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Add Free GPS POIs

September 27th, 2007

Special feature column from “Add Free GPS POIs” from Steve Bass of PC Magazine’s Tips and Tweaks
“Did you know you could add “Points of Interest” databases to many GPS models? I didn’t (you’re right — I’m not as close to the cutting edge as I thought) — and a neat, new world just opened up on my GPS. My GPS is a Cobra NavOne 4000 (I’ll tell you more about it in an upcoming blog) and my awakening started while I was installing a GPS firmware upgrade. I noticed an option to load “safety camera databases” to the GPS. I had a hunch they had something to do with the “Red Light Picture” warning setting on the GPS, so I Googled it. I discovered two free POI databases — Speed Traps USA and Red Light Cameras — both on the GPS Data Team site. Both POIs supplied locations of speed and red light cameras throughout the United States.

Many GPSes will alert you as you get close to either of these euphemistically named road safety devices. My next discovery was that the GPS Data Team site also had a collection of POIs for 18 other categories, including road safety, shopping, restaurants, and recreation in 32 countries — the U.S., United Kingdom, France, Italy, and others.The grand listing of POIs, though, is at the POI Factory site. Register and you’ll get access to databases with listings for brewpubs, national and state parks, wineries, Whole Food markets, Starbucks, and my favorite coffee spot, Peets. In all, about 1250 POIs. Check them out on an alphabetical list or by category.
You say you discovered a POI that doesn’t match your GPS’s format? That shouldn’t be a big problem. There are online conversion tools that can handle the two most popular formats: CSV to OV2 and OV2 to CSV. Find them on the GPS POI Tools page.
I know I’m probably missing a ton of POI stuff some of you know about. So don’t hesitate — clue me in.”
Source: Steve Bass, PC Magazine, Tips and Tweaks

GPS Buying Guide: Memorial Day GPS Sale!

May 25th, 2006

About 37.6 million Americans will be on the roads on Memorial Day weekend. Most know where they are headed still many will get lost on their day off. has mapped out 5 GPS Buying Tips to guide you when selecting a GPS-enabled PDA
1) GPS Maps A GPS device is only as good as the maps it contains. Garmin, produces several GPS models, in the $50 – $250, range.Maps and city guides for North America and Europe are free.
2) GPS Adaptability Most GPS-enabled PDAs are configured to be used as GPShand-helds.Pay attention to which accessories are included to ensure you won’t have to buy more.
3) GPS Features GPS-enabled PDAs that provide both audio and written directions.Don’t be cheap when it comes to buying a Vehicle navigation Unit. Make sure your unit has a “highways only” route home that finds the most direct and
the quickest route to your destination plus an automatic re-router
4) GPS Display (monitor)The fact is, a larger interface (GPS screen) is usually better, especially for viewing maps though larger usually translates into more expensive GPS receivers.Don’t forget about Display clarity and brightness.If possible borrow a neigbor’s GPS system and experiment with it checking out various lighting conditions.
5) GPS Accuracy The more you spend, the more accurate the GPS receiver.Expect to spend at least $250 for a reasonably accurate unit.
Source: Kelli B. Grant,

Megellan RoadMate 300 – NEW GPS Receiver – HERE – Too Low to Show!

October 10th, 2005

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If you are a fan of the Megellan RoadMate 700 but prefer a slimmer, less expensive GPS system, without compromising on most of Megellan 700�s smart features, consider the more affordable, Megellan Roadmate 300. The Megellan 300 weighs just 9 ounces and measures 3.1 by 6.2 by 1.2 inches and has a neat hi-techish style.

Megellan RoadMate 300 is a terrific GPS navigational unit for those of us on limited budgets.
Megellan RoadMate 300 is a terrific GPS navigational unit for those of us on limited budgets.
This GPS unit isn�t pricy at all yet still maintains the high qualities we�ve come to expect from Megellan GPS systems. RoadMate 300 keeps us on target with a bright easy-to-read color touch screen as well as audio and visual driving instructions helping us to avoid traffic problem areas.

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If you are planning a business or family trip you can be assured that the Megellan RoadMate 300 with it�s 14 channel GPS receiver (2 dedicated to WAAS) will give you accurate directions. Before you depart on your journey, you will be required to use the RoadMate Manager software designed to help you manage and plan the details your trip. You will then simply upload the data to the Megellan 300 GPS unit. Though the RoadMate 300 has no hard drive it does have 110MB of internal memory, 30MB of which are already preloaded with maps detailing the major roads and highways of 48 U.S. states including Hawaii, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The RoadMate 300 is for those of us who are able to pass on a hard drive on our GPS units and don�t mind having to upload map files in exchange for a low priced GPS unit that delivers near perfect pin-point positioning driving instructions.
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Garmin StreetPilot i5

October 8th, 2005

The first time I saw the Garmin StreetPilot i5Automotive GPS navigator I immediately thought back to my favorite Rawlings baseball mitt. StreetPilot i5 is (3 x 2.74 x 2.15 inches) small as it fits snugly in the palm of your hand.

I�ve read some recent online buzz that it�s kind of hard to manipulate the Garmin StreetPilot i5system interface because it�s �so tiny�. I don�t think it�s �so tiny� nor is the unit�s size a negative factor to the navigational system�s over all quality nor functionality. In fact, there is no problem seeing the interface details on the unit�s 15-bit smallish color screen (though I do admit I have 20/20 vision).

Garmin StreetPilot i5 Automotive GPS Navigator

I found the exactness of the unit to be awesome. It may be small bit it still delivers cutting edge GPS navigational features like 3-dimensional map graphics with voice prompted, turn-by-turn directions.

Many folks are touting the Garmin StreetPilot i5 series as the perfect GPS units for first time GPS buyers. Perhaps, but also GPS veteran buyer are also excited about this product. You get a ton of smart features from the Garmin Street Pilot i to keep you on course and up-to-date about upcoming traffic problems plus Garmin Street Pilot i5 comes pre-loaded with detailed maps of City Navigator North America NT and there is a cool �click to enter� scroll wheel that simplifies choosing your target destination.
When it comes to GPS unit sizes�it is a matter of personal taste though if size is nt important to you or if you prefer a small GPS unit the size of a baseball glove, you can�t go wrong with Garmin Street Pilot i5.

My brother actually keeps the Garmin StreetPilot i5 unit in his glove compartment (along with a few packets of Merit ultra-lights) as a spare.He claims he keeps it there– in case his larger Garmin StreetPilot c340 Automotive GPS System should fail him. I always thought that was neat that the StreetPilot i5 could fit in there so comfortabley but a bit odd because one simply does not need a spare for Garmin c340, a very dependable GPS system. I guess he likes to compare the c340 and i5, nothing wrong with that! Then again, maybe he just loves collecting Garmin GPS units. Ok by me also!
Garmin StreetPilot i5

Garmin GPSMAP 296

September 14th, 2005

Flight paths are seemingly less dangerous these day with visual clues and tone alerts with GPSMAP 296 from Garmin. Garmin GPSMAP 296 is a sleek hand held improving on prior Garmin systems like the GPSMAP 196 and GPS 295. Some of the upgrade smart features on the GPSMAP 296 include terrain alerts and faster USB information transfers.

Garmin GPSMAP 296

GPSMAP 296 is a highly sophisticated GPS unit which functions in three modes: Automotive, Marine, and Aircraft.

GPSMAP 296 by Garmin benefits pilots in a number of ways. Most importantly to safe flying is a pilot’s keen awareness of surrounding and approaching terrain. GPSMAP 296 doesn’t let us down providing critical information about obstacles like buildings and towers in a timely fashion. Also, Garmin GPSMAP 296 is pre-loaded with a database that enables pilots to view altitudes of obstacles.

The unit comes pre-loaded with a DB of the United States, plus critical information a pilot requires for safe flying like a transparent navigation arc view for course, speed, and distance info. If there are any possible on-coming hazards pop up hazards caution the pilot in advance.

So whether you’re flying your plane or steering your boat or driving your car, Garmin is making it easier and alot safer. Garmin continues to wow us with product releases that amaze us. Garmin GPSMAP 296 is worth a long look.

Garmin GPSMAP 296
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