November 30, 2007

Bluetooth Handsfree for an extra $1 - Garmin Nuvi 360 Deal


Amazon pricing is all over the place, and today we find the Garmin Nuvi 360 ($327) available for just about $1 more than its sibling the Nuvi 350 ($326). You want a text to speech unit with North American Maps, high sensitivity GPS receiver, and a dead simple interface? Check out the Garmin Nuvi 360. It's only an extra buck.

At Amazon the Nuvi 360 (with Bluetooth Handsfree) or the Nuvi 350

Check out My Review of the Nuvi 360

For all more Holiday GPS Gift Picks see my

GPS Holiday Gift Guide

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November 27, 2007

Holiday Gift Guide Highlight: TomTom GO 720

I wanted to highlight the TomTom GO 720 today – a higher end pick from my Holiday GPS Gift Guide. The TomTom GO 720 was just recently launched and comes in above the TomTom ONE line with some premium features that make life nice. With the $100 off through the TomTom GiveGive program, the price is pretty nice on these units these days (Usually a $100 instant rebate/price rollback).

TomTomGO720sm.jpgThe TomTom GO 720 offers Bluetooth Handsfree capability, Text to Speech (TTS), in a widescreen unit with a high sensitivity GPS chipset. The TomTom GO also offers the ability to record your own voice for the turn prompts. It will walk you through the 50 or so prompts that you can record, and then use as an added (non-TTS) “voice” to guide you. Very fun and pretty easy. The TomTom GO 720 also has a couple of features that can make it a pretty good bet.

  • Help Me! is a button that gets you quickly to a list of emergency places with information you may need in case they need to find you.

  • MapShare is a program that allows you to make minor changes to the maps on your unit and share them with the larger community. The changes are policed and you should benefit from these changes as more and more users come online and connect up to make the world a better-mapped place.

    At Amazon the TomTom GO 720

    For all more Holiday GPS Gift Picks see my

    GPS Holiday Gift Guide

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  • November 26, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 660 - $399 at Amazon

    Amazon is certainly kicking off the Holiday Season right with a great deal on one of the best units out there; The Garmin Nuvi 660 - $399. The Nuvi 660 comes with a TMC traffic receiver and the antenna is integrated into the power plug, so there are no extra wires to hang onto or have flapping around the dashboard. The unit comes with 3 month trial subscription on the TMC traffic and it will cost about $60 a year after that (pretty standard). It's optional, so if you don't want it, don't pay the subscription.

    The unit is a bright widescreen unit with maps of North America, Text to Speech (TTS), and Bluetooth handsfree mobile phone capability. For more information read my Full Review of the Nuvi 660 .

    Amazon has some wildly swinging prices these days as they work through short inventory and a public that is all to happy to gobble up great deals. This won't last for long.

    at Amazon the Garmin Nuvi 660

    For all more Holiday GPS Gift Picks see my

    GPS Holiday Gift Guide

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    Limited Time - More GPS Deals at Tiger Direct

    There are several GPS units on sale at Tiger Direct and Tiger GPS. Check out the selection of units including the Garmin Nuvi 260 GPSiconfor $249, and the DeLorme PN-20 Bundle with Topo Maps and an SD Card and Reader for $299.

    Check out all the GPS Deals This Week
    icon at Tiger Direct.

    Thanks Mike for sending this in.

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    November 25, 2007

    TomTom GiveGive - $100 Rebate


    TomTom has a pretty big promotion going on right now. This includes $100 off most GPS units all over the place. Didn’t get $100 off? Well then you’ll be entitled to a $100 rebate. The list of stores giving Instant Rebates is long, so if you bought a TomTom ONE for $125 this past weekend, don’t expect that you will get another $100 off. Valid purchase dates now through 1/5/08; postmarked by 2/6.

    Head on over to the TomTom Site for more info, or download the rebate form (PDF) here.

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    November 23, 2007

    Black Friday Mop-up - 2007

    Happy Black Friday Folks; Thought I would post on the Black Friday Mop Up, to see how folks did and let you know what I was up to.

    I went to Staples, and picked up a whole lot of back-up hard drives to bolster the system here at GPSLodge. I also got shut out on GPS units.

    Last year, no one was talking GPS, this year, everyone was talking GPS - 20-somethings and chain smoking grannies. Big difference a year makes.

    Didn't get what you wanted or need recommendations -

    Check out out GPS Holiday Gift Guide

    TomTom ONE 3rd - I was there at 4:50AM this morning, and could have gotten a TomTom ONE 3rd edition; they were handing out tickets. The woman behind me really wanted one and since it was going to be her first GPS, I let her have the last TomTom ONE ticket. Looked like they had maybe a dozen units. Still onsale; TomTom ONE at Amazon for $149 now, or TomTom ONE 3rd at $169 with a leather carrying case and home charger.

    Navigon 2100t – Totally sold out in minutes. They had a couple dozen on hand and they went fast. People were buying more than one, as there were no limits on the amount.

    Navigon 2100 Price Match (PM) – I asked the manager about PM on the $179 price I paid last week, and he agreed to. So, I got some money back, but could not get the free traffic option/deal.

    Garmin Nuvi 260 – Sold out fast. I wanted to buy one for a gift this year. I was hoping that they would be around longer with the higher price tag, but the units sold out and they couldn’t order any online either. Bummer. I guess I won’t be buying this gift at Staples this year. See Nuvi 260 Amazon has a lower price on them today - $295; down from yesterday.

    Magellan 3100 – People wanted these and they sold out. Folks were ordering them at the store for delivery. Guess they didn’t read my review.

    Mio C230 - Another strong unit for Black Friday (Not at Staples) - TTS, and a good entry level unit - still $139. Mio C230 at TigerDirect

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    How was your Black Friday Experience? What did you get? What did you get locked out of?

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    November 22, 2007

    Black Friday Deals on Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving folks - Black Friday deals are coming early this year.

    Lots of deals around the web TODAY!

  • Best Buy has a couple of GPS Units at BF Prices online NOW - check out the Nuvi 200 - $169, and the Nuvi 660 - $399, the SP C550 - $329, and the TTOne LE - $119 ("Coming Soon").

  • Circuit City has a T-Giving Sale right now - including the Mio C220 at $99, and the TomTom ONE - $129 among others

  • Amazon has been dropping prices randomly - may happen again today. One reader wrote in that they had TTOne for $124 yesterday (back up to $149 now), but it seems that they are doing their best to hang with the big discounts.

  • Costco - has the Nuvi 650 for $299 online.

  • Stop by our full list of hands on full GPS reviews - we've used them all, and walk through the good and the bad.

  • See all the Black Friday GPS Deals and sales
  • See my recommendations on which units are the best Black Friday Deals.

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  • November 20, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 650 - $309 - Amazon


    Not to be outdone too much by Costco, Amazon is now offering, or has been offering the Garmin Nuvi 650 for $309. Bit of a wait, but this is again, an insane price for this very bright, widescreen Garmin navigator.

    Garmin Nuvi 650 is a widescreen unit with North American maps and Text to Speech. Very Good buy. You can read my Full Review of the Nuvi 660 for an idea on the unit performance. The difference is that the Nuvi 660 adds Traffic and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as the FM transmitter, that the Nuvi 650 does not have.

    At Garmin Nuvi 650

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    TomTom ONE 3rd Ed. - $150 NOW


    Dell has the TomTom ONE 3rd edition for $150 now; skip the lines and spend the extra $20-$30?

    Your choice. The TomTom ONE 3rd edition is a pretty good little device.

    More at Dell - TomTom ONE 3rd Edition

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    Amazon Black Friday & $10,000 Shopping Spree

    Not t be left out of the fun, Amazon is getting into the Black Friday madness. They are not going to line you up at midnight and hand out numbers or anything.

    How it Works: Amazon is going to offer new deals every hour starting at 6AM Pacific time running throughout the day until 6PM Pacific time.

    Don't know if you get a new GPS in these deals, but I am going to kick myself if I get a better deal sitting on the couch after getting up at 4AM to go find a deal at a cold store near me.

    You might as well stop by now and sign up for the Amazon $10,000 shopping spree sweepstakes. That will buy you a lot of gifts for friends and family!

    at Amazon Black Friday Deals

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