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Old 06-12-2007, 03:42 PM
 
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I am relo-ing to the area in a few weeks. While house hunting with my relator, he always had the TomTom ONE. I really liked the device and it was only $300. It worked perfectly! I hear allot about the Garmin 350, but is it worth the extra $$$? I know coming to the area, I will not be without a GPS. Its not just about the driving, but all the other cool things like hiking and geocaching.

Another fellow geocacher! That's great. Isn't is so much fun! And the kids love it. It gets us out and enjoying nature.
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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I just purchased one from HSN serves the pupose only paid about 400. I donot know if its a good one, but it does have voice directions which I thing comes in handy when traveling by yourself.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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I finally got a GPS. I ended up choosing the Garmin nuvi 350. I got it at PC Nation for $360, and it has the brand new maps that were just updated in the past couple of weeks.

It is a wonderful thing! The best money I ever spent was on laser surgery to correct my vision. However, the Garmin is a close second! It is amazing, and the peace of mind it is providing me is worth the money.

Thanks to everyone who commented.
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Default Happy with TOMTOM GO300 (now $199)

I have been using it for 3 years and have travelled all over country with it.
I don't use PAPER MAPS anymore. If I waon't to study an area, I use Google Earth. In my car I use TOMTOM.

I originally paid $560 in early 2005. I see it is now available under $200.
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:13 AM
 
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Several people posted how essential a GPS system is in the Triangle. I started looking at them and found a wide variety of brands and prices. Is there an advantage to a more expensive GPS? What would you recommend in terms of brand and price?

Thanks!
We are in Raleigh right now for the first time. we brought our Magellan Roadmate with us. we have not updated the software in a long time. we've been extremely lost this whole trip because our unit doesn't know that 1/2 of these roads exist! my fiance calls the roadmate the best gift anyone has ever given him, ever, but on this trip we'vewanted to smash it so, i would recommend the road mate but be sure you have acess to a computer and usb port so you can do updates periodically.
we are purchasing a $7.95 map today
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Old 07-22-2007, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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My wife and myself have Garmin Nuvi 350's. They are great and I cannot imagine going back to not having one!
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:21 AM
 
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Hi my husband has a Garmin with traffic. The model # is 660. We are moving to Raleigh and when we visited there we brought it with us; we couldn't have gotten along without it. I know that before we move we are getting another one for me. I can highly recommend this model.
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Old 07-24-2007, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC
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My husband and I have a MIO. We pay just $199 and we love it. A GPS could be very useful if you are not familiarized with the area. You can check a used one on the internet or an open box on the stores, they are usually cheaper.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:25 PM
 
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do you pay a one time fee for the machine or a monthly fee -how much?
thanks
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:04 PM
 
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I have had a TomTom (provided by work) and used a Nuvi (easy to use but waay over priced) but currently own a MIO C310x & MIO C520. The Mio cost me $150. It uses the same Navtec maps that Tom Tom used and the user interface is a color touch screen and easy to use. It also has a built in MP3 player but I never use that feature since I have Sirius installed in my car.

The big difference in GPS systems is the maps they use/# of POI(points of interest) (Teleatlas, NAVtec, ect) and the ability to do text to speach (read the street names) otherwise when getting directions you hear "Take next left in 1000 feet" VS "Take next left on Adams street".I got used to llooking at the screen to check the name of the street so to me text to speach was not worth the extra $200 premium but thats your choice.

You should try to get the most up to date maps with any GPS you buy. Current maps are 2007.1, but I have 2006.5 in my older C310x and they have just about the same streets with only a few new stores listed on my newer model.

I have found that features like Bluetooth linking (where your GPS finds the store you were looking for and dials the number VIA your bluetooth phone are just worthless.)

I highly suggest getting one as they do make you better driver in that you can focus on the road and not some crumpled paper map. Also Sunday drives in a new area take on a whole new meaning when you can truly try to explore and get lost knowing your GPS will always get you home.

You pay no monthly fee's at all, only fee's you may pay are for software updates or map updates.
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