Purchasing GPS Device Tips

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Satellite navigation used to be present only on high-priced cars. Today, anyone can buy one. But there are so many choises – mobile phone-based, portable, in-car… which to select? We show you exactly what you need to know before buying a GPS unit.

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You should considere the Map Coverage. Units sold in the US usually comes pre loaded with maps covering all North America and sometimes Canada. If you need maps from other countries, look at the gps brand web site for downloads availability for the county you want. Also, choose a unit with 3D map view (also called bird’s eye view). You should have a most pleasant navigation comparing to 2D maps.

Screen on GPS devices generally ranges from 3.5 inches to 7 inched diagonally and usually have a touchscreen capability. I would pick up one with at least 4.3 inches.

Some models have turn by turn navigation. Very usufull specially if you are using the unit on a car. You can hear the unit telling you “Turn Left in 200 meters at Broadway Avenue, or take a Right in 180 meters at Rodeo Drive street etc…

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At http://www.satnav-expert.co.uk you can campare and buy a very large range of models, with excellent prices.

Some devices has the ability to receive real-time traffic alerts without a monthly or charge fee. That’s a very nice feature, if you don’t want to get traffic just around the corner.

Another important features to look for: Prefer a device with 24 channels (satellite signals) instead of 12 (usually cheaper models have 12 channels). You will have a more accurate position; Media Card Reader, so you can isert maps into SD memory cards, together with MP3 music and video files (if the unit have the ability to read this types of files); POI’s (points of interest) – it’s a database with hotels, restaurants, gas statitions, banks, etc…spots that you want to consult during you travels; Bluetooth; FM Transmitter; Music and Video Player and the Power Suplly.

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Sat Nav is one of the technologies that are becoming very popular, and prices are cheaper than ever.

The last tip: If I were you, definitely I go for a buy!


By Mavilonus (Via World of GPS)

mercedes benz GPS navigation system for trucks

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mercedes benz GPS navigation system for trucks

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Mercedes-Benz just last week announced a new GPS avigation system for some of their trucks; namely Atego, Axor and Actros model series.


This will make European drivers very happy as Mercedes-Benz will be providing TeleAtlas maps (onDVD) for 26 European countries; and 15 languages to choose from for voice directions.


As with any other truck GPS navigation system this one also takes into account the dimensions and weight of the commercial vehicle you’re driving and provides driving route accordingly…

Thinkware iNAVI K3 GPS Navigation System

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Thinkware iNAVI K3 GPS Navigation System

Thinkware iNAVI K3 GPS Navigation System


Folks living in Korea who want an entry level GPS navigation system might want to check out what Thinkware has to offer - the iNAVI K3. This is a low-end device, so don't expect to retrieve all the bells and whistles that come with other more devices higher up in the pecking order. The iNAVI K3 will offer relevant information in 3D via its 7' WVGA LCD display. Other features include a SiRF V6 chipset, a 900MHz processor, an SDHC memory card slot, 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM, DMB support, audio and video playback as well as a car diary function. No idea on pricing though.


(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

GlobalSat GS-3212 GPS navigation system; cheap and good maps

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GlobalSat GS-3212 GPS navigation system; cheap and good maps

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GlobalSat GS-3212 GPS navigation system is basic device with a 3.5 inch TFT LCD touch screen, and an SD card reader. It can do 3D rendering of certain buildings by default, and has about 1 million points of interests.


What’s special about this you may ask? Well if you’re looking for a non-mainstream GPS navigation system, say other than Garmin and TomTom; GlobalSat maybe your answer. In addition to feeling good about helping an underdog manufacturer you’ll also be pleased about the price tag which is only $140; and the maps which include USA, Canada, and Mexico. Seriously, who else offers all these three countries together?




(Via NaviGadget.)

get ready for 3G connected Garmin systems

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get ready for 3G connected Garmin systems

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Sprint these days is looking into expanding their wholesale subscribers base by providing 3G data service to consumer electronics manufacturers such as Garmin.


Sprint already has the know how and the infrastructure since they’ve been handling Amazon’s Kindle data services for a while now.


What does this mean for you? Well if all goes well you’d have real internet access on your GPS navigation system as opposed to a wimpy MSN updates which come over FM… wsj




(Via NaviGadget.)

Sprint looking to wholesale bandwidth to connected gadget makers

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Sprint looking to wholesale bandwidth to connected gadget makers



So, what's a flagging cellular operator to do once it has succumbed to the grim realization that no one wants to sign up for your service and you've already collected the dough from selling off nearly all of your towers? Go wholesale, of course! Unbeknownst to most, all of the Kindle downloads on Amazon's white-hot e-reader go through Sprint's network, and given just how successful that little venture has been, the carrier is hoping to expand its revenues from wholesaling bandwidth (which currently sits at just 3 percent of its total) by inking similar deals with connected gadget makers. From internet-connected vehicles to GPS systems to cameras, the options are darn near limitless, and with so much free capacity on Sprint's network, it might as well find companies to use it. 'Course, it's not like Sprint's the only one out there trying to carve these kinds of deals into stone, but it's definitely the one that needs to do it most immediately.

(Via Engadget CELLS.)

Nokia 7205 does GPS navigation

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Nokia 7205 does GPS navigation

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Nokia 7205 (code named Intrigue) was just announced by Verizon Wireless today. The clam shell device has a 2.2″ QVGA 240x320 internal display, a 1.9″ PMOLED external screen; which stays hidden until lit. Like we mentioned in the title Nokia 7205 does GPS navigation; thanks to the CDMA, 1X/EV–DO Rev. A chip inside which also integrates an A-GPS receiver. You don’t get to use your own GPS navigation system of course. You’ll have to use Verizon’s service called VZ Navigator which costs $10/month for unlimited usage.


Other features and specs of 7205 include a microSD card slot, blutooth, touch sensitive buttons, 2MP camera, and a media player.


Nokia 7205 is already available for only $129 after jumping through hoops and a 2 year contract. If you don’t want a contract; nor interested in chasing mail-in-rebate forms you can expect to pay $300 for the phone.



(Via NaviGadget.)

Approach G5 golf GPS ships earlier than expected

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Approach G5 golf GPS ships earlier than expected

ApproachG5target Golfers, despite what your kids' school calendar says, spring break has just begun, thanks to the Approach G5. Already topping expectations, Garmin's new golf-specific GPS device is now for sale. There’s no other existing golf device that combines the ease of use, large color touchscreen and preloaded information -- more than 5,100 preloaded courses, with more to come -- all with no subscriptions or annual fees. Within minutes of opening the box, you can be ready to tee off. And that time is now.



This weekend, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Home Shopping Network will be featuring - and selling! - the Approach G5. You can also find it online now at various Web retailers. The waterproof Approach, with its touchscreen 3' color display, keeps it simple by asking you to either Play or Preview any of the thousands of preloaded courses. Weighing only 6.8 ounces and powered by two AA batteries, the Approach G5 features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and conforms with the rules of the R&A and USGA. So stop guessing, and start golfing with renewed confidence.

(Via Garmin Blog.)

Topcon GRS-1

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Topcon GRS-1

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If you need up to 1cm accuracy from a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) Topcon GRS-1 is for you. This is a GPS network rover receiver, and the small, lightweight form factor combined with a relatively small price tag makes it quite attractive. It has DGPS capability with a regular L1 antenna for GIS and navigation and a the PGA-1 external antenna for your local GNSS network. The GRS-1 uses Windows Mobile 6.1 OS, has a 3.7 inch, touch screen display and a rugged construction that can stand a one meter drop.


Other features of the Topcon GRS-1 also include SD memory card slot, optional internal GSM or CDMA modem, built-in 2 MP camera, internal magnetic compass and wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

iGO Yiddish GPS navigation

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iGO Yiddish GPS navigation

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GPS navigation software company Nav N Go is about to come out with a GPS navigation system for Yiddish speakers - kinda like the Mio Ma’amin we talked about couple of months ago.


The iGO GPS navigation system is designed for the orthodox market in Israel, providing the believers with more more than 10,000 unique Jewish interest points - including the addresses and telephone numbers of thousands of synagogues, mikves (ritual baths) and kosher restaurants. It also purposefully excludes non-kosher joints such as nightclubs, Internet cafes, and so on.


When the device is turned on you first have to click ‘Amen’ after reading the Travelers’ Prayers ton continue on with your destination.


The Yiddish edition navigation system will be available in store in about a month and will cost somewhere between NIS 1,200 and NIS 1,499.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Timex Expedition WS4

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Timex Expedition WS4

timex-ws4Timex is getting ready to ship their latest outdoorsy adventure style wrist watch called Timex Expedition WS4. ‘WS’ is for widescreen, and 4 is for the four functions it has: altimeter, barometer, thermometer, and a compass. Showing time is not listed as a feature though.


Your heading is not determined by your displacement calculated with the help of a GPS receiver like done with car GPS navigation systems, but rather with an actual digital compass.


Timex Expedition WS4 will be coming out in May 1st.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Waterproof USB GPS Receiver

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Waterproof USB GPS Receiver

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The ultimate setup for your car might include a netbook, customized into your dashboard somehow and of course, don’t forget to get one of these waterproof USB GPS receivers so you know exactly where you are.



  • The BU-353 GPS Receiver can be utilized in a variety of applications that require a magnetic mounting with waterproof configuration. With non-slip on the bottom and the compact design, the BU-353 is completely self-contained and waterproof.

  • It’’s incorporating the latest SiRF Star III GPS chipset and an active patch antenna so you receive a high degree of GPS accuracy.

  • Combining both design and technology into an iF product design award 2006 winning GPS receiver the Globalsat BU-353 integrates the latest SiRFStarIII chipset into a stylish GPS mouse. This results in one of the most sensitive and accurate GPS receivers on the market today.

  • Typical application can include marine environments, aviation, commercial use such as fire truck, police cars and utility vehicles and buses.




(Via zedomax.com.)

Sony Introduces New GPS System In Japan

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Sony Introduces New GPS System In Japan

Sony Introduces New GPS System In Japan


Japanese will be able to get their hands on a new GPS navigation system from Sony, where it'll be interesting to see who'll pick one up since virtually every car sold comes with their own GPS unit. The device in question is the Sony NV-U3C that features a 3.5' QVGA touchscreen display with an aspect ratio of 4:3, 4GB of internal memory and compatibility with PetaMap data to offer information as well as announcements regarding a store or restaurant of your choice.



(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

nuvi 465T - GPS navigation for trucks

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nuvi 465T - GPS navigation for trucks

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Garmin is going to announce their first GPS navigation system designed exclusively for trucks (what about nuvi 5000?). It is called nuvi 465T. The device supports multiple truck profiles and features advanced routing and guidance to support truck-related road restrictions such as height, width, length, weight and hazardous materials. All you’ll have to do is enter some dimensions information and any other restrictions based on your load and nuvi 465T will adjust your route accordingly.


the nüvi 465T also provides locations in the National Truck and Trailer Services (NTTS) Breakdown Directory, a guide to semi-truck repair facilities nationwide. This information is preloaded and lets truckers find find truck-specific points of interest, such as truck repair, towing and recovery, tire sales and repair, glass repair, fuels stops and more.


nüvi 465T has a 4.3″ touchscreen display, comes with maps of US, Canada and Puerto Rico, speaks street names, and also features Bluetooth. It also does automatic time zone transition. Lifetime traffic alerts from NAVTEQ Traffic are free too. Some other alerts it can provide are truck hazards along the route such as sharp curves, steep grades, road narrows and more.


nuvi 465T will be available second quarter of this year and go for $500…


(Via NaviGadget.)

Alpine PND-K3msn now shipping

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Alpine PND-K3msn now shipping

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Alpine PND-K3msn we mentioned couple of weeks ago has started shipping and the price is announced to be $300. When you purchase you’ll get 3 months of free subscription to the MSN Direct service which provides traffic information, weather reports, gas prices, movie times, news and alerts, local event information and stock prices at 134 metropolitan areas in U.S. and Canada.


You also get the ’send-to-gps’ features which is probably the most useful feature of MSN Direct. You can find addresses, businesses, etc at Live Search Maps and send it directly to your device from a PC, all wireless.


A comparable Garmin is the nuvi 785T which costs $600 but it is different from K3msn since it offers lane assist. Also check out our review of the older model Alpine PND-K3.




Pharos Traveler 117 review

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Pharos Traveler 117 review

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Remember the Pharos Traveler 117 which we announced back in November 2008? People at PocketPCThoughts got their hands on one and published a lengthy review.


Here the pros and cons:

Pros:



  • Beautiful, crisp, clear VGA screen

  • Great battery life

  • Standard 2.5mm headphone jack, which also doubles as TVOut


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  • Stylus is too small to be usable

  • Trackball needs to be more precise/consistent in action

  • SD card access is difficult and cover could break with use

  • 2 megapixel, fixed focus camera is not up to current expectations.




(Via NaviGadget.)

AgGPS FmX: high tech agriculture GPS nav system

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AgGPS FmX: high tech agriculture GPS nav system

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If you think you’re the only one taking advantage high tech GPS devices you’re so wrong. Farmers are actually way ahead of you. Trimble is in the agriculture market providing farmers with tools to help them better control their equipment. Check out this AgGPS Fmx display with dual GPS receviers (GPS+GLONASS) which can provide up to 1 inch of accuracy, integrated radio for wireless video input and a huge 12.1″ screen.


It even has a light bar to give you a quick feedback on your route.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Kogan GPS Watch

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Kogan GPS Watch

Kogan GPS Watch


Kogan's Android smartphone might be put on hold indefinitely, but that doesn't mean the Australian company is going to sit around and do nothing. They have come up with the Kogan GPS Watch which is touted to be ‘the most feature packed watch on the market’, considering it merges Bluetooth connectivity, GPS navigation, a pedometer and altimeter timepiece among others in a single device. If you're the type who plans plenty of activities outdoors, then the GPS Watch is ideal as you get to record your exercise while plotting your routes on Google Earth. In addition, with a built-in thermometer and speedometer alongside standard issue sports watch functions of alarm, stopwatch and timer, you're spoilt for choice. The integrated Bluetooth capability allows you to pair the timepiece with a compatible notebook, smartphone or PDA. Looks like your biceps will be getting some serious workout with this on your wrist. The Kogan GPS Watch will retail for AUS$129 ($85).





(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

TrafficMaster SmartNav

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TrafficMaster SmartNav

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We thought we’d talk about TrafficMaster SmartNav since it has a different concept than most other GPS navigation systems out there.


It features only one button and with a press you get connected to the control center to speak with a personal assistant. Then you get to speak with this real person who will enter your destination into SmartNav central computers which has data on traffic delays. Then this optimized route which supposedly avoids traffic delays is automatically downloaded to your vehicle and you get your usual turn-by-turn directions. You’re always being watched so if you make a wrong turn or road conditions change you’ll be able to download new directions.


Other features include safety camera warnings, and a tracking service for stolen vehicles.


This pretty much is a UK version OnStar we have here in the U.S. But this one also works in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Switzerland.




(Via NaviGadget.)

new Samsung A877 with GPS

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new Samsung A877 with GPS

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This is the new Samsung A877 that will hit the AT&T stores and online retailers as early as March 29th. Not a whole lot is known about this phone yet, but here are the rumors so far:



  • 3.2″ AMOLED screen with WQVGA resolution

  • 3MP digital camera

  • GPS

  • Telenav GPS Navigator

  • 3G support

  • slide-out QWERTY keyboard

  • Full HTML browser

  • bluetooth

  • MP3 player


Samsung A877 might be revealed as ‘Jackfrost’ at AT&T, so keep that in mind…

(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

W500 GPS and DMB

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W500 GPS and DMB

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Korean Inkel has this new device called W500 which is a GPS navigation system and a DMB player in one. It comes with 2GB or 4GB of memory and of course a pre-installed GPS navigation software which can do dual maps and try to minimize your carbon footprint with its Eco-Drive monitor. It can receive traffic updates via TPEG protocol, and get you the gas prices at 12000 stations, sorting with the ones near you on top :) via




(Via NaviGadget.)

iPhone's First Turn-by-Turn Navigation App Reviewed: Outstanding, Not Perfect

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iPhone's First Turn-by-Turn Navigation App Reviewed: Outstanding, Not Perfect

Kicking Tires takes the iPhone's first turn-by-turn GPS navigation app, XROADS G-Map for a spin, and while it's got some issues, it's an 'outstanding value' for $40.

Here's the major issue, which is worse if you live in Illinois: The app is a 900MB beast, so it's split into east and west sections of the US, which have to be purchased separately at $20 a pop. The funky dividing splits Illinois into north and south halves, with each map app getting a piece. The other bad part is that not every street is labeled, so you actually have to use the turn-by-turn sometimes, which doesn't have any voices to guide you.

But everything else is pretty gravy: It has 'very clear, accurate and understandable direction,' sweet 3D renderings of highway interchanges, an easy-to-use UI, awesome point-of-interest functionality, and it comes with a decent car mount. Bottom line is that for $40, it handily competes with a $200 dedicated navigator. So be scared Garmins and Magellans of the world, be scared.

(Via Gizmodo: GPS.)

Pioneer AVIC-Z3

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Pioneer AVIC-Z3

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Pioneer AVIC-Z3 is a double DIN in-dash HDD based GPS navigation system. It is the most expensive from the manufacturer, with an MSRP of $1800 (however Amazon has Pioneer AVIC-Z3 for $1310). It has some impressive navigation features, so let’s go over those in more detail:



  • point addressing: many destinations are geocoded to a precise point instead of an address range.

  • 3D landmarks

  • high resolution display of traffic conditions

  • voice recognition of POIs without having to choose a category

  • text-to-speech

  • compatible with XM NAVTRAFFIC for live traffic updates


That’s all for navigation but that’s not what Pioneer AVIC-Z3 can do. The device is bluetooth capable so you can pair up a compatible phone. There’s a 30GB HDD, 10GB of which is dedicated to your tunes; and can be accessed with your voice. You can also bring your iPod in and control it using the 7″ touchscreen. Optical drive allows you to play DVDs, rip CDs, and play bunch of other media formats.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Review: Qstarz BT-Q1300S Sports Recorder

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Review: Qstarz BT-Q1300S Sports Recorder

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For people interested in maintaining an active lifestyle, Qstarz has introduced the BT-Q1300S Sports Recorder. Basically, it is an updated version of the Qstarz BT-Q1300 Travel Recorder Nano (reviewed here in September 2008) that now includes the QSports software package and a bright orange armband. The ability to adjust the GPS signal sampling rate (for more or less accuracy) is also a new feature. I will not bother rehashing the device basics since it is virtually identical to the BT-Q1300 and I don’t have much to add to Gautam’s already good review. Instead, I will focus on the Qsports software.


My first impression of the Qsports software was that it was very easy to use. To begin, you first create a new user profile. This allows you to track separate workout plans and sessions for multiple persons. It prompts you for relevant information used for fitness calculations. You can then begin to import the logged tracks from the GPS device.


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Once the datalogs are downloaded, the Activities View will display summary information for your workouts. You can assign a name and activity type as well as add useful notes. The remaining data is taken from the GPS track log and used to calculate things such as speed and


the average elevation grade. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to numbers and graphs so I loved the level of information provided. The detailed log of my hike was extremely useful and I’m sure runners, cyclists, etc… would also find this helpful.

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The Health Management screen allows you track fitness and workout goals. Based on the personal information you provide, Qsports will calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index) and ask you to specify a target body weight. You can also set up your weekly, monthly, or yearly workout plan. The software will then track your sessions in a calendar format and provide feedback history via graphs.


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The Statistics View is another screen that will show your workout history. There are many options and preset views that could keep you busy to your heart’s content.

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Finally, I will mention two more items of note. As I mentioned at the top of this review, an added feature to the Sports Recorder is the ability to adjust the GPS signal sampling rate. Qsports has default log criteria but you can override these settings. I didn’t mess around with this option much but obviously it will affect the accuracy of your track log.

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The ability to export your track – as HTML, Google, or Track file – is also available. I really liked the HTML option. It essentially overlays your route on Google Maps, similar to a KML file. However, it differs in that you can playback and retrace your route as movie.

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My overall opinion of the Qstarz BT-Q1300S Sports Recorder is that it is a fantastic product. As a photo/geotagging device, it was already a solid recommendation. I think the addition of the Qsports software package only increases its usefulness and value. Exercise buffs that enjoy monitoring their performance and activities will appreciate the detailed information and analysis. One disappointment I did have, though: Qsports only runs in Microsoft Windows. Sorry Mac users!




(Via NaviGadget.)

Globalsat GPS Director GD-101 digital compass

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Globalsat GPS Director GD-101 digital compass

Globalsat have unveiled their latest digital compass, the GPS Director GD-101.  A compact 60 x 60 28 mm and weighing just 45g complete with two AAA batteries, the GD-101 has a 96 x 95 pixel monochrome display for showing compass direction or guiding you back to your car in the parking lot.


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The GPS Director will store up to five destination points, either from physically being at that point or manually entering the coordinates, and will show distance in either kilometers, miles or nautical-miles.  There’s also a backlight, GPS signal strength meter and battery gage.


Two fresh batteries are good for 18hrs runtime - more if you flip into power-saving mode - and the GD-101 can keep hold of signals as low in strength as -161dBm.  No word on pricing or availability as yet.




(Via SlashGear.)

Clarion MAP 690 and Clarion MAP 790

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Clarion MAP 690 and Clarion MAP 790

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At CeBIT trade show which is taking place this moment in Germany, Clarion presented two new portable GPS navigation systems: the Clarion MAP 690 and Clarion MAP 790.


Both devices use the iGO My Way 8 navigation software which is capable of showing certain buildings and monuments in 3D, altitudes, realistic looking road signs, and posted speed limits.


Other features include text-to-speech to pronounce street names, and lane assistance to help you out on freeways.


Clarion MAP 690 and Clarion MAP 790 will also include an RDS/TMC receiver for traffic updates but we’ll have to wait and see if this will cost extra.


Both GPS navigation systems have a 4.3″ touch screen with 480x272 pixel (WQVGA) resolution, SiRF III GPS receiver chip, a handsfree Bluetooth kit, all of which are controlled by the 400 MHz processor. For storage you’ve got a 2 GB built-in space which also holds the maps info.


Clarion MAP 690 will be delivered with local maps and the Clarion MAP 790 will come with maps of 44 European countries.


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No precise details to date on their price and their date of release….


(Via NaviGadget.)

GPS-equipped FineDrive iQ500 PMP proves Korea's awesomeness once more

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GPS-equipped FineDrive iQ500 PMP proves Korea's awesomeness once more



Seriously folks, is it really that hard? Can we North Americans get a few PMPs like this one, or are we destined to have but a few kinda-sorta similar Archos units to choose from? South Korea is proving yet again that its PMP designers are truly top notch with the FineDrive iQ500, which proudly sports an expansive 7-inch LCD (800 x 480 resolution), a 600MHz ARM processor, 4GB / 8GB of internal storage, an SDHC expansion slot, WinCE, GPS module, a DMB TV tuner and support for a smorgasbord of audio and video file formats. It's also spectacularly thin and drool-worthy, and naturally, can only be procured and fully enjoyed within the confines of its home nation. Oh, one question though: 'Oil Save?'



[Via Akihabara News]

Samsung NP-Q1EX

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Samsung NP-Q1EX

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Samsung is getting ready to release an UMPC here at the States - as we discovered going thru FCC docs. Possibly called Samsung NP-Q1EX, the device will feature a 7″ WSVGA touch screen with 1024x600px resolution and run on an VIA Isaiah CPU. On the back of the device there’s also a digital camera, but as of now we’re not sure what the specs for this are (maybe 1.3MP). For connection Samsung NP-Q1EX offers Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.


Even though not mentioned in the semi-complete user manual, a few test setup photos also revealed an SiRF Star embedded GPS receiver which made us very happy here at Navigadget.

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Other specs we could dig up were the 4000mAh battery, SD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and HDD for storage.

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(Via NaviGadget.)

More Details on: garmin nuvi 1300 series

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garmin nuvi 1300 series

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Garmin just unveiled a new addition to the nuvi series. The 1300’s. There are currently five models in the series, all of which have an ultra thin body, and support pedestrian navigation thanks to CityXplorer maps.


…these new multi-mode navigators feature a public transit mode supporting optional CityXplorer content. Available as a download for select cities, CityXplorer allows the user to plan and use routes that can include public transit options such as bus, tramway, metro and suburban rail systems. With CityXplorer, users can get the most out of their navigation experience to many exciting cities across North America and Europe. The thinner and lighter form factor of these new products allows the unit to be more easily carried in a pocket or purse – making it ideal for pedestrian navigation. Content from CityXplorer varies in cost from $9.99 - $14.99, depending on the city.


nüvi 1300 ($249.99)



  • 4.3″ screen

  • text-to-speech

  • maps of lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico


nüvi 1350 ($299.99)



  • add lane assist

  • add comprehensive map coverage of North America


nüvi 1350T ($349.99)



  • add lifetime traffic alerts from Navteq


nüvi 1370T ($449.99)



  • add maps of Europe

  • add Bluetooth connectivity


nüvi 1390T ($399.99)



  • add junction view

  • subtract maps of Europe




(Via NaviGadget.)

More Details on: garmin nuvi 1200 series

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garmin nuvi 1200 series

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Garmin also just announced their nuvi 1200 series as well. Very similar to nuvi 1300 series but instead of the 4.3″ screen, 1200’s come with a 3.5″ screen. Text-to-speech is supported in all the models, as well as CityXplorer maps (extra), and the new slim form factor.


nüvi 1200($199.99)



  • 3.5″ screen

  • text-to-speech

  • maps of lower 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico


nüvi 1250($249.99)



  • add comprehensive map coverage of North America


nüvi 1260T($299.99)



  • add lifetime traffic alerts from Navteq

  • add Bluetooth connectivity



  • (Via NaviGadget.)

Garmin Announces the Nuvi 1200, 1250, 1260T, 1300, 1350, 1350T, 1370T, 1390T

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Garmin Announces the Nuvi 1200, 1250, 1260T, 1300, 1350, 1350T, 1370T, 1390T

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Garmin announced a new series of Nuvi GPS Navigators today as part of their CeBit announcements. The line of Nuvi 1200 and Nuvi 1300 navigators are going to supplement the current line of Nuvi units out there, but, appear to me to be a platform upgrade, as the unit is 25% thinner than the current already thin design.



Garmin saw fit to include the current innovations like a view of the upcoming intersections and free traffic subscriptions in several models which I think is a good move. I have to assume (and will check) that the free traffic is supported by the NAVTEQ ad model which inserts small innocuous ads on the screen after you have stopped for more than 10 seconds. I thought it was a good trade-off for free traffic when I used the first model to have this feature; the Nuvi 755T



Garmin has also created CityXplorer; a set of data that will allow the Nuvi to function and navigate you on public transit; making it easier to tour a city utilizing the full complement of options available to you for getting around. The modules will be available in the second quarter along with the 1200 and 1300 units. Cost for each city will be around $10.



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  • Nüvi 1300 - $249.99 - 4.3' screen, 48 States of Maps, and Text to Speech (Says street names)


  • Nüvi 1350- $299.99 - Adds maps for All North America Coverage, and Lane Assist


  • Nüvi 1350T - $349.99 - Adds subscription free traffic


  • Nüvi 1370T - $449.99 - Adds Euro Maps to the North American Set, and Bluetooth Handsfree


  • Nüvi 1390T - $399.99 - Adds 'Junction View' to see realistic views of upcoming complex intersections


  • Nüvi 1200 - $199.99 - 3.5' screen, and Text to speech with maps of the 48 states + PR


  • Nüvi 1250 - $249.99 - Adds maps for all North American Coverage


  • Nüvi 1260T - $299.99 - Adds subscription free traffic and Bluetooth Handsfree






(Via GPS Lodge.)