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Old 12-07-2009, 03:15 PM   #29
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If you let your wife navigate then she could be giving you the turn by turn information.... though you might not be able to turn the voice off when you want to.
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:41 PM   #30
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If you let your wife navigate then she could be giving you the turn by turn information.... though you might not be able to turn the voice off when you want to.

Thanks. Now I realize I should have put my wife at the top of the list of navigational devices. Actually, she's glad she was replaced, because now I get frustrated at the machine. She's very amused by it all.
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:27 AM   #31
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Make Steve Jobs happy and get an I-phone. Something like 75,000 apps which include "google maps", "yelp", "google earth"", whatever. Plus "urban spoons", "yelp", and "around me" will give you nearest food, hospitals, etc and rate them. All you need is a cell phone tower, a couple of satellites, and you're in business (oh, and someone to ride shotgun to read everything off to you). Plus the thing can actually be used to call someone...amazing.
Not only call someone but access the web too! My IPhone out shines my Garmin in all respects and you can choose between software:

1) Magellan Roadmate
2) Navigon
3) TomTom
4) G Map

A friend of mine who is a long haul big rig driver uses this and boy am I glad he turned me on to it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #32
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I've started a thread on the various types of free, downloadable GPS maps here. I'm also pushing Oziexplorer, as usual. Ozi's new internet map capability is absolutely stunning.

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Old 01-02-2011, 03:45 PM   #33
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I bought my first Garmin in 2000, a Streetpilot, and still use it. Course it is no longer supported, but it still works just fine. I use it as a speedometer and mileage computer in our motorhome.

Now being the progressive fellow that I am, I recently purchased a new Garmin after doing some comparisons on the web. I ordered a Garmin 1490t on line from Walmart. That particular model is only sold online.

We have had it six or seven months now and it has worked flawlessly. The T stands for Traffic Advisories and on a trip to Chicago last Summer it suddenly started showing delays on our route, and as we progressed we saw the delay times diminishing until by the time we got there, they were gone. Nice feature. It would have also recommended detours if needed.

I have all the map updates as well as two suburban maps that I purchased extra, one being Chicago.

It has worked very well for us.
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:34 PM   #34
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Ten years ago, I made a trip to Cabo in a Cal 39 equipped with a state of the art GPS. i took my $99 hand held and at the end of the trip, my GPS was within 20 yards of the high dollar unit. Fast forward to today, and my confidence in a GPS is between little and none. Several years ago, there was was some controversy over the fact that national businesses were paying to have GPS routes go by banks, fast food joints and gas stations. My Garmin takes me past a Conoco station that adds two miles to the trip home. Plotting a route with a map/atlas is part of the fun. I have an iPad 3G with google maps that I can use to scope out the terrain. I have two cars with built in GPS units that have never been turned on.

Obviously, everyone who has posted here is single and drives without a spouse to tell him how to drive and where to turn!
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:38 PM   #35
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"Obviously, everyone who has posted here is single and drives without a spouse to tell him how to drive and where to turn! "

Yes -- but that option is very expensive, and it is hard to upgrade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:23 PM   #36
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I could not have said it any better. Like two female voices telling you what youir doing wrong. Opps. The girls are home. Better get outta here quick. Back to the man cave. SAL.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:13 AM   #37
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Iíll stipulate that a GPS canít be followed blindly. But the Garmin Nuvi 1490T is an awesome device that makes travel safer and more relaxing. And the perfect dash mount for a GPS is the Bracketron Nav-Mat II: http://www.bracketron.com/products/nav-mat-ii-portable-gps-dash-mount. But shop around because you can beat that price.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:42 AM   #38
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I’ll stipulate that a GPS can’t be followed blindly. But the Garmin Nuvi 1490T is an awesome device that makes travel safer and more relaxing. And the perfect dash mount for a GPS is the Bracketron Nav-Mat II: http://www.bracketron.com/products/nav-mat-ii-portable-gps-dash-mount. But shop around because you can beat that price.
I finally bought the 1450LMT. The same as 1490 but without the blue tooth.

I like the bigger screen.

It has been a big improvement over my older Garmins as far as Navigation goes. I have found the traffic information to be useful and usable in a lot more places than I expected.

The one thing I miss compared to the older garmins is the information that the older ones displayed about geographic features such as name of lakes, rivers, etc.

I think when travelling in areas that I am new to, I will use my note book computer with detailed mapping software. I have a GPS puck that I can plug into it, so it will track. I will still use the 1450 for navigation.

So far, I have been using the mouint that came with the 1450, I keep it up high near the rear view mirror. Im my truck, that keeps it in reach.

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I've had several Garmins - and loved them - but am using NAVIGON exclusivelly on my iPhone now. I get a 3D grid and have run it and the Garmin at the same time - and they're neck and neck. One thing I would suggest is NEVER go the 'shortest' route unless you want to cut through all kinds of 'iffy' roads. I try to stick with 'fastest' until I know an area. That way you end up on more maintained roadways.

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I should have also said that my dash mount is a Magellan - and has it's antenna built in - works great - and I've heard the Tom Tom also has one - but the Magellan is adjustable for allowing the case on the iPhone -

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I have to add motionX for the iPhone/iPad.

We just replaced our garmin after using the app on a trip. It navigated much better than our standalone, and adding that you are integrated with the Internet automatically made it great. I'm sure there are better units out there for a few hundred but anyone who wants to give it a shot will like the fact it's only 99 cents to try it for a month and then 20 a year if you like it.

It even integrates with music and the phone still works the whole time seamlessly.

Need a power adapter for the phone to keep the battery up.
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I love my garmin its been the best and i have 3 of them ! for the wife's car , my truck and the Bike.
had a problem with the one for my Bike and Garmin customer help was excellent it ended up being a hardware problem and i had to send it in to them and they sent me a brand new unit to replace it, i Didn't even pay for shipping.
the only real problem I have is the cost to upgrade to newer maps after the first couple years
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