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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Help

I have to drive a lot for work and I'm thinking about getting a GPS but I dont know anything about them. Does anyone here use one and if so what can you suggest?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 08:45 PM
 
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Re: GPS Help

I've used a few. The Garmins aren't bad, and I have a few friends that have the Tom Tom's and they really like them.
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I have the Tom Tom GO 720 which I really like!
I had a Magellan prior to this which I would not recommend!
My brother has a carpet cleaning business and uses a Garmin on a daily basis with no complaints.

The thing I like about my Tom Tom is that it docks to the internet, so I am getting map corrections daily (for free). You can also make corrections yourself to maps (because you know how streets change).
One other cool feature is you can use google maps to find an address, then send them directly to your Garmin or Tom Tom.
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Re: GPS Help

hey cid

you will get 100 different opinions just like if you ask for guitar advise.

The single most important feature imo is that the GPS unit tells you the actual street name, and not just "make a right in 300ft". Instead says make a right on main street in 300 feet. i have build in units in all of our cars now, but i had a Garmin before and another useful thing was it connected to your phone and you could use it as a hands free unit. Also nice was that FM traffic thing so the thing would tell me where heavy traffic is and re-route. One day it actually re-routed me through a really bad neighbourhood in Philly and i thought i get shot

But single most important for me is the street names. You can also pretty good deals on refurbished units. i got mine here http://www.tigergps.com/
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+1 for TomTom
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 11:18 AM
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I have a Garmin Nuvi, but the updated maps (once a year or two) are about 70 bucks. It's all of North America, though. It's pretty handy, and I've used it for short trips and long ones.
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I recently evaluated GPSes and, for me, the Garmin Nuvi 750 was the best bang for the buck at $299. It is a wide screen version and has TTS (text to speech) which announces street names to you. It works great.
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I've had mine since May, got it for the new job.
I nabbed a Garmin for 100 bux on Craigslist.
Ended up needing to update the maps a few weeks later, but overall, the main names in the game are Garmin, Magellan & TomTom .
They are all aboutu equal. right now, Tigerdirect.com has specials on a few different models, some are refurbs, some are new old stock of the last model being dumped to make room for the new bad boy.

With the new ones, you usually have a year to nab the free map update.

Big issue is, figure out if you need the fancy speech recognition, text to speech, etc. if you need a base model where you plug in your destination and go, you can get a great unit on the cheap.
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got my wife a tomtom one 3rd ed for about $99 AR and it works great. small enough to not be cumbersome, easy to read/hear, touchscreen, etc.

http://www.tomtom.com/products/produ...tegory=0&Lid=4

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Yeah, TOMTOM or Garmin. I like Garmin personally but just watch out some of the other brand units can be a pain to use. Don't buy a Pharos... Go to one of those big sporting goods stores that will let you play with them.
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I have a Garmin Nuvi, but the updated maps (once a year or two) are about 70 bucks. It's all of North America, though. It's pretty handy, and I've used it for short trips and long ones.
My wife and I each have a Nuvi and we just updated the maps last week...it didn't cost a thing! I will let you know where we went for that, because she also said something about it costing a bit of cash, and figured out how we didn't have to pay...

The screen is bigger on the Nuvi and you can enable your phone to accept calls through it (like speaker phone) for hands free driving.

To make it easy for you Cid, think of Garmin as Gibson and all the others as licensed Floyd Roses...

The Garmin is a very good product!
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How can you say no to this?



Heck yeah I am ordering one as soon as one of you guys buys some of my junk for sale!
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Well, I'll be using a Nuvi to head on over to the west coast (Pensacola) so I'll let you know how it does.
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 10:25 AM
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The Nuvi isn't great at finding the backroads to places nearby, but it is awesome at getting you to some unknown front door far away. I've used mine on a few decently long trips, and it really excelled.
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