A Sneak Peek at a 2013 Garmin nuvi Advanced GPS Navigator – Garmin nuvi 2797LMT

Garmin has a couple of brand new GPS navigators that have been launched for the year and we had a sneak peek at Garmin’s nuvi Advanced series – the Garmin nuvi 2797LMT.

This 7-inch GPS navigator got us all excited with a couple of notable features. First, the powered mount, an all new Up Ahead menu that gives us a list of upcoming gas stations, banks/ATMs and restaurants and most of all, Traffic options that would alert drivers to current traffic conditions on the route they are on.

Stay tuned for the full Garmin nuvi 2797LMT review for more details!

A Look At The 6.0-Inch TomTom VIA 1605TM

It is about time to check out this monstrous 6.0-inch TomTom VIA 1605TM. While most of the world is looking to smaller gadgets to fit in their pockets, TomTom has demonstrated with the 1605TM, how effective mid-range GPS models can be, especially over advanced smartphones.

While the 1605TM isn’t the largest GPS available, it does come close considering it is noticeably larger than the more common 4.3-inch ones. But the large screen doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. The TomTom VIA 1605TM still boasts its budget price tag and a light weight to boot.

Packed with free lifetime maps and traffic updates, this 6-inch car GPS remains a unique gem in TomTom’s range of GPS devices and is certainly worth a look. Folks looking for smaller screens can consider the 5-inch TomTom VIA 1505TM that owns the same feature set.

A Value Buy : Garmin nuvi 2455LMT

Garmin nuvi 2455LMT

Garmin nuvi 2455LMT

2012 saw some of the best GPS devices coming from Garmin and the Garmin nuvi 2455LMT is just one of them. This GPS device was one of the first to include new refinements from the GPS manufacturer. These refinements include the new photoReal junction view and many more exciting features. If you have $200 to spare, the Garmin nuvi 2455LMT is simply an excellent choice considering it also comes with lifetime map and traffic updates. Read the full Garmin nuvi 2455LMT review here!

Great Garmin GPS Devices For The GPS Newbie

As commonplace as the GPS navigator may be, there are still some folks out there who are about to lay their hands on one, for the first time. While there are many GPS manufacturers out there, Garmin has to be one of the most popular GPS manufacturer names around the globe.

Newbies who are thinking about getting a GPS device can consider the entry level Garmin nuvi 40LM. While it does not have much state of the art features to boast of, this 4.3-inch basic GPS device will get you places and should prove very easy for people that never used a GPS device before to learn how to operate it.

If you believe you require a larger screen, the 5.0-inch Garmin nuvi 50LM would probably suffice. Find out more about the Garmin nuvi 50LM here.

Android App Connects Garmin Devices & Android Tablets

Sportablet

Sportablet

Targeted at fitness buffs, the all new Sportablet is an Android app that allows users to connect most Garmin devices to the Android tablets, giving users the ability to post to Garmin Connect or Facebook and more.

While Sportablet currently only allows one-way data transfer from the Garmin device to the Android tablet, there looks to be a roadmap for the further development of this app to allow two-way transfer.

Garmin users and loyal supporters can look forward to Sportablet support on the Edge series first.

Tips For The Newbie GPS User

Now that you have gotten yourself a spanking new GPS unit, here are a couple of tips that you might find useful :

1) Register it
Do make sure you register your units almost right away, especially if you did not get one with lifetime maps. By doing this, you might find yourself with a free map update, depending on the manufacturer. The general rule of thumb would be to do this within 60 days.

2) Explore it
Have fun poking around those menus to familiarize yourself with your new gadget and the options it provides you. Look out for options such as fastest route and not the shortest route and avoiding gravel roads, ferries and u-turns.

3) Mark your home
Mark your home on your GPS unit, for convenience.

4) Got a lemon?
If you have found yourself a lemon, take it to the store you purchased it from, making this the fastest and most hassle-free way to exchange it.

5) Trust but Verify
Some GPS can get you lost once in a while so the best thing to do is to trust but always verify the route to see if it looks right.

A Quick Look At The Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM

Magellan has been chucking GPS after GPS and the all new Magellan RoadMate 5255T-LM has been unveiled. This 5″ GPS navigator system comes with high-end features such as Free Lifetime Map Updates and Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts and even a Magellan Wireless Back-up Camera!

Other new features found in this 5″ GPS machine include an all new Landmark Guidance feature that uses popular landmarks to navigate more intuitively, an upgrade Junction View for realistic images of freeway signs and arrows and Best Parking which provides parking garage locations with both their operation hours and entrance.

Just looking at these new features is making me drool. Time to check the 5255T-LM out in greater detail!

Put On Your GPS Shoes To Take You Home

Londoner Dominic Wilcox has invented a pair of shoes that would help navigate you to your desired destination. Named “No Place Like Home”, this pair of shoes is named after Dorothy’s famous line from the movie “The Wizard of Oz”.

Dominic Wilcox GPS Shoes

Dominic Wilcox GPS Shoes

The heel of the left shoe contains a GPS unit and a small antenna is hidden in the red fabric at the back of the shoe. Click your heels three times to start the GPS and a computer program will allow you to plot your destination on a map which you can then upload to your shoes via USB cable.

The left shoe has a circle of LED lights on the toe that light up to show you the direction you need to go. The right shoe has a line of LEDs that act as a progress bar, telling you how close you are to your destination. The shoes communicate via wireless.

Read the full article at ABC News.

All New : Garmin Fenix

Garmin Fenix

Garmin Fenix

The Garmin Fenix is the all new backcountry sportswatch to have! This brand new release from Garmin comes with a 50-hour battery life and GPS functions. With a watch like this on your wrist, the rock climber, hiker and even the fisherman in you can have both your hands free to navigate your way around the outdoors.

Those who love having customizable options will be pleased to find that this Garmin Fenix can be heavily customized. Along with a fairly intuitive interface, paperless geocaching and advanced track navigation features, this multi-functional watch from Garmin looks like a great watch to have.