October 19, 2008

Best GPS Steals and Deals - 10/19

Lot of movement going on as the GPS makers and retailers try to shake off the economy and get some units off the shelf. I have seen a lot of news about early discounts this year, and it's no surprise. Here's a run down of the best GPS deals that I have seen this week. Shop around, read the reviews, and figure out what you want and need.

I recommend some upgrades as your budget allows, Text to Speech, and a widescreen in that order. Other additions such as Traffic, Bluetooth Handsfree, etc. are definitely nice to have.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 270 - $159 - Has US and Western Euro Maps pre-loaded for the same price as the US only unit (Nuvi 200) No Text to Speech, but if you are heading to Europe and need a unit, this is a great deal.

  • Nuvi 205 at Amazon - $153 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. This is an updated version of the Nuvi 200 with faster satellite acquisition times and a better interface. For a more up to date unit, consider the extra $18 and look at the . Faster Acquisition times and an updated interface. Oh yea - and it's $6 less than the older Nuvi 200!
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $179 this week; very capable older unit that has an older interface. North American Maps, Text to Speech, and 5+ Million Points of Interest. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for a few bucks more at - $199

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed. - $138 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $197 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • Navman F15 - $99 exclusively at Radio Shack - it's a very basic Standard Screen (3.5-inch) model with US maps. Haven't used it, but the interface is going to be like the Mio Moov system (Mio owns Navman) - See my Mio Moov Full Review.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $340 - 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.
  • Nuvi 750 - $284 - down $40 recently. 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. Doesn't have the Bluetooth, or the Traffic capability that the 760 has.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $449 Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $237 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $219. Older design with Text to Speech, North American Maps, See My Full Review - Nuvi 660, which is the same model with the addition of the TMC Traffic, which is the main feature not included on the Nuvi 650.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $177 - Entry Level Widescreen - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $293 - Older Design with Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL 330 - $199- the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and no text to speech - Move up to the TomTom ONE XL 330S for Text to Speech at $247;

  • Garmin Nuvi 880 - $648 - Has voice recognition and MSN Direct traffic, gas prices and weather data feeds. Let's you say your destination and it routes you there. Very cool; love the capabilities.

Refurbished GPS units - Radio Shack has a few sub-$100 units worth considering if you are OK with refurbished electronics.

Finally, TomTom.com has some specials to offer - bundles that you may not find anywhere else, as well as discounts that seem to match other sites' discounts. It's another resource to consider if you want to shop for a TomTom.

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October 17, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 270 - N.America + European Maps - $159

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Pretty good deal here for the Garmin Nuvi 270 - the standard screen navigator that comes preloaded with North American AND European Maps and offers voice guided (not text-to-speech) capabilities ("Turn Right in 400 Yards").

This is a pretty amazing price considering that the regular Garmin Nuvi 200 with only US Maps costs about the same price right now. It's such a great deal that it's the top selling GPS right now at Amazon! If you want an idea of the performance of the Nuvi 270, check out my Full Review of the Garmin Nuvi 200/250/270.

At Amazon - The Garmin Nuvi 270

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October 11, 2008

Deal Alert - Mio Moov 200 - $99 At Staples


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Starting tomorrow Staples will be selling the entry level Mio Moov 200 for $99 after instant rebate and a mail in rebate. Pretty good price point for a basic GPS, one that I think we will continue to see more of as we get closer to Black Friday and the extended holiday shopping season.

The Mio Moov 200 is a basic GPS with turn by turn directions, standard 3.5-inch screen, maps of the US, but also has text to speech - says street names, and comes loaded with 3.5 million Points of Interest - a good middle of the range number

For an idea of how the Mio Moov 200 will work, check out my full review of the widescreen version the Mio Moov 300.

Deal starts tomorrow and runs through 10/18 at Staples

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October 1, 2008

Garmin Colorado Handheld 300, 400c, 400i, 400t - $50 Rebate

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The Garmin Colorado is getting a boost in its appeal just in time for the holidays, as they are putting out a $50 rebate (PDF Link to Rebate Form) that is good for purchases from October 1 - December 31st.

Want more information on the Colorado? Check out my Full Review of the Colorado 400T for an idea of how the unit works.

Available at Amazon:

September 29, 2008

Pink Nuvi 250 - Hot Deal for $145

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Garmin has a few unique colored Nuvi's out there, red or blue ones, and this Pink one. Well, this special edition appears to be on sale for a special price. The Nuvi 250, a standard screen unit with Maps of North America is a solid navigator - see my Full Review. It's gray cousin is selling for about $169 right now, but the Pink is hot and is also the #1 seller at Amazon.

At Amazon with Free Shipping - Pink Nuvi 250

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September 26, 2008

TomTom ONE XL - $149 Hot Deal - Free Shipping

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Want a new (not refurbished) Widescreen GPS for $149? The well-known TomTom ONE XL is on sale for a pretty hot $149. The unit is being superseded by the TomTom ONEXL 330 these days, but it is still a reliable navigator. While it is a widescreen, it does not have Text to Speech.

At Amazon - TomTom ONE XL for $149

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September 21, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 9/21

Lower prices this week in a lot of outlets. Staples has the Navigon 2100 for $99 after mail in rebate (See my Review of the 2100), while Circuit City is brining the Nuvi 260 to the show for $200; something that Amazon can only beat by $2 this week.

Best Deals this week have to be the Nuvi 260 with text to speech, and the Nuvi 260W for about $30 more.


Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info. For a more up to date unit, consider the extra $18 and look at the Nuvi 205. Faster Acquisition times and an updated interface.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $199 this week; very hot prices point for this unit. North American Maps, Text to Speech, and 5+ Million Points of Interest. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for a few bucks more at - $214

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed. - $134 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $198 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 270 - $178 - a Cheap price for North American AND Euro maps. Has text to speech.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $349 - Down $25 this past week. - 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.
  • Nuvi 750 - $309 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. Doesn't have the Bluetooth, or the Traffic capability that the 760 has.
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $446 Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $236 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $219. Text to Speech, North American Maps, See My Full Review - Nuvi 660, which is the same model with the addition of the TMC Traffic, which is the main feature not included on the Nuvi 650.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $169 (Down $40 last week) - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $274; down $25 this week. - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL 330 - $202- the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and no text to speech - Move up to the TomTom ONE XL 330S for Text to Speech at $249;

  • Garmin Nuvi 880 - $669 - Has voice recognition and MSN Direct traffic, gas prices and weather data feeds. Let's you say your destination and it routes you there. Very cool; love the capabilities.

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September 17, 2008

Garmin StreetPilot C580 with MSN Direct - $149 - Hot Deal

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The MSN Direct connected Garmin StreetPilot C580 is available for a firesale price of $149 today, with MSN traffic, gas prices and more. The unit is a standard, 3.5-inch screen with maps of North America, and text to speech so it says the name of the streets. It's been discontinued, and is NOT a flat device, but at $149; it's an incredible deal. It comes with MSN Direct capabilities which deliver gas prices and traffic.

I reviewed its sister product the Nuvi 680 (Garmin Nuvi 680 Full Review) a while back and enjoyed the capabilities. These days, having the gas price capability is a nice plus.


At Amazon Garmin StreetPilot C580 with MSN Direct

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September 14, 2008

GPS Steals and Deals - 9/14

Prices dropped almost across the board on GPS units this week. "New Low Prices" showed up on Amazon, and let's hope they stick. Garmin dropped prices almost across the line with new low prices on a lot of models that are especially popular, like the Nuvi 700 series and the Nuvi 200W.



Standard Screens - 3.5-inch

  • Garmin Nuvi 200 at Amazon - $159 - (Also $129 at Office Max - in store while supplies last) No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps, solid interface and routing. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200 for more info.

  • Garmin Nuvi 350 - Still $199 this week; very hot prices point for this unit. North American Maps, Text to Speech, and 5+ Million Points of Interest. Want Bluetooth? Get the Nuvi 360 that adds Bluetooth Handsfree, for a few bucks more at - $214

  • TomTom ONE 3rd ed. - $134 and Free Shipping at Amazon; Entry Level TomTom with Maps of North America, no Text to Speech.

  • Garmin Nuvi 260 at Amazon - $202 Text to Speech, Maps of North America, solid interface. Same quality routing as Nuvi 200, just adds more maps and text to speech.

  • The Mio Moov 200 is $129 at Circuit City this week. A second tier brand that offers reasonable performance for the price.

Widescreen Models

  • Nuvi 760 - $349 - Down $25 this past week. - ($399 at Best Buy this week) 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.
  • Nuvi 750 - $309 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. Doesn't have the Bluetooth, or the Traffic capability that the 760 has. (Also available at Circuit City for $399 this week!)
  • Garmin Nuvi 780 - $446 Has MSN Direct 2, with traffic and gas prices sent to your GPS. See My Full Review of the Nuvi 780 for more information.
  • Garmin Nuvi 260W - $242 at Amazon; Text to Speech and a dead easy interface.
  • Nuvi 650 at Amazon $239. Text to Speech, North American Maps, See My Full Review - Nuvi 660, which is the same model with the addition of the TMC Traffic, which is the main feature not included on the Nuvi 650.
  • Nuvi 200W at Amazon $169 (Down $40 this week) - No Text to Speech, Continental US Maps. See My Full Review - Nuvi 200W.
  • Nuvi 660 at Amazon $299; still best seller at Amazon - Down $30 in recent weeks - Text to Speech, North American Maps, TMC Traffic Capability included. See My Full Review - Nuvi 660
  • TomTom ONE XL 330 - $199 (Down $30 this week) - Is the new Basic Widescreen for the TomTom line, Maps of North America, new Easy Port fold flat mount, and no text to speech - Move up to the TomTom ONE XL 330S for Text to Speech at $246
  • TomTom GO 730 - $339 (Down $60 this week)-New IQ Routes, Text to Speech, and more. Maps of North America.

Surging in popularity the Forerunners continue to be popular. The Forerunner 405 is still very hot, and Garmin announced recently that this reinvigorated Fitness line grew sales by 50% over year ago.


  • Garmin Forerunner 405 is available now at $349. - the watch-like GPS enabled fitness device has a smaller design with all kinds of functionality, including wireless sharing.
  • Forerunner 305 - $205 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 - $138 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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September 10, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 650 - Widescreen Hot Deal - $219

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The Nuvi 660 has been a workhorse for Garmin and is still an excellent model that comes with maps of North America, bright widescreen and th dead simple Garmin interface. The unit just dropped from $249 recently to $219 at Amazon. The Nuvi 600 line has been discontinued and while it is still an excellent navigator, there are some thinner, newer units with new features.

This bargain price won't last for long.

At Amazon - Garmin Nuvi 650 at $219

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