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Old 07-16-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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It sounds like a Garmin is the one to go with. No bells and whistles, just the necessary info (which I'm picking up from everybody's posts -- thank you!). Is it going to be difficult to find one for under $150? Right now, that's about all I can afford. I'm really getting excited to give this to my hubby. He hasn't the foggiest idea of what I'm getting him for his birthday. Normally, I just send him off to the golf course to play 36 holes and he's as happy as can be.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Slickdeals has this deal today on a 5" TomTom GPS with lifetime maps and traffic updates for $100:

TomTom XXL 540TM 5" Portable GPS Navigator (Lifetime Traffic & Maps) $100 + Free Shipping - Ebay.com Deals, Coupons and Promos
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Another Garmin fan here...

I own 5 GPS receivers (if you count my android phone) - a Garmin eTrex Legend (my first GPSr), a Garmin GPSMap 60C, a Garmin Nuvi (don't know which model off-hand), the phone, and a cheapie bluetooth unit (no display - just sends data to whatever it's connected to via BT). I've been geocaching since 2001 using the Legend and 60C, and I've also used other people's Magellans and other brands. Garmin is my favorite, hands down. Unless it's for a special purpose or built into another device (e.g. the phone), I will only be looking at Garmins in the future.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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A lot of Garmin fans here.

I'm a bigger fan of TomTom for driving GPS's. They seem simpler to operate but also give you more planning options than Garmin does.

For hiking GPS's, Garmin rules, no question.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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A lot of Garmin fans here.

I'm a bigger fan of TomTom for driving GPS's. They seem simpler to operate but also give you more planning options than Garmin does.

For hiking GPS's, Garmin rules, no question.
He'll be using it strictly for driving, so I appreciate the input on TomTom. The features you mentioned for it sound good. Anybody else have experience with TomTom?
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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I had one for a short time as did my SIL. Both of us now have different GPS models. They just didn't perform to our satisfaction.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Fl
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We ordered a TomTom "live" from HSN (Chris got me), and it is going back. It is no competition to my Garmin 1695. I know it is not cheap, but if you are going to tour the country as we have done for over 5 years in our retirement, the features will be a GREAT asset. I have attached a YouTube video, to give you an idea as to what it will do.
‪Garmin nuLink features Nuvi 1695 GPS video - detailed!‬‏ - YouTube
Hope it helps..
Larry - Palm Beach Gardens, Fl

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Old 07-25-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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That Garmin certainly does look like it has a lot of features. I guess the question for each individual is what features they need and will likely use. Many of them strike me as being nice if you have a co-pilot (who can operate the GPS while you drive). For me, I generally only use my GPS when I'm travelling alone - so my use is pretty much limited to set-it-and-forget-it route planning. I don't touch the thing while in motion, and once where I'm going I can use my smartphone for the other things the Garmin unit does. So when I buy I just look for a good GPS with map and traffic updates.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Well, yesterday was my husband's birthday. I gave him his new Garmin GPS. It's the one with the unlimited updates on maps. Very, very nice little unit. He was thrilled, not to mention totally surprised, since we hadn't really even talked about maybe getting one. Anyway, thanks to all of you, I did not come across as a complete idiot when I walked into the store to buy it.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Good for you. You also have a new title, Navigator.
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