September 26, 2005

New GPS Satellite Launched

With more and more people (civilian and military) using GPS signals, a new more powerful replacement satellite was launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral. The 2 ton GPS 2R-M1 is a new breed of satellite that will provide the normal navigation signals, as well as an extra civilian signal. These new signals will bring greater accuracy, added resistance to interference and enhanced performance for users around the world. On top of this two new military signals will be broadcast from the satellite.

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September 24, 2005

GPS Lodge GPS Review: Magellan eXplorist 600

The Magellan eXplorist 600is a high end handheld that is packed with features and allows you to navigate the world with ease and comfort of the amenities that you'd come to expect or dream of in an advanced handheld GPS. In this review of the Magellan eXplorist 600, the GPS Lodge will take a look at the features and usefulness of the eXplorist 600, we'll sum it up and give you a couple of other units to compare it to if you are thinking of buying one.

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September 23, 2005

Keychain based Personal GPS Unit - Navicom

This latest GPS tracking device from Navicom is small enough to be placed on a keychain, but features a full set of GPS functionality. The C-TRAC GPS Personal Tracker has unlimited GPS tracking/locating, an E911 emergency feature, and even a push-button concierge service akin to GM's OnStar - working through the cellular network. Since its E911 functions work through a cellular network, don't expect help to come running when you hit the call button from 100 miles away deep in the back woods. Other features include a two-way speaker phone, programmable buttons for one-touch dialing, a USB port, and 256k flash memory.

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September 20, 2005

Huge increase in Garmin R&D spending pays off

Here's a quick bit that I came across today and thought that I would pass along......

Readers of the GPS Lodge know that Garmin has been introducing new GPS devices by the truckload since July..... the Garmin StreetPilots (i2, i3, i5, c340, 2720), the innovative Garmin nuvi, the bicyclist targeted Garmin Edge, the new FRS based RINO 520 and 530, the Garmin Mobile phone service, the Jeep Wrangler only Trail Guide, the iQue M3, the Garmin GPSMap 376c and the Quest 2 receiver... whew! Are there more, our sources say that there are. Ever wonder what's changed? A huge increase in R&D spending is what's changed. In 2003 R&D spending was a fraction of what it was the following year....

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Gizmondo plans Widescreen Handheld Game

Gizmondo has confirmed that they are planning a release of a widescreen version of their GPS enabled handheld game. We discussed their original launch HERE. Seems like they have announced the upgrade before even launching the original product here in the States. Either brilliant - people love hype, or Short Sighted - "Forget the original, I hear they have a widescreen coming".

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Navman PIN 570

Navman's got a new PiN device out, the Pocket PC based 570. It looks a lot like the Garmin iQue, and the PiN 570 features Navman's SmartST 2005 software, a 2.5-inch 65k color QVGA touchscreen, a 266MHz CPU, 64MB RAM, SDIO slot, and no Windows Mobile 5.0.

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TomTom now available at BestBuy in US

TomTom and BestBuy announced today that TomTom GO models 300 and 700 will be available through all 694 BestBuy locations nationally this month.

"The market potential for personal navigation devices is tremendous; through this relationship, Best Buy will broaden TomTom's reach and bring the TomTom GO line to drivers nationwide," said Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom USA. "This only reinforces that consumers want personal navigation in their lives."

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September 19, 2005

Commodore GPS - The Navigator Combo

With the Commodore 64 ancient history, the name resurfaces again reincarnated as a combo device that has a GPS incorporated into a video and music playing handheld device. No you don't have to hook it up to your casette player to store data like the old Commodore 64, instead this device comes with a 30GB on board hard drive that has maps pre-loaded.

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Suunto X9i GPS Watch

Just when you thought things couldn't get smaller, the Suunto x9i watch brings GPS to your wrist. The Suunto x9i is not much bigger than other watches, but comes packed with a GPS receiver that allows you to plug into a computer and download your trips. Some features include black or tan colors, an altimeter, barometer, 3D compass, chronograph and comprehensive GPS unit accurate to three feet. Did I mention it's compatible with National Geographic TOPO!


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New Garmin StreetPilot i5 - building on the entry level of the Automotive segment

Garmin today announced the Garmin StreetPilot i5 GPS Navigator, it is pre-loaded with detailed maps of North America which includes the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It features three buttons on the face of the unit: on/off button, "back" button, and a unique and convenient click-to-enter scroll wheel -- which makes it easy to select a destination from the unit's menu-driven interface.

See our coverage of the Garmin StreetPilot i2 and i3 launch announcement.
See our related article on a StreetPilot i3 gps review.

See our own GPS Review of the StreetPilot i5's sibling the StreetPilot i3: Garmin StreetPilot i3 Review at the GPS Lodge

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