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Garmin GPS now with Bluetooth: nuvi 310, 360

Garmin is a recognized worldwide leader in GPS technology and they’re at it again at this year’s CeBIT show. Just because you want full GPS functionality doesn’t mean you need to lug around a big receiver, because Garmin’s nüvi line is “pocket-sized” and the most recent editions – the 360 and 310 – now come with integrated Bluetooth capabilities.

This means you can hook up your cellular phone wireless to the on-screen display; excellent for when you’re driving and maybe not so much for when you’re hiking.

Most of the old features are present, including MP3 support and map rendering in both two- and three-dimensions. Power comes in the way of a lithium-ion battery, so you should expect some decent life out of these things. Unfortunately, if you want the Language, Travel, or Savers Guides, you’ll have to drop a little extra coin to buy them on SD cards.

The nüvi 360 supports traffic updates via the RDS-TMC standard, but the 310 seemingly does not. Furthermore, the 310 only has limited map data for portions of Europe rather than the whole continent. As such, the 310 will be slightly cheaper than the nearly $1000 nüvi 360 when they drop in June.

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