Review: Garmin StreetPilot C330 Review Revisited

Garmin StreetPilot C330

We are going to take a look back at some of the stronger GPS units that have stood up in the marketplace as solid examples of how to do GPS Navigation well. One example of this is the Garmin StreetPilot C330 , what is possibly the best bargain going on the US market today. I say this because it meets a lot of my criteria for ease of use while coming in at below $400 online. The unit starts out with a 3.5” touchscreen and the dead simple Garmin interface. On top of that, the unit comes with maps and points of interest pre-loaded on the unit; gone are the days of loading maps onto the unit from the computer. Open the box, plug in and go. The unit doesn’t offer traffic feeds, Bluetooth connectivity or MP3 playing capability, but if you don’t need these, the C330 is an excellent buy. So while many models have been introduced, including its sibling the Garmin StreetPilot C550, and the TomTom ONE, the Garmin StreetPilot C330 still stands out as a great entry level unit for the price.

For more information read our GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C330 Review by GPS Lodge and at

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September 18, 2006

Garmin Forerunner on NBC's Today Show

You might have seen the Garmin Forerunner 205 on TV lately, as the Today show highlighted it and the Nike Plus system on a segment covering the killer equipment for a great run. You know how important these things can be towards attaining your running goal; check out what NBC had to say about it.

We used the Forerunner 205 GPS training system - See our review of the unit HERE, and an update and look back at what we like about it and tip on using the Forerunner 205 HERE.

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September 14, 2006

Garmin Nuvi 660 - in NYT


There's a quick write up in the NYT today that covers the Garmin Nuvi 660 - the new widescreen GPS system that is about to hit stores. It's not really a review of the Nuvi 660, more of a quick info shot. You already knew a lot about the Nuvi 660 if you read about it here at the GPS Lodge. Anyway, now the rest of the world knows about it!

Update: Read Reviews and More on the Garmin Nuvi 660 at the GPS Lodge.


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September 12, 2006

New Bluetooth GPS Receiver: Garmin Mobile 10


Garmin announced Garmin Mobile 10, a product that turns Bluetooth enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones, Pocket PCs, and PDAs into GPS navigators. Look familiar? This is the Garmin Mobile 10 that was approved by the FCC back in July and then leaked through their site. The Garmin Mobile 10 system includes either Garmin Mobile XT or nRoute navigation software, and the GPS 10x, a highly sensitive GPS sensor that determines location data using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and transmits that information to mobile devices enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology.

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Garmin Mobile Available on Select BackBerry Phones

Garmin announced that Garmin Mobile – an application that delivers maps, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation – will be available on select BlackBerry devices. Recall Garmin announced Garmin Mobile last year about this time, with a significant upgrade to its capabilities this past July.

“The availability of Garmin Mobile on BlackBerry devices gives BlackBerry customers numerous features that they would not normally have access to,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “The advanced features of Garmin Mobile – such as real time fuel prices, traffic, and weather information – are very desirable because they help save time and money while traveling.”

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September 7, 2006

Garmin Nuvi 660 Available for Pre-Oder at Amazon


Garmin's newest and nicest Nuvi is now available for pre-order at amazon. It's price tag is pretty steep, so save that pocket change. The Garmin Nuvi 660 is the new widescreen, Bluetooth, Traffic Ready, FM Broadcasting super wonder that is added to the Nuvi family.

Click HERE for the announcement on the Garmin Nuvi 660.

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September 1, 2006

New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 and Nuvi 610 Officially Announced

Well, wonder no more, Garmin has officially announced the Garmin Nuvi 660 . Garmin today announced it has expanded its popular all-in-one Personal Travel Assistant product line. The nuvi 660 incorporates a large, 4.3-inch touchscreen, integrated traffic capabilities, FM transmitter, and a super-bright display. These new attributes are in addition to the GPS navigator, traveler's reference, and digital entertainment features that have made the nuvi a favorite device among travelers. ArrowContinue reading: "New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 and Nuvi 610 Officially Announced"

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August 29, 2006

New Sub being guided by a Garmin GPSMap.


In an article from USAToday, they talk about the sub, and show someone piloting the sub while surfaced, and right there is a Garmin GPSMAP. If it’s good enough for the sailor piloting a nuclear sub, it’s good enough for your weekend cruiser. It's apparently a temporary use, because Garmin talks that they don't actually supply the Navy with these.

USA Today Article
via Garmin Blog

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August 28, 2006

Garmin Nuvi 660 Pics


UPDATE: Garmin Nuvi 660 and 610 Officially Announced!

So more pics have shown up on the net for the Garmin Nuvi 660 that make us more and more sure this thing is real and coming soon.... We reported that customers expect shipments to show up in Late September. So, this pic is courtesey the GPSPassion forums, and shows the new Nuvi in all it's widescreen splendor. Yum.

TigerGPS is reporting on the full specs of the Garmin Nuvi 660, confirming the FM transmitter, the widescreen and the GTM 20 Traffic Receiver. This is the same traffic receiver as the StreetPilot C550 - we reviewed the StreetPilot C550 recently and I loved the integrated traffic receiver. - Read it here: GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review by GPS Lodge

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August 22, 2006

New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 Leaked


UPDATE: Garmin Nuvi 660 and 610 Officially Announced! also See our Review of the Garmin Nuvi 660

News of the forthcoming Garmin Nuvi 660 has leaked from the FCC website, and it appears that Garmin is ready to extend their line up of popular Nuvi models right before the holidays. The Garmin Nuvi 350 has really taken off for Garmin lately, and their recent introduction of the Garmin Nuvi 360 with Bluetooth handsfree is reportedly doing well. One can't blame them for extending the line with this Nuvi 660, but you have to wonder what the big news will be. The single biggest thing that I can see is an FM transmitter to help get all that audio from MP3's and audiobooks across to the stereo in your car, well that and the fact that it's coming up spec'd out as a wide screen. The other thing is the addition of the traffic receiver (GTM20 or 21), which like the one on the C550 (see our review) is integrated into the 12 volt adapter. Well according to an internet retailer, and some snooping on one of our reader's parts (Thanks Ken), we have some details on the spes of the Nuvi 660 after the jump. Its price is around $1,000 and will be available in Mid-September.

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