I've thought about it a lot, and much as I'm enamored with smartphones' navigation capabilities, I still think it makes sense to own a dedicated GPS.
But only a dedicated GPS that comes with lifetime map updates -- and, ideally, lifetime traffic reporting as well. The last thing I need is another gizmo that I have to keep paying for.
So here's a gem: Wal-Mart has the refurbished Magellan RoadMate 2036T-LM GPS for $59.98, plus sales tax in most states. You can pick it up for free from a Wal-Mart store or, interestingly, a Fedex Office store. Alternately, shipping adds only about $2.
In case it's not abundantly clear, the "T" in 2036T-LM's name stands for the "traffic," while the "LM" is for "lifetime maps." (Don't worry, the product description states clearly that traffic updates are free as well.)
Those are huge perks, in my humble opinion, especially the quarterly map updates (which can cost as much as $70-$80 if purchased individually).
The RoadMate's other features include a 4.3-inch screen, spoken street names, and highway lane assist. It's not a media player or Bluetooth speakerphone or anything like that, but I tend to find those features pretty superfluous. (You've got your phone for that stuff, am I right?)
Although warranty information isn't specified, it's a good bet you'll get 90 days of coverage, which is standard for refurbished Magellan navigators. All told, I think this is a killer deal on a GPS with all the best goodies.
Bonus deal: Is your iPhone battery starting to show its age? If it's more than a year old, it definitely won't last as long as it used to. Ending today, CNET Marketplace has a rechargeable iPhone 4/4S battery case for $20 shipped. It supplies 1,900mAh of supplemental power. Sweet, sweet deal.
Bonus deal No. 2: Game time! Steam is offering a whopping 11 indie game bundles, each containing five popular titles, for $9.99 apiece. My top pick: Indie Bundle XI, which includes World of Goo -- a game that's easily worth $9.99 all by itself.
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