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Garmin nuvi 215 GPS receiver/device

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I had trouble operating my BlackBerry 9000 GPS while on the go in a recent West Coast of India trip. This was something that guided me through every nook and corner during my East Coast of India trip in January earlier this year so I wanted to get a proper GPS device.

1. To solve this, I spoke to Airtel who said they had stopped providing GPS services. They had a service called Wayfinder which was their tip-up with mywayfinder.com and that used to provide the GPS navigational service for Airtel customers. This was stopped by them for unknown reasons.

2. Another pain point was that my direct subscription with mapmyindia.com for my BlackBerry 9000 for 1-year had ceased in Feb 2010 and mapmyindia.com themselves stopped supplying the maps for the BlackBerry 9000 device for some strange reason which no one in their customer support was able to answer to.

3. Also, my concern was that even the basic Google Maps through the device in-built GPS receiver was not working so we had to manually find our way through a lot of places we covered during this West Coast trip.

This was the problem statement: A need for a reliable all time multi purpose GPS device which is rock solid without bothering about other TPP (third party providers) such as Airtel or mapmyindia.com suddenly deciding to stop operating GPS/mapping services for their own whims and fancies and letting customers suffer as a result without so much as a proper notification of the service being stopped.

Solution: Who else to goto than to GARMIN – the world’s best maker of GPS navigational equipment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Naveen Athresh

June 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

Segment B+ hatchback review – 2010 / Ford Figo is the winner!

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I have been again on an automobile hunting spree and was trying to do some comparisons on secondary research (Internet, television and other media) and personal hands-on test drives of various manufacturers.

My requirement is simple:

– A Premium hatchback – Diesel – 1.2 or 1.4

– Convenient rear and front seating

– Great handling, great chassis, good ground clearance, good view of the road, good smooth feel overall, seating for 4-5

– good pickup, good service network (reasonable), good strong after sales support, good brand

– A good budget car with max Rs. 5 – 6 lacs on road price

My first research findings narrowed my search to the following players in this segment:

1. Ford Figo

2. Volkswagen Polo

3. Maruthi Suzuki Ritz

I test drove each of these and finally chose my winner – the Ford Figo. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

May 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Posted in Automobiles

Fisichella move to Ferrari – a boon or a bane for Force India

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Fisi celebrating his 2nd place at Spa

Fisi celebrating his 2nd place at Spa

Force India has lately been going through exciting times! The Kingfisher of good times has suddenly found a sweet spot and largely has it’s lead driver – Giancarlo Fisichella – a Formula 1 veteran, to thank for it when they secured their first podium finish and points of their Grand Prix history.

I have written about Mallya’s brave moves when he, alongwith the Mol family, bought out the Spyker F1 team (the rechristened Midland F1 or the erstwhile Jordan team) in 2007. It’s been a seesaw two seasons for Vijay Mallya. The VJM01 was nowhere close to competitiveness and the VJM02 showed signs of promise with the new regulations but somehow their first points were eluding them. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

September 6, 2009 at 8:14 am

Posted in Automobiles, F1

Seventymm – India’s answer to NetFlix/Slumdog millionnaire/F1 update

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Seventymm.com is India’s answer to NetFlix.

I have been using this service for an initial subscription of Rs. 849 unlimited for 1 DVD per day for 3 months and so far, my experience has been very good. The DVD quality has been excellent and their pick-up/drop is a hassle-free experience for us.

We are putting our DVD player to maximum use with an average of 5 movies in 5 days! In just a week we saw the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

June 21, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Posted in Automobiles, Bollywood, F1

Rolls Royce Phantom – my chance encounter!

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Keeping with the uniqueness of my posts, here is one more: On my way back from work, I chanced upon an exquisite beauty!

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Near the Forum Mall, Whitefield, was a Rolls Royce Phantom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Phantom) on display! I quickly took out my Blackberry and snapped out a few pictures courtesy of some of the chaps from the Mobile Store who were there. They even offered to take pictures of mine with the car and put it up on their website but I politely declined. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

June 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Automobiles

Economics of a Tata Nano

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The Tata Nano logo

The Tata Nano logo

Image credit/source: The Tata Nano website (http://tatanano.inservices.tatamotors.com/tatamotors/)

https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/the-tata-nano-launched-in-multiple-variants/

https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/specifications-of-the-tata-1-lac-car/

https://ecofin.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/the-tatas-1-lac-car-the-nano-officially-lauched/

Can they really achieve profitability or is it just an exercise for Tata Motors to say they did it first, build market share in the entry level segment (they have effectively created an A- segment in the entry level segment in automobiles in India!) and built the world’s cheapest car ever even if they don’t make any great profits as their margins would be wafer thin? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

April 1, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Brawn GP scores 1/2 in the Australian Grand Prix

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Congratulations to Ross Brawn. The ex-bosses of this team back at Japan must be kicking themselves that they were so near yet so far from their incorrect decision in withdrawing from F1 a tad early after all the hardwork!

But, nothing can be taken away from Ross Brawn and the way he interpreted the rules for the 2009 season and even managed to rope in their first main sponsor, Sir. Richard Branson’s Virgin group!

Written by Naveen Athresh

March 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Posted in Automobiles, F1, Strategy