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Old 09-14-2009, 06:28 PM   #15
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:38 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by hookedonclassic View Post
We upgraded to a Garmin nuvi 255w which has the bigger screen. It is simple to use, quickly updates routes if you take an incorrect turn. Not the most expensive but a good basic model. Garmins are easy to use.
another vote for the Garmin 255.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:41 PM   #17
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I guess one of the other things I need to know is if there are some that work better in remote "road less traveled" areas? I know with our iPhones, there have been places that there is no signal - so we are out of luck. It seems those would be the places you need a GPS most...


GPS is not like cell phone coverage - as long as the unit can "SEE" the sky and it's required number of satellites for a position fix then you are good. The maps installed in the units are human input and are only as good as the data input - soooooooo.... if the road is not in the unit then there will not be a road for the unit to position you on but the unit will give you an accurate (+/- 3 meters) position of where you are on the earth.

Just today going from Providence, RI to Falmouth, MA - I crossed over a new bridge that my unit did not know about - it screamed loudly "turn around NOW".

In general - if it can see the sky - you will have coverage. Cities with lots of tall buildings cause problems - canyons do too, lots of trees - really thick tree top canopy can reduce coverage and affect position accuracy. Too much info - I'll stop.

The best coverage right now is over the Persian Gulf region - a must have for UAV's and smart weapons. Coverage over the US is very good - commercial applications in the US require it. Coverage over the poles is the worst - the orbital paths of the sats makes coverage in that area poor.

We have a Nuvi - bought on sale at wallyworld. No complaints - I like to have a hard map as my planner and use the GPS to help out on the road - there are lots of bells and whistles - go simple and see if you like the technology in your life - to much to learn with a new device can drive a person crazy.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:54 PM   #18
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About a year ago, I was on a Delta Flight between Atlanta and Flint, Michigan. The pilot had just told us that we were cruising at 500 mph at 30,000 feet. I had the Garmin 660 in my brief case. I took it out and fired it up. The Garmin showed us traveling at 498 mph at 39,850 feet. It even showed the towns and major roads below.

At least I know that the speed and altitude is accurate.

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Old 09-14-2009, 07:26 PM   #19
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Okay, so I'm not the last one!

So far, it looks like so far Garmin is the preferred brand...
I checked Costco online...they have 765T and 855. Looks like the difference is one is voice activated and the other is 3-D - but basically they appear to be the same based on the specs from Garmin's website. Anybody have experience with either of these models?

BTW...I'm a map reader myself ~ but the other half likes gadgets.

It looks like the 765T includes FM lifetime traffic where it's optional on the 855.

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Old 09-14-2009, 07:37 PM   #20
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We have a TomTom One, third edition.
Got it free from a couple of years ago.

It's not something I would have broken down and bought for myself, BUT now I have it, I LOVE it. Haven't had too many dead spots, and the choice of voices is hilarious. I use NASA Mission Controil.

It's truly interesting to watch the map roll out across the screen as you drive.

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Old 09-14-2009, 07:43 PM   #21
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Have a TomTom. Not really impressed. Great speedometer, but the interface is not as good as Garmin ( my son has a Garmin and I've used both on trips). Also, the maps are not as accurate. We have some fairly new highways in Mississippi that are almost 5 years old and the TomTom doesn't know they are there. It will get you where you are going , but it is NEVER the shortest or fastest. Get a Garmin.
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My Dad has one of the voice activated models and is not impressed with that particular feature. He loves the Nuvi though, and Mom now knows that he can always find his way home.

Originally Posted by InsideOut View Post
Okay, so I'm not the last one!

So far, it looks like so far Garmin is the preferred brand...
I checked Costco online...they have 765T and 855. Looks like the difference is one is voice activated and the other is 3-D - but basically they appear to be the same based on the specs from Garmin's website. Anybody have experience with either of these models?

BTW...I'm a map reader myself ~ but the other half likes gadgets.


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Old 09-14-2009, 08:06 PM   #23
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i have a TomTom One third edition and i'm happy with it. the battery only lasts about 45 minues now but it is replaceable.

just don't to forget to update the maps as bridges do come and go!
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:09 PM   #24
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They have great deals on GPS's all the time. I'd get one like this... Gold Box: New Deals. Every Day.

until I figured out what I liked.

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Old 09-14-2009, 08:22 PM   #25
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We too have the TomTom 3rd edition. We found it on for $49.00 plus $5 dollars shipping.. Cheap enough so we bought it. I have to say i really like it too!

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Old 09-14-2009, 08:35 PM   #26
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:52 PM   #27
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We've been GPS users since the early 90's - primarily on our boat. Garmin has been our choice for stand alone systems.

Since we travel & use wifi hot spots AND like to have our gear do double duty, we bought an Acer netbook with 10" screen & 160 Gb hard drive. Cost about $329. Then, picked up Microsoft Streets & trips with USB GPS at Costco for $54.95.
The netbook is a great size for hitting the internet cafes & the screen is larger than a "normal" GPS.
We set the GPS, which is the size of a thumb drive, on the dash board. I have an USB extension cable, so positioning isn't a problem. To extend the battery life, we use one of the small 300 Watt inverters plugged into the truck's lighter socket.

Yes, the software can be set up to "talk" to us if we want. Plus, if we miss a turn, it automatically recalculates & displays the new route.

Streets & Trips also provides map routing without the GPS hooked up as well as various view options.

And, if we are stalled in a traffic jam, I can always play solitare!
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:49 PM   #28
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And I talk back too

It is kinda fun to piss off the little voice in the box...I like to imagine it is some form of government employee telling me to do something, and I go out of my way not to.

And +1 on the maps, GPS is no substitute.
A GPS system can get you really lost if it is your only means of getting somewher.
I notice this most if I fly to another city, rent a car with GPS, and use it to get to needed location...
upon arrival, I have no idea how I got there because I am watching traffic and listening.

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