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Old 03-17-06, 12:09 PM
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Magellan RoadMate 700 or the Garmin Streetpilot 2620? Any advice??

I'm interested in purchasing one of those portable GPS units. I'd like to keep the cost to around $500 or less. So far I've been considering the Magellan RoadMate 700 and the Garmin Streetpilot 2620. Both seem to have similar features, and both seem to receive good reviews from the professional reviewers. User reviews found on sites such an Amazon seem to be mixed.

So, I figured I'd come here to ask for any input from my fellow DVD Talkers.

Any advice or input you might have would be appreciated.

Also, if you have a suggestion for a GPS unit other than the 2 that I listed, please identify the company and model number and explain why you think it's better than the 2 that I listed. My only limitation is that I'm not going to be able to spend much more than $500. So, if you know of a fantastic GPS device that costs $1000, I'm not going to be able to get it regardless of how good it is.

Thanks in advance.
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What are you looking to use it for, primarily? I assume for use in a car for driving directions and the like? Or is it more for fun/geocaching/etc?
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I have the 2610 and had the Streetpilot III before that. I'm a fan of the Garmin units. Also, depends on your taste but I actively prefer a unit that does not have a hard drive (like the 2620) since Hard Drives can break. Good screen size, solid directions and lots of things you can customize if you like that sort of thing.

And to you out there, and you know who you are -- go fuck yourself. This comment is not meant for you OP.
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Originally Posted by Morf
What are you looking to use it for, primarily? I assume for use in a car for driving directions and the like? Or is it more for fun/geocaching/etc?
That's a correct assumption -- in the car for driving directions.
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
I have the 2610 and had the Streetpilot III before that. I'm a fan of the Garmin units. Also, depends on your taste but I actively prefer a unit that does not have a hard drive (like the 2620) since Hard Drives can break. Good screen size, solid directions and lots of things you can customize if you like that sort of thing.
I thought about the 2610, but I read somewhere that Los Angeles alone will fill up the memory card on the 2610. At an absolute minimum, I'd like something with all of Southern California.

Do you know whether or not it's true that Los Angeles will fill up the memory card?
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Not sure. What I can tell you is that the memory is standard compact flash. So pick up a larger card than the pathetic one they include, such as

http://www.meritline.com/kingston-1g...h-cf-card.html

And you'll have a system that can hold probably 10 States at a time.
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Better yet

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...345&adid=17662
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
Not sure. What I can tell you is that the memory is standard compact flash. So pick up a larger card than the pathetic one they include, such as

http://www.meritline.com/kingston-1g...h-cf-card.html

And you'll have a system that can hold probably 10 States at a time.
Ok, now I'm really confused. Are you sure it uses "standard" compact flash? One of the things that caused me to not seriously consider the 2610 was the fact that I read that Garmin products utilized proprietary compact flash cards and that you had to buy the cards directly from them -- and that they were pretty expensive. I'll see if I can find the article where I read that and I'll post the link.

So, you own the 2610 and can plop in any compact flash card and it works just fine? If so, than the 2610 is a definite contender.
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Yeah, they both squeeze you on the updates. They purchase the map info from the same company and that company charges them royalties, so this is, in part, a way to recoup.

I'll look into your comment on the CF. Unless I'm blanking out, I replaced my CF card.
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http://www.gpsnow.com/gmsp2610.htm

http://gpsinformation.us/sp26xx/sp2610rev.html

All says it is standard *shrug*
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Got it
http://www.garmin.com/support/downlo...ils.jsp?id=531

Version 3.8 of the firmware updated an issue it had working with Kingston
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
Got it
http://www.garmin.com/support/downlo...ils.jsp?id=531

Version 3.8 of the firmware updated an issue it had working with Kingston
Sounds good.

Thanks for your help!!

The link you provided to gpsnow.com also had a pretty cool comparison chart. Looks like the voice prompts might be a little more advanced on the later models.

This process is making my head spin.
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Originally Posted by Gallant Pig
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Which one?
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I had the same thought you did. How cool would it be to get the street name? It is cool, but imo, not worth a huge price premium. Honestly, I can count on one hand the number of times I was driving that I couldn't (1)assume where it was telling me to turn, or (2)look at the screen for a split second to tell me the name of the road to turn on. I've actually screwed up most of those times dealing with those goddamned New Jersey traffic circles. But you know what, it'll figure out your screwup in a few hundred feet and then (if you have it set to do it) immeadiately reroute you back on your way.

I'm not saying it isn't worth it to get the voice prompts, just giving my thoughts.
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Isn't that Garmin like 700-1000 dollars, though? Or is there some deal somewhere?
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Originally Posted by fujishig
Isn't that Garmin like 700-1000 dollars, though? Or is there some deal somewhere?
Price drop 500 bucks at Amazon now.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...279101-0335307
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Originally Posted by Double Down
Which one?
Their cheapest model, think it's $550.
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
Price drop 500 bucks at Amazon now.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...279101-0335307
Ah, that's the 2610. The OP was talking about the 2620, so I thought maybe there was some pricedrop that I didn't know about.
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$672 (or $172 for a hard drive) Who would be fool enough to do that?
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
I have the 2610 and had the Streetpilot III before that. I'm a fan of the Garmin units.
Same here, except I don't own the 2610, but my sister-in-law's fiance has it base on my recommendation I still have my StreetPilot III but rarely use since my car has a builtin GPS. There's 2 things I don't like about the 2610. The internal antenna suck and it can't run on battery like the StreetPilot III. Otherwise, it a nice GPS with touchscreen.

I have use Magellan in the past from Hertz rental. The Magellan will have a better and friendlier interface. I think my Honda GPS shares the same software as the Magellan 700. If I have to decide on on the Garmin 2610 or Magellan 700, I would go with Magellan. Better interface, the whole map is stored in the GPS, no need to buy a larger CF, and same price.
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Here's the one I was talking about: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...&s=electronics
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Originally Posted by zuffy
Same here, except I don't own the 2610, but my sister-in-law's fiance has it base on my recommendation I still have my StreetPilot III but rarely use since my car has a builtin GPS. There's 2 things I don't like about the 2610. The internal antenna suck and it can't run on battery like the StreetPilot III. Otherwise, it a nice GPS with touchscreen.

I have use Magellan in the past from Hertz rental. The Magellan will have a better and friendlier interface. I think my Honda GPS shares the same software as the Magellan 700. If I have to decide on on the Garmin 2610 or Magellan 700, I would go with Magellan. Better interface, the whole map is stored in the GPS, no need to buy a larger CF, and same price.
I think I got the SPIII in part based on your recommendation several years ago.

You're right, for whatever reason there is no battery backup on the 26XX series. I know the C330 or whatever those are do have batteries though.

Internal antenna is kind of meaningless to me as I tend to pick up an external antenna as a matter of course.

I have also had the Hertz neverlost. Seems fine enough to me. I certainly would accept one as a gift, but I'm already too used to the Garmin interface to want to switch (though I don't want to).
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
I think I got the SPIII in part based on your recommendation several years ago.
It's possible. I love my StreetPilot so much, I was telling everyone how great it is, and that is a fact.
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I know I got it from gpsdiscount because of you. I've been happy with them.

You've affected my life *tear* Yet somehow we never met while I was up there, yet you met my little lady.

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