January 4, 2010

Garmin Friction Mount - Greener Packaging and $5 cheaper

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Amazon started their frustration free packaging endeavor a while ago to of course reduce frustration but also green-up the packaging that they sell. This means, no plastic clam shells, no wire ties, just a simple recyclable cardboard box. Not bad.

The Garmin Portable Friction Mountis a popular item and is now available in the simpler packaging at about $5 less than the regular packaging. Sounds like a good idea to me.

There are several items available for the GPS in frustration free packaging - see all GPS Items in Frustration Free Packaging

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December 29, 2009

Garmin Oregon 450 and 450T Announced

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Garmin announced the most recent addition to the Oregon Line of the Oregon 450 and 450T handheld GPS units. The lower end Oregon units still offer the touchscreen interface that is quickly becoming mainline technology, with a 3-axis electronic compass, photo navigation and enhanced track navigation - offering an elevation view of the track ahead of you and behind you to help better judge your trail runs or bike rides. See the image below - this looks very col, and might make me add yet another handheld to the family.

The 450T adds 100K TOPO maps of the US offering major trails, urban and rural roads, interstates, highways, coastlines, rivers and lakes as well as national, state and local parks, forests and wilderness areas. In addition, you can search for points of interest by name or proximity to your location and view descriptive details for terrain contours, topo elevations, summits and geographical points.


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Full press release below.....

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November 18, 2009

Garmin GPS Holiday Commercials 2009 -

Garmin has put out their 2009 Holiday GPS Commercials, and they are pretty good. Plenty of fun to be had in these short ads. Featuring the new connected Nuvi 1690, the Nutcracker finds things to do on his night away from the store window display. The Nutcracker will grow on me, but I still like going back to the "Got a Unibrow" ad and the "Bugs in her Grill" ad from last year.

Garmin also has the multi-product ad out featuring a Knight heading out to slay a dragon, but I like the Scot golfing only to find a squirrel playing a mandolin, which is a great little throwback to CaddyShack. I'm telling you the "pool, the pond, the pond would be good for you." Anyway, enjoy the ads, they're on TV for a short time, but a lot longer here and on YouTube.




If you want to learn more, check out the Garmin Blog for information about the making of the ads and some of the Nutcrackers for the Michigan Ave store in Chicago.


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November 6, 2009

Garmin Nuvi 750 - $169 at WalMart

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Starting the whole holiday shopping early? WalMart hopes so, and is offering the Garmin Nuvi 750 on sale for $169. The widescreen unit (4.3-inches) has text to speech - it says street names, North American Maps, the ability to advance plan routes ahead of time from point A to B.


at WalMart - Garmin Nuvi 750

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October 30, 2009

MSN Direct to End Service Jan 1, 2012

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MSN Direct, the service that offers traffic, weather, movie times and more to some GPS units, including Garmin Nuvi 780, 880, 885, will go dark on January 1, 2012. The announcement was made with the backdrop of other technologies coming forward, namely the slow promising crawl of broadband connected devices. The service is a step up from the FM based TMC traffic, and has more capability to deliver other services directly to the unit while you drive.

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October 26, 2009

Garmin Downloads - Halloween "Vehicles" for your Garmin GPS

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Garmin has their Halloween Boo Bundle out for the season. Packed with seven vehicles for you to put on your Garmin and enjoy. Check out the Garmin Garage for the Boo Bundle and more. The easy directions on how to download and use the vehicles on your compatible Garmin are available there too.



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October 21, 2009

Garmin Nuvifone Commercial hits the Air

Thought I would pass this along. Garmin has launched a TV campaign that includes three versions of the commercial above. Take a look; if you want to see the other two, cruise on over to the GarminBlog channel at YouTube, and look in the right column under all the videos they have uploaded.

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October 18, 2009

Garmin Nuvi 1450

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Garmin has shown on their website their new LARGE screened unit, the Nuvi 1450 - a 5-inch screened unit that offers a lot of features that make it one of the top of the line entries from Garmin. The screen is a nice place to start, but it also comes with map coverage of North America, lane view to help you choose which lane you need to be in as you come up to complex highway intersections, and of course text to speech - it says road names. the unit can allow you to plan up to 10 routes in advance and then store them for use later; sounds like the ideal unit for the winter migration south via motor home!   It does not come with Bluetooth handsfree or the Nulink services that connect you to the internet for Google searches, live detailed traffic among other things.


Via Slashgear

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October 8, 2009

Garmin Nuvifone Review - NYT

The Nuvifone just released and is a review column was just put up by David Pogue from the NYTimes. In his column, he takes a look at the Nuvifone, it's navigation capabilities and its phone capabilities. Overall, he sounds thrilled with the well designed, high quality navigation functionality, with slick integrations that allow for navigation from a contact list, from an address found on the web and more. He calls it a "Fantastic" navigator. The Pogue love-fest ends there though, as he picks his way through the concerns he has about the phone side, and its rough hewn features.

ReadMore at NYT

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October 4, 2009

Nuvifone Launches - Unboxing Video

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I'll admit it, I wasn't sure that today would get here given the long announce to launch period for the Nuvifone and I know that I am not alone on this, but today the Garmin Nuvifone launched. Navigator and smartphone all in one, the Nuvifone G60 will offer you fast info where ever life takes you.

Below you will see a pretty good Unboxing Video from Techno Buffalo, that was posted a few days ago, and it walks you through the unboxing process, product and features of the unit. Nice.

Unboxing Video
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