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Garmin Announce New StreetPilot Units

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:52 pm    Post subject: Garmin Announce New StreetPilot Units Reply with quote

Garmin have just posted details of a pair of new StreetPilot unit's due out in March this year.

The c320 and c330 have touch screen interfaces, turn by turn voice guide navigation and also a new 3D map view option. Both unit's feature a 3.5" display in 16-bit colour with integrated speakers with the two units differing only in the amount of maps loaded and the method of storage.

More info on the c320 here and the c330 here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Episode II - Attack of the Clones. StreetPilotGO.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also just noticed their iQUE M5 (PocketPC rather than Palm based PDA w/GPS)

"If you can't beat'em, join'em"?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still on the PDA market front, there are more GPS apps out on the Pocket PC than Palm and it's still the preferred OS, however Garmin do usually lock their apps to their GPS hardware, so I suspect it will be using Garmin protocol and not NMEA unless Garmin have changed something here.

People seem to flock more to Pocket PC's than to Palm's so I suspect this may be one of the reasons (plus the faster processor) that Garmin have decided to go this route.

There were rumours before that Palm did have a PPC OS running on a Palm, and Garmin do have a close relationship with Palm. With that said, it's unknown whether this is still a collaboration with Palm or with Microsoft on the M5.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess when we (you) know more, it will also become clearer if the M5 is actually another OEM version of one of popular GPS/PPC platforms everyone seems to be using these days with their own bundled software.

That would be an interesting devt. as Garmin, as far as I know, have a core competence in the design of GPS hardware. Using an OEM platform would blunt that edge.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the M5 is anything like the CompactFlash GPS Garmin have already released, unless I'm misremembering the GPS hardware is Garmin designed and proprietary, in that you can't use it as an NMEA input to other applications. In my opinion, that's far too restrictive.



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