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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. From pitch pipes to voice recorders, the list of standalone devices that an unadorned smartphone can substitute for runs long. But the portable electronics products that smartphones have had the most impact on have...

June 9th 2013 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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It's time for Garmin to refresh its lineup and flood the market with a slew of dash-mounted GPS devices. In total there are six new series of navigators, with countless models scattered amongst them. The "essential" nüvi 30, 40 and 50 (top left) lines come in three sizes: 3.5-inch, 4.3-inch,...

August 24th 2011 at 2:06pm 0 Comments
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A new nuvi is coming down the highway, and it means business. Navigational business. It's the Garmin nuvi 1695, a connected GPS device that offers Bluetooth and GSM, much like the 1690 before it. In fact, it's not entirely clear what makes this different from the last year's 1690, but GPSTracklog s...

July 7th 2010 at 8:15am 0 Comments
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For the most part, standalone navigators have retained their same form factor for the better part of the last five years. Each one looked like the other, with the main differentiators being a fold-out or integrated antenna and a big or small display. With intense competition coming from the smartph...

June 16th 2010 at 11:15am 0 Comments
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Where to, Garminfone? The front of a gracious tipster's camera, that's where. Well, looks like someone's enjoying the navigation smartphone on T-Mobile bands, even if it's not yet you. More pics below! Update: And now we've got video, too, via TmoNews and after the break! %Gallery-92145% [Thanks...

May 1st 2010 at 1:38pm 0 Comments
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Been itching to get another look at Garmin's decidedly un-GPS-like nuvi 3700 series? Then say hello to your new best friend the FCC, which has now provided us with plenty of shots of the device both inside and out, along with the device's user manual and the usual slew of exciting test reports. Not...

April 21st 2010 at 4:21pm 0 Comments