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Old 10-06-06, 09:22 PM
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Is this a good portable GPS?

I bought one at Target today for my poor wife as a birthday gift. I bought the cheap one because.....well, I am cheap. Did I get a good one? It is made by TomTom.

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Old 10-06-06, 09:31 PM
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Off the shelf? No way. I build my own... in fact I sent up another satellite last night.
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Well a model number would be helpful.
Old 10-06-06, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by kantonburg
Well a model number would be helpful.
Sorry. It is the TomTom One.
Old 10-07-06, 12:27 AM
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Garmin makes the easiest to use ones IMO

Even their cheap street piot I series (2 or 3) is actually pretty good. Costco just had the I3 for like $229 with coupon
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I have the Magellan Roadmate 800 which is also very easy to use. I travel quite a bit for my job and take it on my trips. It makes getting around so much easier and less of a hassle. It's great for identifying and finding restaurants in whatever locale you are in. It's totally cool.
Old 10-07-06, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack Straw
I have the Magellan Roadmate 800 which is also very easy to use. I travel quite a bit for my job and take it on my trips. It makes getting around so much easier and less of a hassle. It's great for identifying and finding restaurants in whatever locale you are in. It's totally cool.
How much? What do you do...just plug it in the cigarette lighter?
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i bought the garmin 2610, which is a mid-range gps. pretty happy with it, and it does what i need, and in my price range.
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I have the Garmin 2720, it is a little more deluxe but I travel for work and needed the extra features. When I did my research, Garmin tended to be the most widely recommended with fewest returns however they all do much of the same thing so I'm sure you'll find people with every brand that is happy with it.
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I have the Garmin 2720
While I've heard nothing bad about the Garmin GPS units, I have also heard some complaints about their map update pricing and DRM. Do you have any experience with Garmin map updates?
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drm?
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Originally Posted by D.Pham00
drm?
you are not allowed to share the map with anyone else
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Originally Posted by Kevin Phillips
Do you have any experience with Garmin map updates?
I did one so far. It was one of the free updates which I believe is primarily a software update so it was no charge. Everyone's maps are outdated in a couple years so I'm sure at some point I'll have to pay to get new maps but I honestly don't know how much that costs.
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Originally Posted by JimRochester
I did one so far. It was one of the free updates which I believe is primarily a software update so it was no charge. Everyone's maps are outdated in a couple years so I'm sure at some point I'll have to pay to get new maps but I honestly don't know how much that costs.
it's $75 for NA right now.

http://www.garmin.com/unlock/update.jsp
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Just picked up the Garmin c340 after using a Magellan in a rental car last week. I absolutely love it so far, touch screen to control everything, clear bright screen and the speech reads the text so she pronounces street and destination names.
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Originally Posted by MACD23
Just picked up the Garmin c340 after using a Magellan in a rental car last week. I absolutely love it so far, touch screen to control everything, clear bright screen and the speech reads the text so she pronounces street and destination names.
I was/am strongly considering that same model. How much did you end up paying for it?
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Originally Posted by matta
Off the shelf? No way. I build my own... in fact I sent up another satellite last night.
Ok, matta brought the funny that time!
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I was/am strongly considering that same model. How much did you end up paying for it?
Well Best buy had it for $549, I probably overpaid based on online searches, but I wanted the extended warranty (4 years $80) and they gave me 6 month no interest financing since it was over the cutoff price.
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How much? What do you do...just plug it in the cigarette lighter?
Yep, cigarette lighter adapter. It also comes with an A/C adapter.
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I just ordered the Garmin C320 from Amazon for $280. It should be coming in 2 days so I'll post how it is after I play with it. But from the review I've read the C320 is a bit faster in certain features (like finding locations) because it uses an SD card vs the C330 having the map pre-loaded on hard drive.

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