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November 26, 2008

Black Friday GPS Deals 2008

Black Friday GPS Deals

Retailers are more desperate than ever for your hard-earned greenbacks this year, and it's looking like there's going to be some pretty fantastic GPS bargains to be had this coming (Black) Friday. Here's a round-up of the deals I've spotted so far:

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Garmin nüvi 760 vs. 765T

Garmin nüvi 760 vs 765T

Garmin's nüvi 765T replaces the nüvi 760. Here's everything you need to know about what's new, what's changed, and whether the 765T is worth upgrading.

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November 25, 2008

Garmin nuvi 765T Review

Verdict: The Most Advanced nuvi Yet

Garmin nuvi 765T Review

Map Screen 3D Buildings 3-D Lane Guidance

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

  • New nuvi 705 series replaces the older nuvi 700 series
  • New map screen enhancements, features, & HotFix GPS technology, make the 765T a significant improvement over the nuvi 760
  • nuvi 765T is a better bargain than the 785T
  • FM Transmitter still underpowered
  • Slowness when manually panning/zooming the map
  • The best all around nuvi available today. If you don't need Bluetooth, get the nuvi 755T instead

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November 24, 2008

Amazon Starts Black Friday Deals Today

Amazon has already started its Black Friday sale, and has a pretty good deal going on the TomTom ONE 125 - $99 (normally 179.95). P.S. They've got some good bargains on other non-GPS items too.

November 20, 2008

Garmin Posts Mysterious GPS Firmware Update for nuvi 7x5 Models

GPS Chipset Type M (WebUpdater)

With no description or explanation as to what the update does, Garmin has posted a mysteriously named "GPS Chipset Type M" firmware update for the nüvi 7x5 models. This comes in addition to the larger 2.50 software update that fixed a number of Bluetooth issues with the 7x5.

Anyone out there know what this update does? I've installed it, but so far haven't noticed anything different.

Nominate GPSmagazine For the Weblog Awards!

the 2008 weblog awards

OK, you know how GPSmagazine helps you find the right GPS, and gives you more in-depth info than any other site around? And you know how this site is free? Well now's your chance to do something for me: go and vote to nominate GPSmagazine.com for a 2008 weblog award.

The deadline is tomorrow (sorry for the short notice), so if you feel my site is worthy, please vote soon. You can nominate this site for any number of categories, so feel free to put GPSmagazine.com in every category you want (maybe "Best Individual Blogger", "Best Hidden Gem"?). Every category? You decide. Thanks for your support!

November 19, 2008

How Would You Change GPSmagazine's Reviews?

A GPSmagazine.com poll...

November 10, 2008

Why Dedicated GPS Devices Won't Be Replaced By Cell Phones Any Time Soon

Why Dedicated GPS Devices Won't Be Replaced By Cell Phones Any Time Soon

Lately I've been noticing a lot of people predicting the death of the dedicated PND (Personal Navigation Device), and thought I'd weigh in on the subject.

Anyone who's actually tried to navigate using a cell phone for any length of time knows it's still in its infancy, and remains a "better than nothing" solution that can't truly compete with the features and ease of use found on dedicated PNDs.

People have been ringing the death toll for PNDs for more than 3 years, yet dedicated GPS devices still aren't dead. Far from it, consumer awareness is greater than ever, and more people want to receive a GPS this coming holiday season than last. Sure, the GPS units are getting cheaper, but so do all electronic gadgets over time. It's called progress and competition, and is ultimately good for consumers.

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November 8, 2008

Garmin nuvi 265WT Review

Verdict: Heavy on Features, Light on Your Wallet

Garmin nuvi 265WT Review

Garmin's nuvi 265WT improves the nuvi 200-series by adding free lifetime traffic, Bluetooth for hands-free calling, GPS HotFix for faster position acquisition, terrain maps, and an improved map screen.

Sure, the hardware isn't as deluxe as the more expensive nuvi 7x5 series, but if you're on a budget and want solid basic navigation with text-to-speech, traffic, a widescreen, and Bluetooth, it's hard to beat the nuvi 265WT.

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November 4, 2008

Magellan Cancels the Maestro Elite 5340 Connected GPS. Calls You A Cheap Bastard.

Magellan Maestro Elite 5340

So...you know how the global economy has been going straight down the crapper lately? Turns out Magellan's much-delayed $1299 Maestro Elite 5340 isn't looking like such a hot idea, and the company is halting all development of the GPRS-connected device.

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