New Palm GPS Navigator using TomTom Navigator 6

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For Palm Treo smartphone users and GPS enthusiasts, Palm announced the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition, featuring new TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software - this is an upgrade from the Navigator 5 package. You can use this to turn your smartphone into a GPS navigation system. The GPS software is very good and intuitive. Drivers using the new GPS Navigator with their Treo smartphones can rely on voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to easily find their destinations as well as millions of points of interest, including gas stations, restaurants, parks, airports and more. TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 is available today exclusively for Palm's GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition. The unit also uses the SiRF star III chipset - a big plus.

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August 14, 2006

Garmin Forerunner 305 helps Diagnose Fainting Issue


Interesting story over at the MotionBased Blog about how a runner fell ill and fainted while on a run, only to use the data collected on his Garmin Forerunner 305 fitness GPS system to diagnose what happened and what went wrong. He was able to see the progress of his run, and using the map player he was able to see where things turned bad.

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August 12, 2006

Suunto Watch Article in NYT

There's a good story in the NY Times about the Suunto X9i GPS sytem watch today that walks through a couple of scenarios, and user opinions, including one soldier's opinion of it who is in Iraq right now. The bottom line is that it is convenient to use - it's always right there on your wrist: "Experts agreed that the great advantage of the Suunto is that it is worn on the wrist. “You don’t have to worry about putting it down and leaving it behind,” Mr. Thompson, a group member, said, “or having it spill out of your pack.”

Although one outdoors man points out that relying on a GPS in the backcountry can be dangerous: "Mr. Wells (a senior field instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School) sees another problem that he says is insurmountable: the device requires batteries. “You don’t want to put your life in the hands of a battery-operated anything,” he said."

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August 11, 2006

Garmin and TomTom increase Share of Market in Europe

Garmin Doubles Euro Market Share.

A new report out from Canalys Market Research firm indicates that Garmin has doubled its share of the overall navigation device market up to 16.7% from 8.2% a year ago, while TomTom has increased their share of the market also from 20.8% to 30.5%. The market research firm includes GPS navigation systems and smart PDAs as well as GPS enabled mobile phones in that measure. That’s good news for both TomTom and Garmin, but on the heels of Garmin’s announcement that they are buying a new Euro headquarters, it makes me think that they are planning on bigger moves into the Euro market. Now some may be confused as we’ve reported on GPS navigation system only share, which TomTom claims to have over half the market share in Europe, but that excludes devices like GPS enabled mobile phone shipments.

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Trackback - Week in Review and Great GPS Deals

Interesting week behind us, taking a look back:

  • IGolf GPS Caddy
  • TomTom GO 510 or TomTom GO 910 Mounting Issues?
  • Review: Sony GPS-CS1
  • Magellan eXplorist 500 LE
  • GPS Review: Garmin Edge 305
  • Watch iPod Video on 7000 series StreetPilots
  • New GPS System: XRoad Z3300
  • GPS Review: Mio C710 Digiwalker GPS System
  • Garmin buys New Euro Headquarters Building
  • Lake Link - GPS Coordinates for Fishing Spots
  • Inrix - Nationwide Average Speeds
  • BlogPire Podcast - The Pilot 08.05.2006

    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360. If you are thining about a Nuvi - check out these screen protectors.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now below $700 and within striking distance of the Nuvi 350 price.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • Sony Nav-U 70 - $100 Rebate extended - ends 9/12 See our posts for reviews of the Sony Nav-U.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 10/30.

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 10/30.


    Handheld GPS

  • Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate through 8/21/06.

    New "x" series GPS Units with the better SiRF star III Chipset. All $50 Rebates, all run through 12/31/06.

  • Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
  • Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
  • Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - Entry level color handheld with Mapping. Net Cost is within about $30 of the Monochrome Legend - DEFINITELY worth the upgrade - Color, Memory Card, USB Connectivity, 32 hour battery life..... consider at least the Venture Cx.
  • Garmin eTrex Legend Cx - adds a 64MB micro SD card.
  • Garmin eTrex Vista Cx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.

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  • IGolf GPS Caddy

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    In the emerging market for the blending of Golf and GPS, enters the iGolf Caddie. The little unit offers you your current location and with a subscription to the iGolf service (igolf.com) you can download maps of golf courses from around the world, allowing you to know the course layout and the distance to the green from where ever you are.

    You can get a reading in yards of how far you are to the front, center, or back of the green as well as seeing all of the hazards in your way such as sand and water traps. If you choose to make your own maps you can designate up to 11 distance markers and 8 additional points for each hole. Another decent feature is that it can learn your shot distance with each club to make club selection even easier.

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    August 10, 2006

    New GPS System: XRoad Z3300

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    X-Road is the Asian version of Tibo manufactured by the same Korean company called CarPoint Co. You got that? There will be a test later. It works on a Windows CE OS and can use SD cards for additional memory. What's good? The huge 7 inch screen. It is for the Korean audience now, no word on availability in the west.

    It features:

  • DMB TV
  • Instructions with voice guidance - no word on text to speech vs. canned phrases.
  • Search by: Address/intersection, points of interest, address book, previous destination
  • Area information while driving - nice.
  • zoom features, 2D and split screen rendering.
  • store your driving route or your preferred route.
  • Of course the SiRF star III chipset in a fold out antenna.

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  • August 9, 2006

    Review: Mio C710 Digiwalker GPS System

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    Another review has hit the net on the Mio C710 Digiwalker GPS System, and overall, give it a pretty balanced assessment. I reviewed the Mio C310, the little brother of the C710, earlier this year, and thought that the product was pretty good; the size was great, and it handled well. It definitely exceeded my expectations; Mio is a GPS player to pay attention to. There were a few things I would have liked to see done differently, that Craig Ellison picks up on in his review of the C710, namely search functions. The C310 is a fully functioning GPS system that has a slim PDA size form factor, and comes with MP3 capability and a 3.5 inch touch screen. The C710 adds a built in traffic update receiver, DivX playback and Bluetooth phone capability.

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    Garmin buys New Euro Headquarters Building

    In a sign that Garmin is doing well in Europe and that they intend to do better, Garmin has bought a building in the UK to house their Euro headquarters. Garmin will buy the roughly 155,000-square-foot facility on 12 acres in the Hounsdown Business Park in Totton, Southhampton. The facility, completed in 2002, will serve as the company's European headquarters for distribution, marketing and product support.

    "The popularity of (global positioning system) navigation is growing exponentially, particularly in Europe," Chairman and CEO Min Kao said in the release. "This new facility will allow Garmin to enhance our European marketing and distribution efforts so that we are well positioned to take advantage of this rapid growth."

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    August 8, 2006

    Lake Link - GPS Coordinates for Fishing Spots

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    A small, Princeton, Wisconsin-based Internet company inroduces a cutting-edge technology application on its website -- the very first of its kind: Directly connecting users to online lake maps with GPS system capabilities, using only an Internet browser and no other special software.

    Finding an ideal spot is no longer guesswork; it’s now an exact science. Lake-Link, Inc. recently launched the next evolution of online lake maps, providing the latest, cutting-edge technology. With this new service, www.lake-link.com allows anglers to navigate the waters beforehand, by accessing GPS coordinates of any spot on nearly 1,000 Wisconsin lakes via computer and without the use of any other special software. Use your GPS system to navigate to known fishing hot spots.

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