July 2011 Issue

First Word: July 2011

The letters in this monthís issue illustrate the dilemma Garmin finds itself in. I donít know if the company sees this from the inside, but itís noticeable from where I sit. Specifically, the new GTN series they launched this spring is striking some buyers as not that great, which is something we never heard about the GNS430 and GNS530 when they were introduced. Whatís the problem here? I donít think itís all price, because these products cost a little more to install than did their predecessors a decade ago. Adjusted for inflation, theyíre close. I think itís perceived value, or lack of it. For the money, say some readers, these boxes just donít do enough more than the current generation of mapcomms do.

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