On Monday, Magellan Navigation Inc., entered into a definitive agreement to sell its consumer products division to Taiwanese-based MiTAC International Corporation and expects the transaction to be finalized by January 2009, though no specifics were given about the financial terms. As part of the package, MiTAC, which also owns Mio Technology, makers of the Mio Knight Rider GPS and the the Mio C520, will inherit the Magellan RoadMate and Maestro series of portable navigation devices and the Triton series of handheld GPS.
Though Magellan still has a decent retail presence in the United States and comes in third to Garmin … Read more
Hey, remember the Garmin Nuvifone? Yeah, I barely remember it either, but it's still kicking around and, in fact, the GPS-enabled smartphone just got FCC approval, bringing it one step closer to release.
According to FCC documents, the Nuvifone (strangely tagged as the "Calf" from Asus) will support North American 850/1900MHz 3G bands, which means AT&T customers would be feeling the HSDPA love on the Nuvifone and not T-Mobile, whose 3G network runs on the 1700/2100MHz bands.
The Nuvifone, which was announced almost a year ago, is the first smartphone for GPS manufacturer … Read more
Your car may not answer when you talk to it, but we've got four GPS devices that will. The latest, cutting-edge GPS devices not only guide you to destinations and show you traffic conditions, but also respond to voice commands. You can fit your car out like the Knight Industries Two Thousand with one of these devices. They'll help you get where you're going, but they won't make your car bulletproof.
The Navigon 5100 GPS features real-time traffic updates, and you don't have to pay a subscription charge for it: The service is included free for the life of the GPS. The last time I featured this model, it was $130. Now, eCost has the Navigon 5100 (refurbished) for $99.99 (plus shipping, and after a $10 mail-in rebate, which just about even each other out). That is one seriously suh-weet deal on a GPS.
In addition to the traffic service, which will advise you of trouble spots and suggest alternate routes, the Navigon offers text-to-speech capabilities (it pronounces actual … Read more
CNET's Bonnie Cha gives the Navigon 7200T GPS device a thorough review, finding many advanced features and an affordable price. Along with voice command, text-to-speech, pedestrian and bicycle modes, the 7200T offers free traffic reporting. But she isn't as impressed with the device's user interface. Check out the review to see the 7200T's final rating.
The TeleNav Shotgun is an Internet connected portable navigation device that uses the TeleNav Connected Service to offer over-the-air traffic data, map updates, and business listings.
Editor Bonnie Cha took the TeleNav Shotgun for a spin and found that while she enjoyed having fresh data at her fingertips, the utility of being always connected to the Net was a little underutilized. In addition, the core navigation functions needed work, as the device suffered from slow route recalculation and muffled voice prompts.
Read the full TeleNav Shotgun GPS device review.