Review: Garmin Nuvi 660

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Update: Read our review of the Nuvi 660 (It's the best GPS I've used).

Well, we've been oooo-ing and ahhh-ing over the Garmin Nuvi 660 for a while here at GPS Lodge, I would imagine that you have too. Garmin's new wide-screen pocketable model is a pretty good little product that offers top-notch navigation based on an easy Garmin Interface, and NAVTEQ maps, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, an FM transmitter to get all of your MP3's and Audio books that you tote along on the Nuvi 660 to your car stereo, and the fact that they do this in a slim 23 mm thick device is great. More on the Review of the Garmin Nuvi 660 after the jump.

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September 26, 2006

Inrix Traffic Study – Great GPS Traffic Data Covering Many More Miles

Advantage: “Dust Network.”
Why FM based and TomTom fed traffic is better than XM.

Inrix, a pioneering real time traffic data delivery company, has announced that it has independent confirmation that it delivers comparable data quality, on substantially more roads than competition: Traffic.com. In my conversation yesterday with Bryan Mistele, the CEO of Inrix, I learned quite a bit about how the Inrix system works and how we, as consumers and GPS owners, can benefit from it. What makes the two companies' systems different is that Traffic.com relies on road sensors, only. The Inrix model takes a different approach and takes the road sensor data as well as aggregating data from over 620,000 GPS equipped fleet vehicles that transmit traffic conditions on the road, even if it doesn’t have a traffic sensor on the road. This is the key to getting more road coverage, extending down onto surface roads that are not often covered by traffic sensors.

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Dash Demonstrates the Dash Express

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Dash, who we have highlighted before, has opened up the future of the GPS by emphasizing traffic capabilities yet unseen by consumers; demonstrating their Dash Express GPS systems. I've said it before and I'll say it again, traffic capabilities and integrating a traffic aware system with GPS routing is the future of the GPS. (Stay tuned later today for more on traffic.)The system networks its own GPS units so that you help your fellow Dash GPS owner by informing the network of your current traffic situation.

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September 25, 2006

New GPS: Navman N40i and N60i for US

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Update: We told you a while back about the new Navman GPS systems, the N40i and the N60i, well an official annnouncement is out today that also lists the price for these.

The mid-tier NavMan N40i will be list priced at $499, and will be available in October (ah, in a week or so). The more full featured Navman N60i will have a list price of $599, and it should be available in November.

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New Nuvi 360 Update, Predictor of the Nuvi 660 capabilities?


There’s a new noteworthy update to the Garmin Nuvi 360 with the recent Beta software update, namely being able to read SMS text messages that were send to your Bluetooth connected phone. So, one would imagine that if this software update is stable, that the features would be rolled into the new Nuvi 660 GPS too. So, if you already have the Bluetooth phone, and maybe the data package for data downloads, it’s not too much of a stretch to start using the beautiful 3.5 inch Nuvi 360 screen or the 4.3 inch Nuvi 660 screen as an internet browser. If the Nuvi is billed as a traveler’s assistant, why not start moving it towards PDA type functions if you can?

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Another Advanced GPS Satellite to Launch Today

So, if you are in the Cape Canaveral area today around 2:50 PM, you’ll (hopefully) see a Delta II Rocket launch today with another second generation GPS IIR-M satellite in the payload bay. The first of this generation launched last year, and these include some enhanced capabilities that are mostly directed at the military.

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New GPS: Route 66 Chicago 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000

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Route 66 has announced a new line of Euro GPS units, dubbed “Chicago”, in several variations: Chicago 6000, Chicago 7000, Chicago 8000 and Chicago 9000. Generally they are offering single country/region and pan-Euro models at different price points. What is interesting is that they are seling these and claiming that these are the slimmest wide-screen GPS navigators available, and at 24 mm, that is true… until the Garmin Nuvi 660 hits the market at 23mm. Either way, this will continue the pressure on the GPS manufacturers to keep going thin. I am a big fan of thin GPS units, and think that overall, the user experience is just better. ArrowContinue reading: "New GPS: Route 66 Chicago 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000"

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September 24, 2006

Update: Dash Announcement this Week

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Do you remember DASH? This is the company that baited us last month with the promise of some game changing news on the GPS front; something to the effect of networked GPS units that tell each other how the traffic is and what the best route is. Maybe I am reading a little into the announcement. Well, they promised to announce something at DEMOFall running Monday through Wednesday.

Stay tuned.

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September 21, 2006

Price Drops on Garmin StreetPilot C550 - October 1st

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You might hold off buying that cool new Garmin StreetPilot C550 , as things are heading for a change October 1st. We've got word that the price is going to head down after the end of the month, potentially by a significant amount. So stay tuned as we head into the Holiday Season, we like price drops, especially on hot GPS units like the Garmin C550.

If you want to see what we thought of the C550, read our review: GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review by GPS Lodge

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NAVTEQ Finishes Mapping Finland

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I know that you have all been dying for this, but rest easy as NAVTEQ has now mapped Finland 100%. It’s another example of the mapping wars to bring better maps to your GPS. NAVTEQ does a better job elsewhere and TeleAtlas is improving in the US. Battle on I say and make life better for us all.

NAVTEQ has achieved another milestone in their plans for 100% complete Detailed Coverage of Western Europe. With the Q2/06 release of complete Detailed Coverage for Finland, all navigable and named roads in Finland have been verified and up to 204 NAVTEQ attributes have been applied to those roads where applicable. Attributes enable and enhance navigation by avoiding legal and physical restrictions and providing important driver information such as number of lanes in each direction of travel, speed limits and special speed situations.

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