May 13, 2006

Garmin sponsors the NCCA national Championships


Garmin in support of their Edge line of biking GPS units is out there as a sponsor of the National Championships this weekend in Lawrence Kansas.

This news comes out of the Garmin Blog - a new blog put out there from Garmin. They are pretty active and are posting quite a bit on their products and their sponsorships of various races around the country - check them out.

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May 10, 2006

Insight on Garmin's Business Outlook

So if you missed it, Garmin's earnings are up a ton this year over last for the first quarter - see our article; "Garmin Profit up 86% - Announce Stock Split" Garmin is the maker of such popular mobile GPS models as the C340, the new C500 series with Bluetooth integration, the huge StreetPilot 7200 with a 7 inch screen, the popular eTrex handheld models and the category owning Forerunner series. We'll take a look at what makes Garmin do so well, and if they will keep it up.

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May 3, 2006

Garmin Profit up 86% - Announce Stock Split

First quarter profit at Garmin has soared and is up 86% over last year, and they announced a 2 for 1 stock split. Total revenue was up 67%, largely driven by the 252% revenue increase in the automobile segment. Obviously things in North America are going well, with a 53% increase in revenue, where they enjoy very strong market share, but things are going well in Europe too where TomTom is the leader in the market. European revenue was up 102% to ~$102 million, which by my crude calculations are about half of TomTom’s European revenue numbers. With Garmin’s recent move to Bluetooth enabled mobile GPS units, I expect this key feature to help gain market share in Europe where Bluetooth is a key feature and is more widely accepted. I’ll say again, that R&D pays off when done right, and Garmin appears to be putting their R&D into the right areas and making the right moves in this wildly expanding market. (See our article on R&D spending at Garmin)

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May 1, 2006

Garmin StreetPilot 2820 GPS

Garmin announced a new addition to their expanding line up of Bluetooth enabled GPS units today with the Garmin StreetPilot 2820. The Garmin StreetPilot 2820 is intended to be used for both automotive and motorcycle applications. The Bluetooth features will be a welcome addition in both applications. You want music? Yes, that's in there too; Garmin has included music playback capabilities, as well as FM RDS traffic (or XM traffic), as well as a huge database of trusted Points of Interest and maps. Worried about getting wet on the bike? The unit is waterproof to IPX7 standards, which means it can handle a little rain.

“The StreetPilot series is recognized for incorporating features that make customers’ lives easier,” said Gary Kelley, vice president of marketing. “Bluetooth capability is yet another example of our commitment to providing customers with navigation devices with more flexibility and integrated technologies than any other manufacturer.”

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April 24, 2006

Review: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge

Garmin Forerunner 205

Garmin introduced the Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 this past January at the CES show, as a big improvement to the category changing Forerunner 101, 201 and 301 personal training aids. With the Forerunner 201 and Forerunner 301 on the market, one has to ask if the new designs are worth the extra money. After using the Forerunner 205 for the past month, I can appreciate the new design features and capabilities, and if it were up to me, I would pay the extra money for the newly upgraded Forerunner 205 and 305 units. If you are value minded, the Forerunner 201 and 301 are not bad units, but I'll walk through a few of the features below that I think make the Forerunner 205 and 305's worthwhile.

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April 19, 2006

Happy Patriot's Day - Running the Boston with a Forerunner

Today is Patriot’s Day; the day that the American Revolution in effect started. Patriot’s Day was recently celebrated here in Massachusetts (Monday 4/17), which means that most of the state takes a day off for an official state holiday and we recognize the day that the revolutionary war started the ball rolling for the formation of our country. For some, it means dressing up in period garb, grabbing a musket and re-enacting battles around Lexington and Concord. To our readers in the UK - this is as much a re-enactment as it is a memorial for the fallen soldiers; not a party, more of a respectful event...... For baseball fans it means an unusually early Red Sox game (11AM), timed to finish up by the time the runners of the Boston Marathon are crossing the finish line (Fenway Park is pretty close to the marathon finish line). This year marked the 110th year of the Boston Marathon, and about 20,000 people participated in the well known run. Garmin is a sponsor of the Boston Marathon, along with other marathons and bicycle races across the country this year in an effort to spread the word about their Forerunner and Edge series of GPS training devices.

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April 12, 2006

Garmin StreetPilot c330 with 5 Asian Languages


Garmin is now offering a version of its StreetPilot c330 that allows North American motorists who speak Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Taiwanese to experience the convenience and safety of GPS satellite navigation in their native tongue. The StreetPilot C-series is a high quality mid-tier line of GPS receivers, and the Streetpilot c330 in the middle of the line. GPS Lodge reviewed the StreetPilot c340 last year and we liked it a lot – see the review here.

The StreetPilot c330 Asian Americas is based on Garmin's most popular Personal Navigation Device (PND), featuring an intuitive touchscreen interface and automatic route calculation to any destination with turn-by-turn voice prompted directions in Asian languages along the way. Menus and text are displayed in one of five Asian languages as well -- the only unit in North America that offers an Asian language user interface.

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April 7, 2006

Garmin BMW Motorrad III Navigator soon to be released

Garmin BMW Motorrad Navigator III is set to debut with a TFT anti-glare screen and Bluetooth connectivity that should allow for easy voice prompted turn directions via remote ear pieces.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator III integrates charts of Europe in its memory, 500MB of space is said to be available on the hard drive. The unit should ship with MapSource City Navigator Europe NT DVD.
No date on when it will ship, but most likely this spring in time for biking season; and it’s sure to have BMW dealers loaded in the Points of Interest.

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March 27, 2006

Garmin Launches GPSMAP 378 and GPSMAP 478

Garmin International Inc, today announced the GPSMAP 378 and GPSMAP 478 -- two versatile and portable GPS navigators that come pre-loaded with a comprehensive set of maps and charts. These are the first portable GPS units to have both land and sea datasets.

"Our customers want GPS navigators that come pre-loaded with the cartography that they need, and the GPSMAP 378 and 478 fit the bill. These two units are the ideal companions whether you're sailing coastal waterways, boating on inland lakes, or driving across North America," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "With optional XM WX Weather capabilities, the GPSMAP 378 and 478 are the only portable units on the market that can also let mariners and motorists know what kind of weather to expect during their trip."

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March 21, 2006

MotionBased now Mac Compatible

MotionBased, the web service to help you analyze your GPS based training data is now moving to a Mac compatible data upload system. The new system is in Beta, and allows a Mac user with the Safari browser to upload his or her data to the MotionBased service from their Forerunner or Edge GPS device. The Mac system has a few restricitons and won't allow you to run the Map Player, and the analyzer, but will allow you to run a lot of features. MotionBased says, "We hope to have complete Safari support this summer."

We reviewed MotionBased last summer before Garmin purchased them and liked the service - ReadMore. We really liked the service, and our only issue was that many non-Garmin devices were not supported. Since MotionBased is now owned by Garmin, it's no big deal and no surprise.

ReadMore - for news on the Mac Compatibility at MotionBased

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