June 20, 2006

Audiovox GPS Models hit the Market: NVX216, NVX226, NVX406


This may be old news for some, but we see that Audiovox is starting to hit the market with some GPS units of their own (Is it me or is everyone getting on this band wagon?). The entry level will be their NVX216 product that will feature a 2.2 inch touch screen, 1GB of memory and US maps. It reportedly has over 1.6 million points of interest, MP3 features and navigation through car speakers via FM modulation. List price on the NVX216 is $599.

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Philips Announces Intention to get into the GPS Market in Europe


Philips, the massive electronics company, has announced that it is planning market entries into the stand alone GPS market this fall. It would be a new line of three products from September and October in Germany, France and the Benelux countries starting at 400 euros (~$500). (Just in time for holiday shopping.) It sounds like the units are going to be slim Garmin Nuvi or Mio C310 style units that are thin and portable. In a statement they indicated that the units would be about 160 grams (about 5 ounces) and 2 centimeters thick (< 1 inch). This probably stands to hurt TomTom the most, as they have about half of the European market.

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Update: Mio 350 and Mio 550 PDA GPS

We wanted to pass on more information on the Mio P350 and Mio P550 PDA GPS units available in Europe. The Mio P350 and P550 were leaked, and then announced earlier this year. The units come loaded with a fair number of goodies on top of a Windows Mobile platform which allows you to use the full functionality of such applications as Pocket Office: Power Point, Excel, Word and Outlook. With synchronization you’ll be able to bring your MS documents with you as well as your contacts from Outlook. I am sure you’ll be able to find plenty of games online too if you get bored.

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June 19, 2006

The Wizxer 350 - Fusion GPS Thing


So this thing surfaced recently – the Wizxer WXP 350. It’s a fusion of about a million things mounted oaround a hard drive, including a GPS, a movie player, FM radio, eBook reader, 1.3 megapixel camera, video and audio recording through input ports, WiFi, Bluetooth and it runs on methane…. Well not the methane part, but the thing has a lot. It started me thinking about where GPS units were going, as more and more have the MP3 player, and the integrated Bluetooth for handsfree calling capability, and some even have video playback capability. So, where does it end and should anything with a hard drive and a screen have all functions under the sun?

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Magellan RoadMate 3000T Now Shipping

RoadMate 3000TThe New Magellan RoadMate 3000T Mobile GPS has started shipping at Amazon. The Magellan 3000T was announced in April, along with two other models (Magellan 3050T and the Magellan 6000T) in the newly designed line. After a bit of a delay, the Magellan 3000T has been shipping since late last week. This next generation marks a big design change for Magellan in their line up with a slim flat look focused around the unit’s screen. The unit is fairly featured packed with text to speech voice directions, pre-loaded NAVTEQ maps and over 6 million Points of Interest, as well as the ability to add traffic capability with the optional Magellan TrafficKit.

Shop it against the Garmin StreetPilot C340 , of the TomTom GO 510 .

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June 17, 2006

Another Week Another set of Winners - Up Your Budget Contest


Week 2 took a 1203 mile trip from the Pabst brewey in NJ to Sparta WI. Gail V from Michigan won $25,000 this week, while two others won $10K and $5K, all for a little investigation and mapping work. If you want to check out the contest that is sponsored by Budget Rent a car and the two guys from that TV show Weird US, click on the link on the right side of our our main page - this week it says "Jane's $10,000 smile". Basically they post clues about locations in the US, you assemble a road trip from location to location that they leave cluses about and guess what the total distance should be for the trip from location to location. Guess by Thursday and new winners are announced every Friday. Come on, you're into GPS's and mapping; how about a virtual road trip to win a little prize money?

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Garmin Teams up with USA Triathlon Program - Forerunner and Edge units to be Used

USA Triathlon has announced that Garmin has signed on as a corporate sponsor and an Official Supplier to the USAT National Teams Program. As part of the agreement, Garmin will provide Garmin Edge 305 HR+Speed and Cadence Sensor units, Garmin Forerunner 305 units and GPS mapping units appropriate for course scouting purposes for use by National Team athletes and coaches. So, if you didn't think that Garmin Edge and Forerunner products were serious business, think again couch potato! Clearly these outdoor training GPS units help out.

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June 16, 2006

Garmin with a Strong Share of the US market

Garmin is on a track for owning a huge part of the US GPS market according to a recent article. Despite recent entries from some pretty big names, Garmin still hangs on to 47% share of GPS devices sold in May of this year. TomTom has 26% share of the market. No news on Magellan, but look to them to improve their position with their recent RoadMate entries.

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June 15, 2006

Mio C210 GPS Now Available for Europe


Mio previously announced the Mio C210 for Europe, and it is now available for purchase. This little design beauty is power packed with the SiRF star III GPS chipset for high quality reception a 2.7” touch screen, and a speed camera Point of Interest database that can be updated through Mio free for a year. The entry level Mobile GPS is being positioned as a GPS with above entry-level features. At about $300, the thing is a great deal for what’s offered, and would raise the bar for entry level GPS units should it hit the shores of the US. I am currently using the Mio C310, and am impressed with it. I’ll be writing up my review in a few days, but after using the C310, I have confidence that the Mio C210 will be a good sound product at this price. The Mio C210 unit has additional data loaded via SD card, and comes traffic capable if you want to add the optional service.

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GPS Driving Productivity

We all know how nice it is to use your GPS to find your way to someone's house, a coffee shop in another town, or to a business that you haven't visited before. The GPS is changing how big companies do business as well, with better tracking of fleets, and better routing so that the most efficient delivery schedule can be set up to minimize miles driven and gas consumption. There’s a pretty good write up today at Wired News that reveals how a GPS with pretty basic functions is used to help an author visit more bookstores than though possible all due to the routing and reliability of the GPS. Author J. A. Konrath is using his GPS to increase book sales of his latest mystery.

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