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GPS systems aren't nearly as popular as they once were, and we've got GPS-enabled smartphones to thank for that. But for the folks who venture into the great outdoors, there's still a very real need for dedicated outdoor navigation systems where cellphone signals simply don't exist. Garmin's a big player in both markets, and this week they're introducing a redesigned and upgraded eTrex handheld GPS. This entry level option has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 65k color screen with expanded mapping capabilities. The new eTrex series supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocache locations and details straight to the unit... Read more...
Going somewhere? Going somewhere where you'll need a rugged navigation system to get you there? Garmin's new Montana handheld offers just that, and the company's calling it the most advanced of its kind. It offers a rugged exterior, with multiple mounting and battery options, dual-orientation and screen layout options and support for a wide range of Garmin cartography. It has a barometric altimeter for elevation profiling and ability to profile the route ahead using included worldwide elevation model, and the included 3-axis compass gives it a heading while standing still or not held level. There's a 4" touch panel, a 5MP camera, sunlight-readable display, and tons of extra features that are... Read more...
What happens when Garmin, a company traditionally associated with GPS units, tackles a watch? A GPS watch pops out! The company has actually produced a few GPS-enabled wristwatches in the past, but only this week have they introduced one with a touchscreen face. The new Forerunner 610 sports watch is the company's latest, and it's both weather-proof and rather sleek given the technology that's inside. It's designed to be worn by athletes or active consumers who need something sweat-proof and capable of dishing out directions, and there's also a vibration motor for alerts such as heart rate, pace and distance when audible tones cannot be heard (heart monitor included in some bundles or available... Read more...
Have you ever heard of "caching?" You probably have, but you may assume we're simply talking about the caching of files, or perhaps an L2 cache on a CPU. But when speaking about GPS units and outdoor activities, caching refers to something else: a grown-up version of hide-and-seek. And now, Garmin is stepping up to the challenge and inviting customers to join a new caching community. The company has just launched OpenCaching.com, a new online community makes it free and easy to create, find and share caches. As described by Garmin: "geocaching combines exploration, education, entertainment and recreation," and with this new site, members can talk about new routes they have created or discovered.... Read more...
Times are changing. It's an old adage, but it's true. Factory navigation systems in vehicles have been expensive and subpar for years now, with cheaper standalone navigation devices often being superior in nearly every way. But factory dash integration has its perks, and for years we have wondered why the two couldn't be combined. But as Garmin's popularity in standalone navigation devices has dwindled with the surge in smartphone navigation systems, that company as well as TomTom have been looking for ways to branch out. In fact, TomTom already landed a deal with Sony in order to provide navigational services in Xplod head unit devices, and now Garmin is sneaking into the automotive industry.... Read more...
Garmin may not be competing in the smartphone business much longer, but the company still has plenty of new products up its sleeve. Today, Garmin announced the Approach S1, the company's first golf GPS watch. The Approach S1 comes preloaded with 14,000-plus courses. It can display information about distance to the front, back and middle of greens as well as measure shot distances. It's rugged and waterproof so you won't have to worry about destroying it on the course. The Approach S1 also has an alarm and automatic time and time zone detection. Garmin launches Approach S1, first golf GPS watch, with preloaded courses October 27, 2010 - Garmin has already put the most important information on... Read more...
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 more details will be available Tuesday. Although the smartphone market is enjoying huge growth, the Garmin Asus partnership hasn't delivered the volumes either company had hoped for. If you'll recall, the nuvifone was initially met with much anticipation and hype. However, that excitement dwindled as the smartphone faced one delay after another and other offerings... 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 it a high-tech hide 'n seek, and their new "Chirp" module enables even more players to join. The Chirp is described as a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching, but to use it, you'll need a certain one of Garmin's outdoor navigation units. They mention the Dakota and Oregon devices in particular, which can pair... 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 the thunder of every other smartphone on the market. Since, Garmin has teamed up with Asus to create the Garmin-Asus partnership, but the phones that have shipped under that label have seen a lukewarm reception at best. The problem is pretty obvious: Garmin just doesn't have any credibility in the smartphone realm, and moreover, they're competing with flagship... 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! 1695 which is designed to give users accurate, up-to-the-minute information via a number of connected features. The nüvi 2200 series features a 3.5-inch touchscreen. It includes Garmin's ecoRoute fuel-efficient navigation to help you conserve fuel. The models in this family can remember the destinations you travel to most frequently and will use... 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 aspects found on the Edge 500 and Edge 705, but it adds a touch screen element to make navigating the user interface that much easier and intuitive. New mapping options such as Garmin’s BaseCamp route planning and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery make it perfect for training, touring and riding on the trail, and the simple mounting options make it perfect for the car as well. Building... 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 that could overheat, and in some rare instances, catch on fire. Garmin says less than 10 cases total have so far been identified, none of which have caused any "significant property damage" or injuries, and certainly no fireballs. Regardless, Garmin's taking the safe route by voluntarily issuing a recall for some 1.25 million Nuvi devices. Only the 200W,... Read more...
It's a dog-eat-dog world in the mobile phone space, and had T-Mobile remained staunch in trying to sell the GarminFone to its customers for $200, it would have been quickly gobbled up by Samsung's Galaxy S (known as the Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile) when it's released later this week. Not playing the part of the blissfully unaware wireless carrier, T-Mobile has gone and slashed $70 off the GarminFone, which will make it a lot easier to move. While the $200 price point might have worked a week ago, Samsung's Galaxy S / Vibrant is one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones right now, and it too will sell for $200 with the activation of a 2-year service agreement. Then again, maybe the $200 price... 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, much like Mr. Ed is the talking horse that everyone remembers. Now, KITT can be your car. In a way. There's no magic potion for converting your Camry into a TransAm with all sorts of futuristic gadgetry, but a new voice pack for Gaming navigation systems and the new Android-based Garminfone allows your navigation system to sound just like KITT. NavTones... 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, and then the final product was priced too high for many to consider given the popularity of the iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry line and the growing Android selection. The second Garmin phone, which is simply called Garminfone, is a bit different. The phone is landing with a lower price tag than before, and rather than being completely proprietary, this handset... 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. It's the nuvi 295W, a dedicated GPS with a slightly overhauled user interface and a few extra features that are rarely found on devices of this sort. There's a 480x272 resolution touch panel, a battery that'll last four hours, an internal solid state drive with all of the maps loaded on, a microSD card slot, turn-by-turn guidance, an internal speaker, and... Read more...
In April, we told you about T-Mobile's plans to carry the Garminfone. Now, we're getting closer to an official launch. Although the phone was originally scheduled to ship this spring, Garmin is now saying the Garminfone will be available in select T-Mobile U.S. retail outlets in June. The company also gave us official pricing information. As expected, the phone will be available for $199.99 with a qualifying voice and data plan on new two-year agreement. The Garminfone is an Android-powered smartphone with Garmin's automotive GPS features. The phone will come with a car mount and a charger in the box. In addition to the typical points of interest and navigational options, the Garminfone is tightly... Read more...
Garmin-Asus, a co-branded alliance between two heavyweights in each one's respective field, today announced the Garmin-Asus A10, the second Android-powered smartphone the two companies have collaborated on. This latest one sports a bright, 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display the duo claims is optimized for "pedestrian navigation." Along those same lines, it comes with an electronic compass, long-lasting 1500mAh battery, and GPS capabilities, making the A10 ideally suited for anyone who simply can't sit still. And you won't have to pay for third-party maps, either - Garmin-Asus says the A10 comes pre-loaded with detail maps, as well as comes with a powered audio mount that magnifies the device's... 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, the iPhone 3GS was out, and Windows Phone 7 was just around the corner. Early reviews on the handset weren't exactly glowing, and even thought AT&T is still offering the phone, we kind of doubt it's a huge seller. But could this second attempt in the U.S. be the one that counts? T-Mobile USA has today announced that they will be the second operator in... 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 in a big way in order to remain competitive, and it looks like Garmin is doing just that.The company has just revealed the new nüvi 3700 series, a navigation line with an incredible amount of style. Not surprisingly, these units won the Red Dot Design Award, and it's easy to see why. We think these really raise the bar for standalone NAV systems, as they're... Read more...
Garmin-Asus already announced one major smartphone for the Mobile World Congress expo next week in Spain, but Windows Mobile 6.5.3 may not excite the masses. In order to fire up some interest from the other crowd, the company is also introducing another new nuvifone in the A50.The A50 differs slightly in design, but the biggest change is under the hood on the software front. Google's Android operating system is powering this phone, which should be a welcome change for those who weren't fond of Garmin-Asus' hand-crafted OS that resided on the original nuvifone that shipped on AT&T last year. The company claims that you'll get the best of both worlds here, with Android providing a great, familiar... Read more...
Mobile World Congress is a major cellphone trade show, and given the pervasiveness in smartphones these days, it's ramping up to be quite the extravaganza. The show begins next week, but many companies are already pushing out details on a number of their standout products. Garmin-Asus is a newcomer to the smartphone realm; to date, it only has one major phone on the market, and the nuvifone G60 didn't exactly have a great amount of success due to the long delays that forced it to ship well after the iPhone 3GS and a number of other excellent Android phones were already on the market. The joint venture is hoping to strike gold with round, as the new M10 could actually be a winner thanks to Garmin-Asus'... Read more...
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