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Christmas Gift Guide

TomTom Go 740 Live

Garmin Nuvi 1260T

Navigon 7300T

Cobra XRS 9960G radar detector with Aura database

Eclipse AVN726E stereo and navigation unit

Price: $499

Availability: Q2 2009

The outlook: We've seen connected GPS before, but the TomTom Go 740 Live seems to be the most promising of them all. It uses a built-in SIM card and GPRS modem to deliver dynamic information such as fuel prices, weather data, and Google Local Search right to your device, and does so in a sweet little package.

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Price: $299.99

Availability: Q2 2009

The outlook: Garmin has made its popular Nuvi series even thinner and added the option of enhanced pedestrian navigation through CityXplorer maps to complement its compact size. Though there are several models in the series, the Garmin Nuvi 1260T offers a nice little package with free traffic alerts, an ecoRoute option, and integrated Bluetooth.

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Price: $399.99

Availability: Q2 2009

The outlook: The Navigon 7300T is quite an ambitious portable navigation device, combining advanced features such as Panorama View 3D, Landmark View 3D, and voice commands. If you crave the latest in GPS technology, the 7300T fits the bill.

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Price: $389.95

Availability: March 2009

The outlook: The XRS 9960G is a high-end radar and laser detector. With the Aura database module plugged in, it alerts drivers to red light cameras, dangerous intersections, and other driving hazards.

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Price: TBD

Availability: Spring 2009

The outlook: This all-in-one head unit uses flash memory to store detailed maps, making for fast response times. The unit also has video playback with high quality, due to its ability to go directly from digital source to video with no analog conversion.

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