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novabrian
08-09-2010, 1:16 PM
Can some one recommend a GPS that wont break the bank?

sniper4usmc
08-09-2010, 1:20 PM
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=garmin+gps&ih=1_3_3_0_2_0_1_0_0_1.1_53&fsc=8

DavidRSA
08-09-2010, 1:44 PM
Whichever one you get, if it has traffic, make sure it is FM based traffic and not the MSN Direct traffic, since this is being phased out. (See http://www8.garmin.com/traffic/msn/index.jsp)

sholling
08-09-2010, 2:20 PM
It would help to know what you plan to use it for. Hiking? Driving? If it's driving then look for a refurbished Garmin 765t (~$180). It has one issue - a funky to use virtual keyboard, but it has far more pluses.

It's fast.
Has a nice large screen.
Includes multiple destination routing with trip optimization (fastest route).
It notifies you which freeway lane you need to be in.
Free traffic alerts with rerouting.
Availability of 3rd party points of interest.
Bluetooth so that you can use it with as a speaker with your BT enabled phone.

Like most good quality GPS devices the maps do eventually (years down the road) become outdated and updates cost extra.

Additional resources:
GPS Review (http://www.gpsreview.net/)
POI Factory (http://www.poi-factory.com/)

novabrian
08-09-2010, 2:21 PM
Just driving

novabrian
08-09-2010, 2:21 PM
$180 for something refurbished is too much.

eagleboard
08-09-2010, 2:29 PM
I have the Tom Tom One and it works great. Got it at Wal-Mart for 60 bucks

TonyM
08-09-2010, 2:29 PM
I have one similar to this one, it's a 7xx series from I think 2 years ago.

It's been great, but mine has the MSN traffic, which as stated is going away.

This one has FM traffic:

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-755T-Portable-Navigator-Traffic/dp/B001ELJERE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281392767&sr=8-5

trapshot68
08-09-2010, 2:47 PM
I got mine at costco for like $130 after instant rebates. Worked great, but got a smart phone.

TonyM
08-09-2010, 3:45 PM
I got mine at costco for like $130 after instant rebates. Worked great, but got a smart phone.

Even though I have the Droid family of phones, and use googlemaps/navigation a lot, there's something to remember... when you go out of cell coverage and can't get map data, a downloaded map GPS system is nice to have. This is why I still have mine.

JDay
08-09-2010, 3:49 PM
Like most good quality GPS devices the maps do eventually (years down the road) become outdated and updates cost extra.

Only if you want to pay for their overpriced mapping software, there are plenty of free solutions.

http://www.brighthub.com/electronics/gps/articles/45353.aspx

http://gpstracklog.com/2009/09/free-gps-topo-maps.html

http://mapcenter.cgpsmapper.com/

Just to name a few.

JDay
08-09-2010, 4:51 PM
Even though I have the Droid family of phones, and use googlemaps/navigation a lot, there's something to remember... when you go out of cell coverage and can't get map data, a downloaded map GPS system is nice to have. This is why I still have mine.

There's an app for that.

http://www.mapdroyd.com/

http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.osa.android.mapdroyd

You can also find other offline GPS mapping software in the Market.

Drey
08-09-2010, 5:19 PM
Tom-Tom. I have been using it a lot since September. Works fine and does the work. Cost me $120.

-hanko
08-10-2010, 4:32 AM
Can some one recommend a GPS that wont break the bank?
Garmin, just about anything.

-hanko

-hanko
08-10-2010, 4:35 AM
There's an app for that.

You can also find other offline GPS mapping software in the Market.
Hey JDay, thanks for the links. I just added all of 'em to my gps bookmarks section.

I've had the Garminfone for about a month...I am aware that it's not Android 2.2/froyo/etc. I've had great luck with Garmin gps units, phone was purchased more for gps. It accepts Garmin topo maps and typically locates me within 10-12 feet without any assistance from the mobile phone network.

Thanks again.

-hanko

sholling
08-10-2010, 8:23 AM
$180 for something refurbished is too much.
I buy factory refurbished electronics all the time and have never had a problem. But you can always pick up the newer 1490t for $300ish.

ejhc11
08-10-2010, 10:19 PM
Hey there, try this Garmin GPS 1350T, lifetime FM traffic, lane assist, widescreen, and pedestrian mode

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-1350T-4-3-Inch-Widescreen-Navigator/dp/B001UO0RKS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281507308&sr=8-1

Hope that helps - my first post to Calguns.net

tools2teach
08-11-2010, 8:49 AM
Any Garmin...

gravedigger
08-11-2010, 8:54 AM
I have the Garmin 265T with lifetime FM traffic. I love it!

ZX-10R
08-11-2010, 9:00 AM
3 Garmins in this household and several friends that have Garmins as well. Only one friend uses Tom Tom.

mosinmike
08-11-2010, 11:44 AM
I have a unit from a European company called Invion, nice unit, the cool thing is the maps come on a sd card so you can switch them out. I have the one's for North America and Europe. I like the accuracy, better than the Tom Tom I have. The Google maps on the driod are also good.

den888
08-11-2010, 5:33 PM
I have a Tom Tom XLS (from 2008) and it is accurate. The only drawback is the slow GPS satellite triangulation time when the unit has been powered on, after sitting. It takes sometimes about 6-7 minutes for triangulation to occur and for the unit to finally indicate your true position. I am not sure if this is normal, but I travel to different cities for business and power up my GPS in my rental car and need to set-up the GPS to quickly get to my hotel or client office. A 6-7 minute delay after boot-up seems slow.

novabrian
08-11-2010, 6:40 PM
I have the Tom Tom One and it works great. Got it at Wal-Mart for 60 bucks

Thanks I went to Walmart and bought Garmin Nuvi 1100.It works great for what I need it for.