December 23, 2005

Garmin Nuvi 350 GPS Review

Walter Mossberg is well known for his tech reviews every Thursday in the Wall St. Journal covering all sorts of tech goodies. Well he just reviewed the Garmin Nuvi 350 travelers assistant. It's the size of a Palm handheld, includes standard personal organizer functions as well as a fully functional GPS. The GPS hardware includes the SiRF star III chipset, which is highly sensitive and draws low power. The Nuvi also has built in translation functions which helps it pass for a travelers assistant. (See our article on the launch of the Nuvi 350)

Overall Walter Mossberg thought the Nuvi was not worth its steep price of $900 (street), as it had a few shortcomings in his eyes. He may be right, but I think that he's a bit to critical in some areas.

UPDATE: The Garmin Nuvi 350 is selling at a steep discount at Amazon.com to its $900 list price. This must be in an effort to move out more Nuvi 350's in preparation for the new Garmin Nuvi 360. The new Nuvi 360 has Bluetooth hands free calling capability that allows it to work with your Bluetooth phone, as well as a few other improvements. The Bluetooth is a major one though. If you don't need this, the Garmin Nuvi 350 is definitely worth a look. The Nuvi 350 was also rated highest recently by a very popular consumer reporting magazine - I think you can guess who.

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December 22, 2005

Telogis and NAVTEQ Announce Sales Channel Collaboration - GeoBase

Telogis announced today that it has signed an agreement with NAVTEQ, a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, to work as a sales channel partner and reseller. The agreement allows better service to location-based service, telemetry, telematics, and asset tracking companies worldwide by offering a single-source integrated product. This product, Telogis' GeoBase(TM) mapping engine, will utilize NAVTEQ digital map data of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Steven Rabago, CEO of Telogis, said: "GeoBase(TM) eliminates development risks associated with map data integration projects, as well as the high start-up cost associated with most map engines and map data, and accelerates the product development cycle." He further commented: "NAVTEQ is one of the most widely recognized brands in the Geographic Information System (GIS) and location-services industry. We are excited about our relationship with NAVTEQ as it enables us to deliver a fully integrated mapping engine combined with NAVTEQ's quality digital map data."

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Nokia LD-1W Wireless GPS

Nokia has come out with a wireless Bluetooth GPS module to hook up with your mobile phone or PDA to help guide you to your destination. To install the Wayfinder Navigator Service, your phone must support MMC flash cards and the Symbian OS, but other phones and PDAs can use third-party programs. The GPS module works seamlessly with the Nokia 6682, 6630, and 6670 phones.

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December 21, 2005

GPS Lodge Contest Winner for the eTrex Legend

Well if you signed up for our mailing list in early December you qualified to win a new Garmin eTrex Legend handheld gps. Congratulations go out to our winner:

Gail from Milton, VT
- who says she stops by GPS Lodge to read the interesting information on GPS's.

Thanks again and keep signing up for our mailing list - we'll be having more drawings for free GPS stuff. If you are signed up, you are qualified.

-Scott

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December 19, 2005

Magellan Roadmate 760, Cobra 4500, CoPilot Live & Parrot Honored

The Magellan Roadmate 760, the Cobra 4500, the CoPilot Live Smartphone 6 and the Parrot 3400 LS- GPS were named a 2006 Innovations Design and Engineering honorees in the Vehicle/Mobile Electronics category by the Consumer Electronics Association. While they didn't win the category - that honor was given to the maker of a rooftop that turns your car into a rolling WiFi hotspot, it's still good recognition that these folks are turning out well designed products in the GPS category.

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TomTom updates phone compatibility list - GO 300 and GO 700

Most people know that TomTom GO 300 and TomTom GO 700 are compatible with Bluetooth phones to deliver on their TomTom Plus services (weather, traffic feeds as well as the ability to download extra voices to navigate by), as well as, in the case of the TomTom GO 700, operate as a hands free unit for phone calls. Well TomTom has released the latest update 5.420, which has the ability to work with a few more phones.

For a phone compatibility list look HERE. For the GPS Lodge review on the TomTom GO 300 - click HERE.

If you need the latest TomTom update, click HERE.

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December 9, 2005

Buy a TomTom GO 700 and get a Motorola RAZR V3 Free

TomTom has released another new promotion for the holiday season!

With the purchase of a TomTom GO 700 from CompUSA, you will receive a free Motorola RAZR V3 cellular phone. This promotion will be available from December 11 - 17, 2005.

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Load Personal POI's on your TomTom GO 300 and 700

You know that the TomTom GO 300 and 700 have loads of Points of Interest (POI's) well you can now add your own. Lots of people are adding POI's to their units when there are speed cameras, school zones or frequent speed traps that can be located and added to your unit to remind you that they are coming up.

There are many other POIs that can be added and the list keeps growing as TomTom and other online communities update their POI databases. Note that this is very popular in the UK where there are a lot of speed cameras, but not as prevalent in the US.

If you are interested in a TomTom GO 300 - check out our review

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December 8, 2005

Big Leaps for the GPS industry

If you are coming to the GPS Lodge, then you probably know that GPS's are hot, and the market is exploding for them in recent months and years. Well here's some proof. A recent article did some investigating into the GPS world and found that more and more people are getting into them, and while the prices are coming down, demand is way up - kindof works well that way. With the market expanding, there are bound to be some new comers, and this holiday season seems like a bi step out for the GPS industry.

"This will be the first season it's tested," said Ted Gartner, a spokesman for Garmin International Inc., a major GPS manufacturer, of the real-time traffic features. "We think people who know their cities will use it to avoid traffic tie-ups or when they commute to work. GPS isn't just GPS anymore. Traffic is the new frontier."

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Strong sales for Mio

Mio's parent company Mitac, it reporting strong sales of GPS (Global Positioning System) handheld devices, Mitac International hit a record revenue high of US$216 million in November, up 29.59% on-year, according to the company. Accumulated sales from January to November of this year totaled US$2.01 billion, rising 29.59% from the same period in 2004.

Mitac is expected to enjoy a 40% shipment growth in 2006, to 4.2 million GPS devices, company sources indicated. The company estimates its GPS shipments to hit three million units this year, up 216% from 2004.

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