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Old 11-07-2007, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Lots of sun and palm trees with occasional hurricane :)
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Default It's time for a GPS! Which one?

I should get a GPS. I am the most disoriented person. Always making wrong turns. Going opposite where I should be going.

I have noticed there are a lot of GPS brands and models out there which run from very inexpensive to extreme.

I would like to get one that has voice commands/prompts (I need reading glasses and I couldn't drive and see a map at the same time). I've read that some will tell you "turn right 100 ft at Forum Street" and others that don't include the street name, etc.

Mainly, it has to be simple, speaks and listens , and I want to keep it between $150-$300 tops.

Any recommendations?
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Old 11-07-2007, 01:55 PM
 
Location: New England
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I have extensive experience with the Garmin line of GPSs. I have Garmin units that aren't even made anymore. I'm considering upgrading to one of the super-new nuvi units... maybe that'll be my Christmas present to myself, since all I'll get is coal from anyone else.

Anyhow. In that price range, in a Garmin, I'd go with the c530. The reason is that it has a high-sensitivity Sirf-Star III receiver, comes with all the maps pre-loaded, and has a sunlight-readable display.

Note: this unit does NOT have "text-to-speech". Text-to-speech is the feature to which you alluded... "turn right 100 feet at Forum Street." The c530 will just announce "turn right in 100 feet." To get text-to-speech in the garmin line, you'll have to step up to the c550... but this is more than the $300 "tops" price you listed.

I know there are other good GPS units out there... I have never used Tom-Tom or Magellan units. And I know Walmart usually has some ultra-cheap off-brand units.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Lots of sun and palm trees with occasional hurricane :)
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Thanks Shuke.

Yeah. I've been seeing a ton of ads now with tremendous prices and I've been trying to figure out which one would be the best bet for the least $$$ (I get a kick out of that). It's just getting very confusing finding the one I'd be happiest with and that will do the job I want it to do. It's not just a matter of price. It also needs to meet certain criteria, otherwise I'll just continue getting lost. No biggie. I'm used to it. :-))

I don't really care about the text-to-speech (gosh so technical!) if it has other more redeeming qualities. I am just feeling bombarded with all the various descriptions.
That sunlight friendly option is necessary here in Florida.

Pep Boys has this ad for Friday for a Tom Tom at $139 (one of those early bird sales) and Walmart has a bunch of seemingly good ones too. Costco (my favorite) has a few too.

Yeah, this may just be my b-day/christmas present to myself too (besides the HD DVD and laptop I got last week). hey, I'm worth it! :-))
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Old 11-07-2007, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Sheffield, England
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I hear Polaris is pretty reliable.



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Old 11-07-2007, 03:36 PM
 
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are you by an rei at all? the people that work there are really helpful(at least the ones i have gone too) and they have a whole bunch of gps units you can play with
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I saw that Tom-Tom ad also...anyone here used one?

I've used the Garmin 350 and really liked it.....that's one of the things I'll be looking for in the Black Friday ads.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Metrowest area of Massachusetts
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I have a Garmin i5 and a Tom Tom 300. Both are great. Best feature of a gps is they talk you to your destination.
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