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macdawg
05-21-2009, 04:34 PM
My fiance has to do a lot of driving for her job and her b-day is next month and she could really use a good GPS unit.

I'm out of the loop and never bought one, I was browsing newegg.com today and noticed GARMIN is the most popular brand.

I've done a little research and read some user reviews.

I saw this review: http://reviews.cnet.com/car-gps-navigation/garmin-nuvi-360/4505-3430_7-31789580.html?tag=mncol;lst

I see this unit was $900 in 2006 and see it going for $150 today and seems to have good reviews.

I'm concerned with how old the unit is I think this is a newer one and priced similar: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16858108328

Any advice on a good modern GPS device thats between $100-$200?????

Guru
05-21-2009, 04:41 PM
I'm very happy with my Garmin Nuvi 205 that I paid $100 for after a $50 coupon and sale.

KCChiefsMan
05-21-2009, 04:47 PM
I have the Garmin 205, love it! I paid $125 for it. Get a Garmin, I get no lag and it's great. Don't get suckered into paying extra for spoken street names, blue tooth, widescreen or MP3 players. It does the job just fine.

macdawg
05-21-2009, 05:22 PM
awesome guys, I think I'll either pick up the Garmin 205 for $125 or the Garmin 255 for $155.

The only difference is the 255 has text to speech, so I guess it says outloud what the street names are. How important do you consider this feature & would you pay $30 for it?

pr_capone
05-21-2009, 05:30 PM
Any of the TomTom's are actually pretty damn good too.

There are other brands that you can buy as cheap as $50 but can be flashed with TomTom software if you don't mind doing a bit of work to save some cash.

Iowanian
05-21-2009, 05:30 PM
You want a navigational GPS(car) or one for exploring and whatnot?

KCChiefsMan
05-21-2009, 05:33 PM
You want a navigational GPS(car) or one for exploring and whatnot?

since he's getting it for her fiance because she has to do a lot of driving. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's a GPS for a car.

KCChiefsMan
05-21-2009, 05:35 PM
awesome guys, I think I'll either pick up the Garmin 205 for $125 or the Garmin 255 for $155.

The only difference is the 255 has text to speech, so I guess it says outloud what the street names are. How important do you consider this feature & would you pay $30 for it?

It's up to the driver I guess. I get around just fine without text to speech. It still says "turn left in .1 miles" the street name appears at the top of the screen, so I guess you have to take your eyes off the road for a second. It doesnt bother me, but it's up to you.

macdawg
05-21-2009, 05:49 PM
she is the worst driver known to man, I don't want her taking her eyes off the road for a second :)

MoreLemonPledge
05-22-2009, 03:43 PM
Decent unit with text to speech is on sale at Dell.com for $58.49 with free shipping (Normally $130). They say the maps are somewhat out of date but new ones will be coming in a few months and will be free if you register.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=A2012316&cs=04&c=us&l=en&dgc=BF&cid=7421&lid=197378&acd=10466193-1260291-

Use code VBGH?K188CBWMC to get the extra discount.

JD10367
05-22-2009, 06:50 PM
I have the Magellan Roadmate (1412) and like it. A relative has a Garmin and I took a look at it, and the menus didn't seem as intuitive, but you probably can't go wrong with either of them.