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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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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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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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