U-Blox Super Sensitive GPS Chipset

U-blox AG, the leading Swiss provider of innovative GPS receiver technology, today announced the release of a new module, the LEA-4H. Powered by u-blox' new ANTARIS 4 positioning engine, and just 17 x 22 mm in size, the LEA-4H offers SuperSense indoor GPS functionality, which enables unprecedented sensitivity, in a compact and efficient package.

So What?

If this claim is true, it would open up a whole lot of possibilities. Even if it's not, the power savings and the sensitivity is a welcome move. Recall that Garmin is moving into a lot of products that use the SiRF STAR III low power, high sensitivity chip set. Those models include the Nuvi, the new Edge products (for bike training), and the new Forerunner 205, 305 series.

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December 1, 2005

New Sony GPS: Nav-U line of GPS Units

Sony has announced a new line of GPS units, the Nav-U line. This line includes 3 GPS units. All available in Europe right now. no word on the US launch.

Starting with the NV-U50 unit that will offer in car GPS, with a 3.5 inch touchscreen. If you want a unit with TMC traffic support you'll need the similar NV-U50T. The traffic enabled unit will re-route you based on the live traffic feeds. This would be similar to the Cobra NavOne 4500 (See our review), or the Garmin C340, of any of the higher Garmin 2700 series products. One plus on for the Sony unit is that they have managed to get the antenna for the traffic feeds into the cradle, so you won't have the thing flopping around on the dash. Wonder if this will create a reception issue?

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GPS Lodge: Monthly Round up for November 2005

The year is winding down and the holiday season is upon us. It's time to buy those GPS units, wrap them up and give them to that someone special who is direction-challenged. November was another action packed month here at the GPS Lodge, with several GPS reviews, and a few GPS news stories thrown in for good measure. Here are some of the highlights:

Don't miss out Holiday Shopping Guide. We wrapped up a lot of our knowledge and gave you a few recommendations on what to buy your special someone for the holidays.

GPS Reviews:
Cobra NavOne 4500 Review from GPS Lodge


In preparation for our coming review: Garmin StreetPilot C340 Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge

TomTom GO 300 GPS Review at the GPS Lodge

Garmin StreetPilot Review from GPS Lodge

Another Great review for the Garmin StreetPilot 2720 GPS

GPS News Items:

More Garmin Upgrades: Vista Cx, Legend Cx, GPSMap

New Garmin Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 leaked

TomTom ONE Released in the UK

Fine Drive announces the FineDrive 400 and FineDrive 500

Customize your Splash Screen on your TomTom GO 300 or TomTom GO 700

Inrix Predictive Traffic Teams up with ClearChannel (and why this is important for the future of Automotive GPS Units)

The New Lowrance iWay 350 is Announced and then a few days later they were awarded the Best New Mobile Electronics Entertainment Product for 2006 at the SEMA show.


Thanks for another great month.

-Scott


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GPS For your Pet: Global Pet Finder

You have a GPS, why can't the dog? The GPS market has gone to the dogs! Sorry, I just had to say that, well and pot this. Not our usual fare, but here you go.

Now your dog can have a GPS, well and a mobile phone module. The Global Pet Finder unit is designed to give the owner peace of mind when the pet is wandering the neighborhood. The service allows you to set a boundary around your house to let the pet wander in, while th on-board gps unit tracks your pet and lets you know where your pet is, and especially if it wanders outside your pre-set boundary.

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Garmin GPS Sold through Ford Dealers

Garmin announced today that several GPS units in their line will be sold through Ford dealers in Germany. With the developing market in automotive GPS units, and the gap in cars that offer built-in GPS units, this looks like a great deal for Garmin and a decent deal for Ford. They will be offering the entry level Garmin StreetPilot i3, as well as two entries from the mid-tier c-series line: the StreetPilot c310 (a Euro version of the C320) and the Garmin Streetpilot C330.

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Mio finally launches the Mio A701 in Europe

The Mio A701 is a GPS Enabled smart phone that runs on the windows operating system.

The Mio A701 was announced in August (see article) and now it is finally hitting the market (In Europe). The A701 is a PDA-style phone with a 2.7in, 240 x 320, 272,000-color display. There's a 1.3mp camera on the back and a 520MHz Intel PXA270 processor inside. It also has 64MB of SDRAM and 128MB of ROM.

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GPS device keeps you from speeding!

Apparently Transport Canada wants to use some GPS technology to make it nearly impossible to speed. The new device combines both a GPS and a speed zone map that will tap into the car and make it hard to speed. It's been tried in Sweden, the Netherlands and Briton. Citing the fact that speed is a factor in 25% of all fatal crashes, proponents think that this is a good safety practice.

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November 25, 2005

GPS Lodge Holiday Shopping Guide



Sometimes it's hard to navigate the world of GPS receivers and find what the best GPS is, so we thought we'd put together a list of GPS units we like, for you to consider. We took a look at a lot of different types of GPS receivers and broke things down to categories so you'd be able to better target the right GPS for that special someone this holiday season. See our review section for our opinion on a lot of these models.

Entry Level Automotive GPS
Garmin StreetPilot i3 - This is a great little unit that helps get you from here to there. Impressive performance for such a low price. It has a small screen that allows you to clearly see where you are going and where you want to go. It's easy to use, and is tightly designed. It's an impressive unit with a color screen and comes with maps of the US that you download to a flash card. If you can spend a little more, you can buy the Garmin StreetPilot i5which is essentially the StreetPilot i3, that has the entire US and millions of Points of interest pre-loaded.

Mid Tier Automotive GPS
Sorry I can't decide so I thought I would offer two:
TomTom GO 300 - is a great mid-tier car GPS that comes to us from Europe. The design is great, and offers the added feature of connecting through your Bluetooth mobile phone to download traffic and weather updates. This is a unique feature at this price level. It comes with a big SD flash card that you download maps onto - allowing you to carry around the entire US, with a limited set of Points of Interest (POI's). Cost $591 after $50 rebate and FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Garmin Streetpilot C330 - is another great mid-tier car GPS that is easy to use with the highly accurate NAVTEQ base maps, the most up-to-date maps of the continental US. It includes a touch screen and millions of points of interest pre-loaded. If you want to upgrade to be traffic ready consider the Garmin StreetPilot C340 , which has the ability to accept the GTM-10 an add-on antenna that receives FM traffic feeds to help you route around traffic before you get there. Cost is $540 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon. We are currently reviewing the StreetPilot C340, see our preview. I personally LOVE this GPS, and is a great product. If you don't need high end features and huge screens, this is a great buy.

High End Automotive GPS
Magellan RoadMate 760 - A tried and true road warrior that has lots of positive reviews online. It has a lot of features and is very easy to use. This is the model that helps drivers at Hertz - the Neverlost model. Cost is $850 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Garmin StreetPilot 2720 - a good solid high end automotive GPS that offers loads of features including the ability to add the GTM - 10 antenna to receive FM based traffic feeds. Easy navigation and the ability to route you around traffic. Cost is $760 + $199 (for the FM antenna ) = $959 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Entry Level Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Legend - This is a good entry level monochrome handheld GPS that offers a base map and can accept the optional detailed maps. In our opinion, you should really get a GPS with mapping capability because for an extra $30, you can navigate across a map instead of some white space. Cost is $132 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Mid-Tier Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Vista C - The Vista C adds several key features like an altimeter and an electronic compass. The color screen is bright and because it is a newer generation, the battery life is much longer on the two "AA" batteries. It comes with a base map and can accept detailed maps through its fast USB connection. Cost is $240 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

High End Handheld GPS
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS - The GPSMap 60CS is a bigger handheld that offers a big screen and s full compliment of features that you would expect to see in a high end handheld. It offers a reasonable memory that accepts detailed street or Topo maps. Cost is $360 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

Fitness GPS
Garmin Forerunner 201 - For the runner in your household there is the Forerunner 201, a wrist mounted GPS trainer that allows you to track your pace, and then download the data onto your PC to see both the route and chart your results; showing you your pace versus altitude, etc. We have been using one for a couple of months and really like it. The Forerunner 201 is $113 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Funky New Traveling GPS
Need a great new gift for the traveler? The Garmin Nuvi is a great device and is potentially the hottest GPS for the this season that can help you navigate in the car, as well as offer translation of words into different languages and a currency converter. Bored? It can also play MP3's and audio books. Cost is $899 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.


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More Garmin Upgrades: Vista Cx, Legend Cx, GPSMap 60CSx and 76 CSx

It appears that Garmin will be introducing more product upgrades in the near future that will include the SiRFstarIII chipset, known for its accuracy and low power draw. The big news here is also that Garmin is FINALLY, yes FINALLY going to removable media for added space. They are moving to the very diminutive Trans-Flash (Also known as Micro SD) chips that are not much bigger than your fingertip. I have seen them in sizes up to 512 MB around the web. It's about time.

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November 24, 2005

New Garmin Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 leaked

Garmin has been very successful with their Forerunner 201 and Forerunner 301 units, and they look like they are upgrading the line with the latest technology. Apparently the upgraded products will be announced at the CES 2006. The CES Website says, "The Forerunner 305 continuously monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively." The CES Is January 5-8, 2006 in Vegas.


These were officially announced on January 3rd. See the Announcement

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