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    Portable GPS

    Does anyone have a Garmin, Tom Tom, or similar? Looking at giving one as a gift and not sure where to start looking.

    Would be used mostly in rental cars maybe 8-10 weeks out of the year.

    Any input is appreciated.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have a Tom Tom One and a Tom Tom One XL both are great and would make a great gift.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have a Garmin Nuvi 200 and love it. They're very reasonably priced too.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    Is there a monthly fee or service fee to these things? Can you update them free on the internet or how does that work?



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    Re: Portable GPS

    I've had good luck with Garmin. I've heard the TomTom's can send you on some weird scenic routes even when you choose "fastest route".

    As far as updates for the Garmin. The map updates can cost as much as the GPS itself. By the time you need an update it will probably be cheaper to buy a new GPS. I have 3 year old maps and I rarely even think about adding new ones.



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    No monthly fee's you can download new maps online but they are not free. You can get different voices and what not too.

    You can also use a blue tooth enabled phone with wireless internet to connect to the Tom Tom's to get weather and traffic updates.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have a Garmin also, I love it. Driving in LA is horrible and it helps a lot. I've heard you can add stuff to it like Traffic info and stuff but I haven't looked into it yet. You can also type in the name of a restaurant or search for a post office or find a store or anything you would want to go to and it will give you directions to it.

    It was the best driving across country and it would tell me how far a gas station was and I would be able to drive until my take was all the way empty without fear of not having a gas station close.


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    Re: Portable GPS

    Quote Originally Posted by cj0227 View Post
    Is there a monthly fee or service fee to these things? Can you update them free on the internet or how does that work?
    No monthly fee and you can update software and icons and some other things (the one I have anyway) for free on the internet. Like the last poster said, maps are expensive. So, buy one with the map you are most likely to use (I assume North America).



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    Will your car rat you out? - MSN Money

    =(

    There are benefits and roadblocks.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Will your car rat you out? - MSN Money

    =(

    There are benefits and roadblocks.
    I have now just taken my Garmin out of the car smashed it to a thousand pieces and threw it into a garbage truck. Ha! Track that Garbage Truck Big Brother!!! Next thing you think they would want to do is create a database of the American people with retinal scans, palm prints and tattoos. But I'm not worried, that would never happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CTAClone View Post
    Next thing you think they would want to do is create a database of the American people with retinal scans, palm prints and tattoos. But I'm not worried, that would never happen.

    Oh no you didnt! ha ha!

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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have a Garmin 340 and love it. It has way to many features on it for the $127 I paid for it through Sam's Club. You can put your destination in and when we are 2 1/2 hours away it tells us what time we are to make it home and usually within 2-3 minutes. Also love how, if you miss a turn, then it automatically recalculates the trip for you.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have tomtom for my Treo and love it.

    The major name ones are all pretty good, and pretty much the same.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have the Garmin Edge 305 for my bicycle and it's great.



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    Re: Portable GPS

    I have a Mio Digiwalker 230c and it works pretty well. It is an entry model at about $150, but offers more bang for your buck then some $200-300 models, including text to speech.



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