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.
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.
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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.
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.