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8/18/09 2:22 P

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My GPS in include as software in my cell phone. I just type (I can just speak it too)in where I want to go, hit Go. It asks me if I want fastest, shortest, streets, or freeway routes. Then starts at where ever I'm at and gives me turn by turn voice plus shows a moving map. I love it.

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8/18/09 12:04 P

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the only problem with having the built in one is when someone breaks your window and then crowbar's it out of your dashboard, it's just that much more expensive to replace.

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8/18/09 11:57 A

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I think attaching something to the windshield in Illinois is 'technically' illegal, but I don't think it's enforced.

One reason I picked the model I did was b/c it could be used for hiking too. I think it would be handy for help if getting lost when hiking. BUT I had hoped to be able to use it for walking too -- knowing distance and speed. I'm hoping the distance is correct, but the walking speed is not accurate. If you watch it while walking, you'll see it jumping all over the place .... 3.2 to 0.0 to 1.2 to 3.8 .... all over the place, so getting home and looking at my average speed would not be a good gauge of how I did. LOL - guess I'll have to continue to do the math or use the online calculators ;)

I'd love to check out that Volt too. But I agree $40k is out of my price range. I just got a Toyota Highlander Hybrid (used) earlier this year. It comes no where near the Prius, but does really well for an SUV. Unfortunately I have a large dog, and a dog crate (that he'll fit in) won't fit in just any vehicle.

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8/18/09 11:33 A

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Built-in is certainly quite attractive, especially since Priuses have that multi-function display that's not doing a whole lot otherwise. (Yep, probably going to get another Prius when it's time. I'd love to get a Volt, but not at $40k!) But when the built-in GPS option is $1000, and you can get a portable for $200, you really have to think about it.

In Minnesota, it's illegal to suction-cup a GPSR (or anything else) to the windshield, and my dashboard isn't smooth enough to stick it there, so I usually wind up wedging the unit into a cupholder. Which is dumb, because then I have to take my eyes off the road to look at it.

Also, I don't really understand why my portable GPSR takes so long to acquire satellites, or loses them so readily, and the one that's built into the van is ready to go almost immediately, and almost never loses the signal.

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8/18/09 11:25 A

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I'd vote for built in. The theft rate is so high that I don't like to leave it in the vehicle 'just in case' AND I worry a little about the summer heat melting its innards.

I can read a map... and it's a good idea to double check the device when possible, but overall I LOVE it !!!

One funny mishap; I used it a week or so ago to take me to someone's farm about an hour north of here. I didn't take the time to Google it or check a map. I told it to take me the 'fastest' route. Oh my !!! it took me on so many back roads (dirt roads, etc). I thought 'wow, this person is REALLY in the booneys'. THEN I checked Google maps on my phone and found that I could have taken Interstate to within about 10 miles of the place, then a black top state route, to within about a 1/2 mile of the farm... and the dirt road the last 1/2 mile. !!!

Anyway.... It was definitely not the fastest route ;) and I felt like sucha sucker ;-)

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8/18/09 10:11 A

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It's really not about whether you can read a map. I can read maps just fine, and even know how to fold them. But the map doesn't tell me where the nearest gas station is, or how far to a good pad Thai restaurant, and it takes up a lot less space than my briefcase full of Jeppeson's for each city I might drive through.

My GPSRs have saved my bacon more times than I care to recall, by letting me reroute around a traffic backup, or showing me an alternative way to get somewhere when the roads were under construction. I could probably get by without one, but I'd prefer not to. The big questions is, will the next car have it built-in, or will I buy a portable one to stow in the glove box when it's not in use?

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7/21/09 8:58 A

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I went with the Garmin 550 b/c it is water resistant and has walking/hiking/etc. modes as well. We used it on vacation and it was wonderful having IT watch for our next turn so that we could just enjoy the ride.

I also like that it tells us the speed limit as well. So if you miss the sign, you can just look at the GPS (except for all the construction zones, of course)

I did find that I had to add in extra stopping points a time or two to get it to take the route 'I' wanted to take.

Overall... I'm so glad I got it, but also glad I took a map with me as well.

Thanks everyone for the great advice.

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7/9/09 6:37 P

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I can't give advice on which to buy, but I can vouch for their usefulness. My van came with one built-in, and even though now about 4 years later my maps are kind of out of date, I still use it all the time and wouldn't go without on any future vehicle. The good news about the ones you all are talking about is that they are easy to update. I could buy a new DVD for the one in my van but Honda apparently charges upwards of $200 for it, and I am cheap!

I even use mine around town, just to watch the map and look for different routes, nevermind turning on the nagging voice. I only use that when I need specific directions to someplace I don't know well.

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7/9/09 12:23 A

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Lemme tell you, if I ever do a long road trip alone again, I'm gettin' me a GPS. When you're driving by yourself, you can't read the road map. Any time I missed an exit or just wasn't sure I'd taken the right one, I had to pull off the highway to check the map. I'd've been right pleased to have that annoying voice telling me "recalculating," as long as she then told me how to get back to the on-ramp.

No matter how careful you are, you WILL miss your exit at least once or twice on a long trip, either because they hide the signs in the bridge rafters (Cincinnati), or they tell you "Exit 101A, left 2 lanes" but only one lane actually exits (Columbus, where they also have two exit 101A's), or because you pull over for an ambulance and then a trucker (with the "How's my driving" phone number spray-painted over) deliberately blocks you from getting back on. Or because they just don't bother with signs (Memphis).



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6/24/09 11:48 A

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Dee,

Let us know which one you buy. I think I'll be buying one for my brother for Christmas. I'm running out of ideas for gifts and a GPS would be a great present.

Now, you do have to be careful. GPS units have a high theft rate. So, if you buy one make sure it's one you can take off it's mount for safe keeping.



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6/24/09 9:42 A

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I can read a map too, but have seen that they're really great for locating what you're looking for when traveling --- when taveling to a dog show w/someone w/a GPS... we were able to locate a pet store, and other businesses.

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6/24/09 8:42 A

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I have a handheld GPS I use for hikes in our mountains. Combined with a compass and topographical map, they are a tremendous help to knowing where you are and how to get to where you want to be.
I have never used one in a car and don't see any need for it. I can use a street map and get around fine, but in the mountains, it's very handy to have one.

I've also had some fun using it for a geocaching game.
Mine is an inexpensive Magellan explorist 200. It's limited in features but does a good job for keeping me out of trouble while hiking our rugged mountains in Utah.


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6/24/09 7:47 A

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Thanks Joey. I did look at them side by side and couldn't see any real difference. Maybe that's why they're the same price. Amazon has them for less too.

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6/23/09 10:55 P

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I set this page up so you can compare the features of the 500 and 550:
buy.garmin.com/shop/compare.
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The link won't work, but you can drag it or copy it into your address bar.

Well, now they closed the page, it must have been temporary. You can do a comparison and see full details at www.garmin.com .

You can click on each to see a more detailed description. The difference between these two models is the maps that they come with preinstalled. The 500 has either regional road maps with topographic maps, or maps of the 48 contiguous states with topographics. The 550 comes with road maps of all of North America (or whatever continent you live on). Both models allow you to add and SD card with a different map set on it.

This looks like a nice choice. It is not outlandishly expensive, but is multifunctional and waterproof. It is suitable both for in-the-car and on-the-trail use.

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6/23/09 8:36 P

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The Garmin Nuvi 500 and 550 look good. =multipurpose (drive, walk, hike, etc.), water resistant, etc. Though I can't tell the difference between the two.

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=
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And I found it cheaper on Amazon.

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6/23/09 4:24 P

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REI is a outdoor recreation gear store. It's really awesome! www.rei.com/

I'm sure you have some equivalent near you.

Like Mr. Joseph said - it's partly a matter of whether you want to stick in your car and drive around or if you plan on sticking it in you backpack and avoid cliffs!

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6/23/09 1:52 P

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lions ?! Oh, my !! emoticon

Weatherproof and rugged -- emoticon I hadn't thought of that. Just thought it would be neat if it did both.

And ... REI ? What's that? Is it short for something or is that the name of the store?

Thanks... all helpful info.

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I have a Garmin Colorado 400t, a weatherproof, hardcore model that includes topographic maps.

The model you choose has a lot to do with what you plan to use it for. There is road use, which gives you directions along established roadways. There is trail use, which is basically cross country; the GPS points you in the right direction, and it is your problem to avoid things like cliffs and mountain lions. There is marine use, which follows the "roads" in waterways.

Many models allow you to use all of these, but generally they only come with one type of map preinstalled. Mine has topographic maps for all of North America. I could install marine maps or road maps. The cost for a new set of maps is about $100.

Some GPSRs (GPS Receiver) only give you a compass that points toward your destination. These are great entry models for people that want to try out geocaching. There seems to be generally agreement that the Garmin eTrex line are the best, low-cost GPSRs.

If what you want is a GPSR that talks to you and gives you turn by turn directions in your car, then the Nuvis are becoming pretty popular. They can be used for outdoors stuff, but are not weatherproof or as tough. Installation in your car may be an added cost if this is not something you have the skills for (like installing a car stereo).

Take your time and do a lot of research. There are lots of online reviews by people who really know their stuff. Narrow your search by making between-model comparisons.

Finally, REI has a nice line of GPSRs, and will spend time looking at them with you. I'm sure there are other outdoors stores with pros, but REI is one I recommend. Garmin has a store in Chicago, but I'm not sure if they have others.

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don't have one yet but boy do I need one. I moved from NY to Virginia and I am constantly getting lost.
I put a bug in my brothers ears that mom needs a gps for her birthday. If they thought it was only for me they would never get one.



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6/23/09 1:23 P

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I've used various Garmin Nuvis in rental cars on business trips. I believe how much it knows about where you are is dependent on how many maps are preloaded into the system.

I drove from NJ to MA to RI and the thing always knew where I was. On another trip I drove from PA to NJ and back, and again, it was fine.

Debbie - my former roommate, has used both the Garmin and the Magellan and the only time her GPS didn't know what to do was when she was driving around at street level and the city map wasn't loaded. These maps can be purchased and loaded as needed.

In terms of user friendliness - they are pretty easy to use, albeit somewhat annoying in telling you that they have to recalculate your route because you missed an exit. The female voice (because there's a choice) always sounds snotty and irritated. Recalculating! as if to say, 'dumbass, you're making me work because you didn't listen to me'.

It's like having a nagging passenger who knows everything. Great when you're lost, annoying when you know the shortcut :-D

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Which one and what do you think of it?

I'm thinking of getting one... Consumer reports rated the Garmin Nuvi 760 as a recommended GPS and it looks to have lots of neat features -- walk/hike mode, muti-destination capable, iPod interface, voice and screen recalculations, etc. .... BUT when I read the reviews, someone said that when you change states you have to tell it OR when you hit 'where you are' it will just keep searching or whatever.... and not find you.

What are your experiences?

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