updated 08:20 am EDT, Fri June 15, 2007
Garmin nuvi 200W
Garmin on Friday ramped up its nuvi line with the 200W mapping units. The two models set for launch, the 200W and 250W, each use the same high-sensitivity antenna that slims down their profile compared to other GPS receivers, but adds a 4.3-inch wide touchscreen that helps readability and control in the car. Each also includes six million points of interest and some of the unique software features from the navigation company, including a Garmin Lock that can use either a combination or driving to a safe location. The platform is also open and lets third-party companies add their own details to the map.
The nuvi models are separated primarily by region. The basic 200W focuses near-exclusively on the US with continental US coverage as well as Hawaii and Puerto Rico; the 250W adds Alaska and all of Canada to the map source. Versions of the 200W outside the US will include region-specific maps for Australasia, Europe, Mexico, and Brazil, Garmin says.
Both models will be ready to ship during July at prices of $500 and $550 respectively.