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Old 06-23-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Which is the best system to buy for a person who is not technologically savvy? I am weary about navigation systems because I do not think I will be given enough time to make the next turn or get off at the right exit. Sometimes they give you wrong information. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Have a smartphone? Use it.
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Old 06-23-2017, 10:45 PM
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They are pretty reliable.
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Old 06-24-2017, 04:09 AM
 
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Have a smartphone? Use it.
Yes. Use the phone. Maps are updated regularly.
And, if your car has Bluetooth, you can navigate from instructions through the speakers.

My car has navigation, and it is really very good and very easy. It does give turn instructions at the last moment, though.
My phone nav is a little earlier on turn instructions, and fairly easy to engage.
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Old 06-24-2017, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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I've used both a Garmin and Google Maps on my smartphone. Both give you repeated warnings that your turn is coming up, and they often give you an onscreen graphic showing you what the intersection or interchange look like, so you'll know which lane you need to be in.

If you don't have or want to use your smartphone, the Garmin GPS units that include lifetime map updates are good. You connect them to your PC to update the maps.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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^ +1. Google maps is great. You can save on data costs by using the offline map option. Offline is great too if you're driving somewhere without cell service, like parts of western Virginia near Shenandoah NP, or central NH.

Using a phone with maps works best, and safely, if you get a window mount cell phone holder and a charging cord for longer trips. Although the phone announces things well in advance by audio (sometimes with too much info for my taste), it helps to look at the map sometimes. Hand holding it and looking away from the road is NOT a safe practice.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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+1 for using your smartphone. You get constantly updated maps and real-time information about accidents, construction, closures, etc. A standalone offline device simply can't do that.

Some Garmin devices do have live traffic, but only if you have it paired up with your smartphone, which sort of defeats the purpose of a standalone device.
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:13 AM
 
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I have an android. It is a simple phone and I do not think it will work. I need a navigation device. Someone did suggest Garmin. There are so many. I do not know which one to choose. How do you know when to update maps and how do you do it?
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:36 AM
 
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^ i find it hard to believe that a cheap smart cellular-telefone purchased within the past ~5 years does not contain a gps radio ?
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Old 06-24-2017, 11:45 AM
 
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^ i find it hard to believe that a cheap smart cellular-telefone purchased within the past ~5 years does not contain a gps radio ?
I tend to agree. Even my tablet has the app included.
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