December 19, 2005

Magellan Roadmate 760, Cobra 4500, CoPilot Live & Parrot Honored

The Magellan Roadmate 760, the Cobra 4500, the CoPilot Live Smartphone 6 and the Parrot 3400 LS- GPS were named a 2006 Innovations Design and Engineering honorees in the Vehicle/Mobile Electronics category by the Consumer Electronics Association. While they didn't win the category - that honor was given to the maker of a rooftop that turns your car into a rolling WiFi hotspot, it's still good recognition that these folks are turning out well designed products in the GPS category.

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November 25, 2005

GPS Lodge Holiday Shopping Guide



Sometimes it's hard to navigate the world of GPS receivers and find what the best GPS is, so we thought we'd put together a list of GPS units we like, for you to consider. We took a look at a lot of different types of GPS receivers and broke things down to categories so you'd be able to better target the right GPS for that special someone this holiday season. See our review section for our opinion on a lot of these models.

Entry Level Automotive GPS
Garmin StreetPilot i3 - This is a great little unit that helps get you from here to there. Impressive performance for such a low price. It has a small screen that allows you to clearly see where you are going and where you want to go. It's easy to use, and is tightly designed. It's an impressive unit with a color screen and comes with maps of the US that you download to a flash card. If you can spend a little more, you can buy the Garmin StreetPilot i5which is essentially the StreetPilot i3, that has the entire US and millions of Points of interest pre-loaded.

Mid Tier Automotive GPS
Sorry I can't decide so I thought I would offer two:
TomTom GO 300 - is a great mid-tier car GPS that comes to us from Europe. The design is great, and offers the added feature of connecting through your Bluetooth mobile phone to download traffic and weather updates. This is a unique feature at this price level. It comes with a big SD flash card that you download maps onto - allowing you to carry around the entire US, with a limited set of Points of Interest (POI's). Cost $591 after $50 rebate and FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Garmin Streetpilot C330 - is another great mid-tier car GPS that is easy to use with the highly accurate NAVTEQ base maps, the most up-to-date maps of the continental US. It includes a touch screen and millions of points of interest pre-loaded. If you want to upgrade to be traffic ready consider the Garmin StreetPilot C340 , which has the ability to accept the GTM-10 an add-on antenna that receives FM traffic feeds to help you route around traffic before you get there. Cost is $540 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon. We are currently reviewing the StreetPilot C340, see our preview. I personally LOVE this GPS, and is a great product. If you don't need high end features and huge screens, this is a great buy.

High End Automotive GPS
Magellan RoadMate 760 - A tried and true road warrior that has lots of positive reviews online. It has a lot of features and is very easy to use. This is the model that helps drivers at Hertz - the Neverlost model. Cost is $850 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Garmin StreetPilot 2720 - a good solid high end automotive GPS that offers loads of features including the ability to add the GTM - 10 antenna to receive FM based traffic feeds. Easy navigation and the ability to route you around traffic. Cost is $760 + $199 (for the FM antenna ) = $959 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Entry Level Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Legend - This is a good entry level monochrome handheld GPS that offers a base map and can accept the optional detailed maps. In our opinion, you should really get a GPS with mapping capability because for an extra $30, you can navigate across a map instead of some white space. Cost is $132 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

Mid-Tier Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex Vista C - The Vista C adds several key features like an altimeter and an electronic compass. The color screen is bright and because it is a newer generation, the battery life is much longer on the two "AA" batteries. It comes with a base map and can accept detailed maps through its fast USB connection. Cost is $240 with FREE SHIPPING form Amazon.

High End Handheld GPS
Garmin GPSMAP 60CS - The GPSMap 60CS is a bigger handheld that offers a big screen and s full compliment of features that you would expect to see in a high end handheld. It offers a reasonable memory that accepts detailed street or Topo maps. Cost is $360 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

Fitness GPS
Garmin Forerunner 201 - For the runner in your household there is the Forerunner 201, a wrist mounted GPS trainer that allows you to track your pace, and then download the data onto your PC to see both the route and chart your results; showing you your pace versus altitude, etc. We have been using one for a couple of months and really like it. The Forerunner 201 is $113 with FREE SHIPPING from Amazon.

Funky New Traveling GPS
Need a great new gift for the traveler? The Garmin Nuvi is a great device and is potentially the hottest GPS for the this season that can help you navigate in the car, as well as offer translation of words into different languages and a currency converter. Bored? It can also play MP3's and audio books. Cost is $899 with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.


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October 26, 2005

Hertz and Magellan bring NeverLost to Europe

Well the Automobile GPS wars get another chapter, and this one has Magellan bringing the roots of their car GPS product line success to Europe for a little search and reapply. Hertz will be rolling out the popular NeverLost product in Europe throughout 2006. They will be rolling to 5 countries this month: France, Germany, The UK, Italy, and Germany. The NeverLost system is a modified Magellan RoadMate 760 that gets a lot of business travelers in front of a high end Magellan product for a few dollars, pounds, Euros a day and gets much needed trial. Once these folks learn what a great product this is, they often decide that they want one for home. At least that's the plan for Magellan.

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October 4, 2005

Magellan RoadMate 800 Announced - OFFICIALLY


Last week we revealed the Magellan RoadMate 800 a few days before it was officially announced. Today Magellan has officially announced the Magellan RoadMate 800. Additional specifications are available, and the thing looks pretty packed with features. Check out their press release, and the product specification and information pages.

From Thursday 9/29:
The latest in the RoadMate series has been announced (not officially - more later) upping the ante on the hot automotive GPS market. The Magellan RoadMate 800 adds a couple of extended features on top of the popular RoadMate 760 released earlier this year, namely a build in MP3 player and a photo viewer. Magellan calls it a "multimedia marvel." This release comes on the heels of the new Automotive GPS, the Magellan RoadMate 360 which was announced September 14, 2005 (see article).


Anyway, much like it's little brother the Magellan RoadMate 760(see review), the feature set on the GPS side of the RoadMate 800 is plush and rock solid.

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September 29, 2005

Magellan RoadMate 800 Announced

The latest in the RoadMate series has been announced (not officially - more later) upping the ante on the hot automotive GPS market. The Magellan RoadMate 800 adds a couple of extended features on top of the popular RoadMate 760 released earlier this year, namely a build in MP3 player and a photo viewer. Magellan calls it a "multimedia marvel." This release comes on the heels of the new Automotive GPS, the Magellan RoadMate 360 which was announced September 14, 2005 (see article).


Update March 24, 2006 -
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Anyway, much like it's little brother the Magellan RoadMate 760(see review), the feature set on the GPS side of the RoadMate 800 is plush and rock solid.

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Magellan: $50 rebate on eXplorist 400, 500, 600 Through Feb '06

Magellan just announced a $50 mail-in rebate on the eXplorist 400, 500, and 600 for new products purchased between September 24th, 2005 and February 18, 2006. The offer is valid in the US and Canada.

Details and rebate forms available at the Magellan Site.

See our Review of the Magellan eXplorist 600 GPS.

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September 15, 2005

Update: New Magellan RoadMate 360 Press Release


Update: Magellan has posted their press release at their site... a few days after the news hit the web and GPS Lodge. Huh?

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Our Original story follows....


Not to be outdone, Magellan has announced the new Magellan RoadMate 360 , a continuation on their popular RoadMate line. The RoadMate 360 has picked up on some key needs of the lower end of the market and added onboard maps for a device ready out of the box to navigate. It also has a full color touchscreen and a full set of advanced navigation features at a price point that comes in lower than the high end RoadMate 700 series.

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September 14, 2005

GPS News: New Magellan RoadMate 360

Not to be outdone, Magellan has announced the new Magellan RoadMate 360 , a continuation on their popular RoadMate line. The RoadMate 360 has picked up on some key needs of the lower end of the market and added onboard maps for a device ready out of the box to navigate. It also has a full color touchscreen and a full set of advanced navigation features at a price point that comes in lower than the high end RoadMate 700 series.

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August 25, 2005

Garmin Strikes Deal with UK Traffic Data Supplier

Garmin and Trafficmaster PLC signed a deal today for Trafficmaster to provide RDS TMC - Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel - data feed service on Garmin's newly released premium Automotive GPS devices - the StreetPilot c340 and the StreetPilot 2720.

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August 23, 2005

GPS Review: Magellan Roadmate 760

A decent GPS review has hit the wire on the Magellan Roadmate 760. The top of the line automotive GPS Receiver from Magellan, has many high end features, and is fairly well repected and rated. Some of the well liked features are the fact that it has user profiles available, which allow you to have your own sets of detinations and preference settings. this can come in handy if you share with other workers or members of the household. Of course a big thing is that the device comes pre-loaded with Maps and Points of Interest for your region (Like North America), as well as other regions (like Eurpoe) that you can later unlock for a fee. Not bad if you happen to travel there and want to navigate your way on the roads, unlock and go.

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