September 30, 2005

GPS Lodge Monthly Round-up for September 2005

This was another fun month here at the GPS Lodge, as we were able to bring you a lot of GPS News this month. Most recently you may have seen us referenced on Gizmodo where they picked up our exciting announcement on the new Magellan RoadMate 800. If this is your first trip to the GPS Lodge, welcome. Check us out, we have a lot of GPS information and GPS reviews on receivers and devices. While you are here, check out some of the other sites at the Blogpire.

We also covered Magellan's announcement of their new RoadMate 360, adding features to the low end of the automotive market. We also reviewed the Magellan eXplorist 600 this month - Magellan's high end handheld.

In news from the other biggie in the industry here in the US, Garmin announced the new Garmin Nuvi, a personal navigation handheld device geared for travelers - complete with translation capabilities. Garmin kept up a fast pace on GPS releases, with the new Garmin StreetPilot i5 - a great little inexpensive automotive GPS. Wonder how Garmin can keep up the fast pace of new introductions? Check out our article on Garmin's HUGE increase in R&D spending. In cleaning up some older business, we reviewed the tried but true Garmin V GPS; is it a handheld? Is it an Automotive GPS model? It's both!

In other news, AOL's MapQuest announced that they will start selling a MapQuest branded TomTom model. In case an automotive GPS is too big, you can carry along a key chain GPS from Navicom or the GPS watch from Suunto. Finally there's some interesting news coming out on the Navman PIN 570.

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August 31, 2005 Monthly Round-up for August 2005

We've had a fun month here at the GPS Lodge, as we've been busy bringing you a whole bunch of GPS news and GPS reviews. We have seen many reviews on great GPS receivers hit the web, like the Magellan RoadMate 760, the StreetPilot c330 and the TomTom 700. We have seen some fun things like the GPS enabled mobile phone games, and a Nintendo DS hacked for GPS use.

We got some good feedback on our MotionBased software and website review, noting our sound and balanced review of the service.

We were also happy to bring the good news of a fix for the automatic shut off issues with the eTrex line by shimming the battery contacts so the next time you hit a bump, with the thing mounted on the handlebar, the GPS doesn't shut off. We have heard from users of the eTrex vista, the eTrex Legend, the eTrex Summit and the eTrex who have had these issues. Yea, Garmin tech support never heard of the issue. We did. Problem solved.

In August, we saw some potentially great handheld GPS introductions from Magellan, including the Magellan eXplorist XL - with its massive screen, largest in the class (3.5" measurement), and the Magellan eXplorist 210 a potential blockbuster product that can effectively take on the aging Garmin Legend - an ever popular entry level mapping GPS. Finally, Garmin was not lost in August with their announcement of new RINO's: the Rino 520 and 530 models boasting up to a 12 mile range of communication.

In the coming months, look for more home made reviews of GPS receivers, and GPS news from the world when it hits.

Thanks for stopping by,

Scott Martin

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July 31, 2005 Round up for July

This month at the Lodge we have brought out a lot of GPS news from around the world. The big news had to be the release of 6 new units from Garmin - the Streetpilots i2 and i3, the iQue M3, the Streetpilot 2720, the StreetPilot c340 and the Quest 2 - all on July 15th! They followed that up with a new Weather enabled (XM WX Sattellite Weather) GPSMAP 376C. Could this be the start of a weather enabled feature set on more GPS units?

We started the month with a deeper look at the Garmin Vista C, and after a while with it , we still like it a lot. We also kicked off a head to head review series with a look at the Garmin Streetpilot 2720 vs. the Magellan Roadmate 760, two relatively new products from these makers. Continuing the look at competitive products, we also answered requests for a look at the Garmin eTrex Legend and the Magellan eXplorist 300. If you have a head to head review you want us to do, email us here at the Lodge.

We have a lot more planned for the future, more head to head reviews, reviews of the latest models on the market and the news as it breaks, so come on back. Add GPS Lodge to your My Yahoo or your My MSN page so you'll know as soon as we update with more news, information and reviews.

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