GPS for Christmas gift/Need suggestions

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  1. awsandlin

    awsandlin Active Member

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    My wife has many wonder qualities. However, she is directionally challenged. She could get lost backing out of the driveway.

    I am thinking about getting her a hand held GPS for street directions. Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, once you by one of these, is there some type of monthly fee to use it?

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah

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  2. twoxover

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    Last Christmas my husband bought me a garmin nuvi--it mounts to the windshield via suction cup. I live in NJ, and travel the State, as well as down to MD for business. I am NOTORIOUS for getting lost in Jersey City....with the garmin, i've not gotten lost once.

    what i would say, is that it's great once you are IN an area...but sometimes, to get there, it wants to take you stupid ways <g>....you'll get there, but if you know the quicker way...well, you disagree! an example...It wants to take me the "long" way to get to the NJ turnpike...but, i know better..so i go how i want, and once i'm in the general area, it's excellent.

    there's no monthly fee.

    betsey
     
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    i am going to watch this thread as I too want a hand held for geocaching.. i heard the new iphone has gps so more than one bird killed with one stone.

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    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    If you're looking for a good deal, check out your local 7-Eleven. Many are carrying a Nextar GPS for only $99. Not every store has them, and quantities are limited.


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    Because I'm a known wanderer, a few years back I wanted a TomTom, my FIL & MIL had sent me a large check for Christmas, my husband suggested he match the check and we purchased it.
    Since then I have driven to Indiana and back twice, wandered the country sides in MA, went on hiking trips in NH, found Craigcrew in Eastern MA where I picked up my camper, found deserted points to launch my night time kayaking trips. I've taken it on my lunc walks to map out distances so I know how far I'm going and how fast I need to go to always make it back before lunch is over.
    I know a few people with in car gps systems, they tell me they paid lots of money to install them. But the nice thing about mine is I bring it inside to my computer to update it or into my husbands truck if we are all going with him.
    I'm not sure of the others but I do love mine and won't go anywhere without it

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    For great deals on Black Friday for GPS units monitor this site.

    http://tinyurl.com/6pvdgw

    I'm thinking of getting one, at $100 there are a lot of choices. I've got a handheld Garmin GPS 12 and it has performed well over the years so I amy get myself a Nuvi for the car.

    Alan

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  7. dirt4dinner

    dirt4dinner Hopin' parts don't fall off!

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    I have thought many times about picking up a GPS for the car, but I have had terrific luck with the built in GPS in my cell phone. I have Verizon, and their VZNavigator is terrific. Most cell phone companies off some variety of GPS with most of the bells and whistles the big units have. Mine has local search, weather, gas prices, movie theater times, and turn by turn directions complete with audible street names. It might be a more economic option at $10/ month for unlimited use. Just another idea.

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    yeah well i want one that can store cache locations. go to a website... download a few coordinates.

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    Thank each of you for the suggestions. I have a hand held I use for hiking, but it does not do any road maps like what I am needing for my wife.

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah
     
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    jtuc1 Northeast Alabama

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    I have a Garmin GPSMap 76. I like it a lot. It is hand held, so I can take it hiking. It is waterproof, so I can take it kayaking. It has downloadable maps, so I can take it in the car too.

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    My husband has a Garmin that he uses for geocaching but it does not do street maps well enough for car navigation so I have a TomTom for that. My TomTom would probably not do as well though for geocaching. I have been very happy with my TomTom. We bought it after trying the Garmin and the Magellan but found that the interface with TomTom was far more intuitive.

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    My wife has many wonder qualities. However, she is directionally challenged. She could get lost backing out of the driveway.

    I am thinking about getting her a hand held GPS for street directions. Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, once you by one of these, is there some type of monthly fee to use it?

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah

    Edited by - Digger on November 22 2008 10:53:36
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    Allen
    I'm recommending the Garmin 350, although I only had mine for a couple of months until someone took it out of my console and stole it. When I started researching GPS's, I was amazed at all the different models, feature and prices. I recommend you research the different features and then zero in on a model. I settled down with two requirements, a Garmin (which I believe is the best) and text to speech with street names. I ended up with a Garmin 350 for just under $200 on Amazon. It's a basic unit with not a lot of thrills. I just needed a unit that had excellent and updated maps (a Garmin trait) and voice to text so I could keep my eyes on the road and not on the GPS. The menu is very easy to maneuver and gets excellent reception even in downtown areas where tall building will block some others. Hope this helps.....

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    These are great tips and very helpful. Thanks to all.

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah
     
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    I've got a Lowrance iFinder Expedition C GPS. Here's a review http://www.gpsinformation.org/Lowrance/Expedition/Expedition.html
    I can store hundreds, (if not thousands) of Gps locations in it. So many that I can't see the map underneath. But it's easy to turn off the waypoints and then it's a great map for navigation of city streets.

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    I have been really happy with my Tom Tom. it is the only in car unit I have tried, but for the money at the time it was rated the best. this was about 18 or so months ago and I know you can get a better model for the same money now.

    I have a hand held Garmin and I always wonder how people use them hiking? I can never get a clear shot at the open sky long enough to ever make the thing worth using.

    Bob('63) & Becky('78)
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    armyguy US [USA]

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    I have a MIO DigiWalker (180.00) and bought my DD a Tom Tom (180.00). I love the digi as its interface is simple and it says the name of the road. The Tom Tom was a bit small on the screen. The Mio digi is designed to take with you on those hikes as well as in the car, I always have 8-9 satelites it is tracking in any given location. Just MHO

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    wiscgeocamper Waukesha, WI

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    I have the Garmin Nuvi 660 and I couldn't be happier with it. This last Labor Day, I purchased the European chip on Ebay and took it to Italy, near Sienna. It knew every highway, road, side road, and path. It took us to grocery stores, gas stations, and vineyards. From our villa near Sienna, we travelled to Cinque Terre, Florence, the Chianti region, and Rome...well enough about the trip.
    If you have the address, it'll take you there. No monthly fee, everything is contained in it's database. They're really very easy to use. It's prompting me to buy the updated database but I think it's good until next year, the update is around $50-$55/per year. I can't recommend it enough if you have someone that is directionally challenged.

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    jenmel Hudson Valley, NY

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    We have a Garmin too (affectionally known as "Jill" in our house). I highly recommend getting a GPS with Text-to-speech that speaks the street names, not just tells you to turn. It says, "turn left onto Main Street", or whatever. It's very helpful.

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  19. pixel

    pixel Campers: Nature's way of feeding mosquitoes. Unkn.

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    I love my garmin nuvi. It is the one that has the voice turn by turn actions.

    You can download different vehicle styles, you can also download different voices. We just use it out of the box. There are settings that you can change the shortest, fastest route; or even if you are on streets or a pedestrian (does not work well for hiking). There are other Garmin products that work awesome for hiking.

    We have named it "Nuvi" and the kids think it is funny when we get her mad. Be fore warned.... try not to make her mad at you. She does not like "recalulating."

    We do not like to get her mad at us.

    You may find yourself doing at your next legal opportunity a very very sharp L/R turn...

    We like to keep Nuvi happy. We follow her and she does a wonderful job guiding us.
    OOPS.... "RECALULATING......." hehe

    They are worth every penny! Especially when trailering in strange places. It will also be fun listening to Nuvi.

    My kids get a HUGE laugh at it.

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    I have a Garmin Nuvi GPS, think I got it off of Ebay while drinking. How in the hell did Patton and the Third Army function without these things.?
     

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