October 2, 2006

September 1, 2006

GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for August 2006

Another fun month of GPS product news, GPS reviews and general GPS fun here at the Lodge. The big official news has got to be the announcement of the TomTom ONE, and un uptil this morning, the un-official news being the new Widescreen Garmin Nuvi 660. Cruise some of the stories we posted this month below. If you haven’t read them they’re new to you.

New Product and Service News

  • TomTom ONE Announced for US
  • GPS Review: TomTom ONE North America
  • GPS Review: Another Solid Review for TomTom ONE
  • New GPS: Garmin Nuvi 660 Leaked
  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Pics
  • TeleAtlas - Map Insight Program HUGE step in making GPS Maps Right
  • Sony Launches GPS Geotag device GPS-CS1
  • Trimble Acquires AllSport GPS – Mobile Phone Based Fitness Tool
  • VDO GPS In Rearview Mirror
  • Dash Navigation - Tech Savvy New Comer to GPS Navigation
  • More News on Dash - Aware GPS Systems
  • IGolf GPS Caddy
  • New Palm GPS Navigator using TomTom Navigator 6
  • New: Garmin Foot Pod for Indoor Training with Forerunner 305
  • Lake Link - GPS Coordinates for Fishing Spots
  • TrailRunner and NanoMaps - Workouts to go
  • Casio GPS Watch - GPR-100
  • Wherify Wireless Launches New Monitoring Service - GPS Based Phones
  • Magellan eXplorist 500 LE
  • New GPS System: XRoad Z3300
  • Sony PSP to Get GPS - Pictures Surface
  • GPS Software for your PSP
  • Makayama Video for New TomTom GO Series

    GPS Reviews

  • GPS Review: Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition
  • Another Great Review for the Garmin StreetPilot C550
  • GPS Review: Mio C710 Digiwalker GPS System
  • Review: Sony GPS-CS1


  • Win a Garmin Forerunner 305
  • Geocaching Contest - August Theme - "Discovery"
  • Win a Jeep Compass SUV or a Garmin GPSMap 60Cx

    General GPS News

  • NAVTEQ maps Australia
  • Not so Fast there Marty McDrunk – GPS halts Drinking and Driving
  • Garmin Sues TomTom (Again)
  • Use Garmin eTrex Files in Garmin Training Center
  • Traffic.com Ups Ante with Expanded Coverage
  • New Study Reveals More about Map and GPS Habits
  • MotionBase Service Upgrades
  • Speed Controlled by GPS - New UK Project
  • Garmin Forerunner 305 helps Diagnose Fainting Issue
  • TeleAtlas to supply Map Data to SpotScout
  • Garmin and TomTom increase Share of Market in Europe
  • TomTom GO 510 or TomTom GO 910 Mounting Issues?
  • GPS Review: Garmin Edge 305
  • Watch iPod Video on 7000 series StreetPilots
  • Garmin buys New Euro Headquarters Building
  • Inrix - Nationwide Average Speeds
  • Next Census to Use Handheld GPS Systems in US
  • Garmin Users Update Your Mapsource
  • Traffic Solutions on the Today Show

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  • July 31, 2006

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for July 2006

    Summer is the big season for GPS Units, with the new ones launched and lots of people taking road trips, they go out and buy one. We continue to update our buying guides as we see the market change, and recently we updated our Outdoor/Handheld GPS Buying Guide to reflect the New Rebates that Garmin has on handhelds.

    GPS Reviews – Quite a few this month; we reviewed both the Garmin StreetPilot C550 and the Mio C310.

  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review by GPS Lodge
  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 from TIME
  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 - CNet
  • GPS Review: TomTom GO 910
  • GPS Review: Mio C310 Review by GPS Lodge
  • GPS Review: Garmin TrailGuide for Jeep Wrangler
  • GPS Review: Garmin Quest 2 GPS

    New GPS Units – Biggie from Garmin with the Zumo and a pair of new ones from Lowrance!

  • New GPS: Garmin Zumo 550, GPS for Motorcycles
  • New GPS: Lowrance iWay 250C
  • New GPS: Lowrance iWay 600C

    General GPS Related News

  • Avis and Budget offer Garmin "Where2" GPS
  • Google Mobile Maps adds Traffic

    Business update - The big news was that Shah Capital bought Magellan for $170 Mil.

    Earnings – Sales are up all around.

  • SiRF Revenue up 61% for Second Quarter - Less One Time Charges
  • TomTom Sales up; Could have Been Higher
  • Cobra sales up, Profit Off on GPS Write-Off
  • TeleAtlas Earnings - 17% increase in Revenue
  • NAVTEQ Second Quarter Earnings up 11%

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  • July 2, 2006

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for June 2006

    June was a busy month here at the GPS Lodge. One big item for us was that we went Green. Yes, the GPS Lodge is now being run on renewable energy by buying enough GreenTags to offset our electricity use in bringing you the GPS Lodge. ReadMore

    As for news of the GPS World check out what happened. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you:

    GPS Reviews

  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge
  • GPS Review: Sony Nav-U70 GPS Review
  • GPS Review: Magellan RoadMate 3000T
  • GPS Review: FineDrive 400 GPS

    New GPS Announcements & Updates

  • Mio H610 Handheld GPS
  • Mio Euro news: C710, C510E, C210, A701, P550 and P350
  • The GPS as a Fashion Accessory - the Intempo "Buddy"
  • Audiovox GPS Models hit the Market: NVX216, NVX226, NVX406
  • The Wizxer 350 - Fusion GPS Thing
  • Mio C210 GPS Now Available for Europe
  • New GPS: Pocket Loox N100 and N1100

    General GPS News

  • New Toyota FJ Cruiser with Available Garmin Quest 2
  • Video on your TomTom GO GPS from Makayama
  • Maps of Iran Released for Garmin
  • NAVTEQ – Program to Upgrade your Maps
  • Need a GPS for a trip? Try renting a GPS
  • Garmin Teams up with USA Triathlon Program - Forerunner and Edge units to be Used
  • Google Earth 4 Beta Released - Improved GPS Features
  • Verizon Launches Chaperone - GPS Based Kid monitoring Service
  • Setting Up a GPS on Win Mobile 5
  • New MotionBased Software Announced
  • Weather Bug launches service for GPS Based Mobile Phones

    GPS Rebates and Deals

  • Magellan GPS Rebate - through July 7th
  • GPS Directions on Mobile Phones - Not Ready for Prime Time
  • $100 rebate on Garmin GPSMap 76Cx and GPSMap 76CSx

    GPS Business

  • Traffic.com to Expand Atlanta Traffic Sensor Network
  • TomTom Denies Problems with New GO Line
  • TomTom and Fiat Join up to offer the TomTom ONE
  • One Too Many GPS Makers?
  • Philips Announces Intention to get into the GPS Market in Europe
  • Garmin with a Strong Share of the US market
  • Garmin Fires up New GPS Production Line
  • Fastrax Announces New iTrax300 Family of SiRFstarIII Based OEM GPS Receivers
  • Quick Overview of the Fitness GPS Market
  • NAVTEQ expands relationship with AAA Car Club
  • TomTom Rider on Moto Guzzi Motorcycles
  • TeleAtlas and TeleNav Sign Partnership
  • Traffic.com Launches Real Time Traffic on Windows Live Local
  • u-blox Launches New GPS Chipset - Highest Sensitivity and Low Power Use
  • TomTom ONE on Volkswagon Polo

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  • May 31, 2006

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for May 2006

    It's been a busy month here at the GPS Lodge. Check out some of the highlights. If you haven't Read 'em, then they are new to you!

    GPS Reviews
    GPS Review: Mio C310 arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge
    GPS Review: Garmin iQUE 3000
    GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550

    Contests - Free GPS Stuff
    Another Contest: Win CoPilot Live
    Win a TomTom GO 700

    New GPS News
    Garmin StreetPilot 2820 GPS
    New GPS: Cobra Nav One 2500
    Polaroid MGX-0550 GPS Unit with DVD Player
    Rand McNally Mona: GPS Service for your Mobile Phone
    TomTom Home available for Download
    Globalsat BT-359 Bluetooth GPS Receiver
    NAVTEQ brings Traffic Service to Magellan RoadMate 700 and 760

    General GPS
    Geocaching Season is Here - Tips for the hunt
    New Icons for Garmin C510, C530, C550 and Nuvi
    Basics on the GPS Market
    Boy Scouts Use Celestron SkyScout - GPS Equipped Star Finder
    US POI Databases
    Garmin sponsors the NCCA national Championships
    Biking Across the Country with your GPS?

    GPS Sales and GPS Deals
    $100 rebate on Garmin GPSMap 76Cx and GPSMap 76CSx
    Magellan RoadMate 800 - $100 Rebate at Amazon.com - Today is the last day!
    Magellan GPS Rebate - through July 7th

    GPS Business
    Insight on Garmin's Business Outlook
    TeleAtlas and Inrix Expand Partnership
    TeleAtlas and Pioneer set partnership
    INRIX Dust Network - Another Leap in Traffic Prediction
    Magellan GPS For Sale: Shah Capital Offers $170 Million
    TomTom GO 510 and GO 910 to be available at Radio Shack
    Garmin Profit up 86% - Announce Stock Split
    Garmin Radio Spots Available
    NAVTEQ maps Poland

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    May 4, 2006

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for April 2006

    April came and went pretty fast, and here I am a few days late with the Monthly Round-up of the news in the GPS world. We know that new GPS units are coming, and we can't wait to see them first hand. With all these GPS introductions comes sales and profits. Things are running well at the companies we follow who are associated with GPS units. Anyway, check out a few of the stories:

    GPS Reviews
    GPS Review: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge
    GPS Review: Sony Nav-U
    GPS Review: Garmin Streetpilot 7200

    Earnings Announcements Started and things look good:
    Big Earnings At TomTom - Raise Estimates
    Cobra Releases Earnings
    Earnings for SiRF
    Trimble Net Earnings up 48%

    New GPS and Product Announcements:
    Pioneer Avic S1 Announced
    New Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T
    Magellan RoadMate 860T Announced
    Garmin BMW Motorrad III Navigator soon to be released
    NOVOGO Launches First Voice-Command GPS Navigators - NOVOGO V
    Delorme Ships New Topo USA 6.0
    Garmin StreetPilot c330 with 5 Asian Languages
    Mapquest Navigation on Mobile Phones

    Interesting News about the GPS World
    We've Moved Hosts! - Well, interesting for us!
    TomTom helps Nab GPS Thief
    MotionBased Tracking the Tour de Georga<
    Happy Patriot's Day - Running the Boston with a Forerunner

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    March 31, 2006

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for March 2006

    It was a big month for new GPS announcements, partially due to the fact that CeBIT took place in Germany and the fact that many manufacturers are readying their new fleet of GPS units for the summer months. The spring quarter is a big quarter for companies like Magellan, Garmin and TomTom who tend to sell the majority of mobile GPS units.

    TomTom launched their new line of TomTom GO’s: TomTom GO 510, TomTom GO 710 and the flagship TomTom GO 910. These all have a widescreen format.

    Garmin announced a new mid-tier line: StreetPilot C510, StreetPilot C530 and the StreetPilot C550, with Bluetooth functionality.
    They also made a push into adding GPS to mobile smart phones with the Garmin Mobile 20.
    There are a couple of new Nuvi’s: the Nuvi 310 and the Nuvi 360 with Bluetooth functionality.
    The new GPSMap 378 and GPSMap 478 are land and sea models for navigation on the water and on the road.
    Finally, Garmin introduced a new entry level color handheld GPS the eTrex Venture Cx with SiRF star III chipset.

    Navman just announced a new line of mobile GPS units. The Navman iCN720 and Navman iCN 750 come with a nice widescreen high resolution display. Navman also announced that you can take pictures with your new iCN and use those pictures to mark Points of Interest, as well as share those pictures with friends and family.

    There were several announcements that talked of connectivity for GPS units; opening up the opportunity to track your friends’ locations on your GPS, or your workers, or your arch enemy if you can figure out how to buddy up with him or her. Read more in TomTom WORK and Garmin Buddies.

    We also saw evidence of new Magellan products coming to the market with the leak of the Magellan RoadMate 860T and the RoadMate 3000T, both traffic capable.

    Here at the GPS Lodge, we received the Garmin Forerunner 205 for Review, (so far so good - I really like it a lot) and offered our opinion on the Garmin StreetPilot C340 vs. the Lowrance iWay 350c.

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    February 28, 2006

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for February 2006

    February was a busy month for earnings announcements as we saw three blockbuster announcements come through. We saw Garmin announce that they had profits up 82% over year ago, TomTom announce that they had earnings up a whopping 411%, and are now #2 in the US market for mobile GPS devices. Also, we reported on chipset maker SiRF, whose SiRF star III chipset is responsible for powering a whole lot of GPS units these days - their earnings were up over 100% after you factor out a bunch of one time stuff. Things are booming in the world of GPS.

    We also finished our review of the mid-tier Lowrance iWay 350C. We have had a lot of people dropping us emails thanking us for this one.

    Handheld game maker Gizmondo who included a GPS feature went into liquidation.

    Google and Volkswagon announced that they were working together on vehicle navigation systems.

    And Finally, we also reported on the availability of Garmin's newly customized GPS for Buell motorcycles., while Waypoint came out with a handheld GPS model PDA that is customized for Real Estate Agents.

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    December 1, 2005

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round up for November 2005

    The year is winding down and the holiday season is upon us. It's time to buy those GPS units, wrap them up and give them to that someone special who is direction-challenged. November was another action packed month here at the GPS Lodge, with several GPS reviews, and a few GPS news stories thrown in for good measure. Here are some of the highlights:

    Don't miss out Holiday Shopping Guide. We wrapped up a lot of our knowledge and gave you a few recommendations on what to buy your special someone for the holidays.

    GPS Reviews:
    Cobra NavOne 4500 Review from GPS Lodge

    In preparation for our coming review: Garmin StreetPilot C340 Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge

    TomTom GO 300 GPS Review at the GPS Lodge

    Garmin StreetPilot Review from GPS Lodge

    Another Great review for the Garmin StreetPilot 2720 GPS

    GPS News Items:

    More Garmin Upgrades: Vista Cx, Legend Cx, GPSMap

    New Garmin Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 leaked

    TomTom ONE Released in the UK

    Fine Drive announces the FineDrive 400 and FineDrive 500

    Customize your Splash Screen on your TomTom GO 300 or TomTom GO 700

    Inrix Predictive Traffic Teams up with ClearChannel (and why this is important for the future of Automotive GPS Units)

    The New Lowrance iWay 350 is Announced and then a few days later they were awarded the Best New Mobile Electronics Entertainment Product for 2006 at the SEMA show.

    Thanks for another great month.


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    October 31, 2005

    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round-up For October 2005

    Things are picking up here at the GPS Lodge, and October was another big month. We wrapped up the month with an announcement on the New Garmin models: the StreetPilot 7200 and 7500 - two new models that are basically media hubs for the road. Huge screens, FM modulation, MP3 playing, and video playback. Garmin also announced a StreetPilot 2730; lots of features, but not the big screens of the 7000 series. In their spare time, they also announced the new PDA - the iQue M4.

    The big announcement kindof towards the end of the month was the launch of the TomTom One car GPS in Europe. This entry level GPS for the car is out in Germany, but no news of it coming to the US. Our story got picked up all over the web... Gizmodo, Engadget, PocketLint, AutoBlog.... For all of those people who found us through these sites, Welcome to the GPS Lodge.

    We started the month with the announcement of the Magellan RoadMate 800 announcement. Another huge new product for the automotive GPS segment. More and more options for taking the GPS in the car!

    Some other product announcements from Lowrance: iFinder Hunt C, the iFinder H2O C, as well as a very cool way to skin your iWay 500C.
    Fun stuff? Check out the Golf only GPS - the SureShot, or our story on Mologogo - tracking through your NexTel phone.

    We have a lot of GPS Reviews coming out this month, stay tuned.

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