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GPS---What to get? by hugh
Started on: 07-30-2006 08:14 AM
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Report this Post07-30-2006 08:14 AM Click Here to See the Profile for hughClick Here to Email hughSend a Private Message to hughDirect Link to This Post
I've wanted a GPS for a while.I plan on retiring after labor day and may do some traveling.I've done some reading and it seems that Garmin has a good selection of units.Since I have never had one,I probably could get by just fine without one,but I would like to have one because of their ability to tell me the location of restaurants,drug stores,drag race facilities,etc. in areas that I'm not familiar with.If anyone here has experience with GPS use I would appreciate any help you give.
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Report this Post07-30-2006 08:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PhilClick Here to Email PhilSend a Private Message to PhilDirect Link to This Post
I have an older (4 years old) Garmin Street Pilot and it's great for that kind of stuff . The only drawback is that Garmin and most likely all other makers charge dearly for map updates. Garmin wants $140 for their latest version of the mapsets. While traveling one push of a button and it gives you all the nearby attractions, hotels, gas stations, repair shops and resturants. Make sure your unit has an automatic route recalculate feature, comes in real handy if you hit a big traffic jam.
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Report this Post07-30-2006 11:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for gixxerClick Here to Email gixxerSend a Private Message to gixxerDirect Link to This Post
Have a new Tomtom 510. The route calculations are a lot smarter than a friends nav system in a newer Acura. A friend who tried my unit out, then turned around and got a Tomtom 910, then went to Hawaii with it. Don't know how she likes it 'tho.
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Report this Post07-30-2006 02:35 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Stript96Send a Private Message to Stript96Direct Link to This Post
We have 2 garmins here and I used to sell Garmin, Magellan, TOMTOM, and Lowrance. Garmin is the best system IMO I have a quest which is a few year old model small screen color talking display works wonderfully and comes with the streets software. Has plenty of options from speed, drive/arrival time, to elevation (useful here in CO). My wife has the Garmin Streetpilot 330c I believe is the number. That is a touch screen unit that comes preloaded with the roads software. That unit can find you any resturaunt gas station etc within 50 miles also. If you want italian food tap italian it gives you all the resturants in the area that serve italian, greek same deal its a very useful tool. I would never travel without one anymore, its so simple and can autmatically re route if you chose to take a different road. I highly reccomend Garmin we had so many Magellan systems returned due to manufacturing failures etc. By far for the simples use the larger touch screen garmins are worth every penny.

I do not work for garmin lol I swear!!!

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Report this Post07-30-2006 10:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Darth88FormulaClick Here to visit Darth88Formula's HomePageClick Here to Email Darth88FormulaSend a Private Message to Darth88FormulaDirect Link to This Post
so, not really trying to hijack this thread, but you don't see many people on here from Rochester, let alone Spencerport. So, Stript, where exactly are you located?? And what do ya got??
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Report this Post07-30-2006 11:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for sostockSend a Private Message to sostockDirect Link to This Post
Rand McNally laminated road atlas.
$40
stop at gas station, fuel, 16 oz soda, pack of smokes.
$42.58
advice from cashier about best place to eat in town.
Priceless.

life's a journey, not a destination.
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Report this Post07-31-2006 12:33 AM Click Here to See the Profile for VonovClick Here to Email VonovSend a Private Message to VonovDirect Link to This Post
Not to dispute what Chris said, but my Magellan Meridian Gold has proven to be rugged and reliable. For $200 plus another hundred for the MapSend software (DON'T buy software or SD memory cards from Magellan, it's a huge ripoff) it's been a marvel. Being a handheld unit (I fabbed a mount for mine in my Fiero), the interface isn't quite as driver-friendly as some, but the level of detail in the maps is astonishing. When a turn is coming up, it begins a slow beep, when the turn is imminent, the beep doubles in speed, with a graphic display that looks like the road/intersection/interchange you are on/approaching, and the route you are taking highlighted. If you miss your turn or have to detour, it will find you an alternate route in almost every case. Once you get used to using it (takes maybe a half hour to learn, sitting down with the manual and the unit, it's all menu-driven) it's a breeze. The speedometer function is especially nice for checking your actual speed, within a tenth of a mile per hour. I bought a 512mb SD memory card for mine, I've loaded maybe 20% of the card's capacity, and have detail maps for most of the eastern U.S. in the unit, and all major highways nationwide.
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Report this Post07-31-2006 07:58 AM Click Here to See the Profile for hughClick Here to Email hughSend a Private Message to hughDirect Link to This Post
Sostock,If you can find a cashier who speaks English good enough so that you can understand.I agree,life is a journey,so why not make it as easy as possible?
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Report this Post07-31-2006 08:11 AM Click Here to See the Profile for blackramsClick Here to Email blackramsSend a Private Message to blackramsDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by sostock:
Rand McNally laminated road atlas.
$40
stop at gas station, fuel, 16 oz soda, pack of smokes.
$42.58
advice from cashier about best place to eat in town.
Priceless.
life's a journey, not a destination.


I have to agree with this, being a former artillery observer and Scout Pilot (navigate by reading the terrain and man made landmarks), I find these devices to be dumbing down. Don't get me wrong, I recognize not everyone has these skills and sincerely believe I'd rather have those folks taking directions from a device (audio) than have their heads down trying to read a map or reading directions while trying to drive. Yes, I know, I'm an old fogie. I know, it's not as easy when downtown in larger cities, but that's what makes it more satisfying when arriving on time at the destination. I do get lost once in a while, I admit but, that is part of the journey.

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Report this Post07-31-2006 12:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PyrthianClick Here to Email PyrthianSend a Private Message to PyrthianDirect Link to This Post
www.GPScity.com
is a good place to look for what is available
I also think the Garmin's are the best available
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Report this Post07-31-2006 02:13 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonDirect Link to This Post
I liked Garmin. I now have Navman. Bigest screen and ez to use Ive seen are what some of my vette clubs guys have are Lowrance...but then there mostly dumb or blind. The only problem I have with the navman is I cant go online to update new roads...have to buy a new SD card for $100.
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Report this Post09-19-2006 07:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Jake_DragonSend a Private Message to Jake_DragonDirect Link to This Post
Did you get one yet?
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Report this Post09-19-2006 09:23 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Kameo KidSend a Private Message to Kameo KidDirect Link to This Post
https://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?promotion=8684žion=10121

if you have a laptop this is the berries. i bought mine at Staples for about $90

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Originally posted by Kameo Kid:

https://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?promotion=8684žion=10121

if you have a laptop this is the berries. i bought mine at Staples for about $90


microsoft streets and trips is good too. I love my laptop setup. Its cheap (if you have a laptop) and after you purchase the usb gps you only have to buy... the software.


Congrats on the retirement. I have another 24.93 years till retirement.
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Report this Post09-19-2006 11:37 PM Click Here to See the Profile for isthiswhereiputausername?Send a Private Message to isthiswhereiputausername?Direct Link to This Post
We use MS streets as well, pretty sweet setup with a laptop.
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Report this Post09-19-2006 11:39 PM Click Here to See the Profile for proffClick Here to visit proff's HomePageClick Here to Email proffSend a Private Message to proffDirect Link to This Post
my 2 cents worth
garmin is the best in the USA
the best value for money is Garmin
not the same for Australia.
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