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Old 11-27-2008, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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I need to purchase a GPS for my new job as I travel daily. My wife is hitting the black Friday sales tomorrow. Any recommendations on GPS systems to purchase, and those to steer clear?
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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Depends on how much you want to spend. IMHO the Garmin Nuvi 880 is the best GPS on the market at the moment. It has both a touch screen and accepts voice commands so that you don't have to take your hands off the wheel to use it. It also announces streets by name. Instead of "turn right" you get something like "Turn right onto Overland Road". Very very useful. The downside would be the price, which runs around $600-$800.

The lower level Garmin models have the text to voice that announces the street names, but not the voice recognition.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:33 PM
 
Location: southern california
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a garmin refurbished for 70 bucks available on ebay.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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I had a feeling Garmin might be a good brand, but wasn't sure. What about Tom Tom and Magellan? Someone received a Tom Tom as a sales incentive and was told he could upgrade if he wanted. I got the impression that Tom Tom wasn't so great.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I just bought a Garmin Nuvi 670 for my mother. I had a Garmin Nuvi 660 prior to it being stolen.

The Garmin line, whether it is a discontinued model (like above) or the latest model, still uses the same exact maps. In addition, when you register your product online, you get a free update (if it is refurbished, I do not know if it is eligible) for a map. So, the map will be the latest version.

US maps from Garmin are about $70.

Look at the heading "What Nuvi is for you?" under this link:

Amazon.com: Garmin nüvi 660 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-4-3-Inch-Widescreen-Bluetooth-Navigator/dp/B000H49LXQ/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=12278470 52&sr=8-1 - broken link)

My main concern about the newer Garmins is the shorter battery life. My mom's Nuvi has 7 hours. The newer 800 series is up to 4 hours.

How to choose a GPS:

How To Buy the Right GPS - Reviews by PC Magazine

Who makes the map of your GPS?
NAVTEQ vs. TELEATLAS: Which one is better? (GPSmagazine.com)

NAVTEQ: Garmin and Magellan
TELEATLAS: Tom Tom

Quote:
NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas will both always have mapping inaccuracies. However, currently NAVTEQ is the better choice (in the USA).
Review of 3 different brands:
Garmin vs. Magellan vs. TomTom: Which GPS Picks The Best Routes? (GPSmagazine.com)

Quote:
Verdict: Winner - Garmin

All three tests showed Garmin's unit as the clear winner with the strongest routing engine. Magellan's Maestro unit performed admirably, coming in second place. TomTom's ONE XL (with TomTom's newest maps installed) came in a distant 3rd place in all three tests.
I don't recommend Tom Tom.

My advice: Get a Nuvi 660 (North America/Canada/Puerto Rico) or 670 (Europe AND N America)
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Update: I just saw the Garmin Nuvi 760 on Amazon for $249. That is really good and it is $50 cheaper than the 660. However, the battery life is 2hours less than the 600 series.
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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My wife picked up the black friday special. She got the Magellan Roadmate 1212. Anyone have good or bad info on it?
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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My wife picked up the black friday special. She got the Magellan Roadmate 1212. Anyone have good or bad info on it?
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Magellan RoadMate 1212 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator

You could read the review before you open it. Returns may have a restocking fee.
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