CeBIT 2007: Garmin Unveils Six Sat Navs

Including the world's slimmest 3.5 incher.

If you work at Garmin then two words would annoy you greatly: TomTom (technically that’s one word two times). At CeBIT 2007 however the company is clearly taking a stand.

It has flooded the event with no less than six new sat navs which comprise a completely new nuvi 2xx series and three high end nuvi 6xx models. Funnily, enough, it was the 2xx devices which stole the show.

Measuring no more than a deck of cards, the nuvi 200, 250 and 270 are the world’s smallest 3.5in sat nav systems. They are designed with simplicity at heart having an intuitive “Where to?” and “View Map” homepage, turn-by-turn voice instructions and free traffic information.

For more advanced users the 2xx’s also feature a built-in picture viewer, calculator, currency converter, unit converter and world clock. Optional packages such as language and travel guides offer bilingual dictionaries and PoI reviews. For security ‘Garmin Lock’ allows a four digit pin to lock the device, though more ingeniously this number can be forgone in favour of a personally selected location which you just drive through. The European versions of the 2xx series also come preloaded with speed camera information.

All the 2xx nuvis launch in May and will go for £169.99, £199.99 and £269 respectively.

Flying the high end flag are the new 6xx range made up of the 600, 650 and 660FM. Each has a 4.3in widescreen display and will be launched in Europe (only the 650 and 660FM are available in the US). Complete European maps come as standard along with Bluetooth, while FM is an optional extra on the 600 and 650 providing seamless integration with any blank frequency for voice and/or telephone calls through tuner speakers.

Optional packages include the Garmin Travel Guide and Garmin Language Guide which come on SD card and do exactly what they say on the tin.

The 600, 650 and 660FM will available any minute now for 399 euros, 499 euros and (you guessed it) 599 euros respectively. God my feet hurt!

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