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Old 06-28-2007, 04:21 PM
 
Location: North of the Cow Pasture and South of the Wind Turbines
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My experiences even with a fair amount of technical knowledge is that GPS is stupid for the average person. Does a world of good in general and its a kick asterisk technology. But I have had a few bad experiences in both city and country driving - I worry that in the future people will depend on it like spell checking and never learn how to use a map. I am back to maps.


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Old 06-28-2007, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Yeah youre right. But anything that is designed by humans is bound to have flaws.
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Old 06-28-2007, 05:37 PM
 
Location: California
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My experiences even with a fair amount of technical knowledge is that GPS is stupid for the average person. Does a world of good in general and its a kick asterisk technology. But I have had a few bad experiences in both city and country driving - I worry that in the future people will depend on it like spell checking and never learn how to use a map. I am back to maps.

I totally agree, my buddy uses one when we are out riding our motorcycles, he spends more time messing with that thing than riding, it's just anouther toy that takes us away from paying attention to the road, I would much rather use a map.
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Old 06-28-2007, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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It really depends on the GPS and what you need it for. I have a Garmin and have just moved here. It is MUCH safer for me to use it than to be driving down the road trying to read a map and watch the road at the same time.

However I have discovered that there are some roads around here NOT in the database. Liz
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Old 06-28-2007, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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I love the one the BF just bought. It came in really handy when we had to find an airport in a city we were'nt familiar with.

It also has a feature that shows you things of interest in a particular category within an area. That's great as far as I'm concerned. I'm always afraid I'll miss something important that I'll kick myself for later that was right around the corner.
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:47 PM
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Location: Sebastian/ FL
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It really depends on the GPS and what you need it for. I have a Garmin and have just moved here. It is MUCH safer for me to use it than to be driving down the road trying to read a map and watch the road at the same time.

However I have discovered that there are some roads around here NOT in the database. Liz
I just LOVE my GPS, and would be totally lost without it, because I have NO sense of direction.
It saved me so many time already.....
BTW...I hook mine up to my PC every couple of months or so, to update data base of new build roads and such!
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:21 PM
 
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I have mixed feelings about the GPS. It is wonderful for documenting genealogical sites like headstones, ancestors' homes or land, etc. since maps change so much over the years and generations. However, when we travel it just seems to get in the way (unnecessary and just something else to keep up with).
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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geocaching without a GPS is extremely difficult....I wouldn't trade my Garmin for anything!
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I've never used a GPS unit while driving, but I know GPS is a very good navigational tool for flying airplanes when weather cuts visibility down to less than 5 miles, especially on final approach. Of course the altimeter, heading indicator/compass, and a GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning System) are a definite requirement for such weather conditions.
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Old 06-28-2007, 11:08 PM
 
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we talking GPS handheld units for hikers and such or vehicle navigation units here? I've driven all over the U.S. with my TomTom and she kicks some serious butt! Have never used the hand held units though.
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