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May 26, 2007

LG Portable Navigator LN740 Review

Verdict: Impressive

LG LN740 Portable Navigator

LG has entered the ultra-competitive GPS market this month with a splash, releasing the Portable Navigator LN730, LN735, and LN740. The LN740 is the most expensive of the three, sporting a larger 4-inch screen, more POIs, more storage, and real-time traffic.

LG's new GPS line looked more promising than most, as the deep-pocketed company spent big bucks developing their own hardware & software rather than outsourcing both to the lowest bidders. Can LG compete with Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom in the already-crowded GPS market? Read on and find out.

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May 22, 2007

GoPass GPS-911: Mother of All GPS Tracking Devices?

GoPass GPS-911 Retails Box

There's no shortage of GPS tracking devices these days, but how many can say they're completely portable, use SiRF's high performance StarIII indoor receiver, have a built-in speaker & microphone for 2-way calling, and allow you to remotely monitor the ambient audio via GSM/GPRS?

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GPS-Enabled Dog Collar Keeps Track of Pets, People, and Anything Else That Moves

RoamEO

Although RoamEO is aimed primarily at dog owners, there's no reason you couldn't use this GPS tracking system for kids, people, or just about anything else that moves. Strap the collar to the pet/person you want to track, and the color handheld receiver shows you the exact location, heading, and distance to your loved one.

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May 21, 2007

What to look for in a new GPS

Smart Shopper

Not sure what to look for in a new GPS? Check out this quick, easy guide on how to shop for a GPS like a pro.

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May 18, 2007

Magellan Maestro 3100 Review

Verdict: Cheap. Basic. Better than Nothing.

Magellan Maestro 3100

REVIEW UPDATE: This GPS model has been discontinued

Last month Magellan released the highly anticipated Maestro 4040 to mixed reviews. This month, Magellan has released the smaller, less expensive Maestro 3100. This 3.5" display, no-frills unit is aimed squarely at the budget-conscious consumer, and is hitting the street with pricing as low as $250.

Could this be the budget unit you've been waiting for? I put Magellan's Maestro 3100 through GPSmagazine's rigorous testing criteria and found out how Magellan's newest GPS stacks up against the competition.

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May 17, 2007

Tales of Excellence: Garmin's Customer Support

Garmin logo

I suppose it's a sign of just how jaded I've become that I actually expect to get the run-around when I call customer support. There's no shortage of call-center horror stories out there, and I've had more than my own fair share of crappy customer support experiences. Today, however, I'm pleased to report on a top-notch support experience I recently had with Garmin's customer support group.

The suction-cup mount for my nuvi 660 recently failed (ripped apart when I tried to remove it from the windshield). My nuvi is about a year old, so I was fairly certain I was going to have to buy a new one to replace it. At the suggestion of another loyal GPSMagazine.com reader, I called Garmin's customer support number and - boy, was I surprised at what happened next.

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May 16, 2007

Jogging No Longer a Solo Event, Thanks to GPS

Jogging over Distance

If your motivational jogging partner recently moved away from your lazy ass, Jogging Over Distance just might be the answer to your prayers. The system is currently under development at the University of Melbourne and aims to combine GPS and cell phone technologies with the anti-social sport of jogging.

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Why You Don't Want To Leave Your Windshield Mount in A Hot Car

Windshield Mount Residue

Here in the Northeast, Spring has sprung, and the sorely missed summer weather is finally upon us. Last week when the thermometer hit close to 90 degrees, I tried to remove a suction-cup mount from my windshield. Turns out the windshield had gotten so hot, it actually melted the rubber, leaving a round ring of caked on material as I removed the mount. Now I'm stuck with this unsightly ring on the windshield. So far I've tried using rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, and windex -- all to no avail.

Anyone know how to clean this?

May 14, 2007

Garmin Releases GPS/Walkie-Talkie Combo, Now With SiRF

Garmin Rino 530CHx

What do you get when you combine a high-performance handheld GPS with a walkie-talkie capable of up-to 14 mile range? Meet Garmin's Rino 520HCx and Rino 530HCx, the newest additions to the Rino family of 2-way radios / GPS devices.

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May 9, 2007

Review: Garmin Travel Guide - Fodor's North America

Verdict: Limited Usefulness

Garmin Fodors Travel Guide

Garmin's Travel Guide for North America is a pre-programmed SD memory card for the Garmin nuvi and StreetPilot c500 series that sells for around $60. Garmin advertises the travel guide data as "Fodor's most up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive travel information available." I tested out the Travel Guide and found the Travel Guide of limited usefulness.

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