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Old 12-03-2007, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need recommendation for portable GPS

My kids want to chip in and get me one for Christmas, but of course I have to tell them exactly which one I want. What brand? What model? I want something with voice guidance that will auto-compute a new route if I deviate from the existing route. Other than that, I don't care about bells and whistles. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mio is really truly awesome. Pretty inexpensive (around 200 dollars), fantasticly easy to use (evidenced by the fact that my parents figured it out) and it has configurable auto recalcuate options unlike many of the more expensive models. Everyone who I have recommended one to loves them, even after trying the mainstream ones, garmin, tomtom, etc.

The best part is if you want to "try" tom tom or garmin, you can install the software on the Mio with some simple hacks. It runs a windows based OS.
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Old 12-03-2007, 08:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Garmin Nuvi, no question.

They have a variety of models, some with and some without a real time traffic update antenna and service.

How much do you think they want to spend?

The short answer is NUVI!
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I have a Megellan because it's what I'm used to in Hertz Rental cars. I think they are all great at this point and a real value for the money when you look at prices of only a couple years ago. In two years, they'll be cheaper than the spiral bound map of Boston!
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Garmin Nuvi, no question.

They have a variety of models, some with and some without a real time traffic update antenna and service.

How much do you think they want to spend?

The short answer is NUVI!

So funny you mention the Nuvi. Last night in San Fran I had my buddies Nuvi and my Mio running side by side to compare (he asked for my recommendation and then got the Nuvi so he wanted to see the Mio). The Nuvi was hard to follow in the busy streets of San Fran and is far less intuitive to use. He liked the Mio better. Best thing to do is try them, find people with them and use them to see.
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I've got one of the best factory Nav systems made in my 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid.
My wife has the TomTom One-XL.
The TomTom has a "no brainer" very intuitive user interface that blows the Toyota Nav out of the water. The 4+" screen is clear and easy to follow. Variable voices. Will interface with some phones via Blue-Tooth for hands-free capability, PLUS it will automatically use your cell phone to get traffic updates.

It will also re-calculate the route if you deviate.

Now - All that said, the only thing I don't like about the TomTom is that they don't support my cellular provider (Sprint) so we can't use some of the whiz-bang functions.

There's a good reason why TomTom is number 1 in aftermarket GPS NAV systems..
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Garmin!!

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Joe, if it makes a difference to you.

Garmin? US Company

Tom Tom? French


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Old 12-04-2007, 12:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I bought Kathy a Garmin C550 a year ago. She likes it. Seems to work well. Of course the newer better faster ones are out. I don't think you can wrong with most of the upper end units. One of Micro card, bluetooth, fm transmitter, mp3 player ones.
I have to tell ya though Kathy speeks fluent spanish and german, so it freaks me out when some German chick trys to tell me to..drehen Sie nach links un einen Kilometer Sie dummer Idiot or...turn left in one kilometer you stupid idiot!
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I bought my wife a Garmin 2620 a few years back. About a year ago, we had the gps on the dash of my wife's Sable using the bean bag. A quick acceleration and the thing slid off and landed screen first on the shifter. The screen still displayed but there the touch screen no longer worked. Figured the cost to repair would be more than the cost of a new one. Nope. $75 and the replacement unit in about a week.

I like the interface and the service is great. My wife never liked it, but loves the one in her Lexus.

Garmin has a broad range of products. I would try to find a Garmin in my price range that had an interface I like,
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Another vote for Garmin.
Got them in both vehicles, boat, snowmobile and airplane. All different Garmins. I can move from one to the other with no problems.
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Costco has the Garmin Nuvi 650 on sale for $299 right now. That's about $50 cheaper than even Ebay. If you want one and it says they're sold out, check back every day and they might have more (it's happened twice in the last week and a half). I didn't need the bluetooth or want the traffic stuff (which I believe is subscription based) so the 650 is perfect for me ... besides, the next model up -- 660 -- is about $150 more.

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Old 12-04-2007, 02:21 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Mio is 230 shipped and easier to use than Nuvi. Read some reviews before hand http://www.gpslodge.com/archives/cat...ps_reviews.php
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Mio is 230 shipped and easier to use than Nuvi. Read some reviews before hand http://www.gpslodge.com/archives/cat...ps_reviews.php
Yeah, I've read some reviews, hence my recommendation to get the latest Nuvi.

Call me crazy, but for me the purpose of a GPS, more than being easy to use (which the Nuvi is unless you're stoopid) is accurate and quick route directions. Here, in this most crucial category, the Mio falls short of the Nuvi. Moreover, there are reviews out there that say the Nuvi interface is easier.

You get what you pay for, IMO.
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Thank you all for the insightful information. Time to do some shopping.
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:35 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Make's a difference to me... The TomTom will go out in the trash.. I won't have anything French.. Not even Fries... Thanks Don! The wife will get a Garmin for Christmas and we'll see how that works..
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Just another quick vote for Garmin. I've had the 2610 for 5+ years now and love it. I'm in sales and on the road, so I use it almost every day. It's traveled with me all over the country and Canada and never failed me yet.
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I just used a Nuvi this past weekend side by side with my older Mio, it took longer to acquire the signal and was less accurate. The directions it gave were extremely confusing. Mio is Korean if that matters to anyone.
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Make's a difference to me... The TomTom will go out in the trash.. I won't have anything French.. Not even Fries... Thanks Don! The wife will get a Garmin for Christmas and we'll see how that works..
You need to get the facts right before bashing a product for something that it's not!

TOMTOM is a Dutch company.

And if it makes you happier, they're probably all MADE IN CHINA.
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I won't have anything French.. Not even Fries....
So the question becomes...If you cut the potatoes and cook them in your own kitchen, and there's no one around to taste them, are they still french fries?
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I have a TomTom and I will NOT be getting another one. I bought it because it has maps for the US and Europe and is well rated in Europe. I find here in the US it has routing issues that are pretty significant. If I need to travel straight east of my house down a major county highway it routes me at least 10 miles the other way. Repeated calls to support requesting assistance has gone nowhere and repeated submissions to the map correction site have gone nowhere.

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One more for Garmin! Headquarters in KC, been in the business from the start, and my (going on) 4 year old Garmin 2610 has never let me down. One thing to note though - map updates are NOT cheap, and Garmin secures their maps so there aren't aftermarket/hacked/stolen copies available. For the $150 map update charge, I'm just planning to upgrade the whole GPS every few years and demote my GPS to the wife.
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I have the tomtom one XL-S with text to speech. So far my experience has been excellent. It is extremely accurate and the wide screen is easy to read and use the touch screen keys. It is many times better than most build in navigation I've seen and I can take it in the house and download updates to all the maps etc... Love it.
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So the question becomes...If you cut the potatoes and cook them in your own kitchen, and there's no one around to taste them, are they still french fries?
Nope - American Fries... I don't cut those little zig-zags in them - it always reminded me of the lace that probably garners a French General's undies....
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You need to get the facts right before bashing a product for something that it's not!

TOMTOM is a Dutch company.

And if it makes you happier, they're probably all MADE IN CHINA.

Who's bashing a product? I'm simply stating my own personal preference...
Some people would call it an opinion.
Frankly I have no time for France as a country and I wouldn't walk across the street to pee on the Eiffel Tower even it it were on fire.. Although I have no problem with people from that country as long as they're not part of the government.

If that makes me a @-hole then that's just fine - I've been called worse (not to mention that I probably am)...
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I just used a Nuvi this past weekend side by side with my older Mio, it took longer to acquire the signal and was less accurate. The directions it gave were extremely confusing. Mio is Korean if that matters to anyone.
That's great for you and bad for your friend.

Earlier you suggested reading some reviews on the Mio. I did. The problem isn't that the maps are not accurate, but that the route advice is poor.

I think the Nuvi is really, really, easy to use. Some people are confused by dictionaries. I cannot help them. I'm sorry you guys were confused.

The electronics press and Pop Mechanics/Science all love the Nuvi and say it is the best. I admit that they may all be wrong and you are right.

Moreover, as I mentioned before, there are many models of Nuvi -- currently twenty-one! Perhaps you had a model inferior to your Mio model?

Regardless, I'm am totally happy the Mio works for you. The Nuvi works for me. Either may work for the original poster. But you suggested folks read reviews. I did. The Mio has a reputation for giving route guidance that is not as good as the Nuvi. I cannot change that. They may be wrong and you right. But you said to read some reviews and that's what they said.

That is all.
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