August 27, 2010

Garmin Edge 800 New Touchscreen Bike Computer

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Garmin has announced a great looking new Edge 800 GPS based touchscreen bike computer that looks to be a big step up in capabilities, notable adding Birdseye satellite imagery and touchscreen capabilities. The Edge 800 interacts with Garmin Basecamp software where you can plan rides and then download them to the Edge 800. If your ride partners have a wireless capable GPS, you can then beam the route to them via Garmi's wireless sharing feature. Compatible Fitness units include the Edge 705 and 605, along with the Garmin Oregon series, Dakota 20 and the older Colorado series handheld units.

I use a Colorado 400t when biking to which I have added City Navigator NT maps so I can navigate roads. Sure it's big, but it handles on and off road biking nicely. With a heart rate monitor and a handlebar mount I can ride, explore and always navigate home. This summer I have been using the Birdseye satellite imagery when I ride and have found that I have come to depend on it. The experience is much better when I can navigate across roads with the satellite imagery versus the regular City NT street maps. The context gives you a better sense of what's around you and where you are in your ride. I see the addition of the Birdseye imagery as a positive step for the Edge series.

On top of the Birdseye satellite imagery, the Edge 800 will come with a long list of capabilities that people have come to expect on a bike computer. The Edge 800 accurately tracks speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent. The Edge 800 syncs with garmin Heart Rate Monitors, and cadence sensors plus third party power meters all through their ANT+ wireless technology. Further, the Edge 800 has a barometric altimeter for extra sensitive ascent and descent readings.

You Mountain bike? Add TOPO maps for a good offroad look and feel of where you are going. Yea it will work and bring back all the data you'd come to expect.

Available for $449 in a standalone model, and a $649 bundle that adds City Navigator NT street maps, their new Heart Rate Monitor strap and cadence sensors.

Read an early review by BikeRadar and see the Garmin Product Page for the Edge 800

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August 26, 2010

Garmin Nuvi Recall Information - Some 200W, 250W, 260W and 7XX Units


Yes, it's true, Garmin has a recall on for some units from the following model numbers: 200W, 250W, 260W and the 7XX series (where the XX are two numbers). The recall stems form a battery issue from one of their suppliers where the battery can overheat. The recall will include up to 1.3 million units.

Garmin has a special recall page set up to check if your model is in the batch of units that are being recalled by looking up the serial number.

If your Nuvi is one that has the problem battery, you can print out a shipping label, ship it back to Garmin where they will insert a new battery, and return the unit to you.

More information at Garmin Nuvi Recall

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August 13, 2010

Over $6 Mil in Sales to Army/Navy for Garmin GPS Units

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According to Defense industry Daily, a small business owner from California received a $6.6 million order for 1,462 Garmin GPSMAP 696 unit as well as some training software. The units are going to both the Army and the Navy. The GPSMAP 696 is an aviation unit offering a large sunlit readable display, offers chart capability and for an extra price (to consumers) weather radar overlay. The weather radar is through an XM satellite subscription, so there can also be over 170 channels of music and sports too.

So that has to make your day if you are the brand manager for Garmin Aviation.....

From Defense Industry Daily - thanks Jim for sending this in.

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August 2, 2010

Top 5 Reasons Why the Garmin Nuvi 255W is the Best GPS Choice for Most Users

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The Garmin Nuvi 255W has been a solid performer since its introduction two years ago, and its feature set combined with the lack of cutting edge expensive features make it the right choice for most GPS users out there. Here are five reasons why:

1. Big Name Maker - Garmin is one of the pioneers in navigation and one of the largest globally. It sells a quality product, has the support infrastructure and will be there to provide technical expertise, product support, software updates and new map releases when you need them. In short a name you can trust. they aren't the only ones out there, but it should be a factor you need to consider.

2. Text to Speech - it speaks road names and tells you what street to turn onto. It makes a difference and most new GPS models have them, but many lower priced models don't. It makes a difference when you need it most, when you are navigating in areas you aren't familiar with.

3. Widescreen (4.3-inch) unit - The Nuvi 255W is in the widescreen class offering 70% more screen real estate than the standard 3.5-inch models. This provides much easier data input (bigger keys to type on and a QWERTY keyboard layout that smaller screens can't offer (They offer the frustrating ABC layout), and let's face it, a bigger screen is better when traveling down the road at 40+MPH. Some of the newer 5-inch screens are great too, but cost significantly more.....(see #5 below).

4. "Just Right" Feature Set - It's not too little, but more importantly it's not too much. There are newer models that have traffic alerts, connected search, and more that aren't on the list of must-haves for most users. More features, require paying more, and most people aren't into it these days.

5. Price - With the most popular spot on Amazon's list of car navigators going to the Nuvi 255W most of the time in the last year( Top GPS Sellers at Amazon), the volume is driving the price down to a very reasonable level - about $110 these days. For most people that's an affordable level. If not, consider the refurbished one at about $90. If you can wait, Amazon offers free shipping on these units. This is usually at or well below a competitive model's price for similar features.

If you are a die-hard commuter (needs traffic updates), RV-Driver (Need larger screen), or someone who wouldn't get caught dead with a two-year old piece of technology, then the Nuvi 255W is probably not for you. For the rest of the world, it is probably just right.

Available at Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 255W or Garmin Nuvi 255W (Factory Refurbished)
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July 30, 2010

Garmin GPSMAP 62ST Now Shipping - New Top Handheld GPS

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Garmin's new GPSMAP line is now shipping, with the top end GPSMAP 62st now available with its long list of capabilities. At the core you get a highly accurate handheld GPS with pre-loaded 100K TOPO maps, a 3-axis compass, a barometric altimeter, wireless data sharing among other Garmin wireless handhelds (it's great to beam routes, tracks and waypoints to others in the party), with a 2.6-inch sunlight readable display that makes it all come together.

Running on a pair of "AA" batteries, the GPSMAP 62st will go up to a claimed 20 hours of use. That's a lot of trails, geocaching or biking with the unit. It is also paperless geocaching capable, with the ability to download, geocache locations and mark them found with notes when you get there. You can also use BirdsEye downloadable satellite images (subscription required), and the unit comes with a micro SD card slot which makes adding additional maps a breeze.

now Shipping at Amazon - Garmin GPSMAP 62st

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July 29, 2010

Garmin Approach G5 - Deal of the Day - $299

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The Garmin Approach G5 is a Deal of the Day today at Amazon at $299. The very capable golf GPS can help understand where you are on the course, distance to pin and offer some significant insight into your golf game with Garmin's new free Stat Tracking software (putts per round, greens hit in regulation, fairways hit and the average distance you hit every club)

With over 13,000 courses available free without a subscription, Garmin offers just about anyone a great set of courses to play on. Check out the current course listing at Garmin.


At Amazon - Deal of the Day - Garmin Approach G5

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July 19, 2010

Deal of the Day: Garmin Nuvi 295W - $149

Garmin's new Nuvi 295 is 40+% off at $149 today only at Amazon. The new Nuvi gives you a Mobile Phone-like form factor with both portrait and landscape navigation views along with a good set of features including the basics like text to speech and millions of Points of interest to get you around the US or Canada, but also a 3MP camera and WiFi to enable features like checking email, getting attachments in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and in PDF's. This also allows you to have one-touch navigation from addresses in your email. Very good.

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 295W for $149

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July 16, 2010

Garmin Nuvi 3750, 3760T, 3790T - MyTrends Navigation - Smart GPS

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I have always dreamed of a smarter GPS, better traffic understanding, better local road understanding and better "me" understanding. Garmin seems to be taking on the last one with MyTrends. The Garmin Nuvi 3700 series (3750, 3760T and 3790T) will take your favorite destinations and learn what the routes are and where you are likely headed to automatically pop up the route, the traffic (on the "T" models) and your expected time of arrival. Cool stuff. The new super thin Nuvi 3700 series (did Apple copy Nuvi's square design for the iPhone 4?) was announced a few months ago and they packed a whole lot into a super slim form factor.

From Garmin:

"With myTrends, when you save your regular destinations in your "Favorites," your nüvi 3790T will, over time, begin to figure out where you're going even without your telling it! It provides time of arrival and relevant traffic information. So whether you're driving to and from work or a regularly scheduled weekly event, your nüvi 3790T will help you get there on time."

The MyTrends feature will start to learn regular trips of yours and understand that you are going to that weekly meeting or daily trip to work and bring up the best route with relevant information. The trick is to do this with accuracy and not automatically plan my trip to work when I am driving to the grocery store.

This learning feature is hopefully just the start of some smarter GPS capabilities. I would like to see route feedback where the GPS learns from me that my shortcuts are faster than its mass market route planning, or that the trip on the highway isn't always the fastest because it learned from my habits. We'll get there.

The Garmin 3700 series is now shipping at Amazon:

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June 12, 2010

Garmin Nuvi 265W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

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This GPS from Garmin features a bright 4.3" widescreen display, and has a sleek, ultra-thin design that fits easilty in your pocket. The Nuvi 265W also supports Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling when paired with Bluetooth-enabled phones. It comes preloaded with City Navigator NT for North America.

At Garmin nüvi 265W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

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May 23, 2010

Easiest Way to Use a GPS when in Europe

Going to Europe this summer? no traveler should be without a GPS when driving in a foreign unfamiliar country. It's just to easy to get a GPS equipped with European maps to make sure you can get from one place to another. I mean, getting lost is a problem everyday, but it just wastes way too much time when you only have a limited amount of time touring a great country.
Don't have a GPS? Get one with Euro Maps built In
  • Garmin Nuvi 275 - Standard Screen (3.5 inch) GPS with maps of North America and Europe - plus Bluetooth - $176
  • Garmin 1370T - Widescreen (4.3 inch) GPS with maps of North America and Europe - plus Bluetooth - $248
Have a Garmin GPS? Add Euro Maps
I am going to talk about Garmins exclusively here because it's just too easy and too convenient to get maps and add them to a select set of units. It's as simple as adding an SD card in the side slot. That covers: Nuvi 200, 300, 600, 5000, 700 & 800 Series, Streetpilot 7200, 7500 & C-Series & Zumo. I just bought the SD card for a single country - a bit cheaper than all of Europe. How to install? Take the SD card out of the pack, and slide it in the SD card slot. It's that easy.
If you are a GPS geek and have a handheld, the product is actually a micro SD card in an SD card adapter, so not only does it fit the auto GPS units, but a wide variety of handhelds including: Colorado Series, Edge Series, and newer Etrex Series. You can get the Garmin City Navigator for Europe or you can get individual countries - details at Garmin for finding the right product.
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