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Old 04-08-2010, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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What is the best brand for a GPS for a vehicle?

Garmin or Tom Tom and also what model would you have?

Amazon.com: gps systems
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I have Tom Tom. Funny how the audio mispronounces some of the Spanish street names in this area.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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Honestly, I'd buy a phone with Andriod OS (2.1 preferably), it comes with Google Maps with Navigation, and that navigation is absolutely amazing AND free.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I have the Tom Tom 720 and I think it's great. I would definitely recommend another Tom Tom.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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I use a Rand laminated map. I don't listen to an electronic device to tell me where to drive. I plan MY OWN route. I love maps.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I have been using Garmin for years and love them. I started with an eMap tethered to a laptop for routing (software was free and eMap was CHEAP), first automotive model was a 200W and then upgraded to a 755W. I love the traffic alerts.

I have driven with someone that has a Magellan and would say the only deciding factor between the two is familiarity and personal preference. I am used to the way Garmin says things and the order of the steps to input a destination and the Magellan is slightly different so is less comfortable to me. I would expect that the Magellan owner would say the same about the Garmin.

I think the best approach is to look at them in the store and compare the models with the features you think you cannot live without and pick the one that feels best to you. There is no right or wrong answer as they all seem to be about the same quality nowadays.
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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Just like a computer, TV or any other electronic device, I don't know if there is a single "best brand" out there. There are plenty of good options out there and plenty of reviews (both user reviews as well as editorial reviews from publications). It depends on your budget, as always, since it's possible to spend $100 or $600.

I'd look at reviews on CNET or any of the other host of GPS reviewers out there and pick something based on your budget. The only thing I'd add to the professional (i.e. short term) reviews is to get something with free, lifetime map updates. I've had a Garmin for 18 months and missed their one-time free map update. Sometimes the device's maps are out of date. Even with the update I missed, I'd be having this problem 3-6 months from now.

Some navs come with lots of bells and whistles. The only one really relevant to me is BlueTooth, which is great in any car or a rental which doesn't have BT.
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:17 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I use a Rand laminated map. I don't listen to an electronic device to tell me where to drive. I plan MY OWN route. I love maps.

They still make paper maps?
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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They still make paper maps?
I thinks it's a good Idea to have a paper map as a back up an know how to read it also it is a skill worht having IMO
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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I use a Rand laminated map. I don't listen to an electronic device to tell me where to drive. I plan MY OWN route. I love maps.
You can plan the trip yourself on a GPS too.
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