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January 22, 2010

BMW 7-Series (2010) Review

Verdict: Tomorrow's Technology ...Today

BMW 7 Series 2010
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REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

  • Packed full of innovative safety and convenience features
  • Head-Up Display is the future of in-vehicle navigation
  • Best of breed built-in GPS navigation system

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January 18, 2010

Top 25 PND Brands (By Shelf Share)

    2008 2009 Change
1  Garmin 34.0% 35.1% 1.1
2  TomTom 21.0% 28.3% 7.3
3  Magellan 21.8% 17.7% -4.1
4  Navigon 5.9% 3.8 -2.1
5  Mio 5.7% 3.8% -1.9
6  Nextar 1.4% 3.5% 2.1
7  Sony 1.5% 1.8% 0.3
8  Motorola 0.0% 1.8% 1.8
9  Harman Kardon 1.8% 0.2% -1.6
10  Lowrance 0.6% 0.7% 0.1
11  Insignia 0.0% 0.8% 0.8
12  Omnitech 0.1% 0.5% 0.4
13  Pharos 0.4% 0.2% -0.2
14  Sanyo 0.4% 0.2% -0.2
15  Maxx Digital 0.6% 0.0% -0.6
16  Cobra 0.6% 0.0% -0.6
17  Becker 0.5% 0.0% -0.5
18  V7 0.4% 0.1% -0.3
19  LG 0.4% 0.1% -0.3
20  Delphi 0.4% 0.1% -0.3
21  Plenio 0.3% 0.0% -0.3
22  Jensen 0.2% 0.1% -0.1
23  Alpine 0.1% 0.2% 0.1
24  Holux 0.2% 0.1% -0.1
25  Pioneer 0.1% 0.1% 0.0

*Source: IFR Monitoring

 

January 15, 2010

Lok8u Releases GPS Locator Tracking Watch for Children and Alzheimer's Patients

Lok8u Multi-m8 GPS Locator Watch
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Lok8uis releasing a line of GSM/GPS enabled locator watches designed specifically for children and alzheimer's patients. Here's all the details:

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January 1, 2010

GPSmagazine.com's Top Posts, 2009

GPSmagazine.com's Top Posts, 2009

We made it through another year! Thanks to all GPSmagazine.com's loyal readers for making this the Internet's most trusted source of GPS reviews and news.

Here were your most popular posts - the top 20 most trafficked posts of 2009 (in order):

  1. GPSmagazine Buyer's Guide (Updated)
  2. Garmin nuvi 765T Review
  3. Garmin nuvi 760 Review
  4. Garmin nuvi 265WT Review
  5. How to install Garmin's Map Update: A Step-By-Step Guide
  6. Garmin nuvi 750 Review
  7. Garmin nuvi 755T Review
  8. Garmin nuvi 885T Review
  9. Garmin nuvi 780 Review
  10. Garmin vs Magellan vs TomTom
  11. GPS Buyer's Guide: Editor's Quick Recommendations
  12. Garmin nuvi 785T Review
  13. Garmin nuvi 250 Review
  14. Garmin Oregon 400T Review
  15. Magellan RoadMate 1470 Review
  16. Garmin nuvi 1490T Review
  17. Garmin nuvi 205 Review
  18. Garmin nuvi 265WT vs Garmin nuvi 760
  19. Garmin nuvi 1390T Review
  20. Ultimate GPS Child Tracking Buyer's Guide

It's Official: MSN Direct to be Discontinued. Garmin Discontinues MSN-Direct Enabled nuvi 285WT, 785T, & 885T

MSN Direct to be discontinued on January 1, 2012

MSN Direct has announced that MSN Direct service will end on January 1, 2012. In related news, Garmin just discontinued all MSN-Direct x85 nuvi GPS units. Specifically, the following Garmin nuvis are now discontinued:

Seems a bit unfair to discontinue these models right after the holiday buying season, especially since MSN Direct service won't actually end for another 2 years.

Here's a list of FAQs you might have regarding the news:

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My Top 20 GPS Predictions for 2010

So what's next for GPS? Here's my short list of GPS predictions for 2010:

  1. Prices will stabilize somewhat (they'll continue to drop, but not at the same rate observed in 2009)
  2. Garmin will release an iPhone App version of its popular nuvi GPS software
  3. Garmin will reduce the overall number of PND units it sells, clarifying differences between models
  4. Smartphone-based GPS navigation will grow at a much faster rate than PNDs, eventually becoming the most prevalent GPS platform
  5. PNDs will always have a place in the market. Some buyers will want the improved interface, larger screen, and louder speaker that a smartphone cannot provide
  6. Connected GPS units will become more popular. Monthly service fees will be offset by ads
  7. Location-based advertising will improve, and will be pervasive within the next 3 years
  8. RIM's acquisition of Dash Navigation will not lead to a new Dash device. Instead, RIM will release it's own, business-friendly GPS navigation app for Blackberry devices
  9. Mitac will sell Magellan, which will mark the 4th time Magellan has changed owners in as many years
  10. Garmin will focus more on innovation, and developing new high-end GPS features (for which it can charge a premium), instead of maintaining feature lockstep with TomTom and Magellan and engaging in a race to zero profits for low-end units
  11. GPS units with mobile TV functionality will remain limited to Asian markets
  12. Google's Android phone will be disappointing, and likely won't take much share from the iPhone or PND market
  13. We can expect at least 5 stories of people who followed GPS instructions straight off a cliff or into a body of water
  14. Similarly, we will continue to see local newspapers report that thieves like to steal GPS units out of parked cars
  15. 4.0-inch screens will replace 3.5-inch screens. 4.7-inches or 5.0-inches will become the new "widescreen" standard size
  16. Monthly service fees associated with GPS tracking devices will come down, settling somewhere around the $10/month rate by the end of 2010
  17. NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas stock prices will plummet as Google crowdsources better maps (for free)
  18. Connected GPS units will allow users to send Twitter and Facebook updates
  19. Traffic data will remain unreliable, and not worth spending additional money on when buying a new GPS
  20. Augmented reality will be the next big innovation in turn-by-turn navigation

Those are my top 20 predictions. You've all got 364 days to prove me wrong.

Happy New Year! GPS Ten Years Later

GPS Ten Years Later: Happy 2010!

Just ten short years ago, a basic GPS system cost about $2,500, and had to be professionally installed. GPS reception was spotty, and, by today's standards, functionality was primitive at best.

Today, a self-contained, portable GPS complete with maps and preloaded with millions of points of interest costs well under $100. Maybe progress does come cheap after all?