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Experiences with different brands of GPS units?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by AveragEd, Jul 26, 2011.

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  1. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I'm about to buy a GPS and want some insight from those who have them. I thought I wanted a top of the line TomTom but thanks to discussion forums on them, I learned that their customer service people are behind the curve with regard to their latest devices and their website is clumsy to navigate. One buyer couldn't get his unit to accept downloads from his PC and after two "We aren't familiar with those units yet" and "We understand there is a problem with those units and are working on a fix" calls to TomTom Support, learned from that discussion forum that TomToms are only compliant with 32-bit PCs - he has the same Operating System that I have on this desktop, Windows 7 Home Premium, a 64-bit OS. Poor support is a deal-breaker for me, as is the non-compliance issue. So I'm now looking at the Garmin n√úvi 2460LMT.

    Any other suggestions? I want one with a 5" screen and free lifetime map and traffic updates.

    Ed
     
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    Ed--Here is a thread on that subject discussed not too long ago.--Matt
     
  3. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link, Matt. It certainly would seem that the Garmin users are happy campers!

    Ed
     
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    Just got another Garmin with lifetime maps. Bought it at TigerDirect.com
     
  5. burtona

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    I've had different brands for boats, cars, and hand held units over the years. In every application I've found the Garmin software the easiest to use. Not necessarily the most feaatures or best visibility outdoors, but they can't be beat for ease of use in my opinion.
     
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    Ed:

    I have four different Garmins for different members of the family and also have a Pioneer built in unit in a Toyota Seqouia. I really find the Garmins easy to use. I have bought the maps for Europe and Africa
    and they downloaded into the units easily. They are also more accurate time wise when planning a long trip. I drive from Charlotte, NC to New England several times a year and don't need the unit for the basic directions but it is nice to know what gas and food and other "attractions" such as rest areas are ahead. also, on my last trip from Cape Cod to Charlotte two weeks ago there was a 10 mile backup on I-81 near Blacksburg, VA and I was able to get off and see an alternate route to get back to the interstate 10 miles down the road after the construction backup. I figure I saved close to an hour.

    I'm sure other units are good, I just have had great experience with all my Garmins. In fact, I have Sparta Il plugged into my unit now for my trip next week.

    Shoot well and often!

    Bob Gibson
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  7. postmastertim

    postmastertim Wheels are falling off.... TS Supporters

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    Here ya go
     
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    postmastertim Wheels are falling off.... TS Supporters

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    Just installed a TomTom XXL 540 on my Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS with no problems. Buy.com has it for $114.95.
     
  9. Pull & Mark

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    Garmin, nuff said. Break=em all. Jeff
     
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    Rick (Pa) TS Member

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    Ed go to the website ubove. Not only will you find lots of points of interest. But you can find out anything about GPS.

    Rick
     
  11. GunDr

    GunDr Well-Known Member

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    I just ordered this one for my wife this last weekend...

    http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Widescreen-Bluetooth-Navigator-Refurbished/dp/B002YNRUCM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311773284&sr=8-1

    The price I paid was $108 with free shipping. Even though its refurbished, it has the factory one year warr and you can do a one time map update within 30 days.

    Doug
     
  12. shooterIII

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    I am on my second Garmin in my Pickup, my wife has a Garmin in her car and I have upgraded to an eTrex for general hunting and fishing stuff. I would not have anything else AND Number One there Customer Service is Super.
     
  13. W.P.T.

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    I had a Tom-Tom, sent it back and got a Garmin and like it much better ... If you want some great deals on one try EBay (new only, not reconditioned) WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  14. GrubbyJack

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    # 1 thing LIFETIME MAPS,

    Garmin vs Tom Tom same as 7.5 vs 8 know what I mean...

    have a Garmin 2720 and Nuvi, the 2720 has been updated once and the Nuvi had free upgrade.... Grubby
     
  15. Sigraph

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    I have an older TomTom one and love it.
    BUT DON'T BUY ONE - my daughter bought this one for me so I'll keep using it, and besides it's taken me all over the eastern US and never messed up.
    Their maps are way overpriced, Mapshare is B.S. (never updated), new maps don't have streets that have been in existence for years, and if you ever call them you either get a dumb-a**, smart-a**, or an a**hole.

    Eric
     
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    Ed,

    It makes a big difference what you want to do with the unit. If you want it for the car just buy the cheapest garmin that talks street names. I'm on my 5th one and wouldn't do it any other way. You just need to move the way points from the old to the new. I would much sooner have a new everything every two or three years than be troubled with batteries, chargers and GPS units that fail and need replaced. I make my living with Trimble Survey Grade GPS and find that for about $125 I can get a garmin that does everything I need in the car.

    Butch Bornman
     
  17. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the good info. My wife went along with me to Best Buy tonight just to look and surprised me by buying one for me. I got a Garmin nuvi 1450LMT - free Lifetime Maps and Traffic and a 5" screen. The only thing that the 2460 I was considering has that this one doesn't is Bluetooth and I brush my teeth every morning ;).

    I did some online shopping but only found one site where I could save any money on a GPS and that was $20 on a TomTom unit. Most of the GPS manufacturers must have an agreement with their dealers on selling price.

    I had to go to southern New Jersey today and the gent I was taking there to pick up a vehicle wanted to break off our route to a restaurant he remembered being on Phithydelphia's City Avenue not far from the Surekill Expressway. Many, many blocks later, he mentioned that he hadn't been there in more than 10 years and nothing looked familiar. He had his Garmin programmed for the address in NJ that we were headed for and the GPS got us back on our route with no trouble. That sold me on buying one ASAP - directions from Google or Mapquest would been of no help to us under those circumstances because we had no idea where we were.

    Ed
     
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