December 18, 2008

Fire Eagle - Share your Location with your TomTom GPS


With the FireEagle add-on, you can now share your location with others while you navigate around with your TomTom GPS. To really have the cool "I see you" effect, you need to have your TomTom connected via a data plan'd phone. not many folks in the US have that, but it's an encouraging little add-on to play with. Easy to see that you might want to share with family or friends. The real magic is had when you can operate with a connected TomTom, but there is an offline mode too if you want to collect data and then "sync" with the web.

You can display your location on iGoogle pages, and yes, you can start and stop the data collection so no one will see you stopping by that donut shop for a coffee and donut in the middle of the morning.

More at FireEagle

Thanks Jim for sending this in

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December 17, 2008

Deal of the Day - TomTom ONE 125 - $89 + Free Shipping

After Black Friday, the price on the TomTom ONE 125 has steadily climbed above the $99 price that we saw just after Thanksgiving..... until today. Amazon's Deal of the Day is the TomTom ONE 125 for $89.

You can see my Full Review of the TomTom ONE 125 for more information, but quickly, it is a standard 3.5-inch screen GPS with maps of the US, has verbal turn cues (Turn Right in 400 Yards), but not text to speech.

These deals can sell out at Amazon; the last one featuring a GPS did.

At Amazon's Deal of the Day - The TomTom ONE 125

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TomTom MapShare Hits 5Mil Users


TomTom announced that their MapShare program has grown to 5 million users which is a huge growth in a short amount of time. The system allows users to update their maps on their units and share those changes out to others in the system, networking to fix mapping mistakes. Once checked by experts back at the TomTom headquarters, the changes are pumped out so that they FIX mistakes and not propagate others!

Full Press Release Below......

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December 12, 2008

Black Friday Softer Results - High Shares for Big 3


In a quick Q&A, GPS Business News had Tom Murray, VP Marketing USA for TomTom, review the GPS performance on Black Friday where he indicated that TomTom's results were a little softer than hoped for, with shares in the mid-30% range. They must have had high expectations as the TomTom ONE 125 was everywhere that I looked, and at $99, there was a lot of buzz.

They also talked about the fact that the Big Three, no not the auto makers, TomTom, Garmin and Magellan, made up 95% of the Black Friday sales. Not surprising considering the brand recognition and the deals that were in every major store.

A couple of years ago, Mio made a splash with a low priced, high value unit, and woke the big guys up with it. I think that the Big Three realized the opportunity and have since made a more concerted effort to grab the entry level consumer.

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December 5, 2008

Win "Must Have" Gear for 2008 from Wired Mag - Including a TomTom GO 930


So Wired Magazine has a bag of schwag available to win this year, and they claim that the contents are their must have items for hitting the road. One of those must have items is a TomTom GO 930 GPS, a pretty smart little GPS that has maps of North America and Europe, while offering Bluetooth Handsfree technology along the way.

The cool thing is that you can win the Bag of Gear from Wired if you qualify and sign up. Give away is open now for registration, closes 2/2/09 and has a retail value of about $8500. Not bad.

More at Wired on the gadgets, or simply sign up to win.

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December 4, 2008

TomTom Online Route Planner - Beta


We rely on TomTom to get us around while driving around on the road, why not while we are planning routes while sitting at the computer? Millions of people a day check how to go from here to there, so why not "TomTom" it instead of "MapQuest" it? TomTom hopes that you'll think this way as they are in a beta test of an online route planner.

The online route planner is going to include traffic feeds and take that into account when planning out routes, which will already put it ahead of some other online route planning services. The other play here has to be that this would be a complementary service to their HD connected service, allowing you to send route and location results to your connected GPS.

Go check it out and see if you are cleared for the Beta test group - it may be closed to certain geographies, etc.

At TomTom Route Planner

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December 2, 2008

TomTom ONE XL - $99 Today Only

Amazon's Gold Box deal of the day today is the TomTom ONE XL for $99. This is from the last generation of TomTom navigators, but comes with fresh maps and is a trustworthy navigation system. The TomTom ONE XL has maps of North America, and is a widescreen unit, but does not have text to speech. Recently selling for about $140+, is $99 today.

At Amazon - TomTom ONE XL - $99 Gold Box Deal

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November 25, 2008

TomTom ONE 125 Pricing - $99 Now, Higher Later

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Lots of buzz about the TomTom ONE 125; readers writing in and asking about it and its availability. So, if you were thinking about grabbing a TomTom ONE 125, you'd be better off doing it now than later my sources say. Retailers are always free to set their own prices, but my information has the TomTom ONE 125 going up to $129 after November 30th.. So, with it at $99 all over the place, grab one now. You can go read my Full Review of the TomTom ONE 125 if you want more information on it.

If you don't want to wait out on Black Friday for one, you can always get it for the Black Friday price $99 today with FREE SHIPPING at Amazon.

At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125

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November 23, 2008

GPSLodge GPS Holiday Gift Guide - 2008 - Best GPS Gifts!

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OK the economy stinks, but the deals on GPS navigation systems have never been better as the innovations continue to roll in and the prices continue to roll back. It's always tough to put together a concise guide to the best GPS units for the holidays every year, but I do come back to a couple of things each year that I stress: Pay for quality, and if you can afford it upgrade to Text to Speech (Says Street Names) and a widescreen. Beyond that, advanced routing capabilities, Bluetooth handsfree, voice commands and data feeds help round out the awesome splurge GPS units out there. Let's Start.

Solid Navigation at Great Prices - No Text to Speech, 3.5-inch Screen

TomTomONE125Front.jpgTomTom ONE 125 - $99+ - Special deals have this at $99 for a limited amount of time, and while it has no Text to Speech, and only US Maps, it is a solid device with good performance at a great price. See My Full Review

Garmin Nuvi 205 - $135+ - Garmin's entry level unit that offers a lot of quality from Garmin. No Text to Speech, and a standard 3.5-inch screen, but with a dead simple interface (recently upgraded) that start's out asking you "Where to?" or "View Maps" - yea it's that easy. See My Full Review

Add Text to Speech

Garmin Nuvi 255 - $169 - $189 - Adds Text to Speech and a great interface enhancements that makes the Garmin Nuvi 255 my pick for Best Entry Level GPS this year. See My Full Review

Navigon 2200T - $169+ - Has Text to Speech as well as a lot of advanced features like lifetime traffic feeds and help to show you which lane to be in when you are approaching complex highway intersections. I am finishing up my review on it and I like it, but its interface is not as straightforward as others. It's a trade-off on the advanced features, and control over a lot of configurable details. My review will be coming soon.

Upgrade to Widescreen and Text to Speech

Garmin Nuvi 255W - $219+ - Again, a solid performer with an upgraded interface that I like a lot. Has maps of North America, widescreen and Text to Speech. All around easy to use and an easy gift that anyone will be able to pick up, and use easily. See My Full Review

TomTom ONE XL 330S - $249+ - A good GPS with a few more features that offer a nice bit of extra differentiation, including "A --> B" planning. This allows you to sit there in your living room before your airplane trip,and plan a route from from one other location to a different destination, save it and use it when you land. See My Full Review

Splurge - Advanced Features and Tricked Out GPS

Garmin Nuvi 765T - $450+ - Bluetooth Handsfree calling, Text to Speech, North American Maps, free traffic feeds, and a Lane Assist feature that helps to tell you what lane to be in when you get to key highway intersections. Optimized routing to multiple destinations. See My Full Review

TomTom GO 730 - $349 - Fun navigator that has a lot going for it with North American Maps, Text to Speech, Lane Guidance, and the ability to record your own voice (or someone else's) that plays when you need voice commands from the GO 730. The GO 730 also takes voice commands. See My Full Review of the GO 930 (GO 930 has extra maps as the main difference.


Garmin Nuvi 880 - $450+ - Voice Recognition on the Nuvi as well as Bluetooth, Text to Speech, and MSN Direct capabilities that offer gas prices, traffic and movie time feeds. Loads of capabilities, top of the line quality.

Going to Europe? Get Their Maps Pre-loaded

If you are heading over to Europe and need a GPS now, get one with Maps of North America AND Europe preloaded - get used to the unit here and make the seamless transition there.

Garmin Nuvi 270 - $160+ - compact with a small screen, no Text to Speech, but pre-loaded maps and high quality interface.

Garmin Nuvi 770 - $330+ - Widescreen with Text to Speech and Bluetooth Handsfree capabilities.

TomTom GO 920 - $325+ - Widescreen and text to speech with Bluetooth Handsfree. This is one generation older, and is a great value. See My Full Review. The latest is the GO 930 - See My Full Review.

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TomTom ONE 125 - $99 at Amazon - Black Friday Pricing TODAY!


Last year for Black Friday, TomTom drove a lot of business with its TomTom ONE, and is again poised to grab a lot of business this year for Black Friday, as they have a boatload of stores lined up to offer their new TomTom ONE 125 for $99. You want to wait out in line to maybe grab one of the limited supply at 5AM? Go ahead. If not, grab one at Amazon right now for the same price and get it shipped free to you while you can do things that are better than hanging out in the cold.

At Amazon - the TomTom ONE 125

More information see My Full Review of the TomTom ONE 125

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