April 19, 2010

TomTom GO 730 - Deal of the Day - $149

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The Widescreen, Bluetooth handsfree enabled TomTom GO 730 is a Deal of the Day at Amazon. the TomTom GO 730 comes with Maps of the US and Canada, IQ routes to help better estimate real travel times across busy roads (not realtime traffic), and Advanced Lane Assist to give you a better view of difficult highway intersections.

Of course it comes MapShare enabled so you can personally update any map errors that you see and share them with the TomTom community, and Text to Speech so you can clearly hear the road names that you need to turn onto.

The TomTom GO 730 is regularly about $200, save about $50.

At Amazon - Deal of the Day - TomTom GO 730

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April 4, 2010

Top Selling GPS Units

A quick look has Garmin dominating the top selling car navigation units over at Amazon, with older widescreens offering up a long list of features with high quality capabilities.

I would recommend the Nuvi 255W out of these as a good value for the money with solid features and a newer interface. The Nuvi 260W offers similar features with a slightly older interface. I think the changes that were made going up to the XX5 series (i.e. the 255W) are worth the extra $27.

A quick rundown of the top 5 sellers:

  1. Garmin Nuvi 260W- 4.3-inch widescreen with maps of North America - $109
  2. Garmin Nuvi 285W/285WT - 4.3-inch widescreen with Bluetooth handsfree and Traffic features via MSN (Note MSN will go dark 1/2012) - $127
  3. Garmin Nuvi 765/765T - Handsfree, traffic and adds lane guidance - $226 - See My Review
  4. Garmin Nuvi 255W (Factory Refurbished)- 4.3-inch widescreen with Maps of North America - $99 - See My Review of the Nuvi 255W
  5. Garmin Nuvi 255W - 4.3-inch widescreen with Maps of North America - $136 - See My Review of the Nuvi 255W
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March 15, 2010

Garmin Nuvi 285WT - $119 at Amazon

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The Garmin Nuvi 285WT is a full featured widescreen GPS that offers text-to-speech, bluetooth hands free, and for a while, access to MSN Direct's load of features including traffic, weather, movie times, local gas prices and more. The downside here is that MSN Direct is stopping in January 2012, making the MSN direct features short-lived.

The upside is that the unit itself is a solid unit, offering a lot of capability at this price - widescreen GPS navigation with Bluetooth. The discount is pretty significant, driving the populatrity of this GPS at Amazon to the top of their best seller list.


At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 285WT - for $119

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February 25, 2010

TomTom XXL 530S - $149 Amazon - 5-Inch GPS Text to Speech

The TomTom 530S is on sale for $149 which is a pretty good deal on this 5-inch screened unit. When it was announced last September, it listed for $279. Most widescreens are 4.3-inch screens, but the TomTom gives you a bunch more real estate combined with a good set of capabilities, including text to speech - yes it says the street names.

The units features a ton of TomTom features including MapsShare, IQ Routes to give you optimal routing on roads, full maps of North America, and an easy folding EasyPort mount that offers quick on, quick off mounting with easy storage.

at Amazon - TomTom XXL 530S

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February 23, 2010

Garmin Forerunner 305 - $152 at Amazon - Running and Biking GPS

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The Garmin Forerunner 305 has been a long standing, well performing GPS trainer for a lot of runners and bikers alike. I continue to find that people enjoy training and keep ing track of that training with a GPS enabled device, which allows them to not only track mileage but also pace, heart rate, and route on the map. With communities like Garmin Connect , you can upload your data to share the route with others, while also finding out about new routes in what ever area you are in or going to.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 comes with a heart rate monitor and a design that allows it to grab and lock onto satellite signals quickly and reliably. I have used it successfully to bike with too. With the optional Garmin Forerunner Bike Mount, you can mount the forerunner on your handlebars.


Spring running and biking is here - get out there and go.

At Amazon - Garmin Forerunner 305

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February 8, 2010

Garmin Nuvi 285WT - $99 Deal of the Day

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The Garmin Nuvi 285WT is a full featured widescreen GPS that offers text-to-speech, bluetooth hands free, and for a while, access to MSN Direct's load of features including traffic, weather, movie times, local gas prices and more. The downside here is that MSN Direct is stopping in January 2012, making the MSN direct features short-lived. The upside is that the unit itself is a solid unit, offering a lot of capability at this price - widescreen GPS navigation with Bluetooth.


At Amazon - Garmin nüvi 285W/285WT - For $119

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January 31, 2010

TomTom ONE 130 - $79

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The TomTom ONE 130 is a pretty basic GPS navigator with the guts of a TomTom, and a limited but very functional feature set. Offering maps of the US and Canada, solid routing, and a set of TomTom branded features like Help Me! - the quick way to see critical location information in an emergency, MapShare - their way of sharing crowdsourced map fixes, and the EasyPort mount - a foldable mount that makes sticking the GPS into a purse, briefcase or gove compartment a lot easier.

The TomTom 130 is $79 at Best Buy plus about $7 shipping. For comparison, you can get the TomTom ONE 130 at Amazon
for $89 with free shipping.

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January 19, 2010

Magellan Maestro 4700 - Deal of the Day - $139


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Maestro 4700 with a 4.7-inch screen is on sale for $139 at Amazon. Text to speech, bluetooth capability, multi-destination routing, and lane assist help round out this full featured offering.

At Amazon - Magellan Maestro 4700 4.7-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth GPS

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January 15, 2010

TomTom XL 330S - $101 at Amazon

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The TomTom XL 330S is a solid unit that packs great features - widescreen and text to speech to start, and is currently a great deal at Amazon.

Why do I need a new GPS?

Yea, I have a few of them, but bear with me. I like to have models around from many manufacturers to reference as I do reviews, and the time has come to upgrade the TomTom ONE XL's maps. So while TomTom is running discount of 40% on their map upgrades right now, the roughly $50 price seemed steep compared to a whole new unit that is slimmer and comes with the EasyPort mount. At about $100, the new one seemed like a decent step, and it would save me the small but distinct hassle of upgrading the maps. I was considering buying one through TomTom.com with a trade-in through their trade in program, but at $199 list, minus a $35 trade (roughly), I was a lot higher than the Amazon price.

The TomTom XL 330S is a good solid navigator with a decent feature set that will satisfy most users. I think it's a great buy at $107. Anyway, welcome to the stable of GPS units here at the GPSLodge; see my Full Review of the TomTom XL 330S

At Amazon -TomTom XL 330-S

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December 9, 2009

TomTom XL 325 - $89 - Amazon Deal of the Day


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Amazon has another GPS Deal of the Day - this time a TomTom XL 325, a widescreen unit (4.3-inch) with US maps, MapShare, millions of Points of Interest, EasyPort mounting, easy and quick re-touring if you miss your turn, and no it does not have Text to Speech. I highly recommend Text to Speech, but if you want a good solid entry level, this is a great price and the widescreen is a nice bonus. The units comes with the "Latest Map Guarantee" which means that if they upgrade maps within 30-days of you getting your GPS, they will give you a free upgrade.

While they last at Amazon - TomTom XL 325 - $89

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