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Garmin brings out first iPhone GPS app, nuvi 2400

updated 08:35 am EST, Tue January 4, 2011

Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone hits with nuvi 2400

Garmin kicked off CES today with not just a GPS unit but its first-ever iPhone navigation app. StreetPilot ($40, App Store) reflects Garmin's exit from smartphones and gives iPhone users full spoken, turn-by-turn directions. It provides many of the features of high-end GPS units, including lane assist, both 2D and 3D map views, weather and real-time traffic.

The app can use iOS 4 and will keep navigating if the user starts or takes a call in mid-route. It likewise taps into Apple's support for accessing the iPhone's music library and has access to the address book to drive to existing contacts.

Using the app requires an iOS device with built-in GPS and at least iOS 3. Map updates are free for the lifetime of the app. Garmin has promised a handful of other apps as well, including Garmin Tracker for Android and iOS to pair up with its new GTU 10 personal tracking unit; myMechanic, an Android app due in February that can provide engine details when paired with an ecoRoute HD over Bluetooth; and a version of My-Cast Lite for Android that provides radar and weather updates like in the iOS version.

Those who need traditional GPS hardware also received a new dedicated unit, the nuvi 2400 series. It sits as one of the larger devices at five inches and on some models has voice recognition support, Bluetooth pairing for calls and a predictive routing system that calculates based on historical data.

The series is split into four models that each get increasing amounts of access. An entry nuvi 2450 supports North American maps but lacks Bluetooth and has strictly optional map and traffic updates. The 2450LM brings lifetime map updates; a 2460LT adds Bluetooth, voice guidance and lifetime traffic while omitting lifetime maps, and a 2460LMT flagship brings them back.

All of the nuvi 2400 models are due before the end of March at prices ranging between $250 and $350.







By Electronista Staff
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  1. Sabon

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2005

    +2

    No good for iPad (non-iPad version) and streaming

    I don't use my iPhone for much more than taking phone calls and music anymore. Why? I have an iPad that I have with me all the time.

    When I'm in my car the iPhone is down to just phone calls because I use my iPad for both GPS software and for music.

    Using an iPhone app on my iPad is pretty horrible. I've thought that since the beginning. If it was the only option, which it used to be, it was better than nothing. But "nothing" is not the only option anymore with Navigon's + app that includes an iPad version which is drastically better than upscaling an iPhone app.

    I've also heard that the Garmin app doesn't download all the maps for coverage area to the device. Meaning that if I go outside of 3G coverage no new maps can be downloaded. That might be fine for some people but I don't always stick only to AT&T coverage areas. Heck, I don't stay inside of Verizon coverage areas. I'm not able to pay roaming charges for "from the cloud" map updates.

    I DO have to make changes "on the go". If I can't go outside the downloaded map area because I go outside of AT&T 3G coverage then it is a no go for me. It might be great for everyone else, just putting in my two cents worth.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +7

    Cracks me up!

    Instead of getting in on the ground floor two or three years ago, the morons at Garmin decided they wanted to be in the smartphone business. After they sold about three of them, they finally realize that they're much better off making their GPS software available for the iPhone, but, now, they have to play catch up to the TomTom and all the other naviation apps.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

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