Garmin have pulled out all the stops this year and have revealed a whole host of new GPS devices and enhanced features for existing ones. The Garmin nüvi 310 and 360 are essentially upgrades to their nüvi 300 and 250 predecessors. Each now incorporates Bluetooth technology to let them double up as handsfree mobile phone kits which even let you dial numbers, browse your contacts list and check the phone log using the device’s touchscreen interface. Oh and that’s on top of its MP3 player (with audiobook support), JPEG viewer, calculator, world clock and optional Language and Travel Guides.
Also adding Bluetooth connectivity is the StreetPilot c500 series, which is more dedicated to in-car use than the portable nüvi models and is based on the earlier c300 series. As well as the enhanced features that Bluetooth offers, with the new c550 model you get real-time traffic updates, an improved high-sensitivity GPS receiver and a brighter display.
The Garmin Mobile 20 is another interesting in-car accessory. It is compatible with Nokia, Windows Mobile and Treo 650 Smartphones and acts as a dashboard docking station to provide handsfree calling, charging and direct GPS information straight to the handset itself. Integrated Garmin Online technology can also use the phone’s internet access to provide enhanced data services.
Availability is set for June – July in the States; there’s no word on UK prices yet but you can bet they won’t be cheap.
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