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Old 09-15-2009, 12:07 AM   #29
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I know, I know, we are probably one of the last kids on the block without one...so I figured I'd ask all of you that already have them for some info. Mr.InsideOut would normally be the one shopping for this - but he has a birthday coming up and I want to surprise him - but I have no clue...

Garmin, TomTom, Magellan...so what's the difference and what makes one better than the other? What models/features do you find most helpful? Which features do you think are more trouble than they are worth?

Cost isn't so much an issue - I'm more concerned about "bang for the buck" and ease of use. Right now we use our iPhones - but I think it's time to get something with a bit more "ooomph".

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...

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I'm seriously considering this program for my iPhone. Plus, with what I've read about it, it does not require a cell phone signal to work. It's also just been updated and gets better reviews than the Tom Tom version:

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Old 09-15-2009, 12:45 AM   #30
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We love our Garmin Nuvi.
It is so much better than the built-in system we had in our Armada.
That was such an awful experience that we didn't even put a built-in GPS on our option wish list when we were shopping for our GMC 2500.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:23 PM   #31
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ToTom now has an app for your iPhone. But I assume it needs a phone signal for the data.
Sam and I both have TomToms- got them originally because Garmin didn't play well with a Mac, but I think that has changed.
I do some work with TomTom - the TomTom for iPhone comes with its own maps, so unlike Google Maps or other mapping iPhone applications, the routing works even if you lose your phone signal.

In October, TomTom is releasing a Car Kit for iPhone, which acts as a mount while optimizing GPS reception (especially in areas where GPS is limited) and sound quality of the TomTom for iPhone.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:29 PM   #32
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In October, TomTom is releasing a Car Kit for iPhone, which acts as a mount while optimizing GPS reception (especially in areas where GPS is limited) and sound quality of the TomTom for iPhone.
Sounds interesting, unfortunately, I will be buying one before then...thanks anyways!

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Old 09-15-2009, 04:17 PM   #33
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I'm seriously considering this program for my iPhone. Plus, with what I've read about it, it does not require a cell phone signal to work. It's also just been updated and gets better reviews than the Tom Tom version:

iPhone Navigator

Yes, after being impressed with the locater software on our IPhone (and we've been in some remote areas) we will get the Navigon app. It's a no brainer.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:43 PM   #34
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IMHO - Garmin is the only way to go. westmarine.com the nuvi 255W is a good basic model in the $190 price range.
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Shoulda run a poll?

FWIW we have several different units available for use in our company vehicles, most of us prefer the Garmin Nuvi units, those are the ones that are always gone. If you snooze you get stuck with whatever is left

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:27 PM   #36
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We have a Nuvi 350 & 360 and are very pleased with these units. We have found the Garmins to be very user friendly. Earlier this year I had a problem with one of our Nuvi's and contacted the Garmin website for assistance. We sent our unti to them for repairs and it was promply returned back to us at no charge. This unit was a factory overhauled unit when I purchased it. I can't say enough good things about their service department.
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Shoulda run a poll?
I thought about it...but when I started the thread I wasn't even sure where to begin. I still feel a bit confused with all the different models within the Garmin line...too many specifics with all the different models to run a poll...it seems just about everyone has a different model - some not available any more.

Oh well, I have decided on a Garmin - now it's just narrowing it down to which one - specifically. It's time to go shopping at the stores & noodle around with them. At least now - I have a better idea and a smaller target. Thanks all!

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I thought about it...but when I started the thread I wasn't even sure where to begin. I still feel a bit confused with all the different models within the Garmin line...too many specifics with all the different models to run a poll...it seems just about everyone has a different model - some not available any more.

Oh well, I have decided on a Garmin - now it's just narrowing it down to which one - specifically. It's time to go shopping at the stores & noodle around with them. At least now - I have a better idea and a smaller target. Thanks all!

Shari
Hey Shari,

You may find the Garmin website useful. They have a section titled "User Type" that may be beneficial, and you can also compare different models online. To me picking the "Right" one was sort of like trying to pick out computers, digital cameras, televisions, or mobile phones...Just too many dang choices.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134

Click on the "User Type" button located on the lefthand side of the screen for some selection assistance.

I purchased my first one from the GPS Store. www.thegpsstore.com, as did my Dad (two). The others were bought using AMEX Membership Rewards Points.


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Old 09-16-2009, 09:39 AM   #39
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You may find the Garmin website useful. <snip>...Just too many dang choices.
Been there, done that...that's why I posted the question ~

Thanks - the search is not over yet...I have until the end of the month - I'll post what I decide on. The most difficult thing is trying to get away to shop in person - we work together, carpool most days, restore & play together on the weekends - almost 24/7...that's why I start planning early!

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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".


When I bought my Land Cruiser it had built-in GPS. It was my first experience with this technology. I was in San Antonio on the way home with my new wheels, trying to figure out the GPS while navigating the traffic. I missed a turn & gave a 4 letter expletive that begins with an "s" and ends with a "t". A voice stated, "I do not recognize that command." I turned it off & laughed the rest of the way home.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:39 PM   #41
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Two of my kids in addition to myself use 3 of the Garmin Nuvi 750 units. We all like them. My one son currently stationed in San Diego opted for a Nuvi 760 for the Bluetooth feature and traffic alerts. He loves his.
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I missed a turn & gave a 4 letter expletive that begins with an "s" and ends with a "t". A voice stated, "I do not recognize that command." I turned it off & laughed the rest of the way home.
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