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which GPS to buy

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by cubancigar2000, Jul 10, 2011.

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  1. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    This has been covered on here before but technology advances every day so - I am in the market for a GPS and would like to hear from anyone with advice
     
  2. neofight

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    It depends somewhat on what you intend to use it for. Some have better features than others, better mapping, nav options, etc. If you are just doing some Geo-caching, just about any of the modern units will work fine.

    I still have my old GarminV that i used to use for Geo-caching and it now is my back-up unit on the boat.If you have over 40 eyes, you might consider getting the largest screen possible so you can read the numbers easily, especially if you happen to fall while on a hike, break your glasses and find yourself in unfamiliar territory. Having a pair of back-up glasses could be a good thing too.

    Garmin and Magellan have been my favorites over the years, but i'm certain someone here can chime in with more current experiences with other makes as well.
     
  3. neofight

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    It depends somewhat on what you intend to use it for. Some have better features than others, better mapping, nav options, etc. If you are just doing some Geo-caching, just about any of the modern units will work fine.

    I still have my old GarminV that i used to use for Geo-caching and it now is my back-up unit on the boat.If you have over 40 eyes, you might consider getting the largest screen possible so you can read the numbers easily, especially if you happen to fall while on a hike, break your glasses and find yourself in unfamiliar territory. Having a pair of back-up glasses could be a good thing too.

    Garmin and Magellan have been my favorites over the years, but i'm certain someone here can chime in with more current experiences with other makes as well.
     
  4. 45ACP

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    Whatever you decide, DO NOT buy a NAVIGON. It is the worst GPS because of their lack of support. I used it one time on a trip, (very poor directions). I finally find the hotel on my own. So I went to the web site for an update and was told they no longer support the model. It was only four months old.

    I now have a TomTom, which the support has been fantastic. I have friends that have Magellans and Garmins they are satisfied with. Good Luck.

    Bill
     
  5. John Galt

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    Like neofight said, it depends on your purpose. GPSs are available for aviation purposes, boating purposes, driving purposes and hiking purposes. For any of these Garmin is good and outsells all the others by a wide margin.
     
  6. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I will be using it to travel & also would like to take it into the woods when I mushroom hunt
     
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    Lou, My wife and I have had 4 so far. My older Garmin I gave to a friend.I have a newer thin Garmin in my suv mounted on my air vent. My wife had a new tom tom but liked the way my Garmin worked. It is more user friendly than the tom tom (for her). If you would like a newer Tom Tom a year ago for $129. I asked her and she would sell it to you for $60 delivered.It has all the cords manual and everything you need. Bulge.
     
  8. hmb

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    You can have an intelligent conversation with a Garmin. Recalculating. HMB
     
  9. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Mike - I sent a PM
     
  10. hwy13

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    Hello Cuban Cigar 2000,

    I purchased the Garmin nuvi 1490 T in Jan 2011, the T is for traffic
    mode while driving, it will warn about slowdowns & bottlenecks
    ahead " if there is a tower in the area " it works 90% of the time
    around the bigger city's. You can push avoid to go around.
    It has a pedestrian mode if you want to carry it in your pocket while
    walking, it has 5 inch screen, I think it is a very good unit.
     
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    Garmin Now have my second one for me one for the wife. Tom
     
  12. Quack Shot

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    Get a Garmin with Lifetime Map updates. Without the updates, they are not worth it to upgrade.
     
  13. Rick in Ohio

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    My buddy that I go out west with has a Garmin eTrex the little blue one. But I not sure that they make that model any more. Anyway its got us out of some place that we would have never found are way out of with out it.

    I would say the Garmin models would be the best one to look in to John.
    Also Garmin has life time map updates offer with some models.
     
  14. spitter

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    I've been a Garmin fan since my very basic eTrex (yellow), which I still use for my dove plots/deer stand/on-water fishing holes...

    I've only used the more basic Garmins in the car 250W and 255W. I buy them refurbished and cheap, then gave the 250W when I went to the 255W... The only reason I gave away the 250W was for the updated mapping of the I55/355 interchange bringing 355 online to the Chicago Metro area... no other issue with significant changes in maps or "points of interest"...

    I kept the 250W for four years without any operational issues - the maps link and transition very well. The 255W works great here, took it down to Alabama and just got back from Florida... traveling from Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando to South Beach...

    Years ago when WalMart was closing out on AA/STS shells for $5 (remember that?!) I put in WalMart and as I cruised down the road, called them all to see who had what!

    While I don't update, I've heard from others that updating can taking HOURS... someone chime in on that subject...

    regards all,

    Jay
     
  15. Quack Shot

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    Updating a Garmin usually takes a half hour or less, if I remember correctly. You download the files and the program does the rest.
     
  16. shootsun

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    I am not trying to be negative at all but if you have any of the smartphones out there you can download an App that does the same thing as a GPS and it's free!

    Shane
     
  17. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Blackberry snart phone and I can download maps but not gps. Thx to all of you and especially Mike for the offer. I ended up with a Garmin 1490 LMT
     
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