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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    I have a Tom Tom One Xl and it works great, but ever since I got my smart phone from sprint, I have been using it's gps since it tells me the street names. It also checks for traffic and road construction.



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    I travel every week, cover 12 western states for an Iowa company(get to live in new mexico). I have used all the Garmins thru rental car companies but bought a Tom-Tom instead of Garmin. I use it every day on the road and won't travel with out my Tom Tom!



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    I have the 260w and am very satisfied. Do not settle for a smaller screen. It costs about $70 to upgrade maps each year but I turn it in as an expense. The restaurant feature is great and so is the casino finder. Don't bother getting one with more features than a 260 has because your cell phone probably has all of them at a better price. I wish they made a combo radar detector/gps because I would upgrade for that.



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    I think they are very cool but I don't really travel enough to justify the purchase. I've used TomTom's before and I've loved it.



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    We have a Garmen 340 we got the day after thanksgiving 2007 and it is awesome. Tells you how many miles till the next turn, gives you estimated time of arrival, which for us has been very close assuming you are following speed limits. No monthly fees and costs $69 to update the maps which you might need every other year. The only reason I updated this year is we built a new house in Waukee that up until my update didn't even show my address. Now it does.

    I would say it is very accurate but have found a couple glitches. There is a road near my house that is on the map but not actually there. Also, Fareway in Waukee is about 3/4 mile east of where it shows on my Garmen.



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAlum2002 View Post
    My Garmin 255 is farking awesome. Route recalculation is sweet.....I can turn away from heavy traffic (or if I just want to take another route) and it will instantly recalculate. Gives the estimated arrival time, current speed, and will zoom in when I approach complex intersections where I need to make a turn.

    The voice is annoying, but what computerized voice isn't? The menus for finding restaurants and entertainment are sweet. I wasn't expecting those listings to be as in-depth as they are.
    Sounds like you're not using the sexy British dude. You can actually download additional voices and arrow pointers from the Garmin website - some Christmas- and Halloween-themed stuff.

    My husband got me a Garmin 255w as part of my Christmas present, and I love it. Like others have said, it just has great features. The nearby attractions are great, it recognizes businesses when you spell them out, different views of the road...


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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    i think they are dumb, if u dont know where something is, isnt it worth just google mapping it opposed to spending 100+$$$? i mean i understand why people get them, but i i dont think i ever see myself getting one



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyman1189 View Post
    i think they are dumb, if u dont know where something is, isnt it worth just google mapping it opposed to spending 100+$$$? i mean i understand why people get them, but i i dont think i ever see myself getting one
    People like myself that run service businesses find them very useful when traveling to client's homes for either work or bidding. Having a GPS has saved me hours of work weekly. And has paid for itself long ago.

    Also I want to add that I find myself still using google maps first, just to get a general idea on the location of a home if I have no clue going ahead of time.
    As has been mentioned the GPS does not always know the fastest way.


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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyman1189 View Post
    i think they are dumb, if u dont know where something is, isnt it worth just google mapping it opposed to spending 100+$$$? i mean i understand why people get them, but i i dont think i ever see myself getting one
    Reading directions from a paper while driving is vastly less safe than using a GPS. I travel a great deal for work and drive on unfamiliar roads - I usually used Mapquest until we started getting Neverlost through work, and it was very unsafe.


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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    I own two GPS devices; the Garmin Forerunner 305 (for workouts) and another Garmin GPS for my vehicle (not sure of the model #). Both were well worth the investment. In fact, I trust the Garmin in my vehicle far more than I do maps in routing myself to new locations.

    They are invaluable IMO.


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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAlum2002 View Post
    The voice is annoying, but what computerized voice isn't?
    There is an option (on the Garmin GPS that I use in my truck) to turn the voice/volume off. I did so almost immediately.


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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyman1189 View Post
    i think they are dumb, if u dont know where something is, isnt it worth just google mapping it opposed to spending 100+$$$? i mean i understand why people get them, but i i dont think i ever see myself getting one
    I find that they are very cheap. Especially compared to a lot of other gadgets like cell phones (which I don't own), televisions, etc.

    A GPS device has saved my life on probably more than one occasion snowmachining and/or hiking in Alaska. It is so easy to lose your coordinates/location hiking in remote/wilderness areas. In these cases having a GPS device in my possession saved me.


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    Planning a Trip to Europe this Summer

    I am going to Europe this summer and had thought about getting a GPS to help find my way to different tourist attractions/lodging/ restaurants. I haven't done any research.

    Do GPS work well outside the US and are they also helpful if someone is walking instead of in a car?

    TIA



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    Most of the cheaper models are sold with generally only US maps. Some include canada or mexico too. But I imagine you can buy different maps for them just not sure.



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    Re: GPS Devices - Good, Bad or Indifferent?

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    My dad has a Garmin, he loves it.

    Ever since I was a kid, I have LOVED reading maps when we travel. Can't see myself ever buying a GPS just because of this quirky little passion that I have. I guess it's part of having a great "sense" of direction wherever I am. But to each his own. I know a lot of people w/ GPS systems, they all seem to like whichever ones they own.
    I understand your love for reading maps. I did the same thing when I was a kid. The problem now is that I usually end up doing the driving, and I don't trust the people who ride with me to read the maps. (Most of the people who ride with me can't even seem to read a Google Maps printout correctly.) So for that reason, I'd really like to have a GPS. My parents have a Garmin that I've used a little bit, so I'd like to have one of those too.




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