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Old 11-20-2006, 12:14 AM   #29
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After much consideration and review of the info provided on the Forums, I am zeroing in on a Garmin Nuvi 360. Does anyone have any info on or experience with this model?
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Old 11-20-2006, 12:28 AM   #30
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I'm trying to decide on the Nuvi-350, latest technology $500. Or a StreetPilot C340 older technology and around $350 on black friday sale.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:42 AM   #31
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I'm trying to decide on the Nuvi-350, latest technology $500. Or a StreetPilot C340 older technology and around $350 on black friday sale.
Tim- check-out www.buydig.com; I have found the best price on all the Garmins there. There is also no shipping and no tax.
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Hey folks, I'm suprised nobody is following up on the post about the DeLorme mapping software on board hooks up to your laptop it is under $100 complete.

A few things to consider...

1: The larger the display, the quicker you can read it and the more info on it
(Laptops are a lot larger than stand alone display wise)

2: With the laptop you can unhook the GPS, and go sit in a Flying-J restaurant or other restaurant or back at your table or ... Well.. .Wherever

And re-do your routing. With a mounted stand alone GPS this is not so easy.

3:"The laptop can connect to the internet (See flying-j) and download construction updates

4: The laptop can print maps and routes for others to follow

Why spend $350-500 on the other brands am I missing something, is there something wrong with the DeLorme software?
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Old 11-20-2006, 05:44 PM   #33
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We have been using our GPS software with our laptop and our pocket PC's. We are just not satisfied with all the wires involved and the size of the laptop. That's why we have been shopping a self-contained unit
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:03 PM   #34
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Have you thought about making a laptop bracket to keep it in place.

See http://www.autolaptoplinkinc.com/
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:50 PM   #35
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I'm trying to decide on the Nuvi-350, latest technology $500. Or a StreetPilot C340 older technology and around $350 on black friday sale.
I have the Nuvi and have enjoyed it. It really annoys me though is that it does not come with any knid a manual. And it does not give longitutde/lattitude which is annoying too. It is small though and easy to read and hear.
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Tim- check-out www.buydig.com; I have found the best price on all the Garmins there. There is also no shipping and no tax.
Thanks for the tip. That is the same Black Friday price that Best Buy is supposed to be offering.

If we can't grab one at Best Buy, we'll check into it.
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Hey folks, I'm suprised nobody is following up on the post about the DeLorme mapping software on board hooks up to your laptop it is under $100 complete.

A few things to consider...

1: The larger the display, the quicker you can read it and the more info on it
(Laptops are a lot larger than stand alone display wise)

2: With the laptop you can unhook the GPS, and go sit in a Flying-J restaurant or other restaurant or back at your table or ... Well.. .Wherever

And re-do your routing. With a mounted stand alone GPS this is not so easy.

3:"The laptop can connect to the internet (See flying-j) and download construction updates

4: The laptop can print maps and routes for others to follow

Why spend $350-500 on the other brands am I missing something, is there something wrong with the DeLorme software?
I'm on my fourth year with the DeLorme software using a laptop mounted on the center console - having updated yearly. I've got nothing but praise for the software and the whole setup. What I appreciate most is that the screen is large enough to easily see what's going on for a considerable distance around me - and then it dramatically increases the scale automatically as I approach involved intersections. The 2007 version will download to palm pilots and the like - plus it comes with a good supply of selectable aerial photos for frequently visited areas. The voice directions are good and very clear. I often get a kick talking back to "Mary" - especially when she very rarely goofs up! I normally use the high contrast colors and dim the screen at night. The ease of normal routing - as well as selecting custom routing - is a snap! The GPS readily locks on and it is steady as a rock - with the exception of a few areas I've encountered from time to time.
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Do you have the topo add-on?

The demo on their site is really nice.
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Check this topo out here

they also have a built in almanac, every gas station & hospital shows up and when you need fuel, also shows the Walmarts

With the Blue tooth version you can put the gps in your pocket (about the size of a cell phone) and hike around with your palm.

All the bells and whistles $249
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Do you have the topo add-on?

The demo on their site is really nice.
I haven't coughed up the extra dollars for the topo add-on - but there have been times, when I've been in some interesting mountain terrain, where it would have been appreciated. The seamless integration of the aerial photos and the maps is really neat when you head off into the boonies. I use the aerial photos to study the terrain around my kids camp in the Adirondacks - which is located many miles off of the travelled way.
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I got into using a GPS system about five years ago. After much research I chose a Garmin eTrex Vista, because I thought the primary use was going to be hiking. I quickly found out that using one for auto navigation had a lot of benefits, especially when you get the question, "How long before we get there?" I tried using the Vista for on-the-road navigation, and while it worked, the small screen was hard to read.

I purchased a used Garmin Streetpilot off eBay, and loaded it with the current maps from Garmin. This worked better, but the old Streetpilots didn't have auto-rerouting, so you would only get point-to-point routes instead of on-road routes, but you could always find where you were on the map.

I eBay'd that unit off, and purchased a Streetpiolet 2610 (now discontinued but still supported by Garmin) from this site http://www.gpsdiscount.com/ I purchased a rebuilt unit at a good discount. I have always had good luck with rebuilt electronics, as these are usually DOA items that have made another trip to the factory and are now tested to make sure everything works. My 2610 has provided faithful service for three years now.

The 2610 sits in its "beanbag" mount on the dash of my truck, out of the way. The portable beanbag mount is great because I can move it to other vehicles, rental cars, etc. I don't have room (don't want to make room) for a laptop up front--probably spill coffee in it anyway.

My advice? Pick a GPS designed for only for a single application (road navigation, hiking/geocaching, boating, aviation). Each application has specific things that are needed, and multi-purpose units are always a compromise of something.

Here's a great website to help you make a decision: http://www.gpsinformation.net/ I can't imagine traveling without mine now.
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I have to agree with Bob about the Delorme package. Load the software into your laptop, plan your route when ever you want; look for campgrounds, Wal*Marts, gas stations etc. You can do all this anytime, anywhere. You can even plug in how much fuel ou carry, your MPG and it will tell you when and where to fuel up. A whole bunch of really cool stuff. Onece you get on the road, just plug in your GPS receiver and you are live. The con: large lap-top to deal with. PROS, work on your route anytime, large screen and really easy to use. Sandi used it for our 6K mile trip this year and not one problem.
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