It's time to welcome the Nokia 500 Auto Navigation, Nokia's first handsfree navigation device for in-car navigation and communication !
The device isequipped with high-sensitivity GPS and Nokia Maps navigation
software, and a wide (4.3 inch) color screen, which is OK to view not only maps but also your contacts. Nothing out of
the ordinary, it features turn-by-turn voice directions, and the bonus:
it features text-to-speech for speaking out street and city names.
The Nokia 500 Auto Navigation is expected to retail at € 300 (excluding taxes).
TomTom announced the launch of the new TomTom ONE 3rd edition: the device comes with TomTom’s new Map Share technology and the latest map guarantee.
The cool thing is that Map Share lets users share improvements, daily, automatically by connecting their unit to their PC and using TomTom HOME – TomTom’s free software
There are also other features have been added like "safety features" and the "Help
Me!" menu includes information such as the way to the nearest hospital, car
maintenance information and first aid instructions. Fixed safety camera alerts
are now included.
Yesterday Garmin announced the Forerunner 50 sports watch, the only watch with automatic wireless sync that helps runners and walkers track their workouts.
The Garmin Forerunner 50 interfaces with fitness monitoring accessories,
including a heart rate monitor and foot pod that monitors speed and distance, to
wirelessly collect data related to your workout. This data can then
automatically be connected to the computer.
The Garmin Forerunner 50 is expected this October in several price ranges, with
$200 being the highest as it includes several fitness monitoring accessories. See the press release and more detail here.
Mio announced yesterday its forthcoming Mio C620 and C620t (T for Traffic Info) featuring 3D maps
of MioMap 2008 navigation
application (developed by Hungarian navigation software company NavNGo) with the
3D maps from TeleAtlas. NavNGo was already displaying its 3D capabilities in March at the CeBIT trade
show in Hannover, you can see our article here.
Mio did not detail which cities will be offered in 3D but according to TeleAtlas, "the detailed, navigable Tele Atlas 3D city maps available in July
will cover nearly 2,000 km², or approximately 40 km² per city".
C620 and C620t will come equipped with a 4.3″ touch screen and a new user interface in a completely renewed
main menu. We have no info on availability or pricing just yet. We'll have more info at IFA 2008 electronics show in Berlin which start on August 31st.
iBT-GPS is the new solar Bluetooth GPS Data
Logger, equipped with the function of recording your trip
information. This dual function device has been produced by Taiwanese Transystem
Inc and will be soon introduced into the market.
The speciality of this Bluetooth enabled GPS receiver is its tiny solar panel
that is capable of lasting more than 35 hours on a single charge and can record
as much as 50,000 waypoints in its internal memory, which is of 8MB. iBT-GPS is
capable of recording your travel data on 3 different modes, by speed, time or
distance. It is also equipped with smart auto sleep and wake up mode for better
power efficiency. No news yet on price and availability. Stay tuned for more info.
According to GPSTracklog, Magellan may just have a new handheld on the way and it would be announced at the Outdoor Retailer show on 7-8 August. It's possible that they upgrade their eXplorist line, let's wait and see.
Asus is preparing a new P series smartphone running on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, and Marvel 520 MHz PXA27x processor with 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM.
The new device will run on GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps and will feature 801.11 b/g and Bluetooth.
There’s an integrated SiRF Star III GPS receiver as well as an FM transmitter making the number of antennas on the device 5+. And don’t forget the 3.2MP auto focus digital camera.
If these device becomes true - with the mentioned specs - this seems to
become an interesting because the UMTS/HSDPA and GPS
combination is still rare.
Mio is preparing two new PDA’s with GPS support; the P360 and P560 (to replace the P350 and P550 of last year). There is not so much details right now, but have a look here anyway : the P360 and P560 feature Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi connectivity, LCD touchscreen and an embedded GPS antenna. You can also get an SD/MMC slot for memory expansion, mini-USB and microphone. Via
GPS Magazine put 3 GPS -TomTom ONE XL, Magellan Maestro 4050 and Garmin nuvi 680- to a test so to see which one has the best routing engine. You can see here the result of three tests concerning different trips in three different regions of the
United States. And the winner is : Garmin ! According to GPS Magazine, all three tests showed Garmin's unit as the clear winner with the strongest
routing engine. Magellan's Maestro unit performed admirably, coming in second
place. TomTom's ONE XL (with TomTom's newest maps installed) came in a distant
3rd place in all three tests.