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Old 12-29-2012, 01:16 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I am still in areas sometimes where there is no digital signal......may not be an issue in the techy pacific NW but can be in the rural south. The GPS units work there because they rely on built in maps and satellite.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:34 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I have a Garmin, but I don't recall which one - it's out in the car! I bought it at Costco though, and it has the larger screen. Whatever you get, you want the Text to Speech feature, where it speaks the street names rather than turn right at the next corner. Mine was under $200.

I actually don't use it that often anymore, I use the Mapquest app on my iPhone most of the time instead.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I am still in areas sometimes where there is no digital signal......may not be an issue in the techy pacific NW but can be in the rural south. The GPS units work there because they rely on built in maps and satellite.
^^^^ Me too! I don't even have cell service at the house unless I stand in my driveway
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:56 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I actually don't use it that often anymore, I use the Mapquest app on my iPhone most of the time instead.
I have a program on my Android called "Navigation", as well as mapquest or Google Maps
I like Navigation best.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:53 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I have Google Maps too, but it doesn't talk to me like Map Quest does. MQ works very similarly to my Garmin, which is nice. I can't be squinting at my phone screen while I'm driving, I need spoken directions!
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Interesting...not a single vote for a Tom Tom.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:17 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I have Google Maps too, but it doesn't talk to me like Map Quest does. MQ works very similarly to my Garmin, which is nice. I can't be squinting at my phone screen while I'm driving, I need spoken directions!
My Nav talks too, I love it
I don't think I've got mapquest, but it's probably in apps. I realized after I replied last, that it's probably not there (although I've seen it in apps).
This phone came with a bunch of things I uninstalled and some that won't uninstall.

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Old 12-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I HAD a TomTom. HATED IT! Worst GPS i've ever used. I have a Garmin now and I love it. It had lane assist and its just all around infinitely better than my TomTom ever was. Really any Garmin is going to be handy. I haven't had any issues with mine and I've had it two years now.
Couldn't agree more. I have always used Garmin and never once had an issue. My new car came with TomTom installed. I was out one day and got detoured in a territory I was unfamiliar with. I didn't have my Garmin with me so I turned on TomTom. It was the worst experience. It wasn't allowing for the detour and kept trying to turn me around when I couldn't because the road was blocked off. I had to call my husband and he found the road by using his cell phone.
I used it once again to find an address in a local city. It was a freaking police station and TomTom couldn't find the street address.
Worst gps ever!
I now keep my Garmin in the car at all times. TomTom is worthless!
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #39 (permalink)
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mine is probably obsolete by now. I think it was less than $100. Garmin nuvi 255WT
This is what I own as well and love it. I just got the 50 LM for Christmas because of the lifetime map downloads. I was traveling with a friend who owned a TomTom and it got us lost. lol.

Whichever GPS system you get, carry a map anyways. These gadgets don't always take you via the quickest or direct route. Many times I have wondered why it would tell me to take a specific exit when I know where I should be going. lol.
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I usually will do a mapquest search and look at the different routes. I've changed up what the Garmin wants more than once, then start sweating because I think I'm lost. Mapquest sometimes has me scratching my head too with the route suggestions.
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