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Magellan RoadMate range refreshed with 10 new PNDs

Magellan RoadMate range refreshed with 10 new PNDs

Magellan have broadly refreshed their PND range with a grand total of ten new models, spanning the $169.99 4.3-inch RoadMate 2035 through to the 4.7-inch Bluetooth-toting $299.99 RoadMate 3065.  All ten come with lifetime traffic updates and a touchscreen, while several also include inclusive map updates too.

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TomTom XL 350 and XXL 550 PNDs made official

TomTom XL 350 and XXL 550 PNDs made official

Having arrived without fanfare on the TomTom US site last week, the XL 350 and XXL 550 PNDs have finally been made official.  As expected, the XL 350 has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and the XXL 550 has a 5-inch touchscreen; each gets TomTom's new EasyMenu UI along with preloaded US/Canada/Mexico mapping, MapShare access and IQ Routes.

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TomTom XL 350 and XXL 550 arrive in US

TomTom XL 350 and XXL 550 arrive in US

TomTom have quietly added two new PNDs to their US site, though the mid-range models arguably don't deserve much of a fanfare.  The TomTom XL 350 and TomTom XXL 550 each have 4.3-inch resistive touchscreens according to the company site, though there's some talk of the XXL 550 having a 5-inch panel like the rest of its XXL brethren.  Various SKUs of the pair will be on offer, with either lifetime traffic, lifetime map updates, or both.

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Nokia Own Voice for Ovi Maps lets you tell yourself where to go

Nokia Own Voice for Ovi Maps lets you tell yourself where to go

Hot on the heels of TomTom's new Star Wars voices for their PND range comes Nokia's alternative: the ability to record your own voice prompts for the Ovi Maps Navigation app available free for multiple Nokia handsets.  Fresh to the Ovi Store - as a free download, no less - Own Voice for Ovi Maps asks you to record 53 different speech prompts and then bundles them together into a custom voice pack.

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Motorola MOTONAV TN765t PND gets reviewed: beauty not brains

Motorola MOTONAV TN765t PND gets reviewed: beauty not brains

At first glance, the Motorola MOTONAV TN765t PND should be perfect.  Huge, 5.1-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, Bluetooth, text-to-speech and lane guidance, along with a lifetime traffic subscription and the ability to access Bing searches and other online content via your cellphone.  Unfortunately, as GPS Tracklog's review reveals, it seems Motorola may have spent too much time on the slick UI and not enough getting the basics right.

Video demo after the cut

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CoPilot Live HD offers turn-by-turn navigation for iPad 3G

CoPilot Live HD offers turn-by-turn navigation for iPad 3G

With the iPad WiFi + 3G already en route to preorder customers' homes, it seems somehow appropriate to hear about a PND app for the Apple tablet.  CoPilot Live HD is expected to navigate its way onto the 3G-equipped iPad - which also has a GPS receiver - sometime in early May, offering turn-by-turn navigation, 3D and 3D mapping, and in-app access to iPod music controls.

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TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom have unveiled their new flagship PND, the TomTom GO LIVE 1000, and it's the first from the company to pack a capacitive touchscreen and new, Webkit-based UI.  The GO LIVE 1000 comes with a year's subscription to TomTom's LIVE services including HD Traffic - which can show congestion details on highways and smaller roads - via an integrated Vodafone connection, as well as TomTom's IQ Routes for intelligent journey planning that takes into account historic traffic patterns.

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Google Maps Navigation headed to iPhone & other platforms

Google Maps Navigation headed to iPhone & other platforms

The launch of Google Maps Navigation on UK Android 1.6 and 2.x handsets this week could be just the beginning of the software's spread, according to the company's spokespersons.  They confirmed that Google intends to push the free turn-by-turn app to other platforms, including Apple's iPhone OS, though they declined to give a definitive timescale for the launch.  Hugo Barra, director of mobile products at Google, described the navigation market as having "been stagnant for a while" and in need of Google's "innovating".

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UK Android users get Google Maps Navigation

UK Android users get Google Maps Navigation

Android users of the UK, rejoice!  After enviously peering over the Atlantic at our US siblings and their Google Maps Navigation access, an impromptu overnight update has delivered spoken turn-by-turn directions to UK Android devices.

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TomTom Start2 budget PND revealed

TomTom Start2 budget PND revealed

TomTom have outed their latest entry-level PND, the TomTom Start2, and if you prefer to keep your navigation separate from your cellphone then it's a budget way to avoid getting lost.  The Start2 packs a 3.5-inch touchscreen along with RDS-TMC automatic traffic reports using TomTom's IQ Routes system.

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TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

One of the more compelling aspects of a smartphone-based PND app that uses online mapping data is that you don't need to worry so much about the maps going stale; as long as the provider is on the ball, they can update their servers and you'll spend less time accidentally trying to turn the wrong direction up one-way streets.  Now TomTom are fighting back, with a new deal for certain PND models in their TomTom XL and TomTom XXL ranges that will deliver lifetime map and traffic updates.

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Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter PND pre-downloads traffic data to avoid jams

Magellan RoadMate 3065 Commuter PND pre-downloads traffic data to avoid jams

If you've ever used a PND (or a PND app on a smartphone or similar) with automatic traffic updates, you've probably experienced the frustration of the device warning you about an upcoming jam while you're already snarled up in it.  Magellan's latest standalone PND, the RoadMate 3065 Commuter Edition, reckons it can change all that: rather than starting to look for traffic updates when you begin your journey, "Traffic Wakeup" powers up the device at a preset time so as to cache the road conditions in advance.

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