October 26, 2005

Garmin earnings WAY up

Garmin reported earnings for the most recent quarter, and earnings are way up. The consumer segment had 31% revenue growth, while the aviation segment saw 26% revenue growth, resulting in a 30% growth overall in revenue. It looks like the new i-series and c-series Streetpilots are doing well for them. They go on to talk about the continued high pace of product rollouts (more below). Recall that Magellan dominates (?dominated?) the US market for Automobile GPS units, while Garmin dominates the handheld markets in the US. This move with the i-series and the c-series StreetPilots is an attempt to unseat Magellan as King of the car GPS segment.

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October 20, 2005

Garmin StreetPilot i3 Arrives for Review

The tiny but powerful Garmin StreetPilot i3 arrived for review today at the GPS Lodge. In looking at the thing, one can't help but remark on its tiny size. Not much bigger than a tennis ball, the StreetPilot i3 packs a lot of navigation help in a small package. It is targeted at entry level car GPS system users. The i3 and the i2 were announced back in July (see our article), with a follow-up release of the i5 in the middle of September (see article). The main differences being that the i2 starts with transflash based memory and a monochrome screen, the i3 adds a color screen, and the i5 comes pre-loaded with detailed North America maps.

(Update: See our review article on the StreetPilot i3 GPS.)

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Want a Free Garmin eTrex? Buy a Segway

Segway has announced that buyers of the Segway Human Transporter will receive a free Garmin eTrex Legend or Legend C with the purchase of various models of the Segway HT. The offer is good through January 6, 2006. This is the latest thing to add to your Segway to trick it out; head lights and blinking tail lights are also available.

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October 4, 2005

Garmin to buy MotionBased

In news out of Olathe Kansas, Garmin announced yesterday that they will buy MotionBased Technologies, a privately held start-up out of California. We reviewed the MotionBased site earlier this year, and really liked it. Motionbased has more than 11,000 registered users and over 140,000 logged postings of routes. Recently MotionBased has more closely integrated some Google applications - the Google Maps and Google Earth. Frequent users will have already noticed the recent changes. As we noticed this past summer when we studied up on MotionBased, they continue to innovate and add new features. Obviously the folks at Garmin noticed too.

The web service allows you to upload your GPS tracks from workouts and analyze data from those workouts either in tabular or graphical form. MotionBased is very much tuned into using Garmin GPS units, and one of the downsides we noticed is the work arounds needed to upload GPS tracks from other non-garmin units...... maybe this was by design? Maybe just a coincidence. The service fits well with the line of training devices that Garmin exclusively offers - the Forerunner line and the upcoming biking focused line of Edge GPS units. Anyway, we like Garmin and MotionBased; good luck.

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September 29, 2005

Garmin units to be on Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles

Honda has selected Garmin to be part of their tier one parts providers for GPS units to be sold on their Gold Wing motorcycles.

Known as the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System, it provides complete North American mapping with nearly six million points of interest - places like hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, and Honda Motorcycle dealerships and service centers - displayed on a large seven-inch integrated display.

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September 28, 2005

Garmin StreetPilots featured with Dollar/Thrifty Rental cars

In a move that will certainly be seen as an intrusion on the Magellan/Hertz space (another salvo in the Garmin vs. Magellan battle), Garmin has announced that a unit based on the StreetPilot c330 portable automotive GPS will be available on Dollar and Thrifty rental cars at 138 rental locations throughout the US and Canada. The extra cost will be about $10 a day.

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September 20, 2005

Huge increase in Garmin R&D spending pays off

Here's a quick bit that I came across today and thought that I would pass along......

Readers of the GPS Lodge know that Garmin has been introducing new GPS devices by the truckload since July..... the Garmin StreetPilots (i2, i3, i5, c340, 2720), the innovative Garmin nuvi, the bicyclist targeted Garmin Edge, the new FRS based RINO 520 and 530, the Garmin Mobile phone service, the Jeep Wrangler only Trail Guide, the iQue M3, the Garmin GPSMap 376c and the Quest 2 receiver... whew! Are there more, our sources say that there are. Ever wonder what's changed? A huge increase in R&D spending is what's changed. In 2003 R&D spending was a fraction of what it was the following year....

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September 19, 2005

New Garmin StreetPilot i5 - building on the entry level of the Automotive segment

Garmin today announced the Garmin StreetPilot i5 GPS Navigator, it is pre-loaded with detailed maps of North America which includes the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It features three buttons on the face of the unit: on/off button, "back" button, and a unique and convenient click-to-enter scroll wheel -- which makes it easy to select a destination from the unit's menu-driven interface.

See our coverage of the Garmin StreetPilot i2 and i3 launch announcement.
See our related article on a StreetPilot i3 gps review.

See our own GPS Review of the StreetPilot i5's sibling the StreetPilot i3: Garmin StreetPilot i3 Review at the GPS Lodge

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Mounts for Garmin StreetPilot 2720

A lot of readers have been asking about alternative mounts for their new Garmin StreetPilot 2720. For one reason or another the factory mount isn't suitable for their needs. The folks over at eMounts have confirmed that these mounts will fit the 2700 series products. So if you need a windshield mount, a c-clamp bar type mount, a cup holder mount, or a crazy floor mounted bendable stand, you can find them there.

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September 15, 2005

Update: New Magellan RoadMate 360 Press Release

Update: Magellan has posted their press release at their site... a few days after the news hit the web and GPS Lodge. Huh?


Our Original story follows....

Not to be outdone, Magellan has announced the new Magellan RoadMate 360 , a continuation on their popular RoadMate line. The RoadMate 360 has picked up on some key needs of the lower end of the market and added onboard maps for a device ready out of the box to navigate. It also has a full color touchscreen and a full set of advanced navigation features at a price point that comes in lower than the high end RoadMate 700 series.

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