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Posted on25. Jun, 2010 by Ann-Marie.
When I was a kid, way before the advent of Facebook and the internet, Iím sad to say my main source of entertainment was television.† At the age of four I was bedazzled by giant shoulder-padded glamazons, catfights in fountains, enviable moustaches on tropical beaches, hey, I even had a ĎWho shot JR?í T-shirt.† My favourite show though, the one that actually had me sitting still for an hour (much to my motherís delight) was Knight Rider. The possibility that a beautiful, sleek and shiny car could do so many amazing things was a realistic possibility at my grand old age of four and left me thoroughly disillusioned with Dadís trusty brown Cortina.† Since then, Iíve spent my years waiting for the arrival of that wonder car but, like most things from my childhood, it appears to still be a long way away. This nostalgia-soaked yarn does have a point and happy ending however, because those very clever people at Garmin have come up with the next best thing and itís got everyone here excited.
The Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone is a fully integrated smartphone and PND with the latest version of Windows Mobile chucked in to boot. Unlike other phones with a free-standing sat nav application, this beauty gives you everything your satnav, mobile, digital camera and netbook can within one very slim, very tidy-looking 135g package.†Featuring WinMo 6.5.3 it hosts the Microsoft Office Mobile package for business-on-the-go yet seamlessly intertwines your personal life with preloaded Facebook and Youtube apps too.† The 600 MHz processor provides enough speed to keep up with the most demanding of lives and enough juice to power the 5 megapixel camera, music player, video streaming, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The most impressive feature on this phone though is the GPS.
I know quite a lot of you are thinking, ďSo itís a phone with GPS on it, big dealĒ but seriously, this really is a big deal.† The pre-loaded, onboard UK and European maps from Garmin provide top-of-the-range satnav functionality and as a navigation device alone, itís impressive.† Usually, when you install a navigation app on your phone you lose a lot of features youíd have on your standalone satnav – you can kiss motorway guidance or even basic turn-by turn instructions goodbye. Thankfully, the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone embraces full PND functionality so hard – itís the phone equivalent of your Grandma at Christmas. (Minus the reindeer jumpers and boiled sweets).† Features include 2D/3D views, night mode, junction view and lane assist. And even more spectacularly, the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone is also preloaded with millions of POIs, including phone numbers, which opens up a whole new world of opportunities.† Imagine finding your favourite restaurant on your satnav and then simply pressing a button to call and make a reservation whilst you navigate there. †Genius.
Navigation is fundamental to nearly everything you can do with this smartphone. Geo-tagging your photos, entering an address straight from the internet or an email, directions to your contactís location Ė itís all there at the click of a button. Result? Simplified navigation and removing the need for two or three separate devices.† And the piece de resistance? Connected Services.† This is where the nŁvifone comes into its own and gets my KITT-sensor all a-tingle.† No matter where you travel, the phone intuitively knows where you are and it will suggest local restaurants, entertainment, things to see, things to do and give you the directions to get there.† It lets you know where your friends are and leads you to them; it locates nearby fuel stations and tells you prices, letting you choose which one youíd like to use.† If youíre looking for something special, hunt down the store in the White Pages and itís one click to navigate there.† With the exception of actually driving your car, there doesnít seem to be anything the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone canít do. Garmin-Asus have delivered a true personal assistant in every aspect of the word.† So thank you Garmin-Asus for making life easier, making things simpler and most importantly, making every car (almost) as cool as KITT.
UPDATE!! For a short time only, the Garmin-Asus M10 smartphone is available direct to your door for £211.49.
Posted on16. Oct, 2008 by Derek.
With competition in the global sat nav arena hotting up, sat nav manufacturers now appear to be turning their attention not only to the hardware specification of their device, but also to the availability of up-to-date mapping data. Indeed, the well publicised battle between TomTom and Garmin for the acquisition of Tele-atlas, one of the leading mapping data providers, illustrates just how important maps have become in the battle for superiority.
TomTom have continually addressed the way people update their mapping data. With the release of TomTom Map Share, their Latest Map Guarantee and now their new map update service, TomTom appear to have their bases covered in terms of mapping data. [...]
Posted on31. Oct, 2007 by Derek.
Garmin Ltd, one of the top manufacturers of GPS products, has announced an offer for Dutch mapping company Teleatlas NV in a move which outbids an existing offer from TomTom by some 3.25 Euros per share. Garminís offer is due to launch prior to December 4th, before the expiry date of TomTomís offer.
Currently, TeleAtlas and Navteq are the only suppliers of mapping data for consumer GPS devices. With maps accounting for up to 20% of the cost of a GPS device, the victor in the bidding war stands to make significant gains. TomTom, powered exclusively by Teleatlas, should benefit from a reduced price of mapping data, thus allowing them to reduce the prices of their devices and undercut their competitors. Garmin, on the other hand, powered by Navteq maps, can avert a potential stronghold by TomTom by preventing them from aquiring TeleAtlas. Garmin however, may feel the strain of this strategy and stand more to lose according to some analysts.
The acquisition of Teleatlas by a specific GPS company may cause secondary issues in that competitors may no longer wish to use the maps if owned by a rival company. In this scenario, Navteq may stand to make significant gains if rival companies choose to switch to Navteq as their† map supplier. Rival GPS companies may also follow suit from the TeleAtlas deal, and we may see a similar acquisition of Navteq in the future.
What is clear from this latest development is that mapping data has become an important factor in the GPS market, and with further developments such as TomTomís MapShare system, the issue continues to be a complicated one.