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Old 11-26-2014, 04:10 AM
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What is a nice unit for a vehicle.

Bought our daughter a car and we want to give her one for Christmas.

Never had one so I'm not sure on which kind/Brand/features.
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:15 AM
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Garmin makes some nice inexpensive units.
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Old 11-26-2014, 04:20 AM
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I would guess the Garmin units. On the rare occasion when I see a stand alone nav unit in a car they all seem to be Garmins.

Does the car have Bluetooth built in? If not, I would look into getting a hands free Bluetooth unit for the car. If she has a smart phone, she already has GPS and would likely prefer it.

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Old 11-26-2014, 04:23 AM
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I usually buy Garmin units

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Garmin-nuvi-...epn=5337259887

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Garmin-nuvi-...epn=5337259887
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I buy Garmin units. The best value IMO is one that includes "lifetime maps (LM) and, you may also want one with "lifetime traffic" (LMT for the combination of the two features) if the daughter drives where there is frequent traffic congestion. Some units include Canada maps, some don't. A 4"+ screen is easier to read at a glance. Here's an example of the type I like, with 5" screen (your daughter's young eyes may not need one so large):
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Also, consider two accessories:
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waze app on a smartphone beats any standalone gps.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
waze app on a smartphone beats any standalone gps.
Absolutely a fact -- check it out -- best mobile GPS app for car there is
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Fwiw
I've had a Tom Tom for years, been very reliable and easy to use.

http://m.target.com/p/tomtom-via-153...FY8F7AodOlIAbg

If my kids are in the car they just go to their phones for gps.
I can't verify how the gps is on phones but we do always get there .
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Originally Posted by NoFearEyes View Post
Absolutely a fact -- check it out -- best mobile GPS app for car there is
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waze app on a smartphone beats any standalone gps.
Agree 100%,

All I would want is a way for your daughter to mount the phone so it is visible so she can drive with both hands.
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Originally Posted by ndb8fxe View Post
Agree 100%,

All I would want is a way for your daughter to mount the phone so it is visible so she can drive with both hands.
This is a must!
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Originally Posted by NoFearEyes View Post
Absolutely a fact -- check it out -- best mobile GPS app for car there is

It is very good unless you get the dreaded server busy error


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dont buy anything but a garmin, very easy to use.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by NoFearEyes View Post
Absolutely a fact -- check it out -- best mobile GPS app for car there is
X3 Was recently in CO and could not get a signal on the TomTom we borrowed. WAZE kicked azz as always and has never let us down.
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I bought a Tom Tom GPS for my wife and she still gets lost.

Honey, Hit the home button and I'll see you soon.
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On the subject, has anyone had any experience with the new models that have built in dash cameras? I need to buy a new one too, my 10 year old Garmin still works, but the mounting bracket is toast.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
On the subject, has anyone had any experience with the new models that have built in dash cameras? I need to buy a new one too, my 10 year old Garmin still works, but the mounting bracket is toast.
Wifey has a built in with backup on her Volvo .
I hate the damn thing. Hard to use . Rises from the dash every time you put the car in reverse. If it were my car I'd disable or remove it.
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Smart phone get her a dash mount that will hold it
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I use GPS very, very often. I have had 2 Garmins and 2 Tom Toms. Both Tom Toms were better than the Garmins.

What do I use now? My smart phone. Instead of manually entering the address like traditional GPS, I just hit the mic button, speak the address, click 2 more buttons, and I'm on my way.

Why spend a penny for a separate unit when your phone already has it included?

I am very curious about the Waze app. I went to the website and the Wikipedia entry. How is waze better than my Google Maps GPS on my phone? Both are owned by Google. Waze seems to have more stuff, but not stuff that I really need.

Thanks!

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We've had the Tom Tom's for years, before the Garmin was readily available for cars. With two daughters and my wife they found them very easy to use. They're unbelievably cheap these days.

Without a car charger using the GPS app will go at the battery pretty good, for the cost these days I'd rather my girls used a dedicated unit for navigation. They always seem to be out of battery, hmmm.
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Originally Posted by NJFISH View Post
waze app on a smartphone beats any standalone gps.
My daughter just bought a new phone from china and I was going to a new Dr the other day and it took us through a total maze right to the door. IMO the phone was worth whatever she paid for it for the GPS. Amazing. Heck, I don't think my WAAS on my old boat was that good.
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