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iriver NV mini bike edition entertains cyclists while getting them lost

iriver NV mini bike edition entertains cyclists while getting them lost

iriver's latest product is out, and unlike their more traditional range of PMPs they've branched off into "eco-friendly bike navigation".  The iriver NV mini bike edition is a sliced-down version of their NV classic, keeping the touchscreen, GPS and media playback but dropping the integrated DMB TV tuner.

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Mio drops Moov M300 and M400 PNDs

Mio drops Moov M300 and M400 PNDs

Every time I see a new PND unveiled I wonder how long it will be before the smartphone does to the PND what it did to the PDA by making PDAs obsolete. I suspect that eventually the smartphone will kill off the PND since most smartphones today handle navigation with aplomb. PNDs are still popular right now though, and Mio has announced two new navigation devices on the cheap called the Moov M300 and M400.

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Magellan RoadMate 1700 7-inch PND gets $299 preorder

Magellan RoadMate 1700 7-inch PND gets $299 preorder

Magellan's hefty 7-inch PND, the RoadMate 1700, has now got a price and a release date, with the touchscreen navigator arriving for preorder on Amazon.  Set to hit shelves on October 10th, according to Amazon (while Magellan themselves seem to think it's already on sale), the WVGA PND will cost $299.

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TomTom XXL 540S and 530S standalone PNDs debut

TomTom XXL 540S and 530S standalone PNDs debut

It's fair to say that we've been watching TomTom's iPhone PND app more than its standalone navigators recently, but that doesn't mean the company's own development team have given up.  TomTom have just announced their latest two models, the XXL 540S and XXL 530S, complete with wide-aspect 5-inch touchscreen, mapping for US and Canada, and the company's own IQ Routes intelligent guidance system.

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APSI C100 PND with removable touchscreen PMP

APSI C100 PND with removable touchscreen PMP

Here's another of those ideas where you wonder exactly why we haven't been doing this already.  APSI's latest in-car navigation system, the C100, consists of a GPS cradle complete with A/V connectivity and a slide-out touchscreen PMP.  That way you have the easy wiring of a permanent solution together with the convenience of a removable media player.

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Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition gets lifetime PND subscription

Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition gets lifetime PND subscription

If the 2.5G of the 5530 XpressMusic doesn't appeal, and you want both 3G and some PND goodness in your new touchscreen Nokia, then the company's latest bundle may catch your eye.  The Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition takes a standard 5800, subjects it to a few cosmetic tweaks, and packages it with Nokia's car kit and lifetime drive and walk navigation with voice-prompts for Ovi Maps.

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Garmin nuvi 1800-series PNDs leak; EDGE-packing 1690 confirmed for $500

Garmin nuvi 1800-series PNDs leak; EDGE-packing 1690 confirmed for $500

Looks like Garmin aren't going to take the rise in PND apps for smartphones lying down: an anonymous source has just officially outed specifications for the Garmin nuvi 1690 we've been seeing recently, together with its bigger siblings the nuvi 1820 and 1860.  The 1820 and 1860 are the first two models from Garmin's new nuvi 1800-series, with 4.8-inch WVGA touchscreens, WiFi and Bluetooth, and - in the case of the 1860 at least - a 3-megapixel camera with geotagging.

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TomTom car-kit supports iPod touch, other PND apps

TomTom car-kit supports iPod touch, other PND apps

TomTom's PND app for the iPhone 3G and 3GS may already be splitting opinion among early reviewers, but we're yet to see how the company's dedicated car-kit fares.  Even if you pick one up and find you're less than enamored with the TomTom app, the company has confirmed to Mac4Ever that not only does the mount have an integrated GPS receiver but that it is compatible with other PND apps.  They've also revealed that the iPod touch will work in the car-kit just like the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

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Garmin nuvi 1690 PND outed: EDGE, Bluetooth and new “nuinfo” connected services

Garmin nuvi 1690 PND outed: EDGE, Bluetooth and new “nuinfo” connected services

Details of the upcoming Garmin nuvi 1690 connected PND are quietly being outed, courtesy of both the FCC and the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group).  The latter have confirmed that the touchscreen satnav will not only have Bluetooth but go on sale in both Europe and North America, while the former have released the 1690's quick-start manual [pdf link].

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Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 landing Taiwan on August 19th

Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 landing Taiwan on August 19th

The Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 is tipped to arrive in Taiwan on August 19th, according to the Economic Daily News, in association with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT).  The entry-level device in the Garmin-ASUS PND-phone range, the nuvifone M20 runs Windows Mobile and has a compact 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen and 3-megapixel autofocus camera.

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TomTom for iPhone reviews suggest middling success [Video]

TomTom for iPhone reviews suggest middling success [Video]

The first early reviews of TomTom's navigation app for the iPhone 3G and 3GS are filtering through, and we can't help but think the software sounds a little half-baked.  Over at Shift Solutions, reviewer Mathew's early conclusion tips the disappointed theme for the whole piece - "if this software is as good as Tom Tom gets, I don’t know why anyone would buy a Tom Tom GPS" - before going on to critique the quality of the mapping data and the app's sometimes bizarre directions.

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TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS on sale now

TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS on sale now

The TomTom app for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS has gone on sale [iTunes link] through the App Store, with versions for the US and Canada, UK and Ireland, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand all available to download.  Prices range from around $74 for the Australian mapping to $132 for the Western Europe setup; that doesn't include the nifty in-car dock which has a separate GPS receiver and hands-free kit integrated.

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