May 4, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 5/4

Best buys this week have to be the Nuvi 260W that dropped $50+ to $290, which is about right-priced for its capabilities. The Garmin Nuvi 200 is $139 at Office Depot after discounts and Mail In Rebate. Staples has a good low price for the Nuvi 200W - $199.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • TomTom ONE - $144 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $151 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. Also at Office Depot for $139 after $50 Mail in Rebate. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $208 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech. At this point, I am recommending the Nuvi 260 with its updated interface, newer design and slightly lower price; for more see: Compare the Nuvi 260 vs. the Nuvi 350.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $231; down this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for $249.

  • Navigon 2100 - $129 at Staples - Entry level unit, at a pretty good price. See my Full Review of the Navigon 2100

  • Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $206 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W. Also at Staples for $199.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $295 at Amazon; down $50 this week, MUCH more Reasonable. Like I said last week, I think a good range is $290 - $299 range; getting there faster than I thought.

  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $340; up again this week; still the best seller at Amazon - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660


  • TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $249 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is only $227. Or $199 at BestBuy

  • Nuvi 750 - $371 at Amazon - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.

  • Nuvi 760 - $426 at Amazon - Down a bit this week. New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning, adds Bluetooth handsfree and built-in TMC traffic. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.

  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $499; broke the $500 barrier - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.

    • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $559 at Amazon. Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation. Price continues to drop across the last few weeks. Best Buy has it for a mere $699 after $100 savings; ouch.

    It's Running Season and for many, it's time to hit the roads. I am starting to watch the prices on the Forerunners. Steady price these days.


    • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing. Probably won't deliver in time for the Boston Marathon tomorrow though...... Garmin is launching the Forerunner 405 at the Boston and why not, one of the best marathons in the world meets one of the coolest fitness devices. I like biking more than running, so, I tend to think the Edge 705 is cooler.... I took my first ride with it recently.

    • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
    • Forerunner 205 - $149 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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April 30, 2008

Forerunner 205 & 305 On Sale at REI - $124 & $164

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REI has a pretty big sale every year, and if you're already a member, you might just want to swing by to grab a Garmin Forerunner. These are the best prices I have seen on these items. Sale is from May 2 - 11.

Forerunner 205 - $124.99

Forerunner 305 - $164.99

The Forerunner 205 grabs satellites and allows you to train with the benefits of gathering a whole lot of data including where you have been, pace, time, etc. The data syncs back to your computer through Garmin's Training Center where you can track your data. The Forerunner 305 adds a wireless heart rate monitor. See the Garmin website for more on the Forerunner.

Also, if you are buying something at full price that's not already on sale, you can use this code May 2-11, and it's good for one item per REI Membership. Not a member? It's only $20 for a lifetime membership; what the heck?

Online you can use code: ANNV20

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April 27, 2008

GPS Steals & Deals - 4/27

TomTom is moving out some deals on the TomTom ONE which is $139; see below.

Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • TomTom ONE - $139 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $157 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $209 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech. At this point, I am recommending the Nuvi 260 with its updated interface, newer design and slightly lower price; for more see: Compare the Nuvi 260 vs. the Nuvi 350. Best Buy has it for $269, Circuit City for $299, but they throw in a Bean Bag dash mount for free... a $39 value... Save $40 and buy it all online.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $231; down this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for $249.

  • Magellan Maestro 3100 - $129 in store only at Radio Shack; Very basic, and I would consider it a value entry product. I was not impressed when I used the 3140 which added several features to the basic 3100 model; See My Full Review Magellan Maestro 3140. Honestly, for $10 more I would buy the TomTom ONE.

Widescreen Models
  • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $559 at Amazon. Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation. Price continues to drop across teh last few weeks. Best Buy has it for a mere $699 after $100 savings; ouch.

  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $206 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $349 at Amazon - The Nuvi 260W is just out, and has a high price on it as a result. I think a fair price is about $60 more than the Nuvi 250, which would put it in the $290 - $299 range. I expect the price on the Nuvi 260W to drop into this range by June.

  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $324; up a bit this week; still the best seller at Amazon - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660


  • TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $250 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare. Also at Office Depot for $249. I think the Text to Speech is worth the extra money, but if you don't need it, the TomTom ONE XL is only $223.

  • Nuvi 750 - $369 at Amazon - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.

  • Nuvi 760 - $438 at Amazon ($499 at Best Buy)- New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning, adds Bluetooth handsfree and built-in TMC traffic. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 760.

  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $501; down a few bucks this week - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.

It's Running Season and for many, it's time to hit the roads. I am starting to watch the prices on the Forerunners. Steady price these days.


  • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing. Probably won't deliver in time for the Boston Marathon tomorrow though...... Garmin is launching the Forerunner 405 at the Boston and why not, one of the best marathons in the world meets one of the coolest fitness devices. I like biking more than running, so, I tend to think the Edge 705 is cooler.... I took my first ride with it recently.

  • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $149 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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April 20, 2008

Text to Speech - Only $21

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I happen to believe that Text-to-Speech is one of those options on a GPS that is worth paying for. Instead of saying "Turn Right in 400 yards", it will say "Turn Right on Maple St in 400 yards." Big difference when you are traveling in a suburban or urban area where the streets are close together and the name of the road helps you to decide which turn to actually take.

I don't think the upgrade has been easier to make than right now. If you are considering a TomTom ONE XL, spend the extra $21 (at this writing) and buy the TomTom ONE XL S, that adds the text-to-speech capability.


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GPS Steals and Deals - 4/20

The Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order this week, and just in time for the Boston Marathon where Lance Armstrong will be running. Interesting Op-ed piece by Lance this morning in the Boston Globe ahead of his run tomorrow in the 112th Boston.

The big guys dominate the deals and TomTom is moving out some deals on the TomTom GO 920 - which is the same price as the GO 720.


Garmin Nuvi 5000 is shipping - 5.2-inch screen; this Wider-screen than normal 4.3-inch widescreens offers even better readability on top of the easy to use Garmin interface. See below for more; buy at Amazon for $200 savings over Circuit City.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. (Saw it this morning on sale at Best Buy for $199 after their $20 price drop - save $40 and get free shipping from Amazon) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $218 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech. At this point, I am recommending the Nuvi 260 with its updated interface, newer design and slightly lower price; for more see: Compare the Nuvi 260 vs. the Nuvi 350

  • TomTom ONE - $140 and Free Shipping at Amazon; At Office Max for $169 this week. Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. This unit is $119 at Office Depot after Mail in Rebate.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $236; down this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for LESS money....

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $574 at Amazon. Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $201 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $314; up a bit this week; still the best seller at Amazon - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom GO 920 - $340 Text to speech, North American and Euro Maps, Voice Controlled, remote control and bluetooth handsfree. - For More Information - See My Full Review of the TomTom 920/920T
  • TomTom ONE XL S at Amazon $258 - down $20 this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps, MapShare.
  • Nuvi 750 - $369 at Amazon - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $504; down again this week - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.

It's Running Season and for many, it's time to hit the roads. I am starting to watch the prices on the Forerunners. Steady price these days.


  • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available for pre-order - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing. Probably won't deliver in time for the Boston Marathon tomorrow though...... Garmin is launching the Forerunner 405 at the Boston and why not, one of the best marathons in the world meets one of the coolest fitness devices. I like biking more than running, so, I tend to think the Edge 705 is cooler.... I took my first ride with it recently.

  • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $149 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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April 15, 2008

TomTom GO 720 vs TomTom GO 920

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Prices are a bit insane these days ahead of the coming launch of the new TomTom 730, 930 units with IQ routes and pre-loaded historical average speed data that they collected from other TomTom users submitting their travel data anonymously.

So, for instance, do you want the TomTom GO 920 for about the same price as the TomTom GO 720? Recent prices on Amazon put the prices within $10 of each other, I would say that the TomTom GO 920 is well worth the extra money.

When you buy the TomTom GO 920, you get 4GB of memory, not just 2GB - store more pictures or songs. Not a big deal, but how about Voice Command, a remote control and maps of Europe? Not bad, eh?


For More Information - See My Full Review of the TomTom 920/920T


At Amazon - TomTom GO 920

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April 14, 2008

Free Bluetooth on your GPS?

Well, it's not exactly free Bluetooth on your GPS, but prices right now on Amazon make the Garmin Nuvi 360 ($231) cheaper than the Nuvi 350 ($243), the version without Bluetooth handsfree. The Nuvi 360 has maps of North America, a standard screen (3.5-inch), text-to-speech, and a dead simple interface.

The Nuvi 350 is no slouch, but the Nuvi 360 adds the Bluetooth feature and costs $12 less!

More for less; not bad.

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 360

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April 13, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 4/13



The Nuvi 200W now under $190
. If you are looking at an entry level Standard Screen unit (i.e. Nuvi 200), without Text to Speech, consider the extra $40 for the Nuvi 200W at $188. Basic Widescreen navigation, 48-state maps, easy to use interface; See the Widescreen difference. More info below.

Garmin Nuvi 5000 is shipping - 5.2-inch screen; this Wider-screen than normal 4.3-inch widescreens offers even better readability on top of the easy to use Garmin interface. See below for more; buy at Amazon for $200 savings over Circuit City.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. (Saw it this morning on sale at Circuit City for $199) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $225 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech. At this point, I am recommending the Nuvi 260 with its updated interface, newer design and slightly lower price; for more see: Compare the Nuvi 260 vs. the Nuvi 350

  • TomTom ONE - $141 and Free Shipping at Amazon. Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. This unit is $119 at Office Depot after Mail in Rebate.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $249; up a bit this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? For <$5 more get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree.

  • The Mio Moov makes its debut at RadioShack this week. Mio Moov 200 - $179; Text to Speech, All 50 State Maps.

  • Magellan RoadMate 1200 - $129 at Staples this week.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $574 at Amazon. Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $199 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $296 Under $300 - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom XL S at Amazon $278 - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 750 - $369 at Amazon - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $516 - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • Mio Moov 300 - New at Radio Shack this week for $229; Text to Speech, All 50 States, Widescreen

It's Running Season and for many, it's time to hit the roads. I am starting to watch the prices on the Forerunners. Steady price these days.


  • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $149 at Amazon - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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April 10, 2008

Magellan RoadMate 1200 - $129 at Staples

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This just in that the Magellan RoadMate 1200 is going to be $129 starting this coming week at Staples.

The Magellan RoadMate 1200 is a standard screen unit, 3.5-inches, with maps of the US (48-state), and 1.3 million POI, with voice commands (no Text to Speech).

Basic navigator as an entry level device. CNet did a review on it, and had a few concerns that you might consider. I haven't seen the unit any lower in price unless you were buying a set of Continental Tires for your car, and then you'd get one free.

Prices at Staples effective this Sunday, 4/13 - Magellan RoadMate 1200

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April 6, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 4/6

Not as much movement this week in prices, although one highlight is the TomTom ONE deal at Office Depot - $119; see below.


The Nuvi 200W now under $190
. If you are looking at an entry level Standard Screen unit (i.e. Nuvi 200), without Text to Speech, consider the extra $40 for the Nuvi 200W at $188. Basic Widescreen navigation, 48-state maps, easy to use interface; See the Widescreen difference. More info below.

Garmin Nuvi 5000 is shipping - 5.2-inch screen; this Wider-screen than normal 4.3-inch widescreens offers even better readability on top of the easy to use Garmin interface. See below for more; buy at Amazon for $200 savings over Circuit City.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch


  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $149 No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. (Saw it this morning on sale at Circuit City for $199) See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $232 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech. At this point, I am recommending the Nuvi 260 with its updated interface, newer design and slightly lower price; for more see: Compare the Nuvi 260 vs. the Nuvi 350

  • TomTom ONE - $163 and Free Shipping at Amazon. Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech. This unit is $119 at Office Depot after Mail in Rebate.

  • Nuvi 350 at Amazon $234; down another $8 this week - Still a top seller with North American Maps, and Text-to-Speech. Want Bluetooth? For <$5 more get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 5000 - The Big Bad Boy of GPS units with a 5.2" screen is on sale, and is only $594 at Amazon, featured this week at Circuit City for $799, after a $100 off "deal". Save $200 and get it online! Big screen and dead simple interface for solid usability and great navigation.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $188 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $320 Down again this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom XL S at Amazon $278 - Another $20 off this week - Text to Speech, North American Maps.
  • Nuvi 750 - $369 at Amazon - New thin design with Text to Speech and Maps of North America. Route Optimization - plug in multiple stops and let the unit optimize the route for fastest planning.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $535 - Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.

It's Running Season and for many, it's time to hit the roads. I am starting to watch the prices on the Forerunners. Steady price these days.


  • Forerunner 305 - $214 at Amazon - Heart Rate Monitor with wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.
  • Forerunner 205 - $149 at Amazon - $10 off this week - Wrist-mounted GPS Receiver, no Heart Rate Monitor. Tracks distance and keeps your speed and pace. Syncs to computer for training records.

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