I fell in love with was their integration of the traffic receiver into the 12v power plug- very nice. The traffic is really worth its weight in gold, and a great feature to have. Should you have a traffic incident ahead, the unit puts a little incident icon on the screen and it allows you to choose to navigate around it. Very slick.

Read more at GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review by GPS Lodge or at Amazon.com

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Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Arrives for Review at GPS Lodge


Update: See our Review - GPS Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Review by GPS Lodge

We are happy to say that the Garmin Nuvi 660 has arrived for review here at the GPS Lodge. The newest member of the Nuvi line-up of course sports a wide screen format while still maintaining a thin pocketable form factor. A lot of people are saying that this might be the best GPS system around. We’ll see, but from the long list of features and the nice design, it’s looking good. The new bright widescreen give you extra real estate that Garmin uses to have extra navigation buttons or simply an extra wide mapping screen to show you what’s down the road. The other nice innovation that comes rolled into the Nuvi 660 is what’s attached to it; namely the traffic receiver that is integrated into the power cord. In a smart move, they rolled the FM traffic receiver into the 12-volt adapter making for simple connections.

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September 27, 2006

Garmin Zumo 550 Designed to Ride


So, we recently had a reader question about how the Garmin Zumo 550 would hold up to the demands of riding on the open road, specifically how would it do in regards to the vibration experienced out on the road. In talking to Garmin, I found out that this was of course a key focus of the design process. A review of the Garmin Zumo 550 designed one can relize that it is primarily for motorcycling from the ground up, from the waterproofness, to the solid state memory (no moving hard drives to get ruined) and the mounting hardware. So vibration should not be an issue. They also factored in some more commonly talked about features like the fact that it is Bluetooth compatible with ear pieces for audio while wearing a helmet, and the fact that it will work with gloved hands.

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