Garmin's new Bluetooth GPS receiver for the Palm - GPS 10

Garmin also announced today the Garmin GPS 10 receiver for use with Palm OS devices. The unit receives the GPS signal and then transmits it to the Palm device for use with Palm based GPS software. This makes it possible for you to have the GPS receiver in clear view of the sky while your PDA is in clear view of you!

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Garmin Announces the X Upgrades Legend Cx, Vista Cx, GPSMAP 60Cx, 60CSx, 76Cx, 76CSx

Another big confirmation out of Garmin today that they are launching the new upgraded line of handhelds. We reported on the launch back in December. The big news for Garmin is that they have included the SiRF star III chipset for high accuracy in difficult situations and longer battery life. The big news for us is that they finally moved the products to include removable storage in the form of the micro SD card. The cards are currently available in the StreetPilot i-series and let me tell you they are tiny. They are available in some decent sizes, so that you can carry A LOT more data around with you. My Garmin Vista C can carry most of New England around in 24MB with a decent amount of detail, but I still want more. I'd take the whole country if I could.

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Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 Announced

Garmin announced the new Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 today, confirming the news that we reported here in November. The new Garmin Forerunner 205 and Garmin Forerunner 305 feature a totally new design for the wrist mounted trainers that wraps the device around the wrist more to make sure that the antenna is facing the sky in normal use. Also, with the addition of the SiRF star III chipet, reception should be greatly improved. This was a minor issue when we used our Forerunner 201 during the Fall in heavy tree cover, but not so bad that it became unusable or dropped signals totally.

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Garmin Nuvi's New Features - The Savers Guide

Garmin announced today that the Garmin Nuvi is getting great reaction and that they are adding new features - specifically a location based coupon book. It's kindof like buying into a club that gives you discounts at participating shops.

"Public response to Nuvi has been amazing," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We believe it's because nuvi is a one-of-a-kind, all-in-one device; a GPS navigator, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a language translator, a travel guide, and much more. Nuvi provides industry leading convergence of capabilities in the PND product category."

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December 31, 2005

Garmin iQue M3 and GPS 60's at Rosewood Hotels

Garmin is working with Rosewood Hotel and Resorts at its properties in Dallas, Santa Fe and New York to lend guests the Garmin iQue M3 GPS device to help with directions around town during their stay. The service seems to fit well with their luxury hotel accommodations and high end services. The PDA style GPS device was launched this past summer in a flurry of product launches by Garmin (see article) and has its data entered by concierges to allow guests to get to popular attractions around the hotel. The easy to read and easy to understand directions are superior to paper drawn directions and maps.

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December 23, 2005

Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS Review

Walter Mossberg is well known for his tech reviews every Thursday in the Wall St. Journal covering all sorts of tech goodies. Well he just reviewed the Garmin Nuvi 350 travelers assistant. It's the size of a Palm handheld, includes standard personal organizer functions as well as a fully functional GPS. The GPS hardware includes the SiRF star III chipset, which is highly sensitive and draws low power. The Nuvi also has built in translation functions which helps it pass for a travelers assistant. (See our article on the launch of the Nuvi 350)

Overall Walter Mossberg thought the Nuvi was not worth its steep price of $900 (street), as it had a few shortcomings in his eyes. He may be right, but I think that he's a bit to critical in some areas.

UPDATE: The Garmin Nuvi 350 is selling at a steep discount at to its $900 list price. This must be in an effort to move out more Nuvi 350's in preparation for the new Garmin Nuvi 360. The new Nuvi 360 has Bluetooth hands free calling capability that allows it to work with your Bluetooth phone, as well as a few other improvements. The Bluetooth is a major one though. If you don't need this, the Garmin Nuvi 350 is definitely worth a look. The Nuvi 350 was also rated highest recently by a very popular consumer reporting magazine - I think you can guess who.

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December 2, 2005

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C340 GPS Review by GPS Lodge

Update: The Garmin C340 is available on a Black Friday Deal at a good price.

The Garmin StreetPilot C340 arrived for review a few weeks ago, and right out of the box, I knew I would really like this thing. It only got better over time, and I can say I am in love with it. Like Goldie Locks said, "That one's too small, and that one's too big, but the Streetpilot C340 is just right." (or something like that). The feature set is solid, and only left me wanting for a few things, while the text to speech voice commands are crisp, clear and welcome as you are driving. I found myself trusting its guidance, and let myself drive unknown back roads under the supervision of the StreetPilot C340 knowing full well that I would arrive at my destination at the appointed time. It's a powerful GPS that is very easy to use, and comes pre-loaded with maps and millions of points of interest. Just take it out of the box, turn it on and go.

See our Update on the StreetPilot C340

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December 1, 2005

Garmin GPS Sold through Ford Dealers

Garmin announced today that several GPS units in their line will be sold through Ford dealers in Germany. With the developing market in automotive GPS units, and the gap in cars that offer built-in GPS units, this looks like a great deal for Garmin and a decent deal for Ford. They will be offering the entry level Garmin StreetPilot i3, as well as two entries from the mid-tier c-series line: the StreetPilot c310 (a Euro version of the C320) and the Garmin Streetpilot C330.

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November 25, 2005

GPS Lodge Holiday Shopping Guide

Sometimes it's hard to navigate the world of GPS receivers and find what the best GPS is, so we thought we'd put together a list of GPS units we like, for you to consider. We took a look at a lot of different types of GPS receivers and broke things down to categories so you'd be able to better target the right GPS for that special someone this holiday season. See our review section for our opinion on a lot of these models.

Entry Level Automotive GPS
Garmin StreetPilot i3 - This is a great little unit that helps get you from here to there. Impressive performance for such a low price. It has a small screen that allows you to clearly see where you are going and where you want to go. It's easy to use, and is tightly designed. It's an impressive unit with a color screen and comes with maps of the US that you download to a flash card. If you can spend a little more, you can buy the Garmin StreetPilot i5which is essentially the StreetPilot i3, that has the entire US and millions of Points of interest pre-loaded.

Mid Tier Automotive GPS
Sorry I can't decide so I thought I would offer two:
TomTom GO 300 - is a great mid-tier car GPS that comes to us from Europe. The design is great, and offers the added feature of connecting through your Bluetooth mobile phone to download traffic and weather updates. This is a unique feature at this price level. It comes with a big SD flash card that you download maps onto - allowing you to carry around the entire US, with a limited set of Points of Interest (POI's). Cost $591 after $50 rebate and FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Garmin Streetpilot C330 - is another great mid-tier car GPS that is easy to use with the highly accurate NAVTEQ base maps, the most up-to-date maps of the continental US. It includes a touch screen and millions of points of interest pre-loaded. If you want to upgrade to be traffic ready consider the Garmin StreetPilot C340 , which has the ability to accept the GTM-10 an add-on antenna that receives FM traffic feeds to help you route around traffic before you get there. Cost is $540 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon. We are currently reviewing the StreetPilot C340, see our preview. I personally LOVE this GPS, and is a great product. If you don't need high end features and huge screens, this is a great buy.

High End Automotive GPS
Magellan RoadMate 760 - A tried and true road warrior that has lots of positive reviews online. It has a lot of features and is very easy to use. This is the model that helps drivers at Hertz - the Neverlost model. Cost is $850 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Garmin StreetPilot 2720 - a good solid high end automotive GPS that offers loads of features including the ability to add the GTM - 10 antenna to receive FM based traffic feeds. Easy navigation and the ability to route you around traffic. Cost is $760 + $199 (for the FM antenna ) = $959 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Entry Level Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Legend - This is a good entry level monochrome handheld GPS that offers a base map and can accept the optional detailed maps. In our opinion, you should really get a GPS with mapping capability because for an extra $30, you can navigate across a map instead of some white space. Cost is $132 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Mid-Tier Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Vista C - The Vista C adds several key features like an altimeter and an electronic compass. The color screen is bright and because it is a newer generation, the battery life is much longer on the two "AA" batteries. It comes with a base map and can accept detailed maps through its fast USB connection. Cost is $240 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

High End Handheld GPS
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS - The GPSMap 60CS is a bigger handheld that offers a big screen and s full compliment of features that you would expect to see in a high end handheld. It offers a reasonable memory that accepts detailed street or Topo maps. Cost is $360 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

Fitness GPS
Garmin Forerunner 201 - For the runner in your household there is the Forerunner 201, a wrist mounted GPS trainer that allows you to track your pace, and then download the data onto your PC to see both the route and chart your results; showing you your pace versus altitude, etc. We have been using one for a couple of months and really like it. The Forerunner 201 is $113 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Funky New Traveling GPS
Need a great new gift for the traveler? The Garmin Nuvi is a great device and is potentially the hottest GPS for the this season that can help you navigate in the car, as well as offer translation of words into different languages and a currency converter. Bored? It can also play MP3's and audio books. Cost is $899 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

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More Garmin Upgrades: Vista Cx, Legend Cx, GPSMap 60CSx and 76 CSx

It appears that Garmin will be introducing more product upgrades in the near future that will include the SiRFstarIII chipset, known for its accuracy and low power draw. The big news here is also that Garmin is FINALLY, yes FINALLY going to removable media for added space. They are moving to the very diminutive Trans-Flash (Also known as Micro SD) chips that are not much bigger than your fingertip. I have seen them in sizes up to 512 MB around the web. It's about time.

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