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GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1066

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Overview of Portable GPS units.
Last week I purchased a Garmin GPS unit from Circuit City. The salesman said it was the "Top of the Line" for GPS units.
Actually, the Garmin is probably the easiest to use, and does a very decent job, if all you want is to get from point "A" to point "B".
After I used it a few days and then did my own comparrison, I purchased the Magellan Roadmate 2200T. It does everything the Garmin c340 did and MUCH more.
The Magellan (Maggi) us a bit more confusing to navigate around its menu's, but all in all it was a much better deal. Maggie also can be a music player, and a picture viewer if you insert as SD card. There were also other things I liked better, such as "Route Simulation" where it would drive the route and you could view it and make changes if you want.
Price was better too. Garmin c340 $399.00, Magellan 2200T $249.00 at Costco. I had to pay a 15% restocking fee at Circuit City, but I felt it was worth it. (There would not have been a restocking fee at COSTCO).
Hope this helps some of you out there that are considering picking up a GPS unit. Other members may want to post their comments on their units to help others to make a better decission.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1074

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If you are looking for the high end feature with the low end cost you may want to consider the Mio 310x. It has most of the high end GPS features such as MP3 player, automatic routing and rerouting, built in U.S. maps, 1 Gig internal memory, SD card slot for memory expansion, touch screen, voice guidence, preloaded points of interest, rechargeable battery pack, etc. Here is a link to there website. www.miogps.com
I got mine last year on black Friday. I was at a CompUSA store waiting in line and looking through the flyer and happened to see it. I wasn't even there to buy a GPS but the price was right so I grabbed one. I was not disappointed. I have since then searched forums for other peoples likes/dislikes on the GPS. Some people have had problems with theirs although I have had none with mine, so you may want to search the forums before buying to make sure this one is right for you.
As I said though, lots of high end features for around $180. They may even be a little lower then that now.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1076

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I looked at the 310x on their web page, just now, and it appears to be a pretty decent unit at a very nice price. They did not state if it came with the "text to speech (tts) feature". TTS is the feature that allows the unit to narrate in voice commands ie; "turn left on "Main" street" instead of "turn left in 300 yards". Saying the names of streets is a feature we wanted in our unit as it makes finding the right street easier, and that helps when I am wondering around, half lost, in the motorhome and a tow vehicle behind me. I have been down a dead end before and it wasn't pretty.
I say all this mainly to give insight to others that are considering the purchase of one of these gadgets.
Thanks for the info about the 310x, I did not even see it when I was looking, and I see they are carried at Circuit City, and a lot of other big box office stores.
Another feature in the Magellan is a personal POI (Point of Interest) file that I can build on my PC and upload to it. I tried it last night and put in 4 military CG's that I plan on visiting in the near future. It appears to be a neat feature, I will begin road testing it next week as we start our trek east from Oregon to Virginia.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1078

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Frank,
No, it does not have the TTS function, that is one drawback. I guess I never really missed that function since I went from a street map to the Mio GPS. It would be a nice feature, but it is not included. Other then that it is a great little unit.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1083

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We use a Tom Tom 510. It has all the features that I will never use. ie: bluetooth that hooks up to our cell phone, connection for iPod etc.

We just wanted to go from A to B and it does that quite well. You can program fastest, scenic, shortest, avoid tollways, even walking. a feature we like is when you disconnect it from the mount and start walking around towns, we never been to, it remembers the last time it was attached to the mount and touching the return it brings you back to your RV (mount).

Also if you travel to Europe you can get the memory card for Europe that just slides in.

There is only one button on/off, everything else is touch screen menu.

We got it on line last April for under $200.
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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1086

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Thanks for the info on the Tom Tom. For the price it appears to be a decent unit. I like the feature about knowing when it was last removed from its cradle. I can do pretty much the same thing by touching the current location screen and then touch save. Then when we want to find our way back to the car I can find it fairly east. Does the Tom Tom have an actual walking option? The Magellan does not, but the instruction say it can be used as a portable unit when not in the vehicle. I have yet to try it to see how usable it is.
Frank

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1205

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I order "Copilot Live 10 Laptop and is great loaded with everything you need for travel.
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Check it out.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1216

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In answer to your question about "walking mode", yes it has a a walking mode. I never tried it yet yet but it's there.

The trip we are on now we started out the first day with the setting as "fastest" mode, it took us right to the door of the first cg. The next day we tried "avoid freeways", it took us through some great scenic areas. the next day we ran into some bad weather, the people we were traveling with knew the area we were in. They wanted to take a shortcut to out destination so we followed them. I left the Tom Tom on, the trip it already programed it had set matched the shortcut turn for turn.

We went on a day trip in the truck to see the sights. When I pushed the last "docked" it took us back to our motorhome.
"Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates."
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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1218

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nomads,
I was hoping that people would be a bit more detailed about their GPS unit. Why don't you list some of the nice things that it does, and even some of the areas that you think it should have, etc.
This thread is for us to talk about our different units and their plus's and minus's so that others may be more informed when they get serious about purchasing one.
Thanks

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1219

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We just finished a three day trip using the Magellan, and I was very cautious about trusting it, however it passed with good marks. It was a bit off when we were going into Hill AFB as we were at exit 336 and it said 338. Then when we pulled into Champaign,Illinois it kept saying we were on I-74 when we were on sid streets. The turns were correct it jsut kept saying the street name was I-74.
Overall I would give an 8 on a scale of 1 -10 (10 being best). The picture featur is very handy if you want to load it up with pictures and share them with friends, etc.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1220

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It sounds like you are very happy with the TomTom, I hear it is made by the same company that makes the Garmen. The price sounds very good too.
Frank

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1225

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Sorry, Frank.
I didn't meant to step in anybodys toes.
I didn't put any info because the site that i posted is very clear with what it does, I purchase one
and it works great for me.
Again I apologize and will not post anymore.
Take care.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1226

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Please don't go!!!
I did NOT mean to offend you in any way. I was trying to ask for more information about your GPS unit from your obesrvations. I am sure that the link to to company site is full of good information, however I was trying to get actual users input as to how their units measured up to their needs. I was wanting un biased information from us that have them so that maybe others that are considering one could use. My most humble appologies to you if I came across otherwise, please continue to contribute.
PS: I like the emblem that you attached to your name, It sounds that you were Army or Marine. which one?

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1227

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Roger Wil-Co, Frank.

Just watching my -Six ,Roger.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1248

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We bought a Garmin Street pilot c550 and love it. It's very easy to use. We stuck a 1G SD card in it with music and have thought about getting the external adapter so that it plays through the sound system)a traveling friend of mine does this in his SUV and loves it. I like the way you can keep it updated and plug in your own points-of-interest. We even loaded a few photos. $799 at Circuit City in Sept 2006. Pricey, but we would never even think of going anywhere without it. The funniest thing was when we went up on a new stretch of highway, and the poor dear kept having to say "recalculating". The screen showed us in a big patch of green and at one point, we felt 'she' was getting rather annoyed with us. We are both still laughing.

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1276

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Am glad you like the Garmin, we too are getting more dependent on our Magellan. We are currently in central Illinois where we are unfamilar with. It has helped us out a couple times when we were lost (hate to admit that). It sounds like the only drawback is the price. Happy travels.
Frank

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Re: GPS Auto Navigation 14 years 1 month ago #1279

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the gps changes an old saying just a little: Happiness is never having to say "we're lost". Since the wife is 'pilot' and navigation falls to me, the looks I get are more for changing the music without asking, than not reading the map right.

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