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November 26, 2007

GPS Question

-- by Dave Johnson

A question - do any readers have experience with a GPS unit? I'm thinking of buying one. I have received many recommendations for a Garmin, but Costco has a good deal on a Magellan 4250 which has AAA Tour Guidebooks in it as well as lots of points of interest.

Do any readers have any suggestions?

Update - I bought a Magellan 4250 at Costco. I used it for an hour and it froze four times and wouldn't turn on one time until I pushed a pin into the reset hole (like on a PalmPilot), so I returned it. I think I'll order a Garmin Nuvi 360 from Amazon, going for the smaller screen so it is easy to carry when walking in a city... Any comments?

Posted by Dave Johnson at November 26, 2007 12:16 PM

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I have the Garmin Nuvi, and also have owned an HP unit that had the same nav system as the Tom Toms.

The NUVI nav system is far superior imo. The Tom Tom system is prone to annoying errors and long calculations.

I can not tell what Nav System the Magelliazn uses. This would be a concern for me, as each system is different and what sys you have makes a big difference.

Have you tried eOpinions or other rating sites to see what people say?

The reviews at Amazon (only 5 or so) are not encouraging: http://tinyurl.com/2r96z7

Good luck and drive safely :)

Posted by: BadGimp [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 24, 2007 11:38 AM

The best unit out there for the money is the Mio Digiwalker C720t. However it costs $465.97 at Amazon.

http://tinyurl.com/2qed59

For a few more bucks it has superior features and interface options.

4.3 inch screen, 2 megapixel camera, bluetooth and more.

I went and saw one yesterday at a Cartoys store. They sell it for $439.00. The map quality and interface are superior.
http://tinyurl.com/2mgucj

Good Luck Dave!

Posted by: BadGimp [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 26, 2007 10:53 PM

Dave - I bought three cheepo [$150 sale price, granted most marked 50%+ off] during last week's sales - will likely return one to all of them - you're welcome to take a gander - one was the Garmin Nuvi 200, the second was the similar ranked TomTom unit, and the third was a cheap version of the Mio Digiwalker... why did I do this - well, they were there, going quickly, with post-holiday return dates, and no fee if didn't open package, and they all are probably better than the little 2" non-touchscreen Garmin A5 [something-5] unit I travel with for use in rental cars - which frankly does the job just fine. nuff said. [Btw, this is master to Beaurgard, writing] S

Posted by: Soothslayer [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 28, 2007 12:24 PM

I spent 6 weeks travelling in America using a borrowed Tom Tom. It worked fine and got me everywhere I wanted to go, found all the Starbucks outlets, hotels, Supermarkets et al.
I was impressed, and when I returned to the UK I bought my own Tom Tom. It's never failed me once.
Price over here was £169.00.
Good luck with whichever one you choose, but I simply love mine.
Tef

Posted by: Tewfik [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 11:48 AM

I spent 6 weeks travelling in America using a borrowed Tom Tom. It worked fine and got me everywhere I wanted to go, found all the Starbucks outlets, hotels, Supermarkets et al.
I was impressed, and when I returned to the UK I bought my own Tom Tom. It's never failed me once.
Price over here was £169.00.
Good luck with whichever one you choose, but I simply love mine.
Tef

Posted by: Tewfik [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2007 11:49 AM

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