New Product - Garmin StreetPilot 2720

Garmin has launched a new high end GPS receiver for the car, the Garmin Streetpilot 2720. This adds to the line of portable StreetPilots, and is capable of text-to-speech and optional traffic capability.

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New Product - Quest 2 GPS Receiver

Garmin announced the launch of the Garmin Quest 2 GPS receiver for North America today. The product is designed for out of the box use in North America - it comes loaded with base maps for the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. ArrowContinue reading: "New Product - Quest 2 GPS Receiver"

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July 6, 2005

Save $20 on Garmin Forerunner 201 - Special Offer from Amazon.com

Today is the LAST DAY for a special offer through Amazon.com on the Garmin Forerunner 201 model, the wrist mounted GPS training aid. Their price before the discount is $114.05, $94.05 after the special offer discount.

From the Amazon.com site:

Special Offer: Save $20 instantly on the Garmin Forerunner 201 wrist-mounted GPS personal training device. Offer valid through July 6, 2005. Requires promotional code SAVEDRUNNERS.

NOTE: See recent Special Offer on Garmin Forerunner 201 at Amazon HERE - through August 1st.

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July 5, 2005

GPS Reviews: Magellen eXplorist 600 rated highest of GPS Receivers in Wired Mag Review

In July Wored Magazine reviewd several handheld GPS receivers and they rated the Magellan eXplorist 600 tops, with the Garmin eTrex Vista C close behind. While they only commented on four total GPS receivers, I think that they are on target with their analysis. ArrowContinue reading: "GPS Reviews: Magellen eXplorist 600 rated highest of GPS Receivers in Wired Mag Review"

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July 2, 2005

GPS REVIEW UPDATE: Garmin eTrex Legend C and Vista C

Update and Tips:

After using the eTrex Vista C handheld GPS Receiver for some time, we are still very happy with it here at the lodge. Along the way we ran into a roadblock that the manual didn't detail, but we've got a solution for you here....

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June 23, 2005

GPS Review: Garmin eTrex Legend C and Vista C by GPS Lodge

The newest updates to the eTrex line make some much needed advances in the features available to the Garmin consumer in a small form factor. The Garmin eTrex Vista C and Garmin eTrex Legend C models are good solid performers and are feature packed. Here at the Lodge, we have taken a look on the Vista C, and we like it. The color screens are good quality - not exactly a plasma screen in your hand, but still good. Both the Vista C and the Legend C models now hold 24MB of data, useful for bringing along lots of map information. This generation adds USB connectivity to your computer, which makes those large map downloads bearable. As in the monochrome line, moving from the Legend to the Vista adds an electronic compass as well as an altimeter. Both have extended battery lives over their monochrome brethren. Both have auto-routing capability - which is a big plus if you are navigating along roadways. Traveling with the Vista C or Legend C is a lot easier vs. their monochrome twins, as Garmin has added more features to allow for easier over the road navigation.

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June 5, 2005

Garmin eTrex Accessories

There are a few basic accessories made by Garmin for the eTrex line that can make your life a lot better.

Going Biking? ATVing? - Try the eTrex Handlebar Mount
This is a great way to use your eTrex for biking or off roading with your ATV. The back cover is replaced with a cover that includes an integral clip that clips into the handlebar mount. The kit comes with a handlebar mount that wraps around a typical handlebar, and screws to tighten. The eTrex can then be clipped onto the mount and you are ready to go.

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June 3, 2005

GPS Review: Garmin eTrex Legend by GPS Lodge

The Garmin eTrex Legend makes the first real, solid step up from the base offerings in the eTrex line. It adds base maps, and the ability to download maps from the computer, as well as expanded routing and waypoint capabilities. It also adds more accurate navigations with WAAS capability. It also adds the Thumb Stick to the front side of the GPS, allowing for easy movement around the maps. The eTrex Legend is a bit old in its design features, but still a solid performer for basic map based navigation. Whether you're navigating across town, or across a mountain range trail system, the Legend adds a lot of punch and allows for more sophisticated management of multiple routes, numerous waypoints and answers higher level navigation needs.

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GPS REVIEW: eTrex and eTrex Camo

The Garmin eTrex and Garmin eTrex Camo are entry level handheld GPS receivers that are affordable and easy to use for basic navigation. They lack a lot of the bells and whistles of the more expensive eTrex line, but if you need to navigate to a location and back, without the help of a map in the GPS, these receivers are OK to consider. These models are limited by a couple of key features that they do not offer: Mapping and being able to navigate across a “mapped screen” is a much easier experience.



Limited memory for keeping waypoints, and routes; these can only store 1 route and 50 waypoints which is about as limited as it gets. If you can afford to move up to the Garmin Legend, you should, as the added features of mapping and route/waypoint storage will make the GPS experience better.

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GPS Review: Garmin eTrex Vista by GPS Lodge

The Garmin eTrex Vistahandheld GPS receiver is a great little handheld model.

While it is not the newest model on the market, its feature set covers some of the most used features on general outings. The eTrex line has many common features that make them very popular: portable, many have good base maps, with the option of downloading more maps on some models, and a decent interface that is easy to use once you are familiar with it. The key added features for the Vista are: an altimeter, electronic compass, and additional internal memory (24MB total). Overall, the Vista is a solid product at the high end of the eTrex line, but is left wanting for key features that you might expect out of a device like this these days. While lacking some key modern features, it is still a solid handheld GPS receiver.

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