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February 24, 2007

Magellan CrossoverGPS Review

Verdict: Versatile

Magellan CrossoverGPS

REVIEW UPDATE: This GPS model has been discontinued

With a suggested retail price of $549.99 (street price of around $450), Magellan's CrossoverGPS is the first rugged, IPX-4 waterproof device designed to provide both turn-by-turn driving guidance and navigation for outdoor adventures in the wilderness or on water.

The CrossoverGPS ships preloaded with street maps and topography maps, and additional memory cards can be purchased with maps of lakes and fishing-hot-spots, marine charts, and additional hiking topography maps.

This week I put the CrossoverGPS through the usual rigorous testing criteria and see how the CrossoverGPS stacks up against the competition.

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February 20, 2007

Magellan About to Release Maestro 4000, 4040, and 4050 GPS Devices

Magellan Maestro

I'm not sure what's going on over at Magellan, but they've been releasing new GPS units about once every 2 months for the past 12 months straight! After releasing the RoadMate 3000 and 6000T last year, and the RoadMate 2000, RoadMate 2200T and CrossoverGPS within the past 6 months, it looks like Magellan is set to update it's product lineup again. Not yet officially released, Magellan's Maestro series GPS units started appearing on TigerGPS' website today and were promptly removed a few hours later. Nevertheless, the specs look promising: all three Maestro units (the 4000, 4040, and 4050) will have a 4.3" WQVGA color touchscreen display, feature a new updated interface, SiRF Star III chipset, and NAVTEQ mapping data. Here are the details on each of the units:

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February 17, 2007

Dandella Hand-Held Robotic GPS Shows You The Way, E.T. Style

Dandella Hand-Held Robotic GPS

This year's winner of the Japan Design Foundation's design competition is a "hand-held robotic GPS companion." They named it Dandella because it was inspired by the idea that young sunflowers always point towards the sun. According to the press release, Dandella works by combining GPS and robotic technology. Here's how it works: you get 2 "Dandellas" and program them to track each other. From that moment on, their buds respond by pointing towards one another.

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MainNav's MW-705 Makes Your Breitling Look Like Ladies' Jewelry

MainNav MW-705 GPS Watch

Sure, it may not be the slimmest watch I've ever seen, but this thing packs a SiRF Star III LP GPS receiver, Bluetooth, digital heart rate monitor, speed, distance, and temperature sensors. Powered by a rechargeable Li-ion 400mAh battery, the MG-90 is waterproof, shock resistant, and totally awesome.

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February 15, 2007

Garmin releases Fleet Management Interface

Garmin has announced the release of Garmin Fleet Management Interface. According to Garmin’s press release, Fleet Management Interface makes it possible for fleet operators to track vehicles using certain StreetPilot, nuvi, and zumo navigators.  You can download daily delivery stops, track the location of vehicles, and even text message drivers.

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February 9, 2007

SkyKap Brings GPS to your Golf Game

SkyKap GPS Cap

For those looking to add some serious unfair competitive advantage to their golf game, SkyKap brings you the Advisor line of GPS enabled gold caps and visors. According to the company's website, the system is completely controlled by voice recognition, and allows the golfer to get yardage data, enter and track scores, pace of play timing functions and many other capabilities.

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February 7, 2007

Garmin nuvi 680 Review

Verdict: Editor's Choice 2007

Garmin nuvi 680 - GPSmagazine's Editor's Choice

REVIEW UPDATE: This GPS model has been discontinued

Last year the Garmin nuvi 660 was my Editor's Choice for the well-heeled GPS shopper. Garmin announced the 660's successor, the nuvi 680, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 2007. The nuvi 680 is identical to the 660 in every way, except for the addition of MSN Direct.

Unlike the nuvi 660, which uses ClearChannel's TMC service for real-time traffic data, the 680 leverages MSN Direct for real-time traffic data, local gas prices, movie listings, and weather information. The nuvi 680 has a suggested retail price of $1071, and will be available for purchase by March 2007. Improving the already excellent nuvi 660 is a tall order.

Read on to see how the nuvi 680 stacks up.

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