Question for those with GPS units...

Discussion in 'GPS / Geocaching & Mapping Applications' started by kmh1596, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. tampajim

    tampajim New Member

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    It's not easy compairing the many many different brands due to the bells. You need to determine what options you want and go from there. My only option was the "text to speech", I didn't care much for the other options because I'm a cheapscape! I picked up a Garmin Nuvi 350 for $199.00 on Amazon. Used it last week to travel to Ga and it was great!

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  2. oak

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    Garmin Nuvi has the 200w model which can be found under 200.

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  3. snipehunter

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    We bought the Magellan 4250. It retailed for $499, we found it on Amazon for $275. I liked it because of three things: Points of Interest (very helpful for camping in unknown areas to find grocery stores, gas, restaurants, doctors), Voice commands, and it is Bluetooth compatible for hands free speaker phone.

    You can also subscribe to traffic updates and AAA roadside assistance.

    I would buy this model again. it is also a slim design, which will fit unnoticed in your front pocket. This portability is good for hiking, I can set my campsite as a way point and not worry about getting lost.

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  4. backwoodzbum

    backwoodzbum New Member

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    This place has lots of GPS info, with reviews.
    http://gpsinformation.net/

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  5. Gambit...

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    How many of you own a palm or other PDA?

    I wrap my life around mine and have done so for many a moon. So, when GPSs were around $800 for one that was worth anything, they came out with a kit for the palm from Rand McNalley for Around $300 and I went for it!
    I was hooked! Depending on which program I ran, I could use roads while driving, landmarks while flying or just have the world's best compass!

    Time moves on and so did I. The old unit moved on and the GPS option did not work with the new ones.

    I now have a bluetooth GPS ($75) which runs to my Tungsten T3. I run Mapopolis most of the time but am fiddling with Tom-Tom software.

    I bought a deluxe carholder/charger/speaker system which will fit just about anything! It charges and runs my Palm while also charging my GPS and has a wonderful sounding speaker and amp. It also runs AUX power out to two other devices if I wish, (I charge the cell phones when on the road with the AUX output), and it uses only one 12V lighter plug to do all of this.

    I leave the holder hooked up in the car and it never disapears. The Palm ALWAYS goes into my pocket. I can look up routes and addresses without the GPS hooked up and I always have it with me.
    When hiking, just throw the GPS option in my pocket and I am good to know where I am where ever I am at any time.

    Just thought I would throw another option out there for you. :)

    Kim
     
  6. irishmusic

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    Garmin Nuvi 350 here - it is the one electronic item I wouldn't be without. Watchout for theft though - thieves like GPS units!
     
  7. LynnAllen02

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    I have the "lady" in my Microsoft Streets and Trips Software. You buy her once and put her with your latest edition of Streets and Trips...

    We take the laptop with us when we travel.

    But we can pop our map into our PDA but I find it hard to read and don't bother.

    Lynn

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  8. ricstone

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    TomTom one third edition here. got it at wal-mart for under 150 bucks an works great. i can even geocache with it. but its a lot easier to cache with my hand held. we use the TT to get us as close to the cache as we can an then use the Garmin Venture HC to find it. works great for us.

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  9. Rustyk

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    I have a very expensive Lowrance GPS that works great both on the land and the water. It has a 10 gig memory for maps and 10 gigs for pictures and music(mp3) I only use 1/2 of all the features. If I have 10 places to go in 1 day I can put the places in and it will arrange the route the most efficient way to do the trip in. About a month or two ago I got a email special list from Staples in it was a Jensen for around $100.00 so I bought it. Its a great gps nothing extra just a simple go from here to there unit. Came with a mount, fabric case. and charger. We will be using it in Washington Dc. In October.

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    We have the Magellan 4250 also and love it. We have taken it to NY, Canada, Mi, OH, and all over Indiana. Has saved us many minutes and miles getting from "here to there".
     
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    I feel obligated to chime in as I am overloaded in GPSr's and mapping software.

    We have two Nuvi 200's in our house. (One just wasn't enough! lol)

    I also have a hand-held Garmin 60CSX with mapping software. The 60CSX (handheld) can do everything that my Nuvi can do except speak. (It beeps.) It can find all the POIs like a Nuvi and can even find addresses.

    I do use my Nuvi 200 in the car and the 60CSX for Geocaching. In the event of detours and/or road closing, I find it easier to look at the maps on my 60CSX to figure out a way around it. (Nuvi will just keep trying to reroute you back to the original route.)

    It's a bit of overkill, but it works well for me.

    And just as a side note: You can load custom POIs to the Nuvi. For any Geocaches, you can use GSAK (a Geocaching software program) to export to the Nuvi.

    Personally speaking, I prefer the 200 over the text-to-speech models. I've been with friends who have the higher end models and I find the way that the speech works to be annoying. (Like those weather warning computer-generated voices.) The 200 suits my purposes very well and can be purchased for less than $200.
     
  12. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    As I had mentioned, I ended up picking up a Nuvi 750.. This thing is awesome! I'm glad I researched it instead of just buying the first or second one I saw. Not to mention the $299 price tag of a ~$500 GPS! Go NewEgg! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

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