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February 24, 2008

WorldTracker GPRS Review

Verdict: Like Having Your Own Personal Spy Satellite

WorldTracker GPRS

The WorldTracker GPRS is a portable, Assisted-GPS tracking device capable of sending real-time position reports every 15 seconds. The battery operated device sells for around $650, works indoors and out, operates on the the GSM network, sports a high-performance SiRF StarIII receiver, is water resistant, and can alert if you if the device moves into or out of a pre-defined area.

Note that Brickhouse Security also sells this same device under the name "W-Trac GPRS".

Is the WorldTracker GPRS the ultimate child/teen/adult/vehicle tracking device and worth the hefty price tag? Read on.

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February 22, 2008

Confirmed: Garmin nuvi 700 units less sensitive than older 600 nuvi models

Garmin nuvi 780 vs nuvi 680

I recently compared GPS reception on Garmin's newest nuvi 780 to the much older nuvi 680 and the results were surprising; both models have the same high-performance SiRF StarIII receiver, yet Garmin's older nuvi 680 gets about 50% better reception than the brand new nuvi 780. Why the degraded performance on the newest models? Read on.

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February 21, 2008

Garmin nuvi 750 Review

Verdict: Achieves The Price-Performance Sweet Spot

Garmin nuvi 750 GPS

Garmin's nuvi 700-series models finally deliver some much-needed feature enhancements to Garmin's popular nuvi line. Mirroring the updated design of the nuvi 200 series, the 4.3-inch widescreen nuvi 750 offers the same core navigation features as the more expensive nuvi 760 and 780, but lacks Bluetooth and doesn't include a traffic receiver.

Aimed at the consumer who wants a top-notch GPS, but doesn't need real-time traffic or bluetooth, the nuvi 750 faces stiff competition from TomTom, Magellan, and Navigon. How does the Garmin nuvi 750 stack up against the competition? Read on.

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February 16, 2008

HSN Selling the Garmin nuvi 750 for $299

Garmin nuvi 750

Looks like the Home Shopping Network is selling Garmin's high-end'ish nuvi 750 for $299 today. That's about $100 less than Amazon. The nuvi 750 is a solid GPS and a great buy at $299. Here's the link to HSN's site.

I'm still working on the full 750 review, but in the mean time you check out the nuvi 760 review, which is identical to the 750 but adds bluetooth and traffic data.

*Update: This was a one-day only sale, and is no longer available.

February 5, 2008

P-Trac Micro GPS+AGPS Tracking System Review

Verdict: The Real Deal. When you really need to know where someone is.

P-Trac Micro GPS

Brickhouse Security's P-Trac Micro is an advanced GPS + AGPS tracking system what works indoors and outdoors, can last up to 21 days on a single battery charge, and provides a sophisticated suite of reporting and tracking features. The P-Trac Micro supports Geofencing, custom tracking schedules, vehicle and people tracking configurations, SMS or email alerting capabilities and more.

The company advertises the P-Trac Micro as a perfect solution for tracking assets, children, or vehicles. I've been testing the P-Trac Micro for the past three weeks, putting the GPS + AGPS tracker through its paces to find out if the unit is worth the hefty $450 price tag (+ monthly service fee).

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