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Black Friday 2010 GPS Deals

GPSmagazine 2010 Black Friday Deals Guide

Forget the crowds and long lines. Some of the best deals this year are online.

We've combed through the thousands of GPS models and deals, and assembled this collection of the best bargains.

Garmin nuvi 2200 Review

Verdict: Small Wonder

Garmin nuvi 2200 Review
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Review Highlights

  • Priced under $140, Garmin's new nuvi 2200 raises the bar on Garmin's economy navigators, and many of the features found on higher-end models have trickled down into this budget friendly GPS.
  • Least expensive nuvi to feature myTrends, ecoRoute
  • Pedestrian capabilities, speed limit indicator, and text-to-speech

TomTom GO 2505TM Review

Verdict: A New Breed of TomTom GPS

TomTom GO 2505TM Review
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Review Highlights

  • More than a cosmetic refresh, the GO 2505TM is a significantly improved TomTom
  • Luxurious 5-inch multi-touch glass touchscreen
  • New magnetic "Easy Click" windshield mount will have you wondering why all mounts aren't designed this way
  • Competitively priced, includes free lifetime traffic and map update service

Garmin nuvi 2200 Unboxing & First Impressions

Garmin nuvi 2200 Retail Box

Priced under $140, Garmin's new nuvi 2200 raises the bar on Garmin's economy navigators, and many of the features found on higher-end models have trickled down into this budget friendly GPS.

The nuvi 2200 is the least expensive nuvi to feature myTrends, which recognizes your favorite routes. It also has ecoRoute to help calculate a more fuel-efficient route, pedestrian capabilities, speed limit indicator, and text-to-speech.

We're still putting the 2200 though its paces, but so far this looking like a lot of GPS for the money, and just might belong on your holiday wish list.

Trick Or Tracker App Lets Parents Track Kids via GPS on Halloween

Trick or Tracker

This Droid App is free until November 2nd, and lets parents track their children while they're out trick or treating. Of course, you can still use the App after Halloween to track your child, but it'll cost you $9.95 for a lifetime license.

Basically it works like this: you install the client on any Android OS 1.6 or later phone, you can track the phone's location via web any web browser. When no GPS signals are available, the App can resort to wifi signals instead, though accuracy is reduced to about 150 feet. You can also track your child via your own Droid phone, if you have one, by installing the "Parent" portion of the client that lets you track your child.

The App lets you set how frequently location updates are sent (never, 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes). More information and a link to download the software is available at

Rumor: Garminfone to be retired in January. iPhone App Soon To Follow?

Garminfone, R.I.P.

Well, I can't say I'm too surprised to hear this, but word around town is Garmin's joint venture with Asus will officially end in January, bringing an end to the ill-fated Garminfone.

That could very well mean we're close to a Garmin iPhone app. With the Garminfone platform no longer an IOS competitor, Garmin might finally be free to reclaim some of the lost smartphone business in the form of iPhone and Droid apps.

Is Garmin Secretly Developing an iPhone App?

Is Garmin Developing an iPhone App version of its nuvi software?

Just a few weeks after Garmin's CFO let slip that the company would be forced to make some tough decisions about Garmin's smartphone business (or lack thereof), rumors are flying that Garmin is developing an iPhone app version of its popular nuvi navigation software.

Magellan, TomTom, Navigon, and others have all already embraced Apple's platform and have released iPhone / iPod versions of their navigation software via iTunes. Yet for some reason, Garmin Mobile remains available only for Blackberry. That's a shame, because Garmin's mobile software is really quite good, and easily outperforms many other smartphone-based GPS solutions.

I suspect Garmin's ill-fated nuvifone is the main reason we haven't seen a Garmin GPS app for the iPhone or Droid yet. Hopefully that's all about to change.

There's no doubt that smartphones are taking market share away from Garmin's dedicated PND business -- to the tune of millions of units per year, and growing. Garmin's strategy of releasing Garmin-branded cell phones, and excluding the two most popular mobile platforms (IOS and Droid), is only taking more market share away.

Think about it - is anyone really going to buy a Garmin mobile phone? If you wanted a Garmin GPS THAT badly, you'd just buy a PND. Research suggests that customers view GPS navigation as a commodity, and that it has little influence over the cell phones they ultimately buy. In other words, no rational buyer is going to opt for the Garminfone over an iPhone or Droid based on the GPS capabilities alone. And it's just not realistic to think that Garmin is going to create a more compelling smartphone offering than Apple, Google, or Microsoft.

Garmin needs to stop throwing good money after bad, and get out of the Garminfone while it still can. Then it needs to bring its mobile software to other platforms beyond Blackberry, and quickly.

This is How the FBI Tracks Vehicles

Guardian ST820 Tracking Device

This is what it looks like when the Feds want to know what you've been up to.

According to a Gizmodo article, a mechanic found this device tucked neatly behind a vehicle's exhaust pipe during a routine scheduled maintenance service for a client's car.

Initially the mechanic thought it was a pipe bomb, but eventually correctly determine the device to be a Guardian ST820 manufactured by Cobham. Even more alarming for the vehicle's owner - the tracking device in question is used exclusively by the army and law enforcement.

So, if you see one of these taped to your car one day, you can officially panic.

AT&T Releases Version 1.7i of AT&T Navigator App for iPhone

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AT&T has released version 1.7i of its iPhone GPS navigation app.

New in version 1.7i:

  • Speech recognition: Use your voice to enter an address or search for a business
  • Smoother 3D Navigation: Enhanced maps which enable a smoother driving experience
  • Lane Assistance: See what lane you need to use before you approach the exit

The new version also provides alerts for traffic cameras, works in landscape mode, and has a new "shake to go home" feature that automatically starts navigating to your saved home address when you shake the iPhone.

Unfortunately, the App still requires a monthly ($9.99) or annual subscription ($69.99).

Garmin Intros Forerunner 410 and Forerunner 210

Garmin Intros Forerunner 410 and Forerunner 210

Garmin has released two new Forerunner models aimed at novice and expert runners alike. The newly announced 410 has an enhanced touch bezel that's guaranteed to work even in sweaty, rainy conditions that often accompany outdoor running. Also included is a premium soft-strap heart rate monitor, updated software, and several new features.

Workout data is wirelessly uploaded to a PC via the included USB ANT+ receiver, and can automatically be transferred to Garmin's Connect web portal. The 410 can also includes a navigation mode that routes you from one waypoint to the next - a handy feature for finding your way back home, or down the trail.

The new Forerunner 210 focuses on ease of use, designed for runners who want to step outside and start their workout. The 210 displays real-time workout data, such as pace, distance, and time. Heart rate alerts can be configured to notify you if you're workout out too hard or not enough. You can also add a foot pod to track cadence.

Both models include the premium soft-strap heart rate monitor, and the USB ANT+ receiver. The 410 retails for $325, while the slightly more simple 210 lists for $300. Both models are expected to ship soon.