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Amnorix
05-14-2008, 09:58 AM
Anyone want to recommend or diss any specific GPS devices. I'm buying one for my wife, who can barely find her way past the end of the street.

We mainly need it to be as user friendly as possible.

All thoughts welcome.

phisherman
05-14-2008, 10:04 AM
garmin nuvi 360, sweet GPS!

HonestChieffan
05-14-2008, 10:07 AM
Nuvi 350 is nice and on sale at Cabelas

DaKCMan AP
05-14-2008, 10:08 AM
I have the nuvi 350 and it works great!

Chief Pote
05-14-2008, 10:09 AM
Lexus LS 460 with Navi.....sweet car.

DaKCMan AP
05-14-2008, 10:10 AM
Nuvi 350 is nice and on sale at Cabelas


It's cheaper at CompUSA:

http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1784291&CatId=3421

HonestChieffan
05-14-2008, 10:12 AM
Comp USA has a crappy gun and camo selection though

Radar Chief
05-14-2008, 10:24 AM
garmin nuvi 360, sweet GPS!

Mrs. Radar is very happy with her Garmin.

Andoverer
05-14-2008, 10:24 AM
Nuvi 350. We got it and love it.
Garmin is a local company to the greater KC area too, if that matters
any to ya.

rageeumr
05-14-2008, 10:25 AM
I bought my wife the Garmin Nuvi 660. It works really well, and I would recommend the Nuvi series, but I would get a cheaper model if I could do it all over again. I bought this one because it had an integrated FM Modulator and some storage space, so I thought she could use it as an MP3 player as well. Well the modulator is terrible and the sound always has static, so we bought a miniplug wire anyway. The 660 also has bluetooth for hands-free calling (worthless for a GPS, IMO) and the FM traffic receiver (gives you a warning if there's a wreck or construction on your route and finds a new route. This saved me on my way through Denver to ski this year).

The traffic receiver is nice, but the rest of that crap is worthless. Get a Nuvi, but get a cheaper one than I did.

D2112
05-14-2008, 10:27 AM
I have the Garmin street pilot c330. it works fine for me.

blueballs
05-14-2008, 10:51 AM
ur wife finds her way to my house all the time .. its getting her to leave thats a problom . . oh yeahhh!!!!! i went there!!!!

put a concrete block in the fridge carton
and it wouldn't blow out in the street

Hog's Gone Fishin
05-14-2008, 10:54 AM
I bought a Tom Tom, has a touch screen, very user friendly. I think they are cheaper than the Garmins. I think. I paid. $199.00

Simply Red
05-14-2008, 10:56 AM
Maggie's the best!

Don't get it twisted.

Simply Red
05-14-2008, 10:58 AM
Anyone want to recommend or diss any specific GPS devices. I'm buying one for my wife, who can barely find her way past the end of the street.

We mainly need it to be as user friendly as possible.

All thoughts welcome.

Or if you really want to throw her a curve ball. Ask her for a divorce.

Everybody else is doing it.

Amnorix
05-14-2008, 12:06 PM
Or if you really want to throw her a curve ball. Ask her for a divorce.

Everybody else is doing it.


:eek: errr...what?

Amnorix
05-14-2008, 12:07 PM
For the record, bluetooth and/or MP3 and all that ancillary stuff is useless to me. Just want her to be able to find her way home after getting lost. :D

Thanks for the responses thus far.

tiptap
05-14-2008, 12:43 PM
Navteq and Teleatlas are the two main map companies. One may be better in New England than the other. You might ask a few people in your area what they have found. Both companies have provided Maps and data to Garmin and TomTom. Go with either of these companies. Both are recommended over other companies by Consumer Reports. I have used both. I like Garmin and my son likes TomTom. I am buying my new daughter in law a TomTom to go in her graduation present Suburu WRX (by her parents for finishing Penn). They are moving to Seattle. I have no hesitation in recommending either. But the one feature you might insist on is that the actual NAMES are voiced by the particular GPS you buy. Not that it simply says "turn right" but actually announces names of the streets. This helps keep your eyes on the road.

phisherman
05-14-2008, 12:54 PM
the nuvi 360 and 350 are very similar.

i got the nuvi 360 for the bluetooth integration. I know the 360 has text-to-speech, which means it will actually say the street names, but i'm not sure if the 350 does.

Mr. Plow
05-14-2008, 01:04 PM
http://www.abeautifulrevolution.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/04/04/lost_ship.gif

DaKCMan AP
05-14-2008, 01:16 PM
the nuvi 360 and 350 are very similar.

i got the nuvi 360 for the bluetooth integration. I know the 360 has text-to-speech, which means it will actually say the street names, but i'm not sure if the 350 does.

The 350 does have text-to-speech. The difference between the two is bluetooth capability.

BIG_DADDY
05-14-2008, 01:18 PM
the nuvi 360 and 350 are very similar.

i got the nuvi 360 for the bluetooth integration. I know the 360 has text-to-speech, which means it will actually say the street names, but i'm not sure if the 350 does.

I think I am about to pick up a Blackberry curve which already has GPS capabilities. What I am not sure about is the monthly expense after purchase and if it makes sense to go that direction.

CrazyPhuD
05-14-2008, 01:26 PM
You let your wife leave the kitchen????? :spock:

irishjayhawk
05-14-2008, 01:27 PM
The iPhone 2 is rumored to have full GPS. You should see if that happens.

Otherwise, and if you're going dedicated GPS, Garmin is the way to go.

BIG_DADDY
05-14-2008, 01:33 PM
The iPhone 2 is rumored to have full GPS. You should see if that happens.

Otherwise, and if you're going dedicated GPS, Garmin is the way to go.

Is there a price difference for service?

irishjayhawk
05-14-2008, 01:48 PM
Is there a price difference for service?

I don't know yet. They haven't officially announced it. However, I doubt it, especially if they want to hit their 10mil mark.

Simply Red
05-14-2008, 02:27 PM
:eek: errr...what?

I just got a divi. I was trying to be funny.

Carry on...

HemiEd
05-14-2008, 02:35 PM
This is the one (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp;jsessionid=UKBUIJVLK5RANKC4D3LRump RangerA?skuId=8363282&type=product&id=1177717702658)I have.

It is my second one, the first one sucked and was from Radio Shack.

It really came through for me on a recent business trip to Detroit. My time was tight, several sales calls to make, and it got me to each one on time. The were several "on the fly" adjustments to my schedule, it was painless with this tool. I love it, and highly recommend it.

BIG_DADDY
05-14-2008, 02:39 PM
This is the one (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp;jsessionid=UKBUIJVLK5RANKC4D3LRump RangerA?skuId=8363282&type=product&id=1177717702658)I have.

It is my second one, the first one sucked and was from Radio Shack.

It really came through for me on a recent business trip to Detroit. My time was tight, several sales calls to make, and it got me to each one on time. The were several "on the fly" adjustments to my schedule, it was painless with this tool. I love it, and highly recommend it.

How much is the monthly?

Skip Towne
05-14-2008, 02:40 PM
This is the one (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp;jsessionid=UKBUIJVLK5RANKC4D3LRump RangerA?skuId=8363282&type=product&id=1177717702658)I have.

It is my second one, the first one sucked and was from Radio Shack.

It really came through for me on a recent business trip to Detroit. My time was tight, several sales calls to make, and it got me to each one on time. The were several "on the fly" adjustments to my schedule, it was painless with this tool. I love it, and highly recommend it.

What do you sell?

Lzen
05-14-2008, 03:00 PM
I recently bought this one.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2949387&Sku=G145-0006%20RB

It is fantastic. There is no monthly fee, BD.

HemiEd
05-14-2008, 03:01 PM
How much is the monthly?

No charge, you buy it and you own it, we pay no monthly fee. I hope to spend the time someday to learn all the things it will do and utilize them.

It has many more times the features than I have gotten a grasp on, the short time I have used it.

Here is the link (http://www.mio.com/us/gps-navigation-products.htm) to the mio site.

HemiEd
05-14-2008, 03:04 PM
What do you sell?

Electronic component automation preperation.

Jenson71
05-14-2008, 06:28 PM
Our tomtom is really nice. Although sometimes the girl talks softly, and then for some reason, she'll talk loud again.

007
05-14-2008, 06:43 PM
I have heard that the Garmins are the best at redirecting you when you miss a turn though.

Lzen
05-14-2008, 09:58 PM
My Garmin does a great job of recalculating the route if you decide to go off course. It only takes a few seconds to do that. GURU, check out the link I posted a few posts ago.

Buehler445
05-14-2008, 10:08 PM
I believe Garmins are the most user friendly. I liked the interface better than TomTom. Be sure you get one that tells you the street names, I'm not sure which ones do, but it is a critical feature, especially when in traffic. Garmins are also excellent at redirecting as Guru pointed out. Mine is freaking amazing. My girl swears by it.

007
05-14-2008, 10:13 PM
My Garmin does a great job of recalculating the route if you decide to go off course. It only takes a few seconds to do that. GURU, check out the link I posted a few posts ago.

Curious, does that one have text to speech? My wife would have a tough time with just turn left in 30 yards. heh having pronounced street names would be important to her.

Andoverer
05-15-2008, 10:35 AM
I just looked today at the most recent Consumer Reports magazine which tested several units. It had rated 3 of the top 4 GPS units were Garmins and gave the Nuvi 350 a best buy. The Nuvi 350 does say the street names too.

Lzen
05-15-2008, 10:47 AM
Curious, does that one have text to speech? My wife would have a tough time with just turn left in 30 yards. heh having pronounced street names would be important to her.


If you are asking if it says street names then the answer is yes. Touch screen, lots of points of interest programmed in it already. I love it.

DaKCMan AP
05-15-2008, 10:49 AM
I just looked today at the most recent Consumer Reports magazine which tested several units. It had rated 3 of the top 4 GPS units were Garmins and gave the Nuvi 350 a best buy. The Nuvi 350 does say the street names too.

Interesting. Makes me feel even better about my purchase choice. The 350 has everything you need with the quality you want minus the bells & whistles of bluetooth/FM transceiver/Traffic updates.

dtebbe
05-15-2008, 10:49 AM
I sell them, and hands down the one to go with for the best bang for the buck is the Garmin Nuvi 255. Lowest priced Garmin that does the street names, and has all the features you need. As you go up the model chain you just add useless features like MP3 players, and bluetooth phone interfaces.

If you do want to upgrade a little, go with the Nuvi 255W which has the bigger "widescreen" display.

Dealer margins suck on the Garmin stuff, here is the dealer cost:

255W - $279.99
255 - $239.99

Garmin does have the dealer rebate deal, so volume can get you 2-5% back per quarter, and some dealers operate solely on those margins. Basically if you can find one close to the prices above, you know you are getting a good deal.

DT

DaKCMan AP
05-15-2008, 11:01 AM
I sell them, and hands down the one to go with for the best bang for the buck is the Garmin Nuvi 255. Lowest priced Garmin that does the street names, and has all the features you need. As you go up the model chain you just add useless features like MP3 players, and bluetooth phone interfaces.

If you do want to upgrade a little, go with the Nuvi 255W which has the bigger "widescreen" display.

Dealer margins suck on the Garmin stuff, here is the dealer cost:

255W - $279.99
255 - $239.99

Garmin does have the dealer rebate deal, so volume can get you 2-5% back per quarter, and some dealers operate solely on those margins. Basically if you can find one close to the prices above, you know you are getting a good deal.

DT

The 350 is cheaper than the 255 and from what I can tell the difference is the 255 has 3d map and photo image upload capability while the 350 has a battery that lasts 8hrs compared to the 255's 4hrs.

buddha
05-15-2008, 12:34 PM
I like Tom Tom GPS gizmos. I have several friends who have Garmins and like them as well. My Tom Tom is all voice driven so that's nice when you're driving.

CrazyPhuD
05-15-2008, 01:05 PM
No matter which one you get just be careful not to trust them too much....there have been a number of instances of blind faith in GPS.....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/26/subaquatic_merc/

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/article707216.ece

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=491073&in_page_id=1770

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/359749_robert19.html