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After disappointing sales of its nuvifone, we reported back in September that Garmin was considering its options with its smartphone unit. Now, Reuters is reporting that Asus plans to end its mobile phone agreement with Garmin, thereby paving the way for Garmin to exit the smartphone business altogether. A company official for Asustek said... Read more...
Nearly everyone has heard of geotagging. That's when you embed GPS coordinates into an image or video in order to plot them on a map and recognize where a given image or video was taken. But geocaching is another matter. This is a lesser known "sport" where players can hide capsules and tag the whereabouts with geocaching data. Garmin calls... Read more...
When you think about Garmin, you probably think about one major thing: GPS. Here's something you probably don't associate with Garmin: smartphones. But regardless, they're in both markets right now. The original nuvifone was announced with a huge amount of hype behind it, but it was delayed for around a year while the iPhone came out and stole... Read more...
Finally, a partnership that works. And a partnership that really gets at the core of what has been bothering drivers for years now. By and large, factory GPS/navigation systems are subpar. Automakers charge a bundle for them, and while they look nicely integrated, the feature set is generally lacking even compared to... Read more...
Garmin introduced new personal navigation devices designed to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. The nüvi 2200 and nüvi 2300 families feature multi-stop route planning, route previews, and nüRoute technology with trafficTrends and myTrends. In addition to these new models, the PND manufacturer also introduced the nüLink!... Read more...
Who says Garmin GPS units all have to fall into the tried-and-true Nuvi line? The company's latest navigation handheld is quite the feature-packed unit, with the Edge 800 being designed primarily for cyclists but suitable for anyone who needs to keep track of where they're headed. The unit features most of the same... Read more...
Don't you just hate it when you're driving down the highway and then, BAM, your GPS burst into flames, turning your Honda into a rolling fireball? That hasn't actually happened to us -- or anyone, for that matter -- and probably never will, but according to Garmin, some of its Nuvi Personal Navigation Devices contain potentially faulty batteries... Read more...
Own a Garmin (or TomTom) GPS? In need of a laugh? If you have $9.95 and a love for 80s comedy, there's a solution waiting. The well-known Knight Rider really made famous talking cars, and most would say that no talking car on television or the silver screen has rivaled the original KITT. Even now, it's the talking car that everyone remembers,... Read more...
Is the best current GPS on the market, just a phone? Some would say that Google Maps Navigation on Android has the navigation thing down, but there's still nothing quite like a dedicated NAV. Garmin's first attempt at combining a GPS and a phone didn't exactly go over well; the original nuvifone took too long to go from introduction to shipping,... Read more...
Garmin recently revealed a new series of standalone GPS units, all of which were drastically different in design than many of the company's past units. They also slipped out their second-ever mobile phone, one that's destined to land in June on T-Mobile USA. But what's this? This looks a lot like the original nuvifone, minus the phone portion.... Read more...
Garmin's newest navigation machines were completely unlike any before them, looking more like a smartphone and less like a traditional in-car PND. TomTom's latest don't really leap that far forward in design, but they do offer a few new features that are rather attractive for avid road warriors. The new XL 350 and XXL 550 range of navigation... Read more...
It's the return of the nuvifone! Or, is it? Last year, Garmin finally launched their long awaited nuvi-branded smartphone on AT&T (with a little help from Asus, as it were), but by the time it launched, most of the hype surrounding it was dead. Between the time the phone debuted and when it shipped, Android phones had flooded the market,... Read more...
A lot has happened in the navigation world over the past couple of years. Google has entered thanks to Google Maps Navigation, and smartphone GPS systems are quickly becoming just as robust as standalone options from Navigon, TomTom and Garmin. Companies who were in the market for those standalone units will have to retool their offerings... Read more...
Navigation still has a long ways to go in vehicles to match the value provided by standalone units. These days, an in-car nav from the factory can cost thousands, while a basic Garmin or TomTom unit will go for $100 to $300. But Ford is making strides to bring the in-car factory experience up a notch, and while Sync... Read more...
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