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Old 12-21-2006, 07:49 AM
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I need recommendations on one of the auto GPS navigation systems. I am looking for one for a "stocking stuffer" for the Admiral for Christmas.

I have looked at the Garmin units (330) but I think I am correct in the next model up will use street names v distance on when to turn.

She is a sales rep and is always calling asking for directions and I was thinking this may help her out.

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By the way looking to spend $400-500 and want to get all I can, I have also looked at one of the other Garmins and it has Bluetooth capability??
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:02 AM
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I just bought the Garmin c340 for my wife from BOE, and set it up yesterdasy afternoon. Touch screen is awesome, compared to my Garmin I5 rith the wheel. It is so much more intuitive and easy to use! Wish I had it for my car.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:05 AM
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tprice - 12/21/2006 7:49 AM I have looked at the Garmin units (330) but I think I am correct in the next model up will use street names v distance on when to turn.
I have that unit. It shows the street names and distance to next turn. Love it BTW, got it from Jim @ BOE
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The Admiral purchased the Garmin 660 and it is great. Blutooth connects to my blackberry and it also has the ability to use the FM station to broadcast through your radio. Live traffic is given for free for three months.
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Old 12-21-2006, 08:29 AM
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This guy sells new ones on Ebay - I got the Magellan Roadmate 760. Here is my item.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=120061442617
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:16 AM
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I know Costco was having a pretty good deal on the Garmins on their website. The 340 I believe and the next model up.
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:44 AM
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Just bought a garmin C330. Went to the pocanos and was deverted because of an accident. Had no idea how to get back on track. The garmin re-routed me back to the way home. Fantastic unit. Paid $308.00
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:55 AM
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Stick with a Garmin. The 340 is awsome!
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Old 12-21-2006, 12:49 PM
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I was just online reading the Consumer Reports files onportable navigators. The new Garmin Nuvi is not included in the comparison but I’ve decided to go with a Magellan RoadMate anyways.From Dec 2006 issue of Consumer Reports…



Garmin Nuvi 350, $600
Highs: Programming ease. Very compact and portable. Speaks street names. Real-time traffic reports with optional receiver (by FM radio subscription). Safe mode.
Lows: Screen glare, cannot repeat audible instructions.
Comments: Foreign map databases available. Can plot walking routes. Integrated MP3 player.
Similar model: Garmin Nuvi 360, $650. Adds Bluetooth phone control.

Magellan RoadMate 3050T, $600
Highs: Real-time traffic reports (with subscription only) with included receiver. Programming ease. Glare-resistant screen. Large keys for zoom adjustment. Grays-out letters during address search.
Lows: AC adapter not included.
Comments: avoid a specified road. Integrated MP3 player.
Similar model: Magellan RoadMate 3000T, $500. Lacks the traffic receiver.

Magellan RoadMate 760, $400
zoom adjustment. Safe mode. Speaks street names.
Lows: No internal battery. Jiggle-prone mount.
Comments: Can avoid a specified road. European map databases preloaded and can be unlocked for a fee. Discontinued, but still available in some stores and online.

Garmin StreetPilot 2730, $850
Highs: Programming ease. Bright, glare-resistant screen. Speaks street names. Real-time traffic reports with included receiver (by XM subscription). Safe mode.
Lows: No internal battery. Bean-bag mount is easy to use but less secure.
Comments: Foreign map databases available. Can avoid a specified road. Speaker inconveniently placed on power plug. Included XM receiver (subscription required) can play satellite radio through vehicle speakers. Integrated MP3 player.

TomTom Go 510, $600
Highs: Programming ease. Real-time traffic reports using a Bluetooth-enabled phone. Can automatically plan route to avoid traffic delays. Safe mode. Toll-road warning.
Lows: Sparse coming turn announcements.
Comments: Controls compatible with Bluetooth cell phones. Optional adaptor for controlling iPod. Has a mode that can help you find where you parked your car. Can avoid a specified road. Can plot walking routes. Pop-up tip screens.

TomTom One, $450
*CR Best Buy
Highs: Very compact and portable. Programming ease. Real-time traffic reports using a Bluetooth-enabled phone. Can automatically plan route to avoid traffic delays. Safe mode. Toll road warning.
Lows: AC adaptor not included. Sparse coming-turn announcements.
Comments: Can avoid a specified road. Can plot walking routes.

TomTom Go 300, $500
Highs: Programming ease, toll road warning, real-time traffic reports via a Bluetooth-enabled phone.
Lows: ATMs not shown on point-of-interest search, sparse upcoming-turn announcements, small onscreen lettering.
Comments: European map databases available. Can avoid a specified road. Can plot walking routes. Pop-up tip screens.

TomTom Go 700, $550
Highs: Programming ease. Toll-road warning. Real-time traffic reports using a Bluetooth-enabled phone.
Lows: ATMs not shown on point-of-interest search. Sparse coming-turn announcements. Small onscreen lettering.
Comments: European map databases available. Can control Bluetooth phones. Plot walking routes. Pop-up tip screens. Can avoid a specified road.

Navman iCN 750, $550
Highs: Programming ease. Display indicates street numbers as you drive. Toll-road warning.
Lows: Small on-screen keyboard. No detour function.
Comments: Included camera can take pictures saved with GPS coordinates to create a "favorite" for future navigation. Photo- and destination-sharing Web site for Navman users.

Pioneer AVIC-S1, $450
Highs: Very compact and portable. Programming ease. Grays-out letters during address search.
Lows: On-screen numeric information small and hard to read. Lacks route direction list. Cannot repeat audible instructions. Voice not very clear. Sparse coming turn announcements.
Comments: Can control Bluetooth phones. Can plot walking routes.

AlpineBlackbird PMD-B100, $600
Highs: Real-time traffic reports(with subscription only) with included receiver. Large keys for zoomadjustment. Grays-out letters during address search.
Lows: Batteryhas limited life, about two hours. Sparse coming turn announcements. Awkwardclosest-point-of-interest search.
Comments: Map display is onlytwo-dimensional. Built-in FM modulator. Mounting cradle has DC cord permanentlyattached, can't leave cable home when not needed. Integrated MP3 player.GarminStreetPilot i5, $350
*CR Best Buy
Highs: Very compact andportable. Low price. Can operate on AA batteries. Safe mode. Easy zoomadjustment.
Lows: Small screen, not touchsensitive. Cannot repeat audible instructions. Small onscreen lettering.
Comments: Foreign- -mapdatabases available. AC adapter not included. Roller-wheel control easy to usebut not as quick as a touch screen.NavmaniCN 550, $400
Highs: ease. Display indicatesstreet numbers as you drive.
Lows: Requires use of stylus.Rattles in mount. Cannot repeat audible instructions. No detour function. Smallonscreen lettering.
Comments: European map databasesavailable.CobraNavOne 4500, $800
Highs: Large glare-resistantscreen. Real-time traffic reports (with subscription only) with the includedreceiver. Large keys for zoom adjustment.
Lows: Sparse upcoming-turnannouncements. No internal battery. Non-dynamic address search.
Comments: Map display is onlytwo-dimensional. AC adapter not included.AudiovoxTouch&Go NVX226, $300
Highs: None.
Lows: Some small on-screen keysbest used with included stylus. Voice not very clear. Awkward to insert intomount's carrier. No detour function. No brightness adjustment. Multipleoperational software glitches found during use--one causing system to crash.Screen suffers from glare and low contrast.
Comments: Can avoid a specifiedroad.MagellanRoadMate 360, $400
Highs: Grays-out letters duringaddress search. Large keys for zoom adjustment.
Lows: Must select region beforeprogramming. No internal battery. Slow route calculation. Cannot repeat voicecommands. Jiggle-prone mount. No detour function.
Comments: Awkwardclosest-point-of-interest search. Can avoid a specified road. Discontinued, butstill available in some stores and online.NavmaniCN 520, $400
Highs: Programming ease. Verycompact and portable. Display indicates street numbers as you drive.
Lows: Detailed map database notpreloaded. Cannot repeat audible directions. Requires use of stylus. No detourfunction. Voice not clear.
Comments: European-map databasesavailable.Sonynav-u NV-U70, $450
Highs: None.
Lows: Programming interface notas intuitive as better systems. Small on-screen lettering. Small on-screenkeyboard. Slow response to some touch-screen entries. Slow route calculation.Lacks route direction list. Voice not very clear.
Comments: Can plot walkingroutes.ClarionNice, $800
Highs: Large 7-inch screen.Grays-out letters during address search. Large on-screen buttons. Digital photoalbum.
Lows: Large size can obstructview of road. No detour function. Destination input not intuitive. Awkwardclosest-point-of-interest search. Weight. Price. No internal battery. Lacksroute direction list.
Comments: Mounting bracketscrews on to unit, limiting portability. Optional receiver can play Siriussatellite radio (subscription required) through vehicle speakers. IntegratedMP3 player.Mio 269, $400
Highs: Very compact andportable.
Lows: Harder than most toprogram. Requires a stylus. Sparse upcoming-turn announcements. Need topreselect map region. Awkward closest-point-of-interest search. No detourfunction. Jiggle-prone mount. Cannot repeat audible instructions.
Comments: Can plot walkingroutes. Can avoid a specified road. Integrated MP3 player.PharosEZ Road PEZ120, $450
Highs: Very compact andportable.
Lows: Map database notpreloaded. Sparse coming-turn announcements. Requires a stylus. Limited pointsof interest. Hard to use. Cluttered main screen. No detour function.Jiggle-prone mount. Lacks route direction list. Cannot repeat audibleinstructions. Voice not clear. AC adapter not included.
Comments: Real-time trafficreports with designated cell-phone connection. Integrated MP3 player.
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:59 PM
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http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html...sin=B0002HS1A2

This Garmin product is a GPS antenna and software that turns a laptop into a WAAS enabled highway GPS.

I just bought one of these (at Target) for my parents. They were thrilled to get it. They had been looking at car GPS units but the smaller screens did not apeal to them.

For your wife it would be one less item floating around the car but she might be challenged to mount it so she can safely use it when driving alone.

Good luck!
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Old 12-21-2006, 06:51 PM
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I just bought the Nuvi 350 (from Jim at BOE, no less) and I love it.

I also bought thechip for all of Europe, and it was worth it's weight in gold on my recent trip to Holland.
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Old 12-22-2006, 06:36 PM
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Watched a guy review them on cable this AM. His bottom line was to buy a Tom Tom due to their ease of operation. The guy said practically anyone can operate a Tom Tom without even reading the manual (isn't that what we all wish for). Current ad on TV says that all Tom Toms purchased until 12/31 can be purchased for $100 off. My girlfriend has a built in GPS in her Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi. The manual for her GPS is about 3/4" thick and the unit is not intuitive. If I were to purchase one I would check out the Tom Tom due to the simplicity of the programing. I have fallen asleep many nights reading the manuals for my boat electronics and go for simplicity if possible.
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Old 12-22-2006, 07:17 PM
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TomTom's are easy to use; I've got one. But I think that Garmin's maps are better. In fact, the Garmin C330/340 is so intuitive that it doesn't even come with a manual. It has only 2 buttons on it; one for power on/off, the other a rotary volume control.
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Old 12-22-2006, 08:40 PM
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the Garmin C330/340 is so intuitive that it doesn't even come with a manual.
Actually, there IS a downloadable 44 page manual

Here's the c340 link:
http://www.garmin.com/support/userMa...t=010-00401-20
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Old 12-23-2006, 09:30 AM
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I just tried out the Garmin c340 and all I can say is you do not need a manual to operate this unit. Very very user friendly. This is perfect for the wife. Thank for the posts on the c340.......Mark
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Old 12-23-2006, 01:47 PM
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I have said this before…having the best information I the world when you need isn’t worth a hill of beans if you can’t access it. Screen glare has been a problem with other Garmin products and it raises its ugly head again with their Nuvi portable nav systems. Read the comments from Consumer Reports above. There is nothing difficult or special about an anti-glare screen like Magellan uses.

Whatever you decide, stay away from small screens and/or small text.

Personally, I’m leaning toward a discontinued Magellan RoadMate 760 (also recommended above by Menzies) or the Magellan 3000T, either one for their outstanding functions and larger (3.75-inch or 3.5-inches) easy to view screens. For me a learning curve isn’t that big of a deal. They all do basically the same thing; just different ways of telling them do it.

The Tom Tom One is a CR ‘Best Buy’, i.e. one of the better values.
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Old 12-23-2006, 02:10 PM
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I bought the Plenio 7" Its not a name brand but it has a 7" screen along with MP3 player and it also plays dvd's. It just suction cups to the windshield. Only cost me 495! No better deal around as far I saw, and its easy to use.

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But on the Tom Tom you can get the navigation voice with Mr. T. "YO SUCKER TAKE A RIGHT" or Burt Reynolds voice: "10-4 Good Buddy Smoky on the right"; or Dennis Hopper's voice: This Hog is taking a right (Easy Rider).

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Old 12-25-2006, 03:56 PM
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Thanks for all the help, I picked up the Garmin 330 streetpilot and she loves it. We even "played" with it today and she said it will be a very big help to her when she is on her sales calls.

I picked it up at W Marine for $349 and even got a $50 gift card from W Marine that I am sure I can put to use

I think I am even going to take it to AR this week for my duck hunting trip to see how well it works on the road.

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tprice - 12/26/2006 12:56 PM

I think I am even going to take it to AR this week for my duck hunting trip to see how well it works on the road.
Refresh our memory; who was this electronic toy supposed to be for ???



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