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O/T- GPS Units Again

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by DoubleAuto, Jul 17, 2009.

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  1. DoubleAuto

    DoubleAuto Well-Known Member

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    I know that discussions of GPS models/brands have appeared on this website several times. I just did a search and read everything that came up. Lots of different opinions and good information.

    My wife and I are going to take a 5-6 week trip to the northeastern United States and a couple of Canadian provinces. Need a good GPS unit that is easy for a first time user to use.

    My question is has any new GPS technology developed since the earlier GPS threads appeared on this site that I should consider?

    Thanks,

    DoubleAuto
     
  2. GrubbyJack

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    I have 2 Garmin's, StreetPilot 2720 and a Garmin Nuvi 350.. both will do every thing you want (both have been replaced by newer models). My daughter went on spring break to FL, and use it with no problems, Davy Crockett she is not, she went 800 miles round trip and never got lost... Any of the new Garmin Nuvi are great, they change models every couple of years, but like all electronics, they get better and cheaper.. The people that we camp with have a TOM-TOM, it is good not great...Grubby
     
  3. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    I recnently bought a Garmin Nuvi 200 for $110.00 at Wally world I used it this past week on a busisness trip to Los Angeles. Easy to use and easy to store
     
  4. shooterIII

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    The Nuvi is top rated in Consumer Reports.
     
  5. GrubbyJack

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    the maps are loaded in the unit, and most can be updated for free or a fee (first upgrade is free - MOST OF THE TIME)..as to the add-on, Garmin makes a radio unit that you have to buy and pay a fee (kind a like XM radio), might be worth it, if you live in a BIG city with the service..there is also upgrades that are free called POI POINTS OF INTEREST, it is an update from time to time, this is great if your trying to find Wally-World, KFC, Micky Dee, and other companies, that have moved..I love Steak & Shake, and it finds them...GRUBBY
     
  6. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 and there is nothing any other could do that would serve me any better ... The thing is great .... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. bobdog

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    I just bought a Garmin Nuvi 265WT from Costco for $219.00, replacing a Street Pilot 2620, which had worked well for several years (and cost me over $700 at the time).

    The Nuvi is more than adequate and claims a lifetime traffic subscription with an automatic route-around feature, but I turned this feature off. It wants to route you around heavy traffic and construction, which sounds great, but it has no idea about actual traffic. It wanted me to get off the Chicago Skyway four times before I got to Gary. First, it's a tollway. Second, NOBODY gets off the Skyway on purpose. Third, it was 5:00AM, and there was no traffic at all. Bottom line, it may be too much to expect from a $200 gizmo.

    On the plus side, the maps are much clearer and much faster to update. It turns on and gets a satellite fix in 1/10 the time of my old unit. The windshield mount is well done and solid, and the unit itself is much smaller. I also like the built in battery, which means you can remove it from your car. I'm currently looking for a motorcycle mount for it, because it's small enough to use on a bike.

    Anyway, it's better, it's cheaper, and it works pretty well. If you have a Costco card, it might be worth a look.
     
  8. Rick (Pa)

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    I have a Garmin 760 it is great. they discontinued this model. But you can still find it and many other discontinued models. Last fall we took a trip to Yellowstone park. we never got lost with it. there is a website called
    Poi-Factory you can download points of interet into your gps unit. We downloaded yellowstone & Grand Teton parks into our unit and it took us to all the good places.

    Rick
     
  9. rodbuster

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    I also have a nuvi265 from Costco. I haven't decided if I am going to keep it, or not. It comes up with some of the craziest ways to get to certain locations, that just do not make sense. I had a Tomtom before, and for half the money it seemed to do OK.
     
  10. Dickgshot

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    I mostly use Navigator on my cell phone. It's updated automatically. The advantage and disadvantage is that it works where you can't access the satellites, but it doesn't work where you cell phone can't access a cell. For that reason I also have a Garmin Street Pilot and get the best of both worlds.
     
  11. Marplot

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    Rick (PA) Thanks for the tip on Poi-Factory got some good stuff there. I found that many places had to pay Garmin to be included in their poi database. Poi-Factory added a lot!
     
  12. Rollin Oswald

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    Bruce Specht (or anyone),

    I just ordered a Garmin Nuvi 200 (after reading your review) to find my way around an unfamiliar area in east-central Wisconsin.

    It occurred to me: How is the "to" address entered? The thing has voice prompts or directions, which seemed handy but you wrote that it is easy to use - but how about imputing addresses? I will be using it only for trips to and from my home. Can my home address be kept in memory so I don't need to enter it each time I want to return home from a distant address?

    Any help anyone can provide will be appreciated.

    Rollin
     
  13. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    think about this. i would enter a home address some place on your street but not your own address. someone steals your gps and they know exactly where you live.
     
  14. spitter

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    Have an older Nuvi 250W - wide screen... bigger screens are better. Easy to input... you key in state, city, #, street name and it will search for confirmation or you can input a couple of streets that intersect and it will take you there... and you can save those searches to the "favorites" memory...

    If you're at a destination and hit the little car on the screen, it will ask you if you want to save that particular location (out in the sticks, unmapped locations?!)

    I also like the Garmin system for its use as a phone book... when shells at WalMart were $5/bx... I searched "Walmart" and they'll all come up based on distance, with phone numbers... I started calling while on the road. Want chinese or ribs?!... punch in the name of your restaurant and it will typically provide the phone number to call, so you can order...

    Generally, have taken this over road to Florida and Alabama... no real complaints... on a rare occasion, it'll take me the long way around... but I always get there... My map is a bit old, with the redone Chicago tollways, but for the other 98%, its not time to pay and upgrade just yet...

    Go Garmin!

    regards to all,

    Jay
     
  15. MGeslock

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    Rollin,

    I have 2 0f the 200's. Yes you can set a "home" location. It will allow you to save "favorites". That way you can always fing your local gun club.
     
  16. Rollin Oswald

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    Motordoctor - Thank you. I would not have thought of that. (Maybe I can work out a deal with the local house of ill repute to use their address.)

    Jay - If the 200 I ordered will do some of that, it would be handy.

    Slick - The "favorites" feature will be handy. The days of realizing that where I want to go is west and a little north if where I am and then using the compass to get there will soon be in the past. (County maps of the area where I live have county trunks marked but the county roads often do not.)

    Thank you all for your information and help. The information available on this site never ceases to amaze me, almost as much as your willingness to share your knowledge with those of us who are less informed.

    Rollin
     
  17. Neil Winston

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    I have some high-number NĂ¼vi and the voice isn't loud enough to use well in my pretty-noisy Class C motorhome. Does anyone know if other brands are louder? My earlier Streetpilot was fine in this regard, but this one doesn't really cut it.

    Neil
     
  18. Rick (Pa)

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    Neil, go to this website. it will tell you how to make your garmin voices louder.

    Rick
     
  19. dward

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    I've got a blackberry bold and my wife has an I-phone that both have GPS and it's pretty amazing how well they do with Google Maps. I don't know if I'd get a separate dash mounted unit after using the PDA.
     
  20. DoubleAuto

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    Do most of the Garmin units come with a decent case to store the unit in when not in use?

    DoubleAuto
     
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