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 |  Sep 21 2010, 7:14 PM

Get ready to upgrade your driving directions. Garmin has just updated the 1600 GPS series with the new Garmin NuLink 1695.

Available this September, the Nuvi has changed its name to NuLink for the 1695. This is to signify the importance of the NuLink service, which offers a data connection to the portable GPS unit. The NuLink service brings drivers traffic information, weather forecasts, fuel prices, flight status, and other real-time, location-relevant content, including Google Local Search for points of interest, right to your dashboard.

Also new for the NuLink 1695 is the addition of the NuLink Store, where you can buy optional premium services. Purchasers of the 1695 receive one year of the NuLink service.

There are plenty of features that come with the NuLink 1695. A few notable ones include myTrends destination prediction, trafficTrends, ecoRoute software for fuel-efficient routing and driving, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and a speakerphone. It also comes with a 5-inch screen (that’s an upgrade from the 1690’s 4.3-inch display).

The Garmin NuLink 1695 sells for $449.99. The NuLink service will be free for the first year after purchase, and you can continue to receive the service for $5 per month after that.

[Source: Cnet]

 |  Sep 13 2010, 10:50 PM

Adding fuel to the fire called the entry-level GPS market, Garmin has launched two new Nuvi lines – the 2200 series and the 2300 series.

In the 2200 series are three new models: 2200, 2250, and 2250LT. Boasting a 3.5-inch display, the Nuvi 2200 comes with Garmin’s cool ecoRoute fuel-efficient routing and driving tools technology. It also comes with MyTrends, a handy feature that remembers your favorite destinations and automatically comes up with routes and travel times.

In the way of maps, the 2200 comes complete with maps of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grand Bahama Island, Nassau, and the Cayman Islands. The 2250 steps it up a notch by offering maps of Mexico. Rounding out the series is the “LT,” which means drivers get lifetime traffic.

The 2200 series is available for sale on the Garmin website – the 2200 sells for $149.99, the 2250 for $159.99 and the 2250LF for $179.99.

When it comes to the 2300 series, you get the same ecoRoute software and myTrends features, but the bonus of larger 4.3-inch wide screen displays. The 2300 comes with all the same maps as well, while the 2300LM model adds lifetime map updates. The 2350 comes with maps of Mexico, the 2350LT adds lifetime traffic, and a 2350MT offers both lifetime maps and traffic.

There are also the Nuvi 2360LT and 2360MT, equipped with all features of the models mentioned as well as the addition of Bluetooth wireless. They even work with Garmin’s ecoRoute HD module for accurate fuel economy estimates and vehicle diagnostics, as well as lifetime traffic (LT) or lifetime maps and traffic (MT). At the top of the 2300 series you’ll find the 2370LT, bursting with North American and European maps.

The Garmin Nuvi 2300 retails for $199.99 and 2300LM retails $239.99. Upgrading to the 2350, 2350LT, or 2350MT will cost you $209.99, $229.99, or $269.99 respectively. If you’ve got money to spend, the Nuvi 2360LT and 2360MT sell for $259.99 and $299.99, while the 2370LT model will cost $299.99.

[Source: Cnet]