Review: HTC P3300 GPS SmartPhone (with TomTom On Board) Review

So HTC has a nice little thing going with TomTom and has pumped out what looks to be a decent Smartphone The P3300) with great navigation built in. It was announced last month, and now there's a review up on what I would hope is a trend - solid smartphone navigation from people who know how to design navigation software. The imbedded TomTom software is what you’ll see in other devices from TomTom and offers the same confident and get you there personality that TomTom is known for. Anyway there’s a nice review up that takes a look at this (Euro only for now) phone that says the navigation is “seamless”. The unit is sporting a SiRF star III chipset and has the TomTom Navigator 6 software loaded up on it.

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October 10, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Review by the GPS Lodge


In the short time I have had the Garmin Nuvi 660, I have to say that it’s the best GPS I have ever used. It has all of the features that make a GPS worth loving, and with its super bright widescreen, it really stands out in the sun. The slim form factor, at less than an inch thick, is great. For those who are familiar with the Garmin interface, this won’t be a huge departure from what you are used to, simplicity and ease of use reign. The integrated traffic TMC traffic receiver is a welcome addition that allows you to be aware of all the traffic issues that you can now avoid with your smart Nuvi 660 doing the navigating.

UPDATE: I have posted my Review of the Nuvi 680 - check out its MSN direct capabilities.

For a full list of my own Hands on Full Reviews of GPS units; Click - Hands On Reviews

Update: Nuvi 660 Cost too much but still want a rock solid flat GPS? Want to Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. Nuvi 360 vs Nuvi 660?

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October 8, 2006

Review: Mio P550 PDA/GPS


Nice Review over at Clove on the Mio P550 GPS/PDA system. Overall, the Mio P350 has a windows system that also incorporates the GPS functionality for a smooth transition between applications. Mio is tearing up the GPS world lately with the launch of their Mio H610 GPS, a small pocketable and purse-able GPS that has a lot of people talking. The P550 come fairly well equipped with the SiRF Star III chipset, a 400 Mhz processor and 128MB of memory.

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October 3, 2006

Review: TomTom ONE Review by GPS Lodge


The TomTom ONE was recently announced with much hoopla here in the US, and then TomTom decided to send the new smaller form factor back to the Euro-land where the TomTom ONE debuted last year with a slightly larger form factor that did well in the market. They learned their lesson well; small form factor with basic features at an affordable price rocks (even without an MP3 player). Well, I have to say that the TomTom ONE does rock, it’s small size and sound feature set make it a solid contender in the market. I found the interface easy to use, and the unit easy to travel with.

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September 29, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 Review Revisited

The Garmin Nuvi 350 cracked open a big market for Garmin in small svelte GPS navigation systems that could be carried anywhere. The Garmin Nuvi 350 came out priced to blow your pocketbook away but has eased greatly since its debut, and prices online can be found hovering around $600; not bad for such a slim and power packed device. The unit comes equipped with the usual easy to use Garmin interface, but also adds on some components that allow for easy travel; it is billed as a travel companion. The unit has currency converters, and audibook and MP3 playing capability. What really makes it stand out is the simple and small design wrapped around a solid software platform that really makes traveling easy. It’s based on the SiRF star III chipset, so you’ll get great reception almost anywhere you can see the sky.

ReadMore at GPS Review: Garmin Nuvi 350 or at

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September 28, 2006

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review Revisited


The recently released Garmin StreetPilot C550 caps off a run that is a good one for Garmin. The very full featured Garmin C550 features a lot of technology that is cutting edge and well designed. The C550 builds on the C-series by adding some fun features like MP3 player capability, and Bluetooth integration with your phone to make handsfree calling possible. The element that I fell in love with was their integration of the traffic receiver into the 12v power plug- very nice. The traffic is really worth its weight in gold, and a great feature to have. Should you have a traffic incident ahead, the unit puts a little incident icon on the screen and it allows you to choose to navigate around it. Very slick.

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Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Arrives for Review at GPS Lodge


Update: See our Review - GPS Review: Garmin Nuvi 660 Review by GPS Lodge

We are happy to say that the Garmin Nuvi 660 has arrived for review here at the GPS Lodge. The newest member of the Nuvi line-up of course sports a wide screen format while still maintaining a thin pocketable form factor. A lot of people are saying that this might be the best GPS system around. We’ll see, but from the long list of features and the nice design, it’s looking good. The new bright widescreen give you extra real estate that Garmin uses to have extra navigation buttons or simply an extra wide mapping screen to show you what’s down the road. The other nice innovation that comes rolled into the Nuvi 660 is what’s attached to it; namely the traffic receiver that is integrated into the power cord. In a smart move, they rolled the FM traffic receiver into the 12-volt adapter making for simple connections.

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September 27, 2006

Review: Garmin StreetPilot C340 Review Revisited

Update: The Garmin C340 is available on a Black Friday Deal at a good price.

Garmin started something good with their C-series StreetPilot line over a year ago, when they launched the C320 and C330 units. They quickly followed that up with the Garmin StreetPilot C340, the least expensive unit in their line that has text to speech and traffic capabilities. In a quick review of the market, I also believe that the C340 is the cheapest text to speech capable GPS today.

This unit has the basics that the C-series platform offers: 3.5” touchscreen, and easy navigation with the Garmin interface, and also offers, pre-loaded maps and Points of Interest and is traffic ready. The StreetPilot C340 has a FM TMC traffic receiver that picks up silent FM signals that contain traffic feed data and uses that information to route you around the traffic incidents ahead. The service (free for 3 months and ~$60 per year after that) is offered in many cities across the US, and generally on most major roads around that city. The unit is still bargain priced around $450 when you consider the fact that the traffic capability is included.

For more information on the C340 you can read more at GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C340 Review by GPS Lodge or at

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Review: Garmin StreetPilot C330 Review Revisited

Garmin StreetPilot C330

We are going to take a look back at some of the stronger GPS units that have stood up in the marketplace as solid examples of how to do GPS Navigation well. One example of this is the Garmin StreetPilot C330 , what is possibly the best bargain going on the US market today. I say this because it meets a lot of my criteria for ease of use while coming in at below $400 online. The unit starts out with a 3.5” touchscreen and the dead simple Garmin interface. On top of that, the unit comes with maps and points of interest pre-loaded on the unit; gone are the days of loading maps onto the unit from the computer. Open the box, plug in and go. The unit doesn’t offer traffic feeds, Bluetooth connectivity or MP3 playing capability, but if you don’t need these, the C330 is an excellent buy. So while many models have been introduced, including its sibling the Garmin StreetPilot C550, and the TomTom ONE, the Garmin StreetPilot C330 still stands out as a great entry level unit for the price.

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Review: Garmin Nuvi 660


Update: Read our review of the Nuvi 660 (It's the best GPS I've used).

Well, we've been oooo-ing and ahhh-ing over the Garmin Nuvi 660 for a while here at GPS Lodge, I would imagine that you have too. Garmin's new wide-screen pocketable model is a pretty good little product that offers top-notch navigation based on an easy Garmin Interface, and NAVTEQ maps, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, an FM transmitter to get all of your MP3's and Audio books that you tote along on the Nuvi 660 to your car stereo, and the fact that they do this in a slim 23 mm thick device is great. More on the Review of the Garmin Nuvi 660 after the jump.

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