Garmin Approach S3 GPS watch for golfers

Garmin just introduced Approach S3 Touchscreen GPS Golf Watch. It’s a rugged device but yet sleek and if you’re really into stats and gadgets and love to keep track of your game Garmin Approach S3 is for you.

  • glove-friendly sunlight-readable touchcreen
  • can be used as a regular wrist watch
  • preloaded with 27,000 worldwide courses
  • displays the distance to the pin, front and back of the green
  • 8 hours play time, 4 weeks use a regular watch
  • available in April 2012 for $350 available in golf white with red trim and black with gray trim

Garmin rules GPS & Navigation Equipment category on Amazon

We just checked out the best sellers for GPS & Navigation Equipment category on Amazon and saw that Garmin has 18 spots in the top 20. Number one spot belongs to Garmin nüvi 1450LMT which is going for about $130 currently.

Not much changes when you look at top 40. Garmin has 34 products in the best selling GPS & Navigation category.

This really proves Garmin is the best name in U.S. when it comes to GPS navigation. This field has taken a big hit from smartphones these days but Garmin is really on top of their games since they also rule when it comes to GPS products in sports including running, swimming, cycling, golfing, and more, aviation products such as the aera line up or their flightdecks, marine GPS category with their GPSMAP lineup, and of course hiking, and outdoors with the eTrex and many more models.

We would love to call them a successful “U.S.” enterprise but their place of incorporation is Switzerland since 2010. Before that they were incorporated in Cayman Islands.

Garmin’s Navigon adding Google Street View to their app

Garmin (which now owns Navigon) just announced some new features for the NAVIGON app on iPhone and Android. For iPhone, starting later this spring, Navigon will provide street-level photo of users’ destination which they pull from Google Street View. We’re not sure if this is such a big deal since this street level photos of your destination were already available on your Android device if you used Google Maps or just your computer and this Street View photo some times does not help at all to get to your destination.

As far as improving the Navigon app on the Android side you’ll soon get the active lane assistant which provides animated views of complex intersections so you won’t miss a turn. Other improvements are the NAVIGON widget on your home screens to search for POIs, bluetooth integration for voice announcements, and a traffic check function.

Garmin BlueChart Marine App for iPad

Garmin today announced BlueChart Mobile marine app for iPad and iPhone. With the new BlueChart app, captains can now make use of BlueChart data found in Garmin chartplotters.

The app also lets you connect to ActiveCaptain, a website community that provides content generated by mariners for mariners. You can also plan and create routes, view shaded depth contours and inter-tidal zones, search for a marine service point to find out the phone number, hours of operation, and information about amenities and services available.

Supposing you have internet connection on your iPad you can also get weather conditions, temperatures, dew points, wind direction and speed, radar and cloud cover – all overlaid on the chart data.

And if you happen to have a Garmin chartplotter on board you can wirelessly transfer routes, waypoints and tracks created from the BlueChart Mobile app. There’s also a cool feature where you can “follow the boat” by sharing the GPS capability on the charplotter even if your iPad don’t have this feature.

G5000H flight deck from Garmin

Garmin just introduced an integrated flight deck for medium lift helicopters called the G5000H. It combines widescreen displays with touchscreen controls.

The G5000H has hi-res, wide primary flight displays (PFD) as well as multi-function displays (MFD). This lets pilots view their flight display, maps, charts, checklists and system synoptics, HTAWS, TCAS, flight planning, weather or video input pages. The system also fully integrates with environmental controls, electrical power distribution and hydraulic systems giving pilots full control.

Some other features of the G5000H include:

  • Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVT): displays an “out-the-window” view of the surroundings, regardless of the weather conditions
  • HTAWS provides graphical and audible alerts of potential terrain and obstacle conflicts along the flight path
  • graphical weather including NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft, echo tops, precipitation type at the surface, lightning strikes, storm-cell data, AIRMETs, and SIGMETs

Garmin Approach G6 - all you need to know

You’re looking at a shiny new Garmin Approach G6 GPS golf device. Here’s the scoop:

  • available Feb 2012
  • MSRP is $300
  • preloaded with over 25,000 worldwide courses
  • weighs just over 3 ounces
  • 2.6” sunlight readable display
  • offers layup arcs that are drawn on the map
  • battery lasts up to 15 hours

Too expensive? Older models, such as Approach G3 and Approach G5 must be a whole lot cheaper by now. Too big? Check out Garmin Approach S1 which is just a wrist watch.

Garmin Smartphone Link - mostly no thanks

Garmin recently announced Smartphone Link. This is an for Android devices to bring live updates to your GPS navigation system. The GPS navigation system and your smartphone have to connect via bluetooth. It will work on all new bluetooth enabled nuvis and also nüvi 2475LT, 2495LMT, 2595LMT which require a software update.

As you may have guessed this setup will be using your phone’s mobile data plan and the Android app is free. However there will be premium content available through subscriptions.

Free services:

  • Live weather information
  • myGarmin messaging - update notifications and special offers from Garmin

Premium Live Services:

  • Live Traffic ($20/year): updated every two minutes and covers major highways, interstates and main roads
  • photoLive traffic cameras ($10/year): ability to see real-time photos from more than 10,000 traffic cameras across the U.S. and Canada
  • Fuel Prices ($10/year): best prices in your area
  • Advanced Weather ($5/year): current and 5-day forecasts, severe weather alerts and view animated radar images

If you have a smartphone why you would pay for these services is beyond me.. Live Traffic? Try Google Maps. Traffic cameras? There’s an app for that too. Fuel prices, Advanced Weather? All free on Android. We like Garmin devices but all these services we say NO THANK YOU. Still interested? Here’s the link.

Garmin’s new high end GPS navigation systems: nuvi 3550LM and nuvi 3590LMT

Garmin announced a new series of high end GPS navigation systems yesterday which are on display at CES 2012. Called the nuvi 3500 series; the models include 3550LM, and 3590LMT which will be available starting this February.

Garmin Nuvi 3550LM

  • ultra thin design, 5″ glass display
  • Guidance 3.0 navigation engine
  • photoReal junction view

Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT has all of the above and:

  • subscription-free Digital 3D Traffic
  • compatible Garmin’s Android app for live services

Garmin Nuvi 3550LM has an MSRP of $370 whereas the Garmin nuvi 3590LMT which has Android connection for live services has an MSRP of $400. We say wait until June and pick them up for a lot cheaper :)

Garmin’s new GTN 750 Trainer app for iPad 2

This is one of the ways Garmin is still staying relevant when every single smartphone on the market offers practically free GPS navigation. Stand alone automobile navigation is not their only market. They’ve got aviation too. Just recently they announced a new app for the iPad 2 called GTN 750 trainer. Pilots can now train on the ground, and practice basic operations of Garmin’s new all glass GTN aviation systems.

GTN 750 Trainer app allows pilots to pan the map, enter waypoints into the flight plan, load airways, graphically edit flight plans, radio tune and more. It even has hi res terrain maps, worldwide NavData, and simulated traffic targets and simulated XM weather data for a more realistic experience. Some other options include TAWS-B audible alerts, transponder control and remote audio processor control, and other demo settings that lets users to simulate flight scenarios by changing altitude, speed, location, etc.

$25 is small price to pay to get your training while still safely on the ground.

Garmin Fit App nad ANT+ Adapter

Garmin just announced Garmin Fit for iPhone and Android. It’s an app we’ve been waiting from the company. This first release keeps track of speed, pace, distance, time, calories and can potentially display if you have the right add-ons. Of course it works with Garmin Connect to upload your workouts. Another news from the company is the ANT+ adapter for iPhone allowing users to use their Garmin ANT+ accessories with their iPhone.

With Garmin Fit you’ll at least have a way to track your workout even if you forget to charge your Forerunner and forget to take it with you. You can control the music from within the app and manage calls and text messages without interrupting Garmin Fit - which will cost $1.

Garmin ANT+ adapter for iPhone is already available for $50 and this tool lets you monitor and record heart rate and cadence directly on your phone. You’ll need the footpod sensor for example which works great if you’re working indoors.