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View Poll Results: Who makes the best GPS systems?
Garmin 15 83.33%
Mio 0 0%
Magellan 0 0%
Harmon Kardon 0 0%
Sony 0 0%
Novogo 0 0%
Tom Tom 0 0%
Panasonic 0 0%
Navigon 1 5.56%
Other 2 11.11%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-07-2008, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Who makes the best GPS systems? Why?

Garmin
Tom Tom
Magellan
Sony
Harmon Kardon
Navman
Mio
Navagon
Panasonic
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I am comfortable with the Garmin interface, the map accuracy and the operation of its products. They are unfortunately in the higher end of the budget category.

However, Tom Tom and Magellan have improved by leaps and bounds so that is why I generated the thread.

What is your experience?
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I've always been partial to Garmin. The units have been rock solid and taken tons of abuse. My friends who have Magellans have ALL had issues with the cases cracking and other "cheapness" issues.

My current GPS is a model with routing, but it's not one of the models that's designed primarily for in-car use. I have only owned hand-held models suitable for use while hiking. Other brands may rate higher in the car-only category...
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:49 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I like my Navigon. It was $99 refurbished, so the price was right. The interface looks a lot like the factory GPSes I've seen, so I assume they're building them for auto manufacturers. The software and map updates they've supplied have been super easy to download and install compared to my old Garmin unit.

Navigon got my vote.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:21 PM
 
Location: South GA
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We have a mio, first one I have ever used. At first I wanted to throw it out the window! Now I am acclimated to it, so.....

Does anyone know if there is a GPS manufactured specifically for 18 wheelers? We own some, and several times when I went with him and tried to navigate with the mio, I almost got us in BAD trouble! Low overpasses, no trucks allowed, etc.... (once in CT I thought he was going to throw me AND the mio out the window )

I would love to purchase one that is specifically for big trucks. Any help is appreciated!

Kat
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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We have a mio, first one I have ever used. At first I wanted to throw it out the window! Now I am acclimated to it, so.....

Does anyone know if there is a GPS manufactured specifically for 18 wheelers? We own some, and several times when I went with him and tried to navigate with the mio, I almost got us in BAD trouble! Low overpasses, no trucks allowed, etc.... (once in CT I thought he was going to throw me AND the mio out the window )

I would love to purchase one that is specifically for big trucks. Any help is appreciated!

Kat
One of the things that I recommend before buying a product is to check the manufacturer's website and read the manual. It would typically be in a PDF format.

http://service.mio.com/M0100/MainFra...?menuid=100401

Garmin: Manuals

Service & Support - NAVIGON
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I have the TomTom 330s, and it has helped me out more times than I can count. For the 18-wheeler driver: this one does have an advantage for you - it's called IQ Routes. Essentially, it determines which way to send you based on what day/time it is.

For example, when I drive from Northern Virginia to Maryland, leaving at 4 PM on a Thursday, it sends me around the city of DC. On the other hand, if it is a Saturday morning, it sends me right through DC because there is no commuter traffic. Very helpful if you're driving near big metro areas.
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Floriduh
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You looking at handheld or fixed car models? I like crossovers handhelds cause i can use them out hiking, hunting, geocaching or while driving in the car.

Google this new one coming out Oct 15th. Delorme Earthmate PN-40 $399.00 Very innovative, dual processers, detailed mapping, and rave reviews from beta testers. I was convinced to get a Garmin Oregon 400t until I read about this one. Now I just cant wait until it gets here.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Greenfield, Mo.
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Garmin hands down. Anything that can take the abuse my 7 year old son can dish out while geocaching has to be a top notch piece of equipment.
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