Saturday, July 19, 2008

New Garmin Oregon Series

Just 4 months after Colorados, Garmin announces new handheld GPS-s OREGON.

The new boxes are a little smaller and lighter than the Colorado series, with a rugged, waterproof casing, 3-inch 240 X 400 sunlight readable touchscreens, customizable user profiles, and the ability to transfer waypoints, tracks, routes, and geocaches between units. We're assuming pricing will change when these things get real, but for now the 200 is listed at $420 and the 400C is listed at $558. It's not exactly clear what the specific differences between the line is, except that the 400 will come in several flavors, with the 400C variant sporting BlueChart g2 marine maps for the coastal US and Bahamas. Hopefully we'll get some more details soon, as these bad boys seem ready to go.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Garmin Nuvifone

Garmin's recently (and abruptly) announced handset obviously marks the firm's first solo foray into the cellphone arena, and according to Cliff Pemble, the firm's president and COO, it's the "breakthrough product that cellphone and GPS users around the world have been longing for." That being said, the unit will feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen with a trio of primary icons -- Call, Search and View Map -- along with an internet browser, HSDPA support and preloaded maps of North America and / or Eastern and Western Europe. Furthermore, it houses "millions" of POIs, doles out turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions and becomes Garmin's first device to include Google's local search capability. As for pricing and availability? We're looking at a Q3 2008 release, but we'll have to wait things out before finding out a price and who exactly will be carrying it.

In case that wasn't enough, here's an overview of the rest of the features:

* "Where am I?" - spits out precise longitude / latitude coordinates at a moment's notice
* Helps drivers remember where they parked by marking the position in which it was last removed from the vehicle mount
* Garmin Online - an online service offering constantly updated information such as real-time traffic, fuel prices, stock prices, sports scores, news reports, local events and weather forecasts
* Built-in camera (megapixels currently unknown; captures video as well) that automatically tags photos with exact longitude / latitude. This allows the user to navigate back to the location or email the image to a recipient who can navigate directly to its location.
* Provides direct access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs available through Google's Panaramio picture sharing site
* Integrated media player to handle MP3, MPEG4 and AAC files
* Just in case you missed it: Q3 2008 release; price and "sales partners" will be announced "in the future"

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