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The dedicated GPS landscape continues to grow, despite the fact that integrated GPS applications on smartphones could be looking to steal away some of that precious market share. Magellan, a smaller player in the grand scheme of things, has just introduced the RoadMate 1700, and without a doubt the standout feature is its unusually large 7" widescreen panel. If you're currently not satisfied with the size of your PND's display, you'll have a tough time saying no to the expansive WVGA touch screen on this one. Designed to provide enhanced resolution and readability, the RoadMate 1700 also includes the company's OneTouch user interface which provides instant access to favorite addresses and searches.... Read more...
TomTom is on a roll lately. Less than two weeks after announcing its new flagship series, the TomTom GO x50, the company is announcing two new models—the TomTom XXL 530S and TomTom XXL 540S—with extra-large, five inch screens. Both PNDs feature TomTom's IQ Routes Technology to help you drive the smartest and most efficient routes wherever you go. This technology uses historical speed measurements for every time of day and for every road segment to help the device determine the best route. TomTom claims that in up to 35% of all cases, IQ Routes provides users with a faster route, saving travel time, money, and fuel. “The new TomTom XXL devices enrich our product portfolio by providing our customers... Read more...
We've had our suspicions for awhile now, but now it looks like the research is confirming it. The dedicated navigation device has seen its peak, and it's days at the top are numbered. We knew that the standalone PND could be going the way of the Dodo when navigation applications began to pop up on some of the world's most popular smartphones. Sprint's Instinct was one of the first to really showcase NAV on a phone, and now that TomTom--a market leader--has caved to the pressure and issued an iPhone app, the end really is in sight. Of course, just because it's in sight doesn't mean that it's awfully close. It'll take years, maybe a decade even, before the dedicated navigation device sees the majority... Read more...
Garmin isn't unleashing a new fleet of navigators over at IFA, but the company is still introducing one new guy that'll undoubtedly garner its fair share of attention. The nüvi 1690 doesn't look all that different than any of the company's other PNDs, but as they say about relationships, it's what is inside that counts. This device is the first that enables users to tap into Garmin's own nüLink! service, which gives owners direct links to certain online information like Google local search, traffic, weather, fuel prices, movie listings, flight status, local events, white page telephone listings and Ciao!, Garmin’s exclusive location-based social networking system that connects multiple networks... Read more...
TomTom announced its new flagship series, the TomTom GO x50. The series will feature three portable navigation devices, the TomTom GO 950, TomTom GO 750, and TomTom GO 550. The new PNDs are able to calculate a route faster than ever before, ensuring that drivers are ready to go in seconds. The new TomTom GO x50 series uses “the world’s largest” collection of historical speed profiles that includes over 800 billion historic speed measurements of 15 million road kilometers in 24 European countries to help you find the best (and fastest!) route. While you’re driving, the device will check to see if there is a faster route by considering changing road conditions using IQ Routes technology and RDS-TMC... Read more...
One of the first things we thought when TomTom announced that it would finally be making an honest-to-goodness iPhone app was this: "what will this do to standalone GPS sales?" It's a reasonable question--TomTom has long since made its profits by selling hardware with routing software built in. The app within was just a portion of the equation, while the actual device was where the money was.With smartphones becoming ever more pervasive, one has to wonder if profits will sink as individuals purchase cheaper navigation apps over a new, dedicated personal navigation device. According to TomTom's own VP of marketing, there's no heavy sweating going on at the TomTom labs. In fact, he's excited about... Read more...
Garmin has been steadily expanding its Nuvi GPS lineup for quite some time, but the company's latest introductions are more for the outdoors crowd. The Dakota 10 and Dakota 20 handheld GPS navigators each include a high sensitivity GPS receiver, worldwide basemap and color touchscreen display. Both are completely waterproof and up to 20 hours of battery life. 20 hours! In theory, anyway, the GPS systems could be used as one's main system, but these are tailored for use in hiking and trekking scenarios. The rugged nature ensures that they can withstand the elements, and the extra-long battery life keeps 'em humming even after long stints on the trails. The high sensitivity receiver ensures that... Read more...
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