Garmin has just announced its newest outdoor handheld GPS units, the Oregon 550 and 550t.
The new units pack a 3-inch, color touch screen and a high-sensitivity GPS chipset into a rugged, waterproof casing that should withstand the bumps and splashes of Mother Nature.
Not only will the Oregon 550/550t get you where you're going, it will also help you remember what you saw while you were there. A 3.2-MP autofocus digital camera is wedged into the mix, so you can capture photos of the great outdoors. We haven't seen any test photos to discern the … Read more
Slower consumer spending and lower demand from retailers led to Garmin's "most challenging quarter" since going public in 2000, thedevice maker's CEO said Wednesday.
Total revenue for Garmin's first quarter, which ended March 29, dropped to $437 million, down 34 percent from $664 million in the first quarter of 2008.
Earnings per share sunk to 24 cents from 67 cents in the year-ago quarter, marking a 24 percent drop. That compares with expectations of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters of 42 cents per share on revenue of $531.6 million. Excluding the impact from foreign-exchange rates, earnings per share decreased 64 percent year over year, to 25 cents from 69 cents.
Garmin's geographical units each saw weaker results. North American revenue fell to $265 million, compared with $411 million in the same quarter of 2008, down 36 percent. Sales in Europe dropped to $144 million from $211 million, down 32 percent. Revenue in Asia was $28 million, compared with $42 million, down 33 percent.… Read more
We've had a good number of good vehicles roll through the CNET garage that have impressed us with their performance, yet left us wanting in the cabin tech department. For example, the Volkswagen Tiguan S has great acceleration and handling, but lackluster dashboard tech at the S trim level.
Instead of leaving well enough alone, we've decided to create our ideal setup for a high-tech Tiguan. We replace the stereo, add navigation, and a few extra touches to make the Tiguan the ultimate active lifestyle vehicle.
Mio isn't the only one making GPS news at CeBIT 2009. Garmin also got in on the action and introduced its new Nuvi 1200 and 1300 series of portable navigation devices on Tuesday. The new products sport thinner designs and are the first to offer the option of enhanced pedestrian navigation through CityXplorer maps.
Realizing that portable navigation devices are no longer restricted to just the car and hoping to reach new customers, Garmin wanted to provide an option for those exploring new cities by foot. Slimming down the size of the GPS was one solution and CityXplorer was … Read more
Q: I am writing to ask you about what GPS device is the best for someone interested in traffic updates (preferably free), as well as Bluetooth capability. I also like the idea of Lane Assist because I fear missing exits. Also, is the voice response option really a practical one at this phase? Hope to hear from you soon. --Alex via e-mail
A: Hi Alex. I'll start with your last question first. Voice command functionality is just starting to show up in portable navigation devices, letting you enter addresses and perform some other tasks simply by speaking to the GPS. As with any new technology, I can understand your apprehension. Is it good enough? Is it actually useful? In other words, is it ready for prime time?
In the case of voice commands and GPS, it's not quite there yet. The idea behind it is good. The ability to enter addresses and perform certain functions with the sound of your voice would seemingly save you the time and trouble of going through various menus and tapping onscreen buttons to achieve the same goal.
Being able to do things like increase system volume and zoom in on maps via voice commands is particularly useful since you can keep your hands on the wheel instead of reaching over to fiddle around with your PND's touch screen.
However, in practice, the technology still needs some work. Voice command functionality is available on a handful of GPS models, such as the TomTom GO 930 and the Magellan Maestro 4250, but of the current offerings, there are only two models where I'd consider the voice command feature satisfactory: the Garmin Nuvi 880 and Navigon 7200T.
These two systems returned fairly accurate results when dictating addresses, and the Nuvi 800 had the bonus of offering 30 voice commands to perform other functions, including volume control and activating the hands-free speaker system. Unfortunately, they're also on the pricier side ($700 to $1,000 for the Garmin and $300 to $500 for the Navigon), and I wouldn't say the voice command functionality is so great that it's worth the extra expense. … Read more
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