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Old 04-18-2013, 09:55 AM   #15
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

We use a Garmin Nuvi 660 that we have had for over 7 years. We have updated it regularly, having purchased lifetime updates from Garmin several years ago. We have used our Garmin extensively all over the United Stated. It has been spot on with a couple of rare exceptions. What we like about this unit is that we can use an external antenna which allows us to mount the unit low on the dashboard and still get superb reception. With the external antenna, even short tunnels do not interrupt reception.

We have shopped newer Garmins in recent years, but decided to stick with the 660 because the newer unit no longer accommodate the external antenna.

We have been very satisfied with this unit for a very long time. When we bought our 660 in 2005, it cost over $700. It was one of the most expensive units on the market at that time. Now you can find them on Ebay for around $150. I'm thinking about buying a second 660 for our alternate tow vehicle.

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:56 AM   #16
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I decided on the NAVIGON app for iPhone. Nice interface and included map updates. A little pricey, but included the map updates. I considered it a better deal than the Garmin app with its charges for updates. You know, pay a little more up front, but benefit in the long run.

After a recent app update, when I start NAVIGON I see the splash screen that says "NAVIGON a GARMIN brand". I also now have the option to buy as an in-app purchase "FreshMaps XL North America" for $39.99. So much for the updates that were a part of my decision.

I still like the app, but I am furious with NAVIGON for selling out to Garmin. I haven't dropped the $39.99 for FreshMaps either. (The $39.99 is only for two years)
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Thanks for all the rapid responses. I have used my iPhone quite a bit, but wasn't sure if the larger screen would be an advantage.

I do like the turn by turn voice announced feature that the iPhone offers, but again was thinking that perhaps there was a better mouse trap. I will probably stick with my iPhone.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #18
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Glad we could help. I also travel solo and like the voice command, but nothing replaces a good review of the route ahead of the adventure which, for me is half the fun! Safe travels.
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Howdy!

We fulltime and for a couple of years now I have been using the androd app Co-pilot live usa on my tablet and smartphone for all our GPS needs. Co-pilot also has a RV setting I use. I like using my Samsung tablets large screen for the GPS. Nice part is you don't need a data connection with Co-pilot as the maps are download to the device. Don't see a reason to buy another stand alone GPS if you have a tablet or smartphone these days. I use a lot other apps in the day to day use RVing.

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Old 04-18-2013, 02:44 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the rapid responses. I have used my iPhone quite a bit, but wasn't sure if the larger screen would be an advantage.

I do like the turn by turn voice announced feature that the iPhone offers, but again was thinking that perhaps there was a better mouse trap. I will probably stick with my iPhone.
Smartphones work well for GPS in your home country but not good if you cross a border.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #21
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I did not read all the postings here but I just bought a Garmin NUVI 2557LMT and I love it. I was using a Garmin Street Pilot 330 for years, seven to be exact, and wanted to stay with a Garmin product. I also have a Garmin 60Csx, which is a handheld unit, that we use for Geocaching also with the life time maps update feature. I love their products and service (never needed to send in a unit but I have called regarding a couple of issues.) In addition Google maps will directly upload address information to the Garmin products so you can look up addresses using Google maps and upload that information to the GPS. Love it!!!
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Smartphones work well for GPS in your home country but not good if you cross a border.
Why?

One plus to the Navigon app is that it has other countries. (It originated in Germany) I have Navigon USA, but there is a Navigon North America option that should take care of most border crossings if you're starting from the US.

I will admit that I've never tried the other options, though.
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I picked up a Garmin Nuvi 50 LM new for less than $100. This is a great 5" unit without a lot of bells and whistles but on the other hand all I want is to get from point A to point B. I do have the lifetime map upgrades and we have done either 3 or 4 upgrades to this date. Here's a link to some info. Look around on the Internet and I'm sure you can find one for a minimal price.

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Current product review by PC Mag.
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The Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD ($379.99 direct) is the best automotive GPS navigation device you can buy today. While the market for standalone devices has stagnated and even contracted in recent years, there's still plenty of demand—especially at bargain prices. That's not the 3597LMTHD's mission; instead, it advances the state of the art with its magnetic mount, glass capactive screen, and beautiful 3D lane assistance, so it's our Editors' Choice for high-end GPS devices. If you're willing to shell out the cash, the nüvi 3597LMTHD is the best add-on car navigation device you'll find.
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CR gives the highest rating currently to the Garmin Nuvi 3590LMT.

Sounds similar to the one you discussed above, if only by going by model numbers.

Here's the summary:
The Nuvi 3590LMT provides a very clear and sensitive touch-screen display packaged in a thin sleek design. A new software interface has a bit of a learning curve. Overall, it improves methods for performing common tasks, and it adds functionality with historic and user specific traffic data, as well as voice-recognition capability. Improved graphics include the option to view landscapes in 3D. This unit is traffic capable, receiving information through HD radio transmission. This method allows for more data, such as secondary road coverage, to be packaged with the traffic information. We have found limited reception and weak signal strength.
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Hey Protagonist...how about those tornadoes in Metairie? Airstream fare ok?
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